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July 2018

Chairperson: Kathy Miller Yost, 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.)


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Fee for a hike is only if one Carpools.


Please volunteer to lead a hike or two for this 2018 year.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS IN JULY - SHORT HIKE (5-6 MILES): Please join us for a weekly Wednesday workout hike at York County Parks’ Lake Williams. Pace will be brisk and mileage may 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: July 11, 18, 25

Meeting Location: Lake Williams Parking, South George Street Departure Time: 6:00 PM
Hike Leaders: David & Elizabeth Lukes, 717-818-4751 or  

SUNDAY, JULY 1 - COVERED DISH PICNIC AND HIKE AT JPJ CABIN: A short hike of 3-4 miles around the cabin will be followed by a covered dish picnic at JPJ. We are asking everyone to please bring either a main dish, a side (mixed greens, macaroni or potato salad, deviled eggs, beans, etc.), a dessert, or something else to share with the group. Food selections should be coordinated through Kathy Miller in advance so that we get a good selection. House use fee is $1 for members, $2 for non-members. Please notify Kathy if you will be attending, how many people you will be bringing, what food item you will be bringing and if you will be participating in the hike by June 29.

Meeting Location: JPJ Cabin,  Furnace Rd., Airville, PA 
Meeting Time: Hike at 11:00 AM, Covered Dish picnic at 1:00 PM
Hike Leader and Picnic Coordinator: Kathy Miller Yost, 717-818-1390 or

SATURDAY, JULY 7 - SHORT HIKE (5 MILES): This scenic hike starts at the Wrightsville Boat Launch and ends at the Moon Dancer Winery parking lot. We will have moderate elevation going through Murphy’s Hollow, Grace Plateau, and on to High Point, where you have a 360-degree view of the river and surrounding hills. Please bring water, snacks and wear good walking shoes/boots. 

Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking (near the Texas Road House) Departure Time: 12:30 PM 
Hike Leader: Eric Ling (717) 815-6635 or @hotmail.com Carpool Fee: $1.00

SUNDAY, JULY 15 – SHORT HIKE (3 MILES): Join me on a history-filled short hike at the historic York Iron Mine Company site at P. Joseph Raab Park, 2600 Hoff Road, Seven Valleys, PA. We will hike around the old mining pits and get to look at the mine openings. We will climb about 700’ in elevation and walk about 1/8 of a mile down a stream. Long pants, waterproof boots and plenty of bug spray are suggested.

Meeting Location: West End Parking Lot, Woodberry Road parking. Departure time: 8:30 AM
Hike Leader: Kristen Shearer, 717-855-8507 or @yahoo.com , Carpool Fee: $1.00

SUNDAY, JULY 22 – MEDIUM (8.5 MILES) – A pretty easy hike in case it’s hot. We will hike 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, and pass a couple of old canal locks; all in all a gorgeous place. Please bring sturdy shoes, or sneakers, plenty of water and lunch. 

Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: Jim McCoy, 717-984-2712 or gonehikin830@outlook.com , Carpool Fee: $5.00

SUNDAY, JULY 29 – MEDIUM HIKE (8 MILES) - Starting on the beginning of the Rail Trail downtown York & walking to Brillhart Station, then returning back. The trail is pretty easy walking with a slight incline. Bring snacks, good walking shoes/boots, hat, & water. 

Meeting Location: Heritage Rail Trail Parking, W Philadelphia & N Pershing Ave, York City, 17401
Hike Leader: Linda Bean, 717-881-6651 or Departure Time: 1:00 PM



New Member: David Strine, 717-848-2089,  

Volunteers are needed for the KTA Trail Challenge on September 8, 2018 for the Otter Creek Gate Station located at the Otter Creek Campground. The station opens at 10:45 AM and closes at 4:45 PM. Please contact Alan Noble by email at or 717-758-8470 with the time period you are able to volunteer.

Horseshoe Trail Section Hike: Over the next few months, we’ll offer a series of hikes that will cover PA’s Horseshoe Trail from end to end, starting at Valley Forge and ending at the AT intersection near RT 325. The trail is a mix of forests and paved roads and the hikes will also cover some side trails. Those interested in hiking the full trail should contact David Lukes at 717-818-4751 or to coordinate times/dates for any sections that aren’t posted in the newsletter or on Facebook.

2018 Hike Leaders Wanted: We would love to add some new members to our list of hike leaders for 2018. 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 ( ).”

YHC History: The York County Heritage Trust has a sizable collection of York Hiking Club memorabilia in its library, dating from the Club's founding in 1932 to the early 1980s. For the past 30 years little material has been added to our collection. Our historian, John Seville asks members who have YHC related items to call him at 717-244-6769. 


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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