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December 2016

Chairperson: Kathy Miller (717) 818-1390



(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.

Saturday, December 3, Boundary Work Trip: We will be doing our semi-annual boundary work on the AT. This is a very interesting and informative work trip where you will see parts of the AT your never saw before and learn a little about how we as a club help protect the AT. The work is somewhat strenuous as you will be working on the side of the mountain. If you plan to attend please let me know and also let me know your shirt size; S, M, L, XL as we have very nice AT Boundary work T’s. I would also like to know how many are coming so I can plan on having the proper supplies and equipment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, gloves and bring lunch and water. We will leave the North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner at the Emigsville exit at 8:00 am. This on the east side of I 83 across from York Barbell. Any questions, please contact Tom Morley @ 717-764-6822 or .

Saturday, December 3, Medium Hike: Harpers Ferry. It is Christmas time at Harpers Ferry and the town is decorated! Also, the A.T. Headquarters will be serving holiday cookies and warm cider. The hike will be about 8 -9 miles to the Maryland Heights overlook - via the long route, but folks can do less if they choose and explore the town. Those with a National Park pass should bring it along for parking. Meet at Woodberry Road parking at 8 AM. Gas fee $ 5.00. Contact Kim Shue at or 717-688-5142. 

Sunday, December 4, Medium Hike: About 7 miles around part of the Prettyboy Reservoir. This out-and-back hike will include part of the Prettyboy Trail, fire roads, some off-trail and a great lunch spot. There are 2 climbs of 200' and one of 100'. Bring hiking footwear, water and snack/lunch. Meet at Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology), 9:00 AM. Carpool: $3. Leader: Tim Schmidt, , 717-235-5940.

Sunday, December 11, Short Hike: This scenic 5-mile hike starts at the Wrightsville boat launch and ends at the Moon Dancer Winery parking lot. We will have moderate elevation going through Murphy’s Hollow, Grace Plateau, and on to High Point, where you have a 360-degree view of the river and surrounding hills. Please bring water, snacks and wear good walking shoes/boots. Car pool fee $1.00. Meet at Boscov's East Parking (near the Texas Road House) off PA 24 at 12:30 pm. Hike leader: Eric Ling (work phone: 717-815-6635; email: ).

Sunday, December 11, Medium Hike: Approximately 9 miles in the Weiser State Forest Haldeman Tract (known for its hang glider site) on Broad Mountain, northeast of Halifax. The hike will be mostly on snowmobile trails making for easy walking, with a long gradual climb of about 700 ft. at the start to warm us up and a long gradual descent of 800 ft. at the end. Please bring good boots, water, & lunch. We will leave the Emigsville North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner at the Emigsville exit at 8:00 a.m. Carpool fee $5.00. Hike leader: Jim McCoy, 717-984-2712 or

Sunday, December 18, 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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016: Merry Christmas! 



Congratulations and Welcome to our newest members who have completed their required 30 miles: Christine Schwankl, Linda & Eric Stager, and Elaine & Sal Panzitte. 


Please if you know of a former club member who has passed away please let me know. Send the information to
Allen Britton  


Backpacking Trips. 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.

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

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.

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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North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner

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