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Big Apple Downtown: High Line, Greenwich Village, World Trade Center p
9am to 5pm, 10-12 miles, streets, loop hike downtown Please CLICK HERE ( before rsvping. We meet at Hamilton Station of NJ Transit at 9am to take the 924am train arriving 1043 at Penn Station NYC. (There is a 905 train too) If you get on at Trenton, the first stop, or another stop, meet us in the back car of the train, upstairs if its a double decker. You can meet us in NYC outside the bathrooms of the separate NJ Transit part of the station at 1045am. We usually catch the 454 train, sometimes a little early, back to Hamilton. Our Route: We'll head downtown via the High Line towards the World Trade Center Memorial passing so many neat areas including Greenwich Village. Nearby there isa Whole Foods we can eat just about any type of food inexpensively. After lunch we'll continue east towards Chinatown and Little Italy, then wind our way back to Penn Station via some neat streets. 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 (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hour 15 minutes before the event. 745am if nothing is changed. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $10 at the start for carpool and parking ($7-10). Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Hamilton Train Station

800 Sloan Avenue · Hamilton, NJ


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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 ( 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 from the group and blocked from re-joining.

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