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Febuary 2015

Chairperson: Kim Herbst (717) 887-4462 or



(In the event of inclement weather, please contact the hike leader in advance of the meet time 
for information on any change in the activity.)

(Please make telephone calls before 9PM.)


Blue links below take you to a map page!  

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Fee for a hike is only if one Carpools.


Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2015 year.

JANUARY 31, SATURDAY- Medium Hike: We will be hiking 9 miles from the Holtwood Arboretum to Pequea. This will be a very challenging 9 mile hike up and down some rugged hills along the Susquehanna River with a couple of creek crossings. We meet at the East End Parking Lot at 8:30AM (Galleria Mall, east side of Boscov's East Parking, north side of Red Robin). Car pool fee is $5.00. Bring water, hiking shoes, and lunch. Hike leader: Todd Trimmer (717-817-2394 or )

FEBRUARY 1, SUNDAY - Short Hike: Enjoy a 5 mile hike at Spring Valley County Park. This is a circuit hike with a number of steep inclines. The early trail sections can be muddy at this time of year with some areas frozen over. The higher elevations should be dyer. Bring hiking boots, snack, water, and dress for the weather. Meeting place is the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 1:00 P.M. Hike leader is Alan Noble (717-817-9430 or email: . Car pool fee: $1.00. If a hiker is not meeting at the designated meeting spot, at the park, please call the hike leader to find out which parking lot to meet at.

FEBRUARY 8, SUNDAY CHILI HIKE - Short Hike: At 11 AM Bob Falsetti will lead a 3-4 mile hike starting from JPJ, returning in time for a chili dinner at 1:30 PM. Call Julie Falsetti at (717) 854-3437, or email by 9:00 PM Thursday, February 5 to make meal reservations and once made must be paid. Meal cost will depend on Julie’s grocery cost plus cabin use fee. 

FEBRUARY 15, SUNDAY- Short Hike: 6 mile hike around Lake Williams. A few moderate climbs. We could see the eagles as we pass by their nest! Bring good boots and water. Meet at Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 1:00PM. Hike Leader: Deb Clemons or 717-659-8973. Car pool fee: $1.00

FEBRUARY 15, SUNDAY- Long Hike: Hashawa/Union Mills, MD. We will hike about 10 miles, but distance can be shorter or longer, depending on weather conditions and the group’s desire. Start and end at the Hashawa Environmental Center where you can observe various critters. Hike will be mainly a large loop thru fields, pines and woods, with many ups and downs and a visit to the raptor cages. Trails may be muddy and there are a few stream crossings which should not be a problem. Bring lunch, water, dress for the weather, boots, hiking poles. Meet 9 AM at Woodberry Road parking Car pool fee: $3.00. Hike leader: Kim Shue. Contact via 717-688-5142 or

FEBRUARY 22, SUNDAY- Long Hike: Approx. 12 miles in Swatara State Park, on the A.T., & on the Stony Valley Rail Trail. This will be a shuttle hike. Time permitting we may visit the Rausch Gap A.T. shelter. There are 2 climbs, a 200 ft climb about 3.5 miles into the hike & then a long gradual climb of about 900 ft. over 2.5 miles to the top of Stony Mountain. Bring good boots, lunch, & plenty of water. We will leave the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store at 8:00 a.m. Carpool fee $5.00. Hike leader Jim McCoy, 852-7570 or



Backpacking Trips 2015. Anyone interested in backpacking in 2015 should let either Tom Morley, or Jim McCoy know. We plan trips every now and then and we would like to know of any members who might be interested. Women are encouraged to sign up, current female members backpacking are: Kim Herbst, Gwen Loose, Regina Markle, Elyshia Menkin, and Barb Culton. Any of these people can let you know how much fun we have.


If you would like to lead a Family Friendly hike please contact the monthly chair person, a short hike is recommended.


If you would like to qualify as a sawyer to work on the AT or any other trail please contact Tom Morley
or (717)764-6822.  [ATC Chain Saw Certification and Re-Certification. Anyone wishing to get certified as a sawyer for the ATC or other agencies or those current members that need re-certification. The ATC will be posting the spring class dates and I need a list of those who are interested or need re-certification. Classes are normally one weekend and currently there is no cost to the participant. Re-certs are usually only one day. The club needs additional sawyers so if interested give it a try. Non-members can get certified if enough spaces are available.]


Reminder to hike leaders - please submit your sign-up sheets to Phyllis Morley in a timely manner so that our guests get credit for their miles.


2015 ATC Biennial Conference: Hiking through History: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) Biannual Conference will be held on July 17 – 24, 2015 in Winchester, Virginia. Find more information on the ATC website http://www.appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/events/2013/08/08/2015-atc-biennial-conference-hiking-through-history. Additional information contact Tom Morley -


Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Conservancy Specialty License Plate Now Available. See the ATC website for more information ( http://www.appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/news/2014/07/24/pennsylvania-appalachian-trail-conservancy-specialty-license-plate-now-available ). 


Log Book - Please send your hike write-ups to our Log Editor, Jim Trautman at btrangerjet@comcast.net


Please note: Our historian, John Seville, notes that the York County 
Heritage Trust has a sizable collection of York Hiking Club memorabilia in its library. However, the material dates only from the Club's Founding in 1932 to the early 1980s. For the past 30 years very little material has been added to our collection. We want to correct this omission; so John is asking members who have Club related items that might be suitable for inclusion in our archives to call him at 717-244-6769. Examples would be minutes of meetings, accounts of special events, photographs, newspaper articles, etc. We do not need any more copies of the annual log books.


Card Committee: Linda Bean has graciously agreed to be our “card committee” since Sally Zimmerer has moved from the area. If you know of someone with a serious illness, having surgery, etc., please notify Linda at .net or 764-1091 and she will send them a card.


FEELING LEFT OUT???: Please don’t be bashful feel free to step forward anytime to lead a hike. Please don’t wait to be asked. Call the monthly chairperson or me Al Britton 717-741-0624 or . I will put you in touch with the right person. Not sure you know what to do or you would like some one to go over the hike with you, well call me, I’ll be glad to help. No experience is necessary, just a desire to get involved. The hike can be of any length.


GOT A NEW EMAIL ADDRESS? PLEASE NOTIFY Bernie Frick, and Phyllis Morley, if you have changed your e-mail address. This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation.


THURSDAY WEEKLY TRAIL MAINTENANCE: Contact Jim Hooper for information of that week. 717-252-3784 or


WANTED: Individuals who are willing to lead short hikes on Wednesdays There is no need to wait for the weekend to get outside. Give me a call or e mail me 717-741-0624 or


A DIFFERENCT KIND OF ACTIVITY: If you would like to lead a bike hike, canoe or weekend camping trip please let me know. Allen Britton 717-741-0624 or

Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this year's schedule.

* "If there are no objections within 10 days" refers to things like almost getting a hike kicked out of a park.

A sheet is handed out to all New hikers at the parking lots before the hikes.


Our new place for meetings/events  is inside the York Township Recreation Building, directions as follows:

  From I-83 exit 16, take Queen St (PA-74) south for about 1 mile.  At Campbell Music, turn left onto Oak St.  Drive about a tenth of a mile and stop at the stop sign; do not turn right.  Drive straight ahead past the township building to the small building in the middle of the field.



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Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology)

North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store

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Boscov's East Parking