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October 2013

Chairperson: Alan Noble
717-817-9430 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.)


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 2013 year.

October 5 (Saturday): Pinchot Park “Code Orange – Trail Care Day” – There are plans for a number of renovation projects on the combined section of Lakeside / Mason Dixon Trail. Trail relocation, raised walkways, Geo- textile installation, and trail clearing are on the agenda. The Friends of Pinchot, will host a cookout following the activities. For more information contact Skip Newcomer 717-841-4930 or Email . Carpool will leave the Masonic Drive meet site North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store at 7:45 AM. 

October 6: Long Hike – Kelly’s Run to Pequea Campground-10ish miles- We will be do a shuttle hike starting at the Holtwood Arboretum and hiking along the river to Pequea Campground. This has some steep climbs and should be considered a strenuous hike. Don’t say I didn’t warn you :-)!! Bring good boots, lunch, and plenty of water. Well meet at in the Galleria Mall - Boscov's East Parking at 8AM. Hike fee is $5. Hike leader: Todd Trimmer, 717-817-2394, .

October 13: Medium Hike - Torrey C. Brown (formally NCR) rail trail 8 mile hike. This is a point to point hike start in Freeland, MD and ending in White Hall, MD. The trail is a converted railroad bed of crushed stone or dirt trails. Elevation is mostly downhill so it should be an easy hike. Bring good walking shoes, water, lunch, and a snack. Meeting place is the South parking lot Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 8:00 AM. Car Pool Fee is $5.00. This hike will require a minimum of 2 cars and possibly more depending on the size of the hiking group. The hike leader will request for volunteer(s) to help drive. Hike Leader: Alan Noble (717-817-9430 or ). 

October 17-20 (Thursday – Sunday): Clarks Ferry Shelter Reroofing - Weather permitting we will start the project on Thursday and work each day until it is finished. It should only take one-two dry days to do the work. Meet at the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store parking location. Contact Jim Hooper, or 717/52-3784 if you plan to attend or have any questions.

October 20: Short Hike- Hike on the brand new section of the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail in Manor Township, Lancaster County. It is next to the Susquehanna River with lovely autumn views including cliffs and waterfalls. Meet at Boscov's East Parking lot, east side @ 1:30. Bring water and a snack. Hike leaders are Sarah and Lou Tateosian @ 741-2652. Carpool fee $1.00.

Wednesday October 23: ROCKY RIDGE: This will be a 5 mile hike along familiar trails. It is not too strenuous, so come join us for a fall hike close to home. The hike will begin at 1:00 PM. Meet at the first parking lot in the park. the park. Hike Leader: Allen Britton 717-741-0624 or .

October 27: Long hike - Approx. 10 miles in Michaux State Forest on the A.T. from Sheet Iron Roof Rd. to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. A long gradual climb of 800 ft. about 1/3rd of the way into the hike & a long gradual descent of about 700 ft. to finish. Option to take the side trail to Pole Steeple to check out the views. This weekend is the Pine Grove Furnace Fall Festival, so there may be opportunities to enjoy some of the festival activities. Bring good boots, lunch, & plenty of water. We will leave from Adams Electric at 8 AM Fee: $5. Hike leader: Gwen Loose, 717-891-9967.


NEW MEMBER: Barbara Culton of York, PA 17406, has hiked the required 30 miles to become a member and a letter of invitation has been sent to her. We are looking forward to seeing Barbara on some hikes. 


Log Book - Please send your hike write-ups to our Log Editor, Jim Trautman at


THANKSGIVING DINNER: Now is the time to step up and volunteer to help with our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. I need volunteers to help set and clean up, serve the food, and most importantly prepare the meal please don't wait for me to call you (YOU KNOW I WILL). There are Turkeys to cook, desserts to make, vegetables 
to prepare, and a hundred other things to make this another successful dinner. Please call or e mail me 717-741-0624 or Thanks in advance


October 5th Pinchot Park “Code Orange – Trail Care Day” – There are plans for a number of renovation projects on the combined section of Lakeside / Mason Dixon Trail. Trail relocation, raised walkways, Geo- textile and cell installation, stepping stone installation and trail clearing will be on the agenda for the day. The Friends of Pinchot, will host a cookout following the activities. For more information contact Skip Newcomer 841-4930 or Email . Carpool will meet at the Masonic Drive location at 7:45 AM


October 11-13, 2013, Keystone Trails Association : Base camp will be at the Doubling Gap Center in Newville, Cumberland County, PA. The Doubling Gap area, nestled in the Blue Mountain Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and on the southern edge of the Tuscarora State Forest, contains many hiking trails waiting to be explored. In addition to challenging, longer hikes, short, easy and kid-friendly options will also be offered each day. Registrations must be received by September 24.

Backpacking Trip: October 3-8: Planning a 61 mile backpacking trip through the lower Shenandoah Mountains from Waynesboro to Big Meadows Campground. It will be strenuous but not severe. Climbs average 200 to 500 feet. Experienced backpackers only. If interested please contact Tom Morley or 717 764-6822.

Beginning Backpacking – (Backpacking 101) some members have expressed an interest in backpacking but don’t want to commit to equipment or a longer hike. If there is interest we would plan a short trip over one or two nights for next Spring with the possibility of borrowing equipment. Please contact Tom Morley if interested or have questions. Contact info as above

The club is looking for volunteers to help John Seville purge and archive the long and storied History of the Club. Please help with this important project, which when completed will become a permanent Part of York County History. Contact John at
(717) 244-6769 or

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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Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology)

North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store

Adams Electric

Boscov's East Parking