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April 2015

Chairperson: Elyshia Menkin 734-536-9453 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.)


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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.

APRIL 2, THURSDAY: There will be a work trip on the AT to include pruning, shelter work and other miscellaneous needed chores. Meet at North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store at 8:30am. If you have loppers, please bring them. You will also need lunch and water. Call Tom Morley at 717-764-6822 if you have any questions or email him at  




APRIL 12, SUNDAY, Short Hike: About 5 miles in Codorus State Park on Mary Anne Furnace Trail and environs. Bring boots, a snack, water and dress for the weather. Meet at 1:00pm at Woodberry Road parking. Carpool fee: $1.00. Hike Leader: Henry Loudermilk 717-235-4953.


APRIL 12, SUNDAY, Long Hike: Approximately 12 miles in Swatara State Park, on the A.T., and 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 two climbs, a 200 ft. climb about 3.5 miles into the hike and then a long gradual climb about 900 ft. over 2.5 miles to the top of Stony Mountain. Bring good boots, lunch and plenty of water. We will leave the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store at 8:00am. Carpool fee $5.00. Hike Leader: Jim McCoy, 717-852-7570 or


APRIL 19, 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 drier. Bring hiking boots, a snack, water, and dress for the weather. Meeting place is the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 1:00pm. Hike Leader: Alan Noble, 717-817-9430 or Carpool 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.


April 17-19 KTA Weekend at Camp Swatara Behthel, PA. Go to www.kte-hike.org for details.


APRIL 22 WEDNESDAY EARTH DAY, Short Hike: Hike on the new portion of the rail trail at Loucks Mill Road and Route 30. The ribbon ceremony will be at 4:00pm. After that we will hike the 2.5 miles and return for a total of 5 miles. Meet at 3:00pm at the parking lot on North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store as  Loucks Mill Road and Route 30 parking at the trailhead is very limited and it will be best to car pool. Bring boots, water and a snack. Hike Leader: Linda Bean, 717-764-1091 or  


APRIL 25, SATURDAY, Medium Hike: This is a joint hike with the Batona Hiking Club. We will hike 7.7 miles of the Mason Dixon Trail. The hike will start at 10:30am at JPJ. It includes two walks along Otter Creek separated by a 300 ft. climb to Urey overlook. We have two more climbs of 200/300 ft. through state game lands descending to Sawmill Run and back to JPJ. Hike Leader: Allen Britton, 717-741-0624 or  


APRIL 25, SATURDAY, Long Hike: 15 mile hike along the Mason-Dixon Trail System starting at Lock 12 at Holtwood Dam and ending at Otter Creek Campground. This is a combined hike with the Batona Hiking Club, Philadelphia, PA. The trail has some climbs ranging up to 600 feet. Most of the trail is through State Game Lands, some sections are on the road. There are two water crossings at the beginning of the hike... From Otter Creek, we will create a loop up to Urey Overlook and back again to Otter Creek, the end point of the hike. Bring snacks, lunch and trail shoes or hiking boots. Meeting place is the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 8:00am. Carpool fee is $3.00, if carpooling. If meeting at Lock 12, please call the hike leader. The plan is to the meet the Batona Hiking Club at 9:00am and be on the trail by 10:00am after getting the cars in place at Otter Creek Campground area. Hike Leader: Alan Noble, 717-817-9430 or  


APRIL 26, SUNDAY, Flower Day at JPJ: Flower Hike and covered dish lunch at John Paul Jones. Each spring there is an amazing display of spring wildflowers at JPJ along the Susquehanna River. John Seville will lead the Flower Hike at 10:30am over the traditional path identifying perhaps up to 30 types of wildflowers. Then, those who would like to may continue for a 4 to 5 mile hike. The others may return to the cabin, sit by the fire, and wait for the lunch, which will start at 1:30pm. To help coordinate the menu, please call Sarah Tateosian at 717-741-2652 with your covered dish selection. Those who want to do a longer hike (and do not like flowers) may meet at 10:30am at JPJ and lead their own hike (do not get lost and do not look at the flowers!)


APRIL 28, TUESDAY, Quarterly Board Meeting: The Board will meet at 7:00pm at the Britton residence. All members are welcome to attend.




Raymond Levere Elfner, 91, of Windsor, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015. He was the husband of Carol J. (Glatfelter) Elfner, to whom he was married for 27 years. Raymond joined the York Hiking Club in 1962 and was an avid hiker. Raymond was a U.S. Army Infantry veteran of WWII where he earned three Bronze Stars. He will be missed. 
If you come across a member or former member who has gone to great hiking trail in the sky please let me know.
Allen Britton loralhiker@verizon.net 

Welcome New Members: A warm welcome goes out to Mike and Jill Shirey of Hanover. They have met their requirements to join our club. We will be looking forward to more hiking with them. We also wish to welcome the following new members: Jack Goodwin, Suzette DeStevens, Mark Foltz and David Lukes have all recently become members of our club. 

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.

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.

April 17-19 KTA Weekend @ Camp Swatara Bethel, Pa. Berks County Pa. Go to the KTA web site to make reservations. 

Hiking Boots Available. If you or someone you know is looking for a pair of hiking boots the following are available. ASOLO, Men's size 10, Good Condition. Waterproof. Original Costs $210.00 Reasonable offer. Good deal for someone just starting out hiking back packing.

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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