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
9:00 am |        
Ironton Rail Trail
We will walk the gravel path along the Coplay Creek. There is a historic building we can stop & visit. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water.
6:00 pm |        
Weeknight Walks at 6:00 pm Upper Saucon (2-4 miles)
Join us for a walk on the rail trail in Center Valley
12:15 noon |      
Chestnut Oak Trail Maintenance
Weed Whack and repair the Chestnut Oak trail
7:30 pm |        
Presentation followed by Monthly Business Meeting. Muhlenberg college Professor Benjamin Carter will give a presentation on his research of the charcoal hearths located on the Blue Mountain.
9:00 am |        
Charcoal Hike
This is a 2 mile hike with some bushwacking on the AT trail. We will learn about the charcoal region and see it through the eyes of an archaeologist

For more, visit our full event list

AHC News
A Chance Encounter with Trail Maintainers in Maine
The man carrying a chainsaw to Little Bigelow Lean-to stuck out his hand and introduced himself: “Hi, I’m Hawk Methany.” My canine companion Sofia and I would stay at the lean-to that night, waiting out a thunderstorm which threatened to bring hale and high winds, on the third night of a six-day section hike.
One To Go!
The author, AHC's webmaster since 2002, has pursued a 21-year quest to hike the Appalachian Trail in sections.
Hiker Safety
We hike for a variety of reasons, for physical fitness, to challenge themselves, to explore nature. We pack our backpacks and head out never thinking that we won’t get from point A to point B without a problem.
Ed Ritter Named Volunteer of the Year
Ed Ritter, AHC’s Trails Chair, has been selected as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Help Wanted: AT Corridor Monitors
We are seeking a few new persons to help with this very important task!

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