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May 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.

MAY 2, SATURDAY, Medium Hike: Medium loop hike of 7-8 miles at Harpers Ferry, WV. Should have lots of Virginia bluebells and wild flowers in bloom! Great views! Walk around town afterwards and grab an ice cream cone. Bring hiking boots, lunch, hike poles, water and insect repellant. Meet West end parking at Woodberry Road parking at 8:00am. Carpool fee $5.00. Hike Leader: Kim Shue, 717-688-5142 or if you have a national park pass, please bring it along. Otherwise, there is an additional fee for parking.


MAY 3, SUNDAY, Short Hike: About 3-4 miles around Lake Williams. Meet at 1:00pm at Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology). We will start the hike at the parking by Lake Williams on S. George St. The hike involves moderate climbs, but not strenuous overall. Carpool fee $1.00. Hike Leader: Bernie Frick, 717-843-6675 or  


MAY 9, SATURDAY, Medium Hike: We will be hiking 9 miles from the Holtwood Arboretum to Pequea. This will be a very challenging hike with rugged hills along the Susquehanna River a couple of creek crossings. We will meet at 8:30am at the East End Parking Lot (Galleria Mall, Boscov's East Parking, north side of Red Robin). Carpool fee is $4.00. Bring water, hiking shoes, and lunch. Hike leader: Todd Trimmer, 717-817-2394 or


MAY 13, WEDNESDAY, Short Hike: Meet at 5:00pm at Boscov's East Parking with your water. We will head up the hill to Rocky Ridge County Park for a mid-week hike of approximately 4 miles. Hike Leader: Becky Borge, can be contacted at or 717-318-4603. Just show up, it doesn’t cost a thing!


MAY 17, SUNDAY, Medium Hike: Medium in distance, but not in difficulty. Hiking the Mason-Dixon Trail from Shank’s Mare/Fishing Creek Bridge to Apollo County Park. It’s approximately 9 miles. Meet at Apollo County Park on Shenks Ferry Road at 8:30am. We’ll carpool northward to the starting point. This can be a difficult hike. There’s a rock scramble right at the start. Some pretty steep, but short, sections of trail. Some small (depending on recent rains) streams to cross. Wear whatever you want. Bring something to eat and drink... some issues with yellow jackets, so if you’re allergic, please bring your EpiPen. Rain, or threat of, will probably cancel the hike. Hike Leader: Paul Yatabe, 717-872-1902, 717-203-5422 (cell) or  


MAY 25, MONDAY, Memorial Day: Hike and covered dish lunch at John Paul Jones (JPJ). John Seville will lead the hike at 10:00am which will be followed by a covered dish lunch at 1:30pm. Please call the Seville’s at 717-244-6769 or email with your covered dish selection so that we can have a nice variety for the meal.


MAY 30, SATURDAY, Family Event or come as you are: ATC annual Wild Garlic Mustard pull. This is a very invasive species and can be easily pulled out. Trash bags will be provided. We provide ATC with the amount we pulled for this year. ATC’s goal is to get about 2,300 pounds of wild garlic the whole length of the trail. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose your family and friends to the trail and enjoy a day in the woods. Google garlic mustard find out what it looks like so you pull any you have in your yards. As far as I know there are no allergies associated with this plant. I also have some recipes using this plant. Dress appropriately for the woods, bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, gloves and a sense of adventure. Meet at the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store to be ready to leave by 8:30am. Carpool fee $3.00. Any questions or concerns contact Tom Morley, 717-764-6822 or  


MAY 31, SUNDAY, Long Hike: Approximately 13 miles on the Tuscarora Trail (PATC Map J, Section 2). This will be a shuttle hike from Colonel Denning State Park to Waggoneers Gap Hawk Watch Area (Rt. 74). At the beginning, there is a splendidly strenuous climb of 1500 ft. over two miles to the top of Flat Rock vista. There is a rugged rocky area toward the end, as well as a brand new PATC backpacker shelter we can check out. 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: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or  




Trail work in June moved to June 6th. Any questions contact Tom Morley, 717-764-6822 or

Welcome We want to welcome Harvey Loucks to the club. Harvey lives in York and has joined us on several hikes. We look forward to having him participate in our club activities. 


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.

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

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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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