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April 2017
4-29-17 10:00 am
Lehigh Gorge
Maintenance on Canal Lock #2. This Lock near Glen Onoco has been adopted by Allentown Hiking Club to Maintain.
Bring gloves, Water, and Lunch.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 40 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 1 miles
Hike rating: A
Meeting place: Meet at Rite Aid in Walnutport or about 10:45 at Lock #2
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Jim Gabovitz 610-262-3578 gapples@rcn.com
Co-leader: Carl Griffin 610-760-0479
4-30-17 10:30 am
HIKE THE TREXLER NATURE PRESERVE
Hike the outer loop of the Preserve, along the northern perimeter trail, excluding the South Range.
Bring water and lunch. Hiking boots recommended. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Heavy, steady rain cancels the hike. NOTE: on the day of the hike, the leader can only be contacted by phone.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 7 miles
Hike rating: C+
Meeting place: Parking lot of the Trexler Environmental Center, 4935 Orchard Rd., Schnecksville, PA
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Dan Sautter 610-203-9061 dcsautter@rcn.com
May 2017
5-3-17 7:30 pm
MAY 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
5-6-17 10:00 am
Hike Around Lums Pond (camping optional)
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." Bear, DE is only about an hour and a half from the Lehigh Valley, close enough for a day hike, but 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. Fees are listed on the Reserve America site. 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 9:45 am in the Campground at Yurt #2. Pack a lunch as we will be stopping for a nice view somewhere along the pond. If you are coming Saturday only, there is a daily use fee of $8 per carload. Carpooling is encouraged to split the cost. If you sign up on Meetup, there are a few people signed up there who may be willing to carpool. Heavy rain cancels the hike; check Bear, DE weather.
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 9:45 am in the Campground by Yurt #2.
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
Co-leader: Cynthia Paetow 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
5-7-17 9:00 am
Lehigh Furnace Gap Boulder Field and AT Hike
This is a somewhat challenging hike along the Appalachian ridge which will include 1.1 miles on an exposed unstable boulder field. Not for beginners! Many great views north and south!
Leaving from and returning to Lehigh Furnace Gap on the AT, this “loop” hike will include portions of the AT as well as the north and south trails on either side of it and a stop at Outerbridge Shelter. This is not a hike for beginners! We will traverse a 1.1 mile unstable boulder field on the South trail, continue to Outerbridge Shelter, and return on the North trail. Numerous views both north and south of the Northeast Extension and Lehigh River. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 21 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 10 miles
Hike rating: D
Meeting place: SE corner of Weis Markets parking lot, Rt 873, Schnecksville, PA
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Kerry Snyder 610-737-7768 ksnyd82@gmail.com
5-9-17 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!)
Spring is here ~ let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll and burn a few calories so we can enjoy some refreshments when we are done walking. Tuesday is $5 Burger and fries night at Bar Louie’s. Heavy rain 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 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
5-11-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Richland Township)
Join us for a one hour walk through Robert 0. Keller Memorial Park in Richland Township
Spring is here ~ join us for a one hour walk through Robert 0. Keller Memorial Park is Richland Township. Afterward we can check out Casey's Tavern just down the road Heavy rain cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2 miles
Hike rating: A
Meeting place: Please meet at 6:00 pm in the parking lot located next to the Township Building at 1328 California Road.
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
Co-leader: Cynthia Paetow 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
5-14-17 9:00 am
Green Lane Reservoir Hike
Loop hike around the Green Lane Reservoir
Happy Mother's Day! This loop hike will circle the Green Lane Reservoir, affording views of both the lake and countryside. There will be several short climbs and stream crossings. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 12 miles
Hike rating: D+
Meeting place: Meet at the Park Office at the dead end of Snyder Road, just south of the dam. 2144 Snyder Road Green Lane, PA 18054
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Paula Uhrin 484-951-4299 jcnj168@ptd.net
5-17-17 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.
Spring is in the air so 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 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
5-21-17 9:00 am
Hike
Hike from Little Gap to Lehigh Gap
This is a Natural History hike with Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch and water.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 1 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 5.2 miles
Hike rating: B+
Meeting place: Osprey House Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Jim Gabovitz 610-262-3578 gapples@rcn.com
5-21-17 9:00 am
ANNUAL A.T. MAINTENANCE HIKE
Spring maintenance hike for AHC's Appalachian Trail section followed by a potluck picnic at Leaser Lake.
This is our annual clean-up of our section of the A.T. Some effort will also be devoted to removal of invasive plant species (garlic mustard) from along the trail. Please bring gloves, trash bags, clippers, and water. After clean-up we will have a picnic at Leaser Lake. Hot dogs will be provided by the club. Please bring a covered-dish item to share the with group. Bring your own chairs.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 10.3 miles
Meeting place: Blue Mountain Summit Inn parking lot, Rt. 309
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Ed Ritter 610-730-2683 critter888@verizon.net
Co-leader: Lucy Cantwell 215-855-2793
5-25-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Upper Saucon)
Join us for a one hour walk on the rail trail in Center Valley
Spring is here ~ and the sun is setting later. We will be walking on the towpath for about a half hour to 45 minutes before turning around and heading back before dark. Afterward we can try out the Copperhead Grill on Route 378 for some refreshments. Heavy rain cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2-2.5 miles
Hike rating: A
Meeting place: Upper Saucon Township Community Park, Preston Lane, Center Valley/Bethlehem (parking lot by the bathrooms)
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
5-28-17 8:30 am
Dunnfield Creek, Sunfish Pond, Raccoon Ridge Hike
Loop hike through the Delaware Water Gap including Dunnfield Creek, Sunfish Pond, Raccoon Ridge, and the AT.
From the Dunnfield Creek parking lot we will hike the Dunnfield Hollow Trail to Sunfish Pond. This section includes multiple stream crossings that, depending on how fast the creek is running, may require getting your feet wet, so please plan accordingly. Trekking poles are strongly recommended. After a rest at a rock outcropping on the northeast side of Sunfish Pond we will continue on the Appalachian Trail to Raccoon Ridge for lunch. After lunch we will travel back down the Appalachian Trail to our cars. Sturdy hiking boots are recommnded. Bring at least 3 quarts of water and lunch plus snacks. Steady rain cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 15 miles
Hike rating: E+
Meeting place: Meet at the Dunnfield Creek Parking lot, which is the second exit in NJ off Route 80 East. Follow the ramp under the overpass, turn left and then right into the lot.
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Paula Uhrin 484-951-4299 jcnj168@ptd.net
5-30-17 6:00 pm
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Hellertown)
Join us for a one hour walk on the rail trail in Hellertown, PA
We'll walk on the rail trail for about a half hour or 45 minutes before turning around and heading back before dark. Afterward we can try out the new Crossroads Hotel on Main Street Heavy rain, snow or ice cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2-2.5 miles
Hike rating: A
Meeting place: Water Street Park, 90 W Water Street, Hellertown PA
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
June 2017
6-1-17 6:15 pm
Weeknight Walks (Bethlehem)
Join us for a walk through Sand Island in Bethlehem
Meet by the tennis courts/bathrooms on Sand Island and to take a walk and explore the area for an hour or two. Optional stop afterward in Bethlehem for refreshments.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2-2.5 miles
Hike rating: B+
Meeting place: Sand Island, 44 River St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (meet by the bathrooms/tennis court parking area)
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Cynthia Paetow 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
Co-leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
6-3-17 6:45 pm
Whip-Poor-Will
We will hike up Translator lane.
To the top of the Mountain and wait for dark. We will then hike down Translator lane listening for Whip-Poor-Wills. Bring water and good shoes. Those familiar with this hike can meet at Translator Lane for a 7:00 PM start.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 1 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2 miles
Hike rating: C+
Meeting place: Osprey House Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Jim Gabovitz 610-262-3578 gapples@rcn.com
6-4-17 9:00 am
AT Section Hike: Eckville to Jacksonville-Snyders Road
This is a challenging hike along the AT which will include 1000ft+ ascent and some very rocky terrain, and will feature stops at Dan's Pulpit, Balanced Rock, Tri-County Corner & Allentown Shelter. Several great views!
If you have the stamina for a steep ascent, are a skilled rock hopper, and a fan of great vistas, this is the AT hike for you. With stops at Dan's Pulpit, Balanced Rock, Tri-County Corner & Allentown Shelter, we will take in several wonderful views. If folks are interested at the conclusion of the hike, Blue Mtn Summit Restaurant welcomes smelly hikers and should have their outdoor seating open by then. Definitely not for beginners! Wear sturdy boots and bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 6 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 10 miles
Hike rating: D
Meeting place: Blue Mtn Summit Restaurant Parking Lot, Rt 309 (for GPS 2520 W Penn Pike, Andreas, PA)
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Kerry Snyder 610-737-7768 ksnyd82@gmail.com
6-7-17 7:30 pm
JUNE 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
6-9-17 5:30 pm
Hike to the Pulpit and Pinnacle under the Strawberry Full Moon
Watch the moonrise from the Pinnacle.
Come and watch the full moon rise from the Pinnacle. This is an 8 mile loop hike, starting at the Hamburg Reservoir parking lot and then going up to the Pulpit and Pinnacle for spectacular views of the rising full moon. Sunset is at 8:33pm and moonrise is at 8:36pm. This is not a beginner's hike due to the ~1000' ascent, rocky terrain and nighttime conditions. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, at least 2 liters of water and food/snacks. Rain or cloudy conditions cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 9 miles
Hike rating: C
Meeting place: Hamburg Reservoir parking lot, 420 Reservoir Road Hamburg, PA
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Paula Uhrin 484-951-4299 jcnj168@ptd.net
6-11-17 9:00 am
Walking Purchase Park Loop Hike
This is a moderately challenging hike along various mountain bike trails in a section of old growth forest in the slopes above the Lehigh River in Fountain Hill. Optional visit to Janet Goloub’s gravesite if you arrive early.
A pleasant hike along various mountain bike trails in a section of old growth forest in the slopes above the Lehigh River in Fountain Hill. Janet Goloub’s gravesite is only steps away from the start of the hike in Green Meadow burial ground. Please arrive 20 minutes early if you would like to visit and pay your respects. There are some wet areas and plenty of rocks, so please wear sturdy boots and bring at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks. Rain cancels.
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 8 miles
Hike rating: C
Meeting place: Dodson Park, Dodson Street, Fountain Hill, PA
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Kerry Snyder 610-737-7768 ksnyd82@gmail.com
6-13-17 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!)
Summer is almost is here ~ let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll and burn a few calories so we can enjoy some refreshments when we are done walking. Tuesday is $5 Burger and fries night at Bar Louie’s. Heavy rain 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 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
6-15-17 6:15 pm
Weeknight Walks (Nockamixon)
Join us for a weeknight walk in Nockamixon State Park
We will explore the 2 mile Sterner Mill Hiking Trail in Nockamixon State Park. From Route 313, head North on 563 and Sterner Mill is the first hiking trail area on your right hand side. Optional refreshment stop after the walk
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2 miles
Hike rating: B+
Meeting place: From 563 North, drive .8 miles to Sterner Mill Hiking Area on Right. Take that to the parking lot on LEFT.
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
Co-leader: Cynthia Paetow 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
6-17-17 9:00 am
BEAR CREEK PRESERVE HIKE
Enjoy the beautiful rhododendrons on this scenic 7 mile loop hike.
Bear Creek Preserve is a vast expanse of forests and steep stream valleys located just south of Wilkes-Barre, PA. This preserve features streams, wetlands, waterfalls, hemlocks, rock outcroppings, views and rhododendron tunnels. We will hike to the scenic outlook, cross 3 bridges (one is a new cable suspension bridge) and enjoy the trail that parallels Shades Creek. Good hiking footwear is highly recommended since sections will be rocky and some areas may be wet. Bring water and lunch. No dogs, please. Heavy rain cancels.
Details
Round trip road miles distance: 53 miles
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 7 miles
Hike rating: C+
Meeting place: Meet at the Wescosville Park-n-Ride (next to the old Charcoal Drive-In), 4440 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, for a carpool to Bear Creek Preserve. We will leave promptly at 9:00am!
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Pam Root 610-965-2213 pswilson01@aol.com
Co-leader: Pam Root 610-965-2213 pswilson01@aol.com
6-21-17 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.
Summer evenings - let’s get our blood flowing with a short midweek stroll through Quakertown to the park at 4th and Mill. 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, 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 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
6-22-17 8:00 am
Trail Magic Day
We will provide food, beverages and treats for Thru-hikers.
We always get a great assortment of goodies and supplies. Fresh fruit, vegetables and sweet treats are always popular. You can also contact me to find out what we need. Karen 267-424-4602 or email me at kjgradel@gmail.com.
Details
Meeting place: Meeting place: Meeting place: Bake Oven Road Parking lot. GPS Coordinates 40.744544, -75.738112
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Karen Gradel 215-536-5857
6-23-17 8:00 am
Trail Magic Day
We will provide food, beverages and treats for Thru-hikers.
We always get a great assortment of goodies and supplies. Fresh fruit, vegetables and sweet treats are always popular. You can also contact me to find out what we need. Karen 267-424-4602 or email me at kjgradel@gmail.com
Details
Meeting place: Meeting place: Meeting place: Bake Oven Road Parking lot. GPS Coordinates 40.744544, -75.738112
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Karen Gradel 215-536-5857
6-29-17 6:15 pm
Weeknight Walks (Emmaus)
Join us for a weeknight walk at South Mountain Preserve
We will hike the 2 mile Orange Alpine Street Trail at South Mountain Preserve in Emmaus. Hiking boots or shoes recommended as trail is rocky. Optional refreshment stop after the walk
Details
Hike / bike / on-water distance: 2 miles
Hike rating: B+
Meeting place: Boroline Park, 600 Alpine St., Emmaus
Posted on meetup.com? YES
Leader: Michelle Hinkle 484-221-3172
Co-leader: Cynthia Paetow 215-536-7311 cpaetow@hotmail.com
July 2017
7-5-17 6:30 pm
JULY MONTHLY MEETING and POTLUCK PICNIC @ FRANKO PARK
A short monthly business meeting followed by a potluck picnic
It's that time again for our annual picnic. The club will provide hot dogs and drinks. We ask our members to bring a favorite dish to share with the group. DIRECTIONS: I-78 to the Lehigh Street exit then north on Lehigh Street. Turn right at the 1st light onto Downyflake Lane. Then turn right onto S. 12th Street. At the light, turn left onto W Emmaus Avenue. Then turn right, before the Eastern Salisbury Fire and Rescue, onto Honeysuckle Road. Then bear left onto Black River Road. Franko Park is 1/4 mile on the left.
Details
Meeting place: Franko Park, Black River Road, Salisbury Township.
Posted on meetup.com? NO
Leader: Anne Griffin 610-760-0479
Co-leader: Edna Himmler 610-797-5182 ehimmler@gmail.com