What we're about

Hiking Around Philly is different from most hiking groups because we hike off the beaten path. We hike in the woods and the city. We go places that won't be found on any hiker's map. The events are usually within a 1.5 hour drive from Philly, though we sometimes visit NYC or the Jersey shore. Sometimes we might head out for a week or so of exploring in a more exotic location.

And, we do a lot more than hike; we explore. Whether it be a trail in a park or a back alley in the city, we always look for neat things, and we find them. Did you notice the 25 foot dinosaur made from pink suntan lotion bottles? We take time to appreciate a beautiful tree, a low flying eagle, or a hickory horned devil (look it up). We visit museums, historic houses, bakeries, battleships, and other neat places. We appreciate architecture, sculptures (Philly has more than any other US city, yea!), or whatever we find near our path. After a hike we often eat at a special place. And, we rarely repeat ourselves.

Fearless lost explorers and sidney (fleas) are curious. This group is not for people content to only go down one trail and up another, nor for people happy to take the same or beaten path. This group may also be different because only one person leads hikes, gets folks lost, and does the bulk of administrative work. So, please read on (https://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/1628347/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) to make sure you want to be a proud one of the proud FLEAS (Fearless Lost Explorers & Sidney).

There is a charge for each event and a special inexpensive calendar year fee that includes most events, not all. I started the Hiking Around Philly Meetup group to have fun hiking and socializing with people. At my own discretion, members who habitually interfere with these objectives will be removed.

Upcoming events (5+)

Dinner Hike - Philly Tacos

Lloyd Hall


We'll hike from the Art Museum to Philly Tacos, 2011 Reed St. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We will take a route that lasts for 2-2.5 hours towards the restaurant. We eat then head back. If you want to meet us at the restaurant, keep in touch by cell or comments on the site. We usually arrive around[masked]pm but plans can change. Afterwards we usually walk for another 1-1.5 hours. Often the total distance is over 10 miles. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) we usually meet an hour early. To confirm email ([masked]) me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply. Please chip in $2-4 if you carpool. CAUTION: If you haven't recently hiked at least 4 miles, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes.

Friday Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Hike

Hill House Apartment Homes


2-3 hours, 5-8 miles, some hills, small alleyways and streets, some trails, dinner option afterwards Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping We'll take a 2-3 hour loop walk through the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 6 miles in conditions detailed above.

Hidden Wissahickon Trails

Chestnut Hill West Train Parking Lot


3 hours, 7-10 miles, hilly. Option to go 1 hour longer. Each month we forge a unique route. Over 50 miles of trails to choose from. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. Join me to explore trails less traveled in the wild (I saw a ferocious chipmunk the other day) Wissahickon Creek part of Fairmount Park. We hike up and down the Wissahickon gorge which cuts through the middle of the park. If you have never hiked in this area you will be in for a surprise. It's like having Maine-Acadia in Philadelphia. We hike at a moderate pace for about 3 to 4 hours covering 7-10 miles. The terrain is hilly with lots of ups and downs. Each month I forge a different route, or get lost in another area, depending on your point of view. This is not a hike for those who want to go straight down one trail. We go up, down, around, back, hit dead ends, reverse course, and so on. CAUTION: Hilly Hike Warning. If you haven't recently hiked at least 7 miles in this type of terrain, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes.

Ocean City South Beach Boardwalk Hike

Corson's Inlet State Park HAP


4-6 hours with lunch, 10-12 miles, beach, boardwalk, some streets--- carpool from Hill House or 30th St Station, $12, Please CLICK HERE before rsvping. Walking down the shore off-season is really fun. Parking is no issue. Less folks on beach, so it's quieter and easy to walk. The weather is cooler too. The sun feels great on the beach in colder weather. From Corson's Inlet parking we walk for 2-3 hours on the beach before heading for lunch. Usually we walk 1.-1.5 hours then just turn around and head back. Sometimes we keep going. Another alternate route from the parking lot takes us over to the Strathmere beaches. We'll drive to Piccini restaurant near the center of town, 12th and West Ave, for lunch. After lunch we'll walk the boardwalk till 3-4 pm always stopping at Johnson's Popcorn. Often we'll do the entire boardwalk. Caution: You should be able to walk 3-4 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above. To carpool from Hill House meet at 2 hours before event. Pick up at 30th St Station in front of Cira Center at 1 hr 45min before event. Each carpooler chips in $12 at the start. Email me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Past events (2,295)

Brunch Hike - Restaurant School

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College


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