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June 2017

Chairperson: Todd Trimmer, 717-817-2394,



(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 2017 year.

SATURDAY JUNE 3 – NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Celebrate National Trails Day on the Mason-Dixon Trail. Join us at the Conowingo Dam Visitors Center, 4948 Conowingo Rd, Conowingo, MD 21918. At 9 am, we will form into 2 or 3 groups to perform trail maintenance on the Mason-Dixon Trail both north and south of the dam. We will return to the Visitors Center at noon; there will be many different tasks, so there will be something for everyone to do. Bring food, water, sturdy foot wear, work gloves and eye protection. If you have them, bring loppers and a Pulaski or mattock as well. Contact Tim Schmidt at for more information.

SUNDAY, JUNE, 4, MEDIUM HIKE (6 MILES): Hike at Spring Valley County Park. Hike will connect trails to make a 6 mile hike through rolling hills with some steep climbs and descents. Bring good trail shoes and hiking boots along with water, lunch and snacks.
Meeting Location: York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec) parking lot Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Carpool Fee: $3.00 Hike Leader: Alan Noble, PH 717-758-8470, email:

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 – LONG SHUTTLE HIKE (12 MILES): On this hike on the Standing Stone Trail, we will climb the Thousand Steps, hike over Jack’s Mountain, and stop for a couple of beautiful views along the way. We’ll continue down the other side and start up Stone Mountain, then hike down a game lands trail to the lot. The first climb has a 1600 foot elevation gain over 3.5 miles. Trails will consist of stone steps, single track, and some forest roads. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and good hiking shoes/boots.
Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner  Meeting Time: 7:00 AM
Carpool Fee: $5.00 Hike Leader: David Lukes 717-818-4751 or

SUNDAY JUNE 11 - MEDIUM HIKE (8 MILES): Hike on horse and hiking trails at Gettysburg Battlefield. This is a mostly shaded walk with no steep hills, but possibly some muddy spots. Bring sturdy shoes or boots, lunch and water. 
Meeting Location: Woodberry Road parking Meeting Time: 9:30 am Carpool Fee: $3.00
Hike Leader: Pat Yale 717-495-2839 or

SUNDAY JUNE 18 - FATHER'S DAY SHORT HIKE (6 MILES): A scenic hike starting at the John Wright parking lot hiking a section of the Mason Dixon Trail along the Susquehanna River onto Accomac Road, Dark Hollow Road and back to the John Wright parking lot. Hike will consist of paved and dirt roads with two short hills. Please bring water, snacks and wear good walking shoes/boots. 
Meeting Location: East End Parking Lot (Galleria Mall, east side of Boscov's East Parking, north side of Red Robin) 
Meeting Time: 1:00 PM Carpool Fee: $1.00 Hike Leader: Kim Herbst 717-887-4462 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 – SHORT HIKE (5.5 MILES): An easy hike on the York Rail Trail, no hills, no elevation, no roots, no rocks. After the hike, we will go to Round the Clock Diner for breakfast for whoever is interested. 
Meeting Location: Rail Trail Northeast Extension Parking Lot right off Loucks Mill Rd. and Route 30.
Meeting Time: 8:00 AM Hike Leader: Kathy Miller, 717-818-1390 or



Friday, June 2 - Seventh Annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Induction: Four giants of the Appalachian Trail will be inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame on Friday, June 2, at the seventh annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet. This year, the Banquet will be held at a new location, the Comfort Suites in downtown Carlisle, PA, at 10 South Hanover Street, just four miles from the A.T. The new Hall of Fame inductees are Harlean James of Washington, DC; Charles Parry of Blacksburg, VA; Mildred Norman "Peace Pilgrim" Ryder, of Egg Harbor, NJ; and Matilda "Tillie" Wood, of Roswell, GA. 

Emcee for the evening will be Ron Tipton, Executive Director and CEO of Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Music will be provided again by Randy "Windtalker" Motz. Windtalker’s music is described as "Native SoundScapes", a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Native American-style flute. 

A 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $35 for museum members and $45 for others. 

Complete information on the Hall of Fame Banquet is available at https://2017athalloffamebanquet.eventbrite.com


Hike Leaders Wanted: Please contact the individuals below to sign up to lead a hike for the summer months: 
June – Todd Trimmer   July – Kathy Miller
August – Bob Falsetti Short Weekday Hikes (anytime) - David Lukes

Backpacking Trips: David Lukes will be leading two backpacking trips on PA Trails in June. The Lost Turkey Trail (26 miles): June 3rd-4th and the Susquehannock Trail System (85 miles): June 25th-29th (shorter options available). Contact:

KTA Trail Challenge: Registration is now open for this KTA sponsored event. This is one of the best and closest trail running/hiking events in PA! We have two hikes this month covering most of the course if you want to preview it. The YHC also volunteers every year at one of the aid stations, so if you do not run it you can still participate as a volunteer. See this link for more information: http://www.kta-hike.org/kta-trail-challenge.html

New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note change: hike leaders should send the sign-up sheet to the membership chairman, Linda Bean ( ) after the hike, and do not forget to send your Hike write-up for the Log Book to  Julie Falsetti ( ).”

Hike Leaders Wanted: Thanks so much to all those who have signed up to lead hikes for 2017! There are a great many slots available throughout the year. Even if you are a new member, you can still lead a hike. We have short, medium, and long options available. Please see the schedule included with this month’s newsletter and contact the monthly chairperson to sign up for one or more hikes. Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2017 year.


Individuals who are willing to lead short hikes on Wednesdays area also wanted. If you would like to lead a Family Friendly hike on Saturday or Sunday please contact the monthly chairperson. A short hike is recommended. Contact David Lukes with any questions about leading hikes at

Thursday Weekly Trail Maintenance: Contact Jim Hooper for information for the current week 717-252-3784 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 from the Club's Founding in 1932 to the early 1980s. For the past 30 years 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. No more copies of the annual log books. 

Card Committee: Linda Bean serves as the “card committee.” If you know of someone with a serious illness, having surgery, etc., please notify Linda at or 764-1091 and she will send them a card from the club. New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ) or Phyllis Morley ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation. 





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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