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September 2014

Chairperson: Alan Noble



(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.

September 1 Labor Day Picnic at JPJ: Please Join us for our usually get together at JPJ John Seville will lead us on short hike beginning at 10:30 AM. This will be our usual covered dish. Please join us for a day of fun. Contact Alan Noble at 717-817-9430 or and let me know what you are bringing.

September 6 Super Hike: The Keystone Trail Association (KTA) is sponsoring the sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Trail Run. The York Hiking Club is hosting a water / gate station at Otter Creek Campgrounds and we are in need of additional volunteers between 11 AM and 4 PM. KTA can use additional volunteers at Otter Creek Campground for helping with the picnic and other tasks. Please contact Tim Schmidt at , 717-235-5940 if you are able to help volunteer. 

September 7 Short Hike: An easy 4 to 5 mile hike with some hills at Rocky Ridge County Park. Nice Overlooks. Bring Good walking shoes or hiking boots, water, and a snack. Hope to see you there. Meeting location is at the Boscov's East Parking lot at 1:00 PM. Hike leader: Sheryl Garber ( ). 

September 14 Medium Hike: No Hike Leader

September 21 Medium Hike: A 6 mile hike connecting the various trails in Spring Valley County Park. The park includes a variety of trails which can be steep and depending on the weeks weather can be muddy in some sections. Bring water, hiking boots, and a snack. Meet at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 1:00 PM. Carpool Fee, only if carpooling, is $1.00. Hike Leader: Alan Noble: 717-817-9430 or .

September 26, Friday, Annual Meeting and Covered Dish: Annual meeting at the York Township Park Building. Items to be considered: The election of officers for the following positions, Secretary, House Committee Chair, Trails Committee Chair, Director at Large, Activities Committee Chair and one Activities Committee Member. Time 6:30 to 8:30 PM. As has been our tradition this will be a covered dish event. Please contact Alan Noble at or 717-817-9430 and let him know what you are bringing.

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.

September 27, Saturday, Long Hike: A little over 10 miles on the Appalachian Trail beginning on White Rocks Trail. This will be a shuttle hike from White Rocks Trail heading south to PA 34. There are some climbs as well as boulders to maneuver around (or on if you like). There's a nice pinnacled ridge of Antietam quartzite on this hike. Bring hiking boots, water and lunch. Meet on Woodberry Road parking at 8:00am. Carpool fee is $3.00. Hike leader: Elyshia Menkin, 734-536-9453 or .


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

Invitations for membership have been sent to Tanya Kimmel of Dover, Mark Warner of York and Yudi Watkins of York. We look forward to them becoming members and seeing them out on more hikes.
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.


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


We have sent out invitations to the following people who have fulfilled the requirements to join the club. Invited to join on June 24, 2014 were Sheryl Garber of Ginger Circle, York and Curt Ashenfelter from the KTA.


The Super Hike will be on Saturday, September 6 from 7 AM – 7 PM. York Hiking club has always helped please volunteer again this year. The hours we need you are from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Please step forward and help with this worthwhile event. Call Tim Schmidt at (717) 235-5940. The link to the online volunteer registration form is here: http://www.kta-hike.org/index.php?option=com_forme&fid=26 contact Allen Britton to let him know if you will volunteer. Don’t forget to register!!!!


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

Woodberry Road parking

Boscov's East Parking