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September 2015

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 2015 year.

Saturday, September 5, Medium Hike: Meet time/place is 10:30am at the AT parking lot off Route 325 in Clark's Valley. We'll hike northbound on the AT for a short distance, then take a right on to the H Knauber trail. H Knauber trails are noted for their steep ascents/descents, expect a good workout before we reach the cairn at the top. We'll follow the H Knauber trail to the forest service road. We'll follow the yellow blazed horseshoe trail which will provide another significant elevation gain, although not as severe as the H Knauber section. This will meet the AT at the top and hike to the parking lot. This loop is probably about 8 miles. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Hike Leader, Contact Kevin Dunleavy at if you'd like to attend. There may be a meet in York to car pool. Contact Kevin for an update.

Monday, September 7 (Labor Day): Please Join us for our usually get together at JPJ. Alan Noble will lead us on a 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 to let Alan know what you plan to bring to the picnic. 

Saturday: September 12: Keystone Trail Association (KTA) sponsored Super Hike. The York Hiking Club will be volunteering at the Otter Creek Water Stop / Gate Station for the 50K participants. Volunteers are needed to help with the Otter Creek Gat station as well as KTA need additional volunteers at Otter Creek for other tasks. Please contact Bernie Frick at (717) 843-6675 or if you are able to volunteer. 

September 13 Short Hike: A four to five mile hike around Lake Williams in Jacobus. Length of the hike can be adjusted depending on weather conditions but will not exceed 6 miles. Most of the hike will take place in the shade of the trees surrounding the lake. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) Bring hiking/walking shoes, water and snacks. Hike leader: Vanessa Xiao, 703-408-1089, or .

September 20 Medium Hike: Approximately 7 miles on dirt roads and trails in and around Spring Valley Park. Bring boots & water. Meet at Vo-Tec (York County High School of Technology) at 1:00 PM. Car pool fee $1.00 Hike Leader: Duane Hyson (717) 993-6026.

Friday, September 25: 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: President and Director at Large. 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. 

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 26 Short Hike (Saturday): Family Hike at Nixon Park. Approximately 3.5 mile hike connecting various trails and ending at the Nature Center. Bring hiking boots or shoes for trail walking, water, and a snack. Meeting time 1:00 PM at the York School of Technology parking lot. Hike Leader: Alan Noble, 717-817-9430 or . If you intend on meeting at Nixon Park instead of the designated meeting location, please notify the hike leader. If carpooling, car pool fee is $1.00.

September 27 Long Hike: Enjoy the fall flowers on about a 10 mile hike at Hashawa County Park, MD and Union Mills trails. We will visit the raptor cages and hopefully arrive at the nature center around lunch time. This hike has lots of ups and downs and a nice variety of corn fields, woods, pine groves and streams. Bring boots, lunch, and water. Meet at West Parking lot on Woodberry Road parking 9 AM. Car pool fee = $ 3.00. Leader: Kim Shue. Phone: 717-688-5142 or email: .

Wednesday, September 30 Short Hike: We will begin our new season with a 3 mile hike adjacent to Lake Redman. There are some hills but nothing that you will find difficult. We will meet at 10:00 AM at the parking lot on South George Street (Susquehanna trail) on the Lake Williams side. Hike Leader: Allen Britton (717) 741-0624 or




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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