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)

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Flower Hike

SEPTA Highland Station Park and Ride

$5.00

2 hours, 5-7 miles in Chestnut Hill Wissahickon area, maybe dinner afterwards for those vaccinated

6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.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.

Chestnut Hill Mansion Country to Center City Philly or Loop

3.5- 4 hours, 10-13 miles, from Chestnut Hill to 30th St Station or another station in town. We take public transportation back. Often we stop for brunch in town. For safety reasons we may just do a loop. We can get a great brunch my area and eat on the large deck.

6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp.
Pay link:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

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

There are many different routes to center city from Chestnut Hill. We will take one that is most appropriate for the weather. The general/usual route: we head through the Wissahickon/Chestnut Hill area, then zip through Fairmount Park along one of the drives, Kelly or ML King. However, we often try new ways.
In town we'll head for 30th St Station or Suburban or Jefferson, then hop on the train back to Chestnut Hill.

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. Some hills. Mostly level. Good pace over 3mph.

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Flower Hike

SEPTA Highland Station Park and Ride

$5.00

2 hours, 5-7 miles in Chestnut Hill Wissahickon area, maybe dinner afterwards for those vaccinated

6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.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.

Brunch Hike Center City

Lloyd Hall Recreation Center

$5.00

You must be vaccinated to join us.
2-3 hours, 6-10 miles, we walk in center city for 1-2 hours, find a safe place to eat, then continue afterwards for another hour. Make sure to bring cash. You must be vaccinated to join us.

Free all day parking on Sedgley Dr. across Kelly Drive from Lloyd Hall. You will be ticketed in the big parking lot that is close to LLoyd Hall.

6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

Please CLICK HERE for pay & 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.

Carpooling only with those vaccinated
To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 45 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $2 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Past events (2,746)

Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Hike

SEPTA Highland Station Park and Ride

$5.00

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