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)

Art Museum Fairmount Forgotton Bottom Loop sans people

Lloyd Hall Recreation Center

$5.00

3 hours, 7-11 miles, city streets, Fairmount, Devil's Pocket, Forgotten Bottom Loop, Greys Ferry & Crescent Park, Schuylkill Walkway 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask Sans people means I will change the route to avoid running into hordes of people. If you and/or your guest are not calendar year members, you must pay first to be on list. Please CLICK HERE to pay and for more info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We'll go for 3 hours at an moderate-fast pace. We will stay away from people as much as possible. Each week another neato different hike with some history. 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.

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 Since this is at my home the event is limited to people I know which includes all Calendar year members past or present. Calendar year members may bring a guest. Payment needs to be online. No money changing hands. 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.

Lost Wissahickon Gold Mine & Hidden Trails Hike

Courtesy Stable

$5.00

2-3 hours, 6-10 miles, in shade in Wissahickon, some streets. We will be in some really cool areas were there are few people. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask If you or your guest are not calendar year members, you must pay event fee to be on list. Please CLICK HERE to pay and for more info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We'll go for 2-3 hours at an moderate pace in the shade in the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. We will stay away from people as much as possible. Each week another neato hike with some history. 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.

New Schuylkill Center Berry Hike

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

$5.00

3-4 hours, 7-10 miles, many hills, some big, small trails, explore outside center on streets, frogs in summer, dogs are prohibited from Center, really cool area. Visitor Center closed on Sunday. This is just the right time for some berry picking. 6 ft social distancing in force, bring a mask Please CLICK HERE to pay & for essential event info. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. The Center is one of the few places where you can find frogs, lots of frogs, at several isolated ponds. I've also seen a great horned owl here and other wildlife. 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. Might be good to bring an umbrella if the day is sunny and hot. No carpooling during pandemic To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 30 minutes before the event. If the hike time changes then the carpool time changes. Each carpooler chips in $1 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Past events (2,632)

Brunch Hike Chestnut Hill Wissahickon Area

Madison Hill House

$5.00

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