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April 2016

Chairperson: David Lukes 717-818-4751 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!  

Parking For the Club!  Four Lots Click

Fee for a hike is only if one Carpools.


Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2016 year.

APRIL 3, SUNDAY - LONG HIKE: On the AT. We will hike from Shippensburg Road to Pine Grove Furnace on the AT. This is just a 9 to 10 mile section with only mild elevation changes. Bring lunch, snacks, water. Wear sturdy shoes. Leave Woodberry Road parking at 8:30 am. Carpool fee is $5.00. Hike leader Tom Morley (717) 764-6822 or .

APRIL 6, WEDNESDAY - SHORT HIKE: We will host an after work short hike of 3-6 miles every Wednesday at a different park in York County. Mileage will vary according to daylight availability. Meet at P. Joseph Raab County Park, at the main lot off of Hoff Road. We start at 6:00 pm. Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes 717-818-4751 or

APRIL 10, SUNDAY - MEDIUM HIKE: Enjoy the spring flowers on about an 8-10 mile hike at Hashawa County Park, MD and Union Mills trails. We will visit the raptor cages and hopefully arrive at the nature center around lunch time. This hike has lots of ups and downs and a nice variety of corn fields, woods, pine groves and streams. Bring boots, lunch, and water. Meet at West Parking lot on Woodberry Road parking 9 AM. Car pool fee is $ 3.00. Leader: Kim Shue. Phone: 717-688-5142 or email:  

APRIL 13, WEDNESDAY - SHORT HIKE: of 3-6 miles. Mileage will vary according to daylight availability. Meet at John C. Rudy Park, at the main lot off of Mundis Race Road, near the restrooms. Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes 717-818-4751 or

APRIL 16-17 FLOWER WEEKEND AT JPJ: Sunday April 17 - Flower Hike and covered dish lunch at John Paul Jones Cabin, 1143 Furnace Road, Airville, PA 17302. It is a nice time of the year to spend the night. Each spring there is an amazing display of wildflowers along the Susquehanna River at JPJ. John Seville will lead the flower hike at 10:30 over the traditional trails identifying perhaps up to 30 types of wildflowers. Then those who would like can continue on for a 4 to 5 mile hike. The others may return to the cabin, sit on the porch or by the fireside, and wait for the lunch which will start at 1:30. To help coordinate the menu, please call Sarah Tateosian at 717-741-2652 with your covered dish selection. Or Sarah would be OK with you just showing up with something like dark chocolate.

APRIL 20, WEDNESDAY - SHORT HIKE: of 3-6 miles. Mileage will vary according to daylight availability. Meet at William H. Kain County Park, at the main lot off of Hess Farm Road, near the boat launch. Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes 717-818-4751 or

APRIL 23, SUNDAY - SHORT FAMILY HIKE, RICHARD NIXON COUNTY PARK: 4 MILES. This is a good time to be outdoors. Please keep in mind that all minors must be accompanied by an adult or a reasonable facsimile. The spring flowers should be making an appearance and the weather should be pleasant. Also no pets are permitted. Meet at the parking lot in the park at 1:00 pm. Hike leader: Allen Britton 717-741-0624 or

APRIL 24, SUNDAY - LONG HIKE: MICHAUX STATE FOREST LOOP HIKE. Approximately 10 miles on newly-mapped trails and some old favorites. Several steep climbs are included, also views of Long Pine Reservoir. Bring hiking boots, water, and lunch. Leave Woodberry Road parking area at 8:00 am. Car pool fee $5.00. Hike leader: Pat Yale (717)495-2839 or .

APRIL 27, WEDNESDAY - SHORT HIKE: of 3-6 miles. Mileage will vary according to daylight availability. Meet at Rocky Ridge County Park, Deninger Road, first lot on the left after entering the park, near the restrooms. Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes 717-818-4751 or



Sawyer recertification class is being offered at Scott Farm on Friday, April 8. Anyone interested should contact Tom Morley at 717-764-6822 or tommorley@comcast.net


Backpacking Trips 2016. Anyone interested in backpacking in 2016 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.

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

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. Our Wednesday hikes were intended to bring out some of the old timers, which is still my goal; however, if you are willing to lead a hike of five to seven miles then do so as it is good to get outdoors midweek. Also, people willing to be hike leaders. If you know a hike, but are reluctant to step forward, please be assured that I will be glad to show you what is necessary to become a hike leader. No experience is necessary, just a desire to get involved. The hike can be of any length. I would be glad to go with you to scout out the hike. 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 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.

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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