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April 2019


Chairperson: David Lukes, 717-818-4751


(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 or check our Facebook page for cancellation information.)

(Please make telephone calls before 9PM.)


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Fee for a hike is only if one Carpools.


Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2019 year.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN APRIL - SHORT HIKE (4-6 MILES): Please join us for a weekly Wednesday workout hike at York County Parks’ Lake Williams. Pace will be brisk (about 2.5-3.0 mph) and mileage will increase as we gain more daylight. We will not hike past dusk. Bring snack, water and hiking shoes/boots. Hike is on, rain or shine. 
Hike Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24

Meeting Location: Lake Williams Parking, South George Street Departure Time: 6:00 PM 
Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes, 717-818-4751 or Carpool Fee: None

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 – MEDIUM HIKE (8.8 MILES): Loop hike on the AT and Sunset Rocks Trail in Michaux State Forest. The hike will start at the AT parking lot near the bathrooms and picnic pavilions in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and proceed South on the AT to Sunset Rocks Trail before rejoining a portion of the AT previously hiked, to return to the parking lot. Along the way we'll cross Tom's Run, see the remains of a barn built by Hessians captured at the battle of Trenton in the Revolutionary War, and see what's left of Camp Michaux; a WWII POW camp for captured German soldiers. We will pass the Tom's Run AT shelter where we can stop for lunch; enjoy a .4 mile fairly strenuous rock scramble and the views at the trail namesake, Sunset Rocks. Bring good hiking shoes/boots, lunch, and water.

Meeting Location: 1201 Woodberry Road parking, off of RT 30 at RT 616 Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leaders: Bob Caldwell 717-321-3027 and Yudit Watkins 717-870-1716 Carpool Fee: $5.00

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 – LONG HIKE (8-10 MILES): Sugarloaf Mountain, Md. This "stand alone" mountain is just south of Frederick, Md. So, it will be about a 90 minute drive from meet spot. Several times during the civil war, both sides used it as look out and signal station. This will be a lollipop hike, meaning we hike out, do a loop and then hike back on the same trail, so no shuttle is involved. There are some steep but short climbs with total ascents about 1,700 ft. to rate the trail moderate. Several scenic overlooks.
Bring hiking boots, poles, lunch, and water. Due to limited trail head parking, the hike leader has asked that all attendees meet at the carpool location.

Meeting Location: 1201 Woodberry Road parking, off of RT 30 at RT 616 Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leaders: Kim Shue & Gwenyth Loose, 717-688-5142 Carpool Fee: $5.00

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 – SHORT HIKE (3 MILES): From the lot on Sparton Road we will walk on the road for a short distance to connect with trail #5 and enjoy a walk around part of Lake Redman, passing through the bird sanctuary toward the end of the hike. This hike is approximately three miles with a few short, mild climbs along the way. Come out and join us for a stroll through a very pretty area of York County.

Meeting Location: Sparton Road off of Hess Farm Road Departure Time: 12:00 PM
Hike Leaders: Kim Pavlick & Rafael Ruiz, 717-501-5443 Carpool Fee: None

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 –EARTH DAY CLEANUP HIKE (5-6 MILES): We will hike up the "Dragon Spine" section of Mason-Dixon Trail then head down rolling terrain to Green Branch Run and return. The rock scramble at the beginning and end is mildly challenging. There are two high lookout sections where you may see Eagles, Hawks or Buzzards at eye level (I have many times). We can see the Turkey Hill windmills the entire hike and view the 'Mighty Susquehanna' from above. Bring large trash bags and old gloves if picking up, I'll bring some also. Bring lunch, water, wear sturdy hiking shoes. Come join us for this beautiful spring hike!

Meeting Location: Lock 2 Recreation Area, first parking lot past Shank's Mare Outfitters along river next to playground
Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Janine Zell, 717-684-7891 or Day of Hike (cell): 717- 371-6743 


SATURDAY-SUNDAY, APRIL 27-28 – FLOWER HIKE AND COVERED DISH LUNCH: It is a nice time of the year to spend the night or just come for the day on Sunday. Each spring there is an amazing display of wildflowers along the Susquehanna River at the John Paul Jones Cabin. John Seville will lead the flower hike on Sunday, at 10:00 AM, identifying up to 30 types of wildflowers. Those who would like can continue on from Urey Overlook for a 4 to 5 mile hike to be led by an unnamed volunteer. The others may return to the cabin, sit on the porch or by the fireside, and wait for the lunch which will start at 1:30 PM. Please call Sarah Tateosian at 717-741-2652 with your covered dish selection. 

Meeting Location: JPJ Cabin, Furnace Road, Airville, PA 17302
Hike Time: April, 28 at 10:00 AM Hike Leader: John Seville 
Lunch Time: April 28 at 1:30 PM Covered Dish Coordinator: Sarah Tateosian, 717-741-2652


JPJ Cabin Cleanup: Sarah will hold a cleanup on a weekday and the club will be notified via email of the date and time.

KTA Spring Hiking Weekend: April 12-14 in the Poconos, Waymart PA. Details at: https://www.kta-hike.org/events.html 

May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM Special Event: Opening of the new section of the York County Heritage Rail Trail, connecting York City with RT 30 and Rudy Park. Ribbon cutting at Smalls Athletic Field, 31 Hamilton Ave, York PA 17401. The club will have an organized hike following the trail opening.


Hike Leaders Wanted: We are so thankful for all of our hike leaders and were fortunate to add several new hike leaders this year. We are always in need of additional new hike leaders, so please consider leading a hike or two in 2019. Please contact David Lukes at if you would like to start leading hikes for the club. Training will be provided. 


Newsletter Paper Subscriptions: Please send all newsletter requests (six months, nonrenewable) with a check for $5.00 made payable to “Membership Chairman: Linda Bean,” 1846 Marigold Road, York, PA 17408-1551 Telephone: 717-881-6651


New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation.


Please note change: hike leaders should send the sign-up sheet to the membership chairman, Linda Bean ( ) after the hike, and do not forget to send your Hike write-up for the Log Book to  Julie Falsetti ( ).”


Individuals who are willing to lead short hikes on Wednesdays area also wanted. If you would like to lead a Family Friendly hike on Saturday or Sunday please contact the monthly chairperson. A short hike is recommended. Contact David Lukes with any questions about leading hikes at

Thursday Weekly Trail Maintenance: Contact Jim Hooper for information for the current week 717-252-3784 or  

Card Committee: Linda Bean serves as the “card committee.” If you know of someone with a serious illness, having surgery, etc., please notify Linda at or 764-1091 and she will send them a card from the club. New Email Address? Contact Bernie Frick ( ) or Phyllis Morley ( ). This information is held by the club only and will be used to send club information and for inclusion in our yearly logbook. Thank you for your cooperation. 





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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