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.
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? The thousand year old church in North Philly? I take time to appreciate a beautiful tree, a low flying eagle, or a hickory horned devil (look it up). We sometimes visit museums, historic houses, bakeries, battleships, and other neat places. I 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, I'm a real foodie. And, we rarely repeat ourselves.
My travel experience probably adds up to 2 years on the road. Many of my trips were summer long bicycle tours though the Rockies, down the West Coast from Vancouver to San Francisco, through Europe from London to Amsterdam via France, Switzerland, Austria, & Germany. My on-foot trips took me to major cities of the world like London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Munich, Salzburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Boston, NYC, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, etc. Up to about 12 years ago there was one nearby city that I never explored: my hometown Philadelphia. And, it's a great city and great area for hiking. Maybe better than all the other ones mentioned.
We hike at a medium-fast to fast pace, 3.2mph plus. These hikes are what I used to consider as days off from half marathon training. No races for me now. The hiking is great fun. Most hikes started as explorations of an interesting area, looking for cool routes. We found dead ends as well as cool places. Though we nailed down fun routes at 50 different places, we're still exploring, looking for interesting, better, hidden and different.
There is a charge for each event because our events are more like fast-paced tours. Or you can pay an inexpensive calendar year fee which allows you to attend up to 300 different hikes each calendar year.
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 and no-shows will be removed.

GENERAL RULES : ••Hike at my pace and stay with the group. ••Hike lengths are approx: allow 30min -1hr extra on your schedule. PLEASE be considerate, the following is frowned upon: ••Going at a faster or slower pace. ••Changing rsvp within 24 hours of an event. ••Not showing up & not paying. ••Leaving the hike early. ••Providing unsolicited advice. ••Being argumentative, authoritative, or unpleasant.

Upcoming events (4+)

Acadia Nat Pk & Maine: no philly hikes til I return

Bar Harbor Fire Dept

Will hike in Acadia part of the day on Sunday, Dec 4, then all day Mon, Tues and Wed, Dec 5-7. No fees.

Acadia National Park in Maine on Mt Desert Island is "Where the mountains meet the sea." There are over 200 miles of trails that go up and around 20 different mountains. There are many other things to do besides hike: bike, take day cruises, visit nearby islands, visit museums and other neat places. Not sure what's available this time of year. X-country skiing may be a great option if there is snow. I've been going up almost annually, till about 6 years ago, for over 35 years, so I've been just about everywhere on the island at one time or other. One of the best places in the world for hiking.

I plan to hike 4-6 hours each day weather cooperating. We'll usually start around 10am at the in front of the fire station at Village Green in Bar Harbor center. Sometimes we will do 2 shorter hikes.

I'll be hiking in Acadia part of the day on Sunday, Dec 4, then all day Mon, Tues and Wed, Dec 5-7, before visiting some friends who live nearby. Will return on Sunday Dec 11.

Contact me via Meetup or email, [masked] or text,[masked]

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Wissahickon Gorge Explorations

Valley Green Inn

$5.00

2-3 hours, 5-8 miles, medium to fast pace, we find cool hidden trails, each hike different

I've hiked the Wissahickon area for 40 years. Been on every inch of the 55 miles of Wissahickon trails including every alley leading to the Wissahickon on the Chestnut Hill side and Roxborough side of the park. I love exploring and will take you to places you could never find on your own like hidden ruins, hidden palaces, hidden trails. Every hike is different.
Here are a dozen cool places of about the zillion I go:
Tedyescium, Glen Fern, Billy Penn Statue, Council Rock, Devil's Pool, Fingerspan, the lost gold mine, Hermit's Cave, Andorra Natural Area, Wissahickon Inn, Valley Green Inn, Cedars House, Druim Moir, Buttercup Farm Ruins, French Village, etc. Ok I went a little over.

Please pay with rsvp online at: mrbasketball.net/HIKEpay.html

Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break.
You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above.

GENERAL RULES : ••Hike at my pace and stay with the group. ••Hike lengths are approx: allow 30min -1hr extra on your schedule. PLEASE be considerate, the following is frowned upon: ••Going at a faster or slower pace. ••Changing rsvp within 24 hours of an event. ••Not showing up & not paying. ••Leaving the hike early. ••Providing unsolicited advice. ••Being argumentative, authoritative, or unpleasant.

Center City Dinner Hike, 8-12 miles, Limit 4

Lloyd Hall Recreation Center

$5.00

3-4 hours with dinner, 1-1.5 hours walk to restaurant, eat, then make a 2 hour loop back to car. Limit due to pandemic.

I've been leading hikes in Center City for over 10 years. Like to think I've been down every alleyway and street from river to river and beyond, and from the Navy Yard to Bridesburg. This includes every trail in Fairmount park.
I love exploring and I'll take you via incredible fun routes everywhere. Always changing routes and restaurants.

Pay the event fee or small calendar year fee online when you rsvp (no pay in person option for limited events) : mrbasketball.net/HIKEpay.html

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.

GENERAL RULES : ••Hike at my pace and stay with the group. ••Hike lengths are approx: allow 30min -1hr extra on your schedule. PLEASE be considerate, the following is frowned upon: ••Going at a faster or slower pace. ••Changing rsvp within 24 hours of an event. ••Not showing up & not paying. ••Leaving the hike early. ••Providing unsolicited advice. ••Being argumentative, authoritative, or unpleasant.

Fifty-five Miles of the Wissahickon

Hill House at Chestnut Hill

$5.00

2-2.5 hours walk, med fast to fast pace, Wissahickon and Chestnut Hill, often we go to dinner afterwards.

Chestnut Hill with it's mansions and gardens and the Wissahickon with 55 miles of trails are the gem of the city. Even after exciting trips abroad this is a great place to live and explore. Join me for different explorations in an area I have lived for 40 years, still adore, and find new stuff every day.

There are zillions of places to see like: the Historic French Village, reminiscent of architecture in the Normandy region of France,George Washington's Ancestral Home; the Buttercup Farm Barn Ruins, Historic Glen Fern, Druim Moir, The Ghotto, Fingerspan, Tedyeskium, Andorra Natural Area, Valley Green, Devil's Pool, The Wissahickon Inn, Louis Kahn Esherick House, The Philadelphia Cricket Club, dozens of palatial mansions with beautiful gardens, hidden foundations of houses and mills, Fingerspan helicopter bridge, Ten Pan, Rittenhouse Mill and house, Cedar House, Woodward Horse Farm, etc, etc, etc. History and beauty in every direction. Sometimes we have been invited in for tours.
Each hike is different.

Pay the event fee or small calendar year fee online when you rsvp (copy/paste link below) or pay in person: mrbasketball.net/HIKEpay.html .

Please CLICK HERE for essential event & group info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)

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.

Past events (3,215)

Off the Beaten Path in the Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Area

Hill House at Chestnut Hill

$5.00

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