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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.
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.
10-21-17 | AT – Water Gap- Fall Foliage - Choose Your Own Adventure - 12 or 18 mile - Hike
This is great way to see the lower part of the Water Gap National Park. With any luck, we’ll see the park at peak foliage. During this hike, we’ll cover Mt. Minsi, Mt. Tammany, Dunnfield Creek with it’s water crossings, Sunfish Pond, Raccoon Ridge & Copper Mine Ruins. This is a ‘pick your own adventure hike’, as there are 2 options for this hike.
10-21-17 | Autumn Refuge Hike
Hike along the Prairie Grass and chestnut Oak Trails.
10-26-17 | 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.
10-28-17 | Hickory Run – Boulder Field Hike (3E12+/-)
Join us for a truly adventurous hike as we traverse the north section of Hickory Run State Park. During our hike, we’ll be walking through a variety of landscapes & habitats. We’ll be going over a river, under 476, & across several amazing boulder fields that are a must see to believe (pictures really do not do them justice). Most people know of the main Hickory Run Boulder Field, which is 400 feet wide, & 1,800 feet long. We’ll be walking over the main field, along with going over several other boulder fields in the area that are hidden gems. To get to these fields, we’ll go off trail / bushwhacking for about 4 miles. Also be prepared for about 1.5 miles of walking over the boulder fields. The total for the hike is about 12 miles. On the regular trails, we’ll be going at a quick pace, so please be prepared to hike at a steady 3 mph average. This should be a great hike, hope to see you on the trail!
10-29-17 | "Terroir" in Greenwich
Breakfast with boy scouts, bicycling and a wine tasting.