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)

7 Waterfalls, Lost Trails, Houston Meadow Trek

SEPTA Highland Station Park and Ride

$5.00

3-3.5 hours, 7-10 miles, hilly. Hidden Trails, Houston Meadows and quarter mile Waterfall plus

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 (https://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/)

Join me to explore trails less traveled in the 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.

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.

Jacobsburg State Park Exploration

Jacobsburg State Park Sobers Run Trail Head Parking

$5.00

3-4 hours, 8-12 miles, park, first visit to park. Lots of trails and area to explore.

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. Hills.

To carpool from Hill House meet 1 hour 30 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $7 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Arboretum/Garden Walk: To be scheduled

201 W Evergreen Ave

$5.00

2-3 hours, 5-7 miles, 1 hour walk in gardens, then a 1-2 hour walk in nearby park or other interesting area.

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.

Summer Shady Center City Exploration

Down Home Diner

$5.00

2-3 hours, 6-9miles, we find cool areas to explore in center city

bring a mask, pay with rsvp. Pay link:
http://mrbasketball.net/instuff/1aapaypalmain/znewpayhiking.html

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

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

Carpool with those vaccinated if I am driving.
Contact me 3 days in advance. Chip in for service.

Past events (2,834)

Brunch Hike Center City

Lloyd Hall Recreation Center

$5.00

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