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July 2019


Chairperson: Kathy 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 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 JUNE - SHORT HIKE (4-6 MILES): 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. (Note: June 5 hike will be led by Donna Hess at a moderate pace.)
HIKE DATES: JULY 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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

SATURDAY, JULY 6 – MEDIUM HIKE (8 MILES): Clark’s Valley Stone Tower Loop Hike: This is an intermediate (approx.2.5 mph) hike. We will shuttle from York to Dauphin Park N Ride (about 30 miles), then from the Dauphin Park N Ride to the trailhead (about 5 miles). We’ll hike a short distance, cross the cable bridge, then head left on the pink trail, taking a right onto the blue blazed Sand Springs trail. This will be the toughest climb of the hike. As with all climbs, climb at your own pace and we’ll meet at the top for a break. At the top we have the option of visiting the South Mountain view. After that we’ll head down the other side and visit “The General”, then head back and cross a stream after which we’ll turn right onto the AT where we’ll hike about 3 miles to the Yellow Springs/Incline Plane area. We’ll take a right onto the incline plane for our second, smaller climb of the hike. At the top we’ll visit the Stone Tower, then head back down the red blazed Stone Tower trail which we’ll follow back to the trailhead. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes/boots. If you are going directly to the Dauphin Park N Ride, you must contact Kevin and let him know to expect you there.
Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/ (K. Yost to coordinate)   Departure time: 8:00 AM
Secondary Meeting Location: Dauphin Park N Ride (477 Allegheny St., Dauphin, PA 17018) Departure time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Kevin Dunleavy, 717-561-8157 or    Carpool Fee: $4.00


SUNDAY, JULY 7 - 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 Yost 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, 1145 Furnace Rd., Airville, PA 
Meeting Time: Hike at 11:00 AM, Covered Dish picnic at 1:00 PM
Hike Leader and Picnic Coordinator: Kathy Yost, 717-818-1390 or

SUNDAY, JULY 14 – 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. This is a family-friendly hike. If you are going directly to the hike, notify Kristen so she knows to expect you there. Carpooling preferred as parking is limited at the park.
Meeting Location: West End Parking Lot, 1201 Woodberry Road parking   Departure time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: Kristen Shearer, 717-855-8507 or    Carpool Fee: $1.00

SATURDAY, JULY 20 – SHORT HIKE (5 1/2 MILES): Out and back hike on the Heritage Rail Trail starting at Glatfelter Station parking lot near Seven Valleys. Come out and beat the heat on this easy, no stress, kid friendly hike. No hills up, no hills down, no water to cross, no hidden stones to trip over! Enjoy the scenery as we head south on the Heritage Rail Trail, passing beautiful countryside views. We pass by the North Central Station Used Merchandise Shop, The Valley Tavern, the Four Springs Winery and pause at the Historic Hanover Junction Railroad Station. Then we will just head back the way we came. No way to get lost, benches along the way to sit if you don’t want to do the full 5 1/2 miles. Maybe you will choose to peel off and visit the Winery or the Valley Tavern for lunch or pick up some treasures at the Used Merchandise place. Hiking route is partially shaded in spots. Just bring plenty of water, a snack and comfortable shoes to meander in!
Meeting Location: Glatfelter Station parking lot 6429 Glatfelters Station Rd,   Departure Time: 9:00 A.M.
Seven Valleys, Pa. 17360 
Hike Leader: Dave Tosi, 717-428-3828 or    Carpool Fee: None 

SUNDAY, JULY 21 – SHORT HIKE (4 1/2 MILES): Susquehannock State Park. This is a short but mighty hike on 6-7 short trails within the park. There is varied terrain, some soft, some rocky, some flat, some steep uphill, some downhill, some easy and some difficult. There is a view of the river at Hawk Point overlook, and some hiking along Wisslers Run where there are several opportunities to get your feet wet and soak in the serenity of the gently flowing water. There are also more Rhododendrons then you’ve ever seen in one place. Oh, and there’s a small stream crossing to boot (no worries of falling in). Bring plenty of water, bug spray, comfortable shoes, and snacks. If you plan to go directly to the hike, you must notify Kathy in advance so she knows to expect you.
Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking Lot Near Red Robin   Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leaders: Kathy Yost, 717-818-1390 or    Car Pool Fee: $3.00

SUNDAY, JULY 28 – LONG HIKE (10 ½ MILES): This will be a shuttle hike in gameland #211 at the Lebanon Reservoir and on Sharp Mountain. The hike features the reservoir, Fishing Creek, rhododendron, a 700 ft climb to the top of the mountain, remnants of old strip-mining operations, Boxcar Rocks (Chinese Wall), and Gold Mine Run near the finish. Bring good boots, lunch, & plenty of water. 
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     Carpool Fee $5.00


New Members: Becky Geldmacher, 706-799-8906 or  
Beverly Munchel-Kievet, 717-781-6655 or  

KTA Volunteers: Volunteers needed for the KTA Trail Challenge for the YHC station at Otter Creek Campground on September 7, 2019. Register on the KTA website https://www.kta-hike.org/tc-registration.html and in the field if associated with an organization, enter YHC. Email Alan Noble with your availability.


Sawyer Training: If anyone is interested in becoming a certified sawyer (male or female) for the AT please let Tom Morley know ( ). The next training session is October 26 and 27. This is a two day class to become certified to operate a chainsaw on the AT. There is no charge, but you should be willing to do sawyer work on request. Contact Tom with any questions, class fills up fast. Our club can probably get at least one, maybe two into the class. 


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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