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December 2014

Chairperson: Allen Britton


(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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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 2014 year.

December 6, SATURDAY- Medium Hike 9 miles – We will meet at the East End Parking Lot at 8:30AM (Galleria Mall, east side of Boscov's East Parking across from Texas Roadhouse We will be hiking from the Holtwood Arboretum to Pequea. This will be a challenging 9 mile hike up and down some rugged hills along the Susquehanna River. Bring water, hiking shoes, and lunch. Hike leader: Todd Trimmer (717-817-2394 or )

December 7, Sunday, Short Hike: A little under 4 miles at Money Rocks County Park in eastern Lancaster County. We'll do the Cockscomb Trail loop and then the Overlook Trail loop. There will be a couple hills and some nice boulders and rock outcropping to see. Bring hiking shoes. Meet at the Boscov's East Parking at 1:00pm. Carpool fee $3. Hike Leader: Elyshia Menkin, or 734-536-9453

December 14: Short Hike The Hollow creek Trail follows its name sake through scenic woodlands and valleys for 3.4 miles. If you want to do more we are close to Nixon County Park which will be an option. Meet at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) parking lot at 1:30 P.M. Hike leader: Allen Britton or (717)741-0624

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - Medium, easy to moderate hike on Lakeside Trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The hike is about 8.5 miles and will take 4 - 4 1/2 hours. We will meet at the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store at 9:00 a.m. and carpool to Pinchot. The hike will start in the Conewago Day Use area between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack, water and lunch. Carpool fee is $3.00. Contact hike leaders Jack Goodwin or Kathy Miller at 717-767-8910 or .

December 21 - Medium Hike: 9 Miles on the Heritage Rail Trail starting at New Freedom going to Glen Rock and back. This is an easy hike along a crushed gravel path and we may even see the Steam into History Train. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, a snack, and dress for the weather. The plan would be to eat lunch at the Glen Rock station before returning back to New Freedom. Meet at 10:00 AM at the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store Parking Lot. If Carpooling: fee: $.50. Contact the hike leader if planning on meeting at the New Freedom Train Station instead of the York Tech School parking lot. Hike Leader: Alan Noble; Phone 717-817-9430; E-Mail:

December 25: Merry Christmas

December 28, SUNDAY: Short Hike - Approximately 5 miles around Rocky Ridge Park. Meet at the first parking lot on the left at Rocky Ridge at 1:30. Bring water and snack, if you wish. Wear good walking shoes or hiking boots. Hike Leaders: Jerry and Chris Broome (717) 757-6357. 

December 28, Sunday – Medium hike - 8-9 miles. Are you worn out after the holidays? Then come hike with us. A late start will help you to ease back into things. This will be a relatively easy hike of 8 to 9 miles with some slight elevations changes. We will be doing the loop around Pinchot Park Lake. Meet at Woodberry Road at 9 a.m. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Bring lunch and water. Car pool fee $2.00. Hike leaders: Tom and Phyllis Morley. For more information call 717 764-6822 or contact Tom at .



We wish to welcome the following new members: Jack Goodwin, Suzette DeStevens, Mark Foltz and David Lukes have all recently become members of our club. Please welcome them when you see them out on the trail.

IRS approved YHC status as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization for the public good we provide. The benefits of being a 501(c)(3) organization includes an exemption from Federal income tax as well as charitable contributions to YHC can be tax deductible up to 50% of the contributions. YHC was recognized in large part for fulfilling that part of our mission which is to build and to maintain trails YHC maintains portions of the Appalachian Trail and the Mason-Dixon Trail. Over the last five years, our club was funded 64% by membership fees. Clearly, we depend on our members to sustain our mission, both monetarily and in volunteer time. 

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

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.


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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Parking lot maps

Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology)

North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store

Woodberry Road parking

Boscov's East Parking