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November 2015

Chairperson: Tom Morley, 717 764-6822 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.

November 1, SUNDAY - Medium Hike - Michaux State Forest, Lippincott Trail. Approximately 8 mile loop hike with a steep climb at the beginning. Hiking boots, water, lunch are recommended. Leave Woodberry Road parking at 8:30am. Carpool fee $5.00. Hike Leader Pat Yale (717)495-2839 or .

November 8, SUNDAY, Long Hike: Approximately 13 miles along the Catoctin Trail and the trails of Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD. This will be a shuttle hike. We will begin at the Manor Area campground and hike north toward Catoctin Mountain Park. Before entering the park, we’ll check out Cunningham Falls. We’ll then take in several vistas as we travel the park’s trails. There is a big climb in the beginning, with some lesser climbs later in the hike. Bring boots, lunch, plenty of water. We will leave the West End Woodberry Road parking area at 8:00am. Carpool fee $3.00. Hike Leader: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or

November 8, SUNDAY, Short Hike: About 4-5 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. Bring good boots and water. Carpool fee $1.00. Hike Leader: Chris & Jerry Broome, 717-757-6357 or

November 14 SATURDAY M-DTS Hike and Meeting Join us to add the Tristate Marker trail to the Mason-Dixon Trail System The trail is brand new and is in both Pennsylvania’s White Clay Preserve and Delaware’s White Clay State Park. The trip-state marker is where Mason and Dixon started their survey between Pa and Maryland and their survey between Del and Maryland. We will also be going by the arc stone marker where the boundary between the states. The miles are to be determined. Bring boots, water &a lunch. A meeting will be held afterwards. Please contact Jim Hooper at 252-3784 or for further details.

November 15, SUNDAY, Long Hike: Approximately 10 miles Raccoon Trail. Approximately 11 mile hike on the Raccoon Trail and AT in the Michaux Forrest. Moderate to strenuous climbs due to rocks. Good vistas if the weather is cooperative, some small stream crossings. Bring sturdy footwear, lunch, water and snacks. Hike fee $5.00. Meet at West end parking area on Woodberry Road parking at 8:00 a.m. Hike leaders: Tom and Phyllis Morley (717) 764-6822 or .

November 21 SATURDAY – BOUNDARY WORK – This is our fall boundary work day on Peter’s Mountain. Wear sturdy boots, long sleeve shirts, work gloves and heavy pants. Bring lunch and water. Contact Tom Morley at or call him at 717 764-6822 if you plan to attend. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store. (A good way to work up your appetite for the turkey dinner.)

November 22, 2015 Turkey Hike and Dinner at JPJ. Our annual MEMBERS ONLY event. Meal served at 1:30 p.m., enjoy hot cider and cookies at 1 p.m. Hike will begin promptly at 10 a.m. from JPJ cabin. This will be approximately a 5 mile hike led by Tim Schmidt. Annual dues of $10 (or you can donate at a higher level) must be paid in advance to Treasurer, Bernie Frick, at the address above. Checks should be made out to York Hiking Club. You may also pay at the JPJ door before the meal. Please volunteer to bring a part of the meal. We will be having our usual menu: Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, relishes, rolls, butter and desserts. Cider and cookies will be also be served and are needed. Folks are also needed for set up and clean up (washing all of those dishes!!!). To help out and make your dinner reservation, please contact Phyllis Morley at 717 764-6822 or email

November 28, SATURDAY: - Long Hike with shuttle - Approximately 10 miles starting on the Conestoga Trail at the Holtwood Arboretum and ending at Pequea Creek Campground. This is a strenuous but scenic hike with many elevation changes that includes short rock climbs and several stream crossings. Highlights of the hike include Kelly's run, the Pinnacle and Wind Cave. Bring hiking footwear, lunch and water. Meet at the park and ride off the Wrightsville exit at 8:00 AM. Carpool fee $5.00. Contact Kim Herbst at 717-887-4462 or

November 29, SUNAY - Short Hike at Rocky Ridge. For those who just want to get out and get in a short hike to work off that Thanksgiving Dinner. We will do about 5 miles but may get in a couple of good climbs. Meet at the first parking lot on the left in Rocky Ridge. No fee. Wear appropriate footwear. Bring water, snacks are optional. Hike co-leaders – Phyllis Morley and Betty Zhai. Call Phyllis at 717 764-6822 or e-mail at for further information. 


LOGBOOK Changes: The new logbook will soon be going to press. Please check last year’s book to make sure your information is correct. If not, please forward any changes to Julie Falsetti at .

WELCOME: please welcome our newest member, Elizabeth Lukes, when you see her on a hike or event.


DUES: Membership dues for 2015-2016 are now due. The club’s year runs form October to September. Dues continue to be $10 per member, although some members contribute at a higher level. 

THANKSGIVING DINNER: Yes, it is time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and one of the best things about that is our turkey hike and dinner. The date this year will be Sunday November 22rd. Of course, we need lots of food, turkeys, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, and butter; and while we do love the desserts, we only need a limited number of them. So please call early and let us know what you will bring. We also need volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and serving the food. Call me at 717 764-6822 or e-mail me at


Hike Leaders are still needed for November. We are looking for hike leaders for November 8th, 15th and 29th. Take your pick whether you want to do a short, medium or long hike. Also feel free to lead a hike on a Saturday rather than a Sunday. The bugs will be gone and the weather should still be nice, so get out and enjoy it before the snows come. Call Tom or Phyllis Morley at 717 764-6822 or e-mail us at . We will be happy to hear from you!!!


Boundary Work. Our fall boundary work is scheduled for Saturday November 21st. We will be doing boundary work on the mountain. Contact Tom Morley at or call at 717 764-6822 if you plan to attend.


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.

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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