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March 2017
3-1-17 7:30 pm
MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
Monthly business and hike scheduling meeting for Spring 2017.
Following the business meeting we will be looking to schedule hikes and other events for April, May, June and the 1st half of July 2017. These scheduled events will be published in our Spring Happy Hiker and posted on our website. Please complete the AHC Hike Event form and give to the Hike Schedule Coordinator.
Details
Meeting place: St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 140 South Ott Street, Allentown, PA
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Lucy Cantwell 215-855-2793
3-5-17 1:15 pm
Nolde Mansion, Texter Mtn. Overlook, Millstone Trail
This is a series of 3 short, easy hikes. The kids will love it.
We'll visit the Nolde Mansion, which will be open that day. Then we'll hike Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area's Millstone Trail, which will give us an overlook of the swans or snow geese that are still there. Then we'll go to the Texter Mtn overlook for a beautiful view of the sunset over the Lebanon Valley.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 50 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 5-6 miles
Hike rating: A
Meeting place: Nolde Environmental Education Center Sawmill Parking Lot along PA 625, south of Reading.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Ron Kieffer 610-562-8680
3-12-17 8:15 am
Loop Hike of Blue Marsh Lake
Loop hike sound Blue Marsh Lake
This is a 23-mile loop hike around the lower portion of Blue Marsh Lake. There is no significant elevation gain, though the distance and pace make this a not-at-all-for-beginner hike. Bring at least 2+liters of water plus lunch and plenty of snacks. Steady rain cancels. wait-list to attend.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 23 miles
Hike rating: E
Meeting place: Dry Brooks Day Use Center, park at the end of the road near the beach and concession stand
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Paula Uhrin 484-951-4299 jcnj168@ptd.net
3-12-17 12:00 noon
ARTS/PARKS/SERIES XXXII/ BIG ROCK PARK and Allentown Symphony
1 hour walk thru Big Rock Park
Walk an hour thru this 77 acre park and view Bauer Rock, a stunning natural formation. This spot offers excellent views of southern Lehigh County. Then attend the 3pm Allentown Symphony Concert, "Symphonic Organ Festival" - afterwards a Brew at the Allentown Brew Works. 20% Discount for the concert - mention HIKE 20 at Box office 610-432-6715; also 10% food discount at Brew Works with concert stub.
Details
Meeting place: 12 noon meeting at CJ Hummels on PA 143, just south of I-78, in Lenhartsville or 1 p.m. at Big Rock Park, 560 East Rock Road in Allentown.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001 mercedes.jurkiewicz@gmail.com
Co-leader: Ron Kieffer 610-562-8680
3-14-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Center Valley)
Join us for an easy 2 mile lighted walk around the Promenade Shops in Center Valley (Window shopping only!)
Yes, it’s cold and dark outside but let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll. To make it worth coming out of your nice warm house, we can also enjoy some refreshments when we are done walking. Tuesday night is $5 Burger and fries night at Bar Louie’s so it’s a good place to add some calories after the walk. Heavy rain, snow or ice cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2 miles
Hike rating: A+
Meeting place: Please meet at 6:00 in the parking lot on the WEST side of LLBean (Promenade entrance from West Saucon Valley Circle).
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Cynthia Paetow cpaetow@hotmail.com
3-18-17 9:00 am
South Mountain Preserve Hike
Loop hike on the trails of South Mountain.
This preserve features woodland trails, large rock outcroppings, small stream crossings, moderate inclines, and a boardwalk. We will start the hike from the Klines Lane parking lot at 9 a.m. Those who desire a slightly shorter hike can join the group at the Boroline Park lot at 600 Alpine St., Emmaus at approximately 9:20 a.m. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended as the terrain is moderately rocky and some areas may be wet. Bring water and snacks.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 7 miles
Hike rating: C+
Meeting place: Klines Lane parking lot, Emmaus
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Pam Root 610-965-2213 pswilson01@aol.com
3-19-17 12:15
Virginville Fire Co. Breakfast & Hike along north shore of Lake Ontelaunee
$5 Breakfast at the Virginville Fire Company and then a short but (probably) muddy walk along the north shore of Lake Ontelaunee
This hike is on the Reading Water Authority property. You must be a member and can join that day. Dog's are OK, but not in someone else's car.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 10 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 1-4 miles
Hike rating: A+
Meeting place: Virginville Fire Company. PA 143 to 1st St. in Virginville. Turn onto 1st St and then 2 blocks to the fire house.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Ron Kieffer 610-562-8680
Co-leader: Mercedes Jurkiewicz 484-515-8001 mercedes.jurkiewicz@gmail.com
3-22-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks @ 6:00 p.m. - Quakertown
Join us for an easy 2 ½ - 3 mile walk from the Quakertown Chamber of Commerce to the new solar lighted “Park at 4th” in Quakertown.
Yes, it’s cold and dark outside, but let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll. We will be walking through town to the park, so please wear bright outerwear and/or bring a light. To make it worth coming out of your nice warm house, we can also enjoy some refreshments when we are done walking by meeting back at McCoole's Red Lion Inn for some appetizers and drinks. Heavy rain, snow or ice cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2.5-3 miles
Hike rating: A+
Meeting place: Please meet at 6:00 in the parking lot of the Chamber of Commerce (which is also the McCoole’s overflow parking) 21 N Main St, Quakertown, PA 18951
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Cynthia Paetow cpaetow@hotmail.com
3-30-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Quakertown)
Join us for an easy 2 – 2 1/2 mile walk from The Proper Brewing Company to the new solar lighted “Park at 4th" in Quakertown.
Yes, it’s cold and dark outside but let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll. We will be walking through town to the park so please wear bright outerwear and/or bring a light. To make it worth coming out of your nice warm house, we can also enjoy some refreshments when we are done walking by meeting back at The Proper Brewing Company for some appetizers and warm drinks. Heavy rain, snow or ice cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2-2.5 miles
Hike rating: A+
Meeting place: The Proper Brewing Company, 117 W Broad St, Quakertown, PA 18951 (behind the building).
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Cynthia Paetow cpaetow@hotmail.com
April 2017
4-5-17 7:30 pm
APRIL MONTHLY MEETING
Monthly business meeting.
Program to be determined.
Details
Meeting place: St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 140 South Ott Street, Allentown, PA.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Lucy Cantwell 215-855-2793
May 2017
5-6-17 11:00 am
Hike Around Lums Pond
6 – 8 mile fun hike around Lums Pond in Bear, DE
Join us for a hike at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE. As described on the website; “the Swamp Forest Trail loops around Lums Pond through fresh water wetland forests of Black Cherry, Sweet Gum, and Maple following a gentle terrain over a packed earth or crushed stone surface and crossing over many elevated boardwalks and bridges. A few of us will be camping for the weekend, heading up on Friday, May 5th and staying through Sunday, May 7th. If you would like to camp, you can reserve a campsite through Reserve America. Site sharing is encouraged to split costs; however, the campground does limit each site to only 2 tents or 1 RV plus 1 tent with up to 8 people. Fees are listed on the Reserve America site. There are a few tent only sites but we recommend the RV sites which seem to be a little nicer. The campground is small but with fairly new bathroom facilities. We will be camping rain or shine. Any questions about camping, please contact Michelle or Cindy. The campground offers kayaking (need to bring your own as rentals are not yet open) a zip line course through GoApe! and several hiking trails. For more information on camping, kayaking, the zip line or the park, go to: http://www.destateparks.com/park/lums-pond/ For the Saturday hike, please meet at 10:45 am in the Campground at Yurt #2. If you are coming Saturday only, there is a daily use fee of $8 per carload. Carpooling is encouraged to split the cost.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 180 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 6-8 miles
Hike rating: B
Meeting place: The Lums Pond State Park campground entrance is off Red Lion Road (RT 71) between the intersections of Howell School Road and Summit Bridge Road (RT896).For the Saturday hike, please meet at 10:45 am in the Campground by Yurt #2.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
Co-leader: Cynthia Paetow cpaetow@hotmail.com