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October 2015

Chairperson: Kathy Miller, 717-818-1390 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!  

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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.

Saturday, October 3 KTA Code Orange - Gifford Pinchot State Park
The KTA has a code orange work hike scheduled. This is the fifth year of having a code orange work trip. The main effort will be to rebuild a section of the M-DTS what gets very wet. Other lighter work is also planned. The group will meet 8:30 AM at Quaker Race Day Use Area off PA Route 177. The friends of Gifford Pinchot State Park will provide a cook out after the work hike for the workers. Please call Jim Hooper 252-3784 or if you have questions.

Sunday October 4: No Hike Leader, how sad!!!!!

Sunday, October 11 Medium Hike: Starting from the John Wright parking lot we will hike along the Susquehanna River to the Accomac Inn and back. This is a pleasant, mostly shady, non-arduous hike of approximately six miles. Meet at the Boscov's East Parking (across from the Texas Roadhouse) at 12:30 p.m. Car pool fee is $1. Hike leader Eric Ling, (717-815-6635) or .

Saturday, October 17: short easy 4-5 mile hike at Rocky Ridge County Park to enjoy the fall colors. Meet at Rocky Ridge, the first parking lot on the left at 9:00 a.m. Bring water and a lunch for after the hike if you’d like. Hike Leader: Sheryl Garber, 717-578-9455 or .

Saturday, October 24: Nighttime Hike: 5.5 miles under a nearly full moon on the Appalachian Trail from Route 641 to I-76 and back. At a casual pace we'll follow the trail through open fields, allowing us to view the night sky, as well as woods which will take us by an old cemetery. It will be relatively flat with a few sections having rocks and a few wooden bridges to cross. Bring water, headlamp or flashlight, and your best ghost story. A glow in the dark bracelet will be given to those brave enough to come out. Meet at 6:30pm at the North End meeting place next to Rutter's Store. Carpool fee $3. Hike Leader: Elyshia Menkin, 734-536-9453 or .

Sunday, October 25: a moderate 8.0 mile figure-8 loop at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area with 2 or 3 vistas, pretty streams, some old ruins and a walk along the lake on the Conservation, Horseshoe, Milestone and Valley View Trails. The loop entails 1500 feet of elevation gain. Bring water, snacks, lunch and appropriate footwear. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the East Meeting Place (Boscov's East Parking across from the Texas Roadhouse). Carpool fee $4. Hike Leaders: Jack Goodwin and Kathy Miller, 717-767-8910 or


Saturday, October 17, 7-9 PM Pumpkin Walk: 
Enjoy a 0.5-mile, round-trip, walk on the Heritage Rail Trail, beginning and ending at the Seven Valleys Parking Lot, decorated & lighted with hand-carved pumpkins. Directions to the Seven Valleys Parking Lot can be found at:
$5 donation paid at the gate. All proceeds benefit the development of York County rail trails. Pumpkin carvers of all ages are invited to participate! Additional information: www.yorkcountytrails.org or (717) 428-0999.

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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