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August 2017

Chairperson: Bob Falsetti 854-3437,



(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 2017 year.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 - MEDIUM HIKE (8.5 MILES): Yes it’s August & people don’t like to go out in the heat, but we’re hikers right? This one’s pretty easy: 8.5 miles on the Swatara State Park rail trail. Great footing the whole way with some minor rolling terrain. We’ll cross the old Waterville Bridge & the new rail trail bridge across Swatara Creek, & pass a couple of old canal locks, all in all a gorgeous place. Please bring sturdy shoes, or sneakers will work, plenty of water, & lunch. 

Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner Meeting Time: 8:00 AM 
Carpool fee: $5.00 Hike leader: Jim McCoy, 717-984-2712 or  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 – LONG HIKE (9.5 MILES): We’ll start at Cowans Gap State Park and hike north on the Standing Stone Trail to Route 522. This will be a point to point hike with a (what else?) big climb in the beginning. Along the way, we will pass three vistas, and an area of interest, Vanderbilt's Folly. For those wanting an even bigger workout, we can make a loop out of it using the Todd Trail and the Tuscarora Trail for about 15 miles. The loop will return us to Cowans Gap, where there is a sandy beach to soak our feet and a concession stand!

Meeting Location: West Parking Area on Woodberry Road parking Meeting Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Fee: $5.00 Hike Leader: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, MEDIUM HIKE (6 MILES): This is a pleasant hike starting from the parking lot of the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville out to the Accomac Inn and back. Most of the hike is in the shade following a level, open trail along the Susquehanna River. If the day is particularly hot we can stop at the Accomac for some refreshments.

Meeting Place: Boscov's East Parking lot (near the Texas Road House) off PA 24 Meeting Time: 12:30 PM
Carpool fee: $2.00 Hike leader: Bob Falsetti, 717 854-3437, or  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, SHORT HIKE (3.5-5 MILES): A 3.5 to 5 mile hike around Lake Williams depending on the weather conditions and the hikers involved. If the heat index is favorable we can take the longer hike by including some of the trails abutting the lake. There are a few relatively easy climbs with most of the trails on flat terrain. Much of the walk will be in shaded areas. 

Meeting Place: Lake Williams parking lot off of George Street. Meeting time: 12:30 PM
Carpool fee: None Hike leader: Eric Ling, 910 352-3756, or  


SATURDAY, AUGUST 5: Shanks Mare 8th Annual Arts and Outdoor Festival
As usual we will have a table with displays. The fest is from 10 am to 5 pm. We need volunteers to man two hour shifts. Please contact Jim Hooper if you are available. For more information about the festival, see their website at: http://shanksmare.com/?page_id=5270 

AUGUST 4TH – 11TH: ATC Biennial Event- Colby College, Maine. Online Registration for the Maine 2017 Conference has ended, however you can still attend. On-site registration at Colby College in Waterville, Maine begins August 4. For more information see their website at: http://www.atc2017.org 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24: Trails Committee meeting.

New Member: Welcome to new member Janine Zell, , 684-7891


Hike Leaders Wanted: Please contact the individuals below to sign up to lead a hike for the summer months: 
September – Alan Noble Short Weekday Hikes (anytime) - David Lukes

Backpacking Trips: David Lukes will be leading two backpacking trips on PA Trails in June. The Lost Turkey Trail (26 miles): June 3rd-4th and the Susquehannock Trail System (85 miles): June 25th-29th (shorter options available). Contact:

KTA Trail Challenge: Registration is now open for this KTA sponsored event. This is one of the best and closest trail running/hiking events in PA! We have two hikes this month covering most of the course if you want to preview it. The YHC also volunteers every year at one of the aid stations, so if you do not run it you can still participate as a volunteer. See this link for more information: http://www.kta-hike.org/kta-trail-challenge.html

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 ( ).”

Hike Leaders Wanted: Thanks so much to all those who have signed up to lead hikes for 2017! There are a great many slots available throughout the year. Even if you are a new member, you can still lead a hike. We have short, medium, and long options available. Please see the schedule included with this month’s newsletter and contact the monthly chairperson to sign up for one or more hikes. Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2017 year.


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  

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 from the Club's Founding in 1932 to the early 1980s. For the past 30 years 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. No more copies of the annual log books. 

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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