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October 2014

Chairperson: Kathy Miller



(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 2014 year.

October 4, Saturday KTA Code Orange at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Two work parties will be formed. One at 8:30 am at the Quaker Race day use area to work on the Beaver Creek trail. The other will meet at 8 am at the overflow parking for the camp ground to work on the Mason-Dixon Trail. Contact Skip Newcomer 717-841-4930 or for details or if you want to car pool.

October 5, Sunday - Medium Hike - 6-7 miles on the rail trail. Starting at the New Freedom train station then heading south towards Maryland. The area is mostly flat so good walking shoes would be great. Please bring water, boots, and a snack. Meet at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) parking lot @ 1:00pm. Carpool fee is $3.00. Hike Leader: Linda Bean 717-764-1091

October 11, Saturday - Medium Hike 7-8 miles beginning at Apollo Park trail 2/2A then joining the Mason Dixon Trail. The hike is moderately difficult with multiple small stream crossings. The hike will begin at Parking Area 2 of Apollo Park, but we will meet at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) parking lot @ 9:30 a.m. Bring hiking boots, water and lunch. Hiking poles are also recommended. Carpool fee is $4.00. Hike Leader: Kathy Miller 717-818-1390 or

October 16, Thursday - Activities Committee Meeting at Allen Britton’s house. Please attend this important meeting.
Call for directions, 717-741-0624

October 19, Sunday - Short Hike -  4-5 miles of fairly easy hiking through the river hills in Airville. Meet at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) parking lot at 1:00 p.m. Bring good hiking shoes, a snack and water. Carpool fee is $5.00. Hike Leader: Eddie Johnson 717-862-3741.

October 19, Sunday - Medium Hike – This is an eight mile loop on Catoctin Trail in the northern section of Catoctin Mountain Park. There are some moderately strenuous parts and may be a stream crossing involved. Bring boots, lunch and water. Meet at the Woodberry Road parking meeting spot at 8:30 a.m. Carpool fee is $5.00. Hike Leader: Henry Loudermilk 235-4953.

October 26, Sunday - Long Hike - This will be a 10 mile shuttle hike in game land #211 at the Lebanon Reservoir & on Sharp Mountain. The hike features the reservoir, Fishing Creek, rhododendron, a 700 ft climb to the top of the mountain, remnants of old strip mining operations, Boxcar Rocks (Chinese wall), & Gold Mine Run near the finish. Much of this hike has not been done by the club in quite a few years. Bring good boots, lunch, & plenty of water. We will leave the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store promptly at 8:00 am. Carpool fee $6.00. Hike leader Jim McCoy, 717-852-7570 or .

October 28, Tuesday: There will be a Board Meeting at the Morley's at 7 p.m. call for directions 717-764-6822


2014 Fall Hiking Weekend: Doubling Gap Center, October 10-12, 2014: The York Hiking Club has been asked to lead a hike for the KTA fall weekend. Please contact Alan Noble (717-817-9430) if you are interested to lead a hike. More information about the KTA Fall Weekend can be found at http://www.kta-hike.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=843&Itemid=90

THANKSGIVING DINNER: Yes, it is time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and one of the best things about that is eating which we do a lot of at our turkey dinner scheduled for Sunday November 23rd. Now is the time to step up and volunteer to help. I need volunteers to help with set up and clean up, serving the food, and most importantly preparing the meal. Please don't wait for me to call you. We will need turkeys, desserts, vegetables and all the other sides that go along with making this another successful dinner. Please call or e-mail me at or 717-764-6822.

NEW MEMBERS: We extend a big welcome to two new members this month. The first is Curt Ashenfelter who is the CEO of Keystone Trails Association and plans to maintain a section of the M-DT near his home in Boiling Springs. The second new member is Marilyn Goodson of York has also joined the club. 
We have also extended an invitation to Suzanne DeStevens of York to join. Suzanne has recently met her 30 mile requirement and we hope to continue seeing her out on the trail. 


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.


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


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.


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

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