Allentown Hiking Club
Social Media
Please visit our Facebook page for recent trip reports, photos, and more.
In addition, many of our hikes are listed on Meetup. Check it out!
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.
Join Us!
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.
Upcoming Events
Due to the Stay at Home order from Governor Wolf and recommendations from the Federal Government, the Allentown Hiking Club will be canceling all Club sponsored events until April 30th.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has requested that everyone stay off of the Appalachian Trail. While getting fresh air and exercise is good for us, it seems everyone has the same idea to get out on the trail. Popular spots along the AT have become overcrowded, having the opposite effect of social distancing.
We are unable to get our 2nd Quarter Newsletter out at this time because the Recreation Department of Allentown which prints our Newsletter for us is currently shut down. We are hoping to have it out sometime in May .
Keep your eye on our Website, Meetup and Facebook pages for further updates.
AHC News

Check out more in the online version of our newsletter, The Happy Hiker

From Others
Stay Home, and Off of the AT
The Appalachian Trail, given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing.
Appalachian Trail Conservatory
Supreme Court Pipeline Fight Could Disrupt How The Appalachian Trail Is Run
The Appalachian Trail is at the center of a legal case before the Supreme Court on Monday involving a proposed gas pipeline. Trail officials say it has become a football between the case's two sides.
NPR
AT 3D Map - It's Awesome!
See the peaks, parks, and hotspots of America's most storied long trail in this interactive 3D map from BACKPACKER.
Backpacker Magazine
Capturing the Faces and the Voices of the AT
For a Maine photographer, every long-distance hiker has an interesting story.
Maine News Center
Derailment Closes the Pedestrian Bridge in Harper's Ferry
The bridge is used by hundreds of thousands of hikers each year to cross the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The National Park Service says it is assessing the damage and repair options.
Washington Post