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)

new Great Green Ribbon Trail

Carey Stadium at Germantown Academy

$5.00

3-4 hours, 8-10 miles, small hills, great trails along Wissahickon, possible walk on Sheaf Rd with incredible houses and farms 6 ft distancing in force and mask required Please CLICK HERE to pay and for pandemic info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. The Green Ribbon Trail winds along the Wissahickon for about 13 miles from Upper Gwynedd Township to Stenton Ave near Philly. Eventually the trail will connect with Forbidden Drive near Northwestern Ave in the Wissahickon part of Fairmount Park. For the Green Ribbon South Hike we have options: One, a loop hike where we continue south heading through Ft Washington St Park, then head back via Sheaf Rd which is spectacular. Two. we head north 5-6 miles to Penllyn Park area before making a U-turn after a brief stop. In either case the trail often goes right along the creek and there are options to explore the surrounding areas. 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 is not a safe option for me during pandemic. 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 $3 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Bison & Elk in a Jurassic Pk Setting with Breathtaking Views at Trexler Preserve

Trexler Environmental Center

$5.00

4 hours, 8-12 miles, very hilly, beautiful views, foliage, great trails, elk, bison, 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) when you rsvp. There is no place like Trexler Preserve in the area. The views from many vantage points and trails are just stupendous. The foliage in the spring and summer is incredible: last year someone described the hike as walking in a terrarium. The trails usually twist and turn, sometimes they go straight up; no climbing, but just about as steep as you can make a hill. We'll slow down on these hills, but there are quite a few. Trexler is also a preserve for elk and bison. They roam freely in a separate large areas with Jurassic Park type fences at the boundary. If we are lucky we'll get some good sightings. We only hike Trexler in the spring and fall. In the summer many areas are exposed to the sun. In the winter, snow or ice would make the trails dangerous. Of course each hike is a unique event: different trails, views, and discoveries. 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, run up and down the stadium seats a few times to get in shape. Hilly Hikes Warning Warning and Warning No carpooling with me during pandemic To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hours 30 minutes before the event. If the hike time changes then the carpool time changes. Each carpooler chips in $7 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Ben Franklin Bridge Northern Liberties Fishtown Olde City Loop

La Columbe (Fishtown location)

$5.00

3-3.5 hours, 7-11 miles, streets, alleyways, bridge 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay with rsvp Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) Highlights include Ben Franklin Bridge, parts of Fishtown, Northern Liberties alleyways, Olde City Alleyways & historic area, Rutgers Camden campus, Johnson Library and mosaic. 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. No carpooling with me during pandemic To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 1 hours before the event. Each carpooler chips in $4 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Friday Dinner Hike Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Area

Madison Hill House

$5.00

2-3 hours total hiking 6-8 miles, Wissahickon/Chestnut Hill area. We walk for about 1 hour, then order from a nearby restaurant. We eat outside on the beautiful large deck area, then optional walk for another hour. (optional) Byob. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask, pay when you rsvp Since this is at my home the event is limited to people I know which includes all past and present Calendar year members. Please CLICK HERE to pay and for more info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. 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 (2,676)

Friday Dinner Hike Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Area

Madison Hill House

$5.00

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