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October 2016

Chairperson: Kathy Miller (717) 818-1390



(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 2016 year.

Saturday, October 1: KTA Code Orange work trip at Gifford Pinchot Park (See Map TAB). Park staff will cut a short, temporary road along the edge of the field from the end of Mockingbird Road to the main work site. This will allow easy transport of stone and other materials via truck as the trail section is rough enough to make access by gator difficult. We will be cutting roots, improving drainage, slightly moving the trail in places, and then placing stone and geotextile material on this section of the Mason-Dixon Trail/Lakeside Trail. We will be working from Mockingbird Road toward the campground, and get part way thru the worst of the muddy section. Next year we will continue the work. There will be two meeting places, both at 8:30 a.m., Quaker Race, or for folks who will be working at the main work site go directly to the end of Mockingbird Road. The park would like a head count so let Jim Hooper if you are coming.

Sunday, October 2, Medium Hike: Approximately 7 miles in the Laurel Lake area. We’ll meet at the Woodberry Road parking area at 1:00 p.m. Bring good hiking shoes, snacks, lunch and water. Car pool fee is $2.50. Hike leader Frank Phipps (717)818-8035.

Saturday, October 8, Medium to Long Hike: We'll meet in the parking lot of Tubby's in Duncannon at 8:00 a.m. to hike the AT to Hawk Rock where we can enjoy a scenic view of Duncannon and the Susquehanna River. From there we'll proceed southbound on the AT, taking a right onto the blue blazed trail and returning via a dirt road where we'll hang a right and catch the AT to return to Tubby’s for an 8 mile loop. Depending on how everyone feels, we may make an extension to visit the lumber mill ruins which will add 3 miles to the hike. This hike has a strenuous climb at the beginning and pace will be moderate. If someone wants to coordinate a carpool from York, please let Kathy Miller know and an email will be sent out to others. The address for Tubby's is 6 Inn Road, Duncannon, PA 17020. Hike Leader: Kevin Dunleavy at .

Sunday, October 9, Short Hike: About 4-5 miles around Lake Williams. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology). We will start the hike at the parking lot by Lake Williams on S. George St. The hike will involve moderate climbs, but not too strenuous overall. Bring good walking shoes or hiking boots, snack and water. Carpool fee $1.00. Hike Leader: Vanessa Xiao at (703)408-1089 or

October 14 -16 Fall KTA Meeting: The 2016 Fall Hiking and Meeting Weekend will be held at the Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton, Clarion County, PA, and the surrounding area. Keystone Trails Association (KTA) members, members of KTA's trail maintaining clubs, and hikers from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states will be able to enjoy hiking, incredible activities, tours, and fun, meals, meetings, and camaraderie at our annual Fall Hiking and Meeting Weekend. You must register in advance for the weekend. Not sure what a KTA Hiking Weekend is all about? Details can be found on the KTA website www.kta-hike.org

Sunday, October 16, 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 at East End - Galleria Mall, east side of Boscov's East Parking lot across from "Texas Roadhouse", Mt. Zion Rd. (Rt. 24) North of Route 30 at 8:00 AM. Carpool fee $5.00. Contact Todd Trimmer at 717-817-2394 or .

Sunday, October 23: Family Hike: Richard Nixon county Park: This will be a pleasant hike of about 4 miles. Meet at the Park Office at 1:30 P.M. There are some hills to climb but nothing that a young child cannot handle, Minor children must be accompanied by an adult: Hike Leader: Allen Britton, 717-741-0624 or  

Tuesday, October 25: Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Britton’s, call for directions. The meeting is open to all members. Contact Tim Schmidt for more information at

Sunday, October 30, Medium Hike: Approximately 6-7 miles on several of the many trails at Rocky Ridge County Park (3699 Deininger Rd). The hike will be moderately challenging. We will meet in the front parking lot on the left at the Park at 8:00 a.m. Bring sturdy shoes, water and snack. Hike Leader: Kathy Miller at 717-818-1390 or


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 20th. 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

October Backpacking Trip: I am planning to do a 4 day backpacking trip in the early part of October, one of the first three weekends. The possible trips are: (1) about a 40 mile trip in New York, we will hike through Bear Mountain and into New Jersey. (2) about a 45 mile trip on the AT from about 30 miles north of Hawk Mountain to the Delaware Water Gap. If you are interested contact Tom Morley at 717 764 6822 or and let me know your preference as to trip and date. Trips normally run from either late Wednesday night or early Thursday through Sunday. 


Please if you know of a former club member who has passed away please let me know. Send the information to
Allen Britton  


Backpacking Trips 2016. Anyone interested in backpacking in 2016 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.

THURSDAY WEEKLY TRAIL MAINTENANCE: Contact Jim Hooper for information of that week. 717-252-3784 or

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

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.

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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North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner

Woodberry Road parking

Boscov's East Parking