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Our Mission
Members of the Allentown Hiking Club aspire to escape the crowded city; to walk, hike and climb for the enjoyment and exercise with nature loving companions; to maintain its section of the Appalachian Trail; and to stimulate public interests in every phase of nature and the outdoors through programs and lectures.
What We Do
Allentown Hiking Club is sponsored by the Allentown Recreation Bureau and is a member of the Keystone Trail Association and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. We maintain 10.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail, including two backcountry shelters, Allentown (north of New Tripoli) and G.W. Outerbridge (west of the Lehigh Gap). We offer hikes and other outdoor events, open to the general public and led by experienced club members and other local experts.
Membership
Club dues are a mere $10.00 per person per calendar year, or $15.00 for households. Funds are used for the printing and mailing of the Newsletter/Schedule, book and video purchases for our library, miscellaneous dues, needed trail maintenance equipment, and other expenses. Newsletter and activities schedules are mailed to club members on a quarterly basis.
Our History
The Allentown Hiking Club was formed in December 1931 and recently celebrated 83 years of community service.
11-21-17 | Weeknight Walks @ 6:00 p.m. (Quakertown McCooles)
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.
11-23-17 | Annual Thanksgiving Morning Lehigh Gap East Hike (3 , D, 4+/-)
We’re doing the Thanksgiving Day jaunt up the Lehigh Gap East Scramble. Join us as we hike/climb one of the steepest sections of the AT in PA. From Lehigh Gap, we will hike north on the AT crossing the bridge on RTE 873 before starting the climb. This climb is very steep, approximately 1,000 feet in under a mile. It includes some rock scrambling and a couple of hand over hand sections, with some breathtaking views at the top. Definitely worth it!
11-28-17 | CANCELLED - Weeknight Walks @ 6:00 p.m. (Quakertown McCooles)
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.
11-29-17 | Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm (Quakertown Proper Brewery)
Join us for a 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 mile walk from The Proper Brewing Company to the new solar lighted “Park at 4th" in Quakertown.
12-3-17 | AT Lehigh Gap to Bake Oven Knob (9 miles, 2.5mph avg)
and then drive to 309 in time for the AHC's 86th Birthday Party. SEATS FOR THE DINNER ARE LIMITED, SO YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THE PARTY. SEE BELOW.