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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.
9-21-17 | Workout Hike in Trexler Preserve - Allentown & Bethlehem Area (3-4,C,9+/-)
Come join us for a great midweek workout hike in a wonderful park, with some amazing views & a great company of fellow hikers. This will be a workout hike, so be expected to hike at above a 3 mph average pace.
9-27-17 | Weeknight Walks (Milford Twp - Molasses Creek)
Join us for a walk at Molasses Creek Park
9-28-17 | Mauch Chunk Opera House – Free Concert – Acoustic Showcase (3 bands, one night)
Come join us for a great free concert in Jim Thorpe’s Historic Mauch Chunk Opera House. Tonight is a special line up where they are going to have three Acoustic Bands in one night. We’ll be parking & meeting at the Jim Thorpe Train Station and walking up to the Opera House together. After the show, we’ll walk back together along the historic main street that’s lit up in Christmas Lights.
9-30-17 | AT – Water Gap NJ to Wind Gap PA (3-C/D – 17 +/- miles)
This will be a point to point shuttle hike where we’ll be hiking the AT from the Water Gap Ranger Station in NJ to the Wind Gap, PA. This goes up & over Mt. Minsk, Totts Gap, Kittatinny Mountain, & Fox Gap before arriving back at our cars at Wind Gap. We’ll climb more than 1,600 vertical ft on our hike
10-4-17 | Weeknight Walks (Allentown)
Join us for a short walk before the Allentown Hiking Club Meeting