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June 2019


Chairperson: Todd Trimmer, 717-817-2394,


(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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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 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: JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26
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, JUNE 2 – MEDIUM HIKE (6-7 MILES): Lots of UPS and downs. We will travel north to Little Buffalo State Park where we will do a loop hike – NO shuttle! Little Buffalo is the site of Shoaf’s Mill which is pictured on our recent Log book. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes/boots. 
Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner.       Departure time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leaders: Tom and Phyllis Morley 717-825-6712 or                   Carpool Fee: $5.00

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 - LONG HIKE (10-11 MILES) Loop hike starting at Greenwood Rd in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park. We'll be hiking on the Locust Gap, Hosack Run, AT, Rocky Knob and Lower Spur trail. This hike will include two significant climbs, some rock scrambles and 5 stream crossings. Some sections of the trail will be wet. Please bring water, lunch and wear study hiking shoes/boots. Trip back to York may include a stop at Thirsty Farmer Brew Works. 
Meeting Location: Woodberry Road parking from US 30 turn south at RT 616.     Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: Kim Herbst 717-887-4462 or                                                         Carpool Fee: $5.00

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – ATC Trail Maintenance – Mark this day on your calendar!!! We need you. We will be doing our annual trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain. This will involve weed whacking, lopping, shelter clean up and quite possible some chain saw work. This is a chance you have to give back to the trail and learn how the trails you use stay open. You will need to wear sturdy shoes and jeans or other similar pants, long sleeve shirts recommended, and work gloves. All equipment will be supplied, but if you do have sturdy loppers and safety glasses please bring them. This is an annual event and the more we get done now the less we have to do later. Please let the hiker leader, Tom Morley, know if you are coming. This important so we know if we have enough equipment and safety gear, walk-ons will be appreciated. Chain saw work will be done by a certified sawyer but you can always help and learn what it is all about. If you have any questions contact Tom Morley at the info provided below. 
Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner upper lot.        Departure time: 8:00 AM
Contact the hike leader for other meeting options. 
Hike Leaders: Tom Morley 717-825-6712 or                                                  Carpool Fee: Free, drivers will be reimbursed by the club.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 – SHORT HIKE (4-5 MILES): Nixon County Park, this will be another attempt to make this a family friendly hike, but if you don’t have a family come anyway, all are welcome. This will be a 4 to 5 mile hike through one of my favorite parks in York County. The pace will be moderate so hopefully everyone will be happy. There will be hills to climb and field to traverse all in all it should be a pleasant experience. Rain cancels. 
Meeting Location: Nixon Park Nature Center, 5922 Nixon Dr, York, PA 17403      Departure Time: 1:30 PM
Hike Leaders: Lore & Allen Britton, 717-825-5534 or                                      Car Pool Fee: None

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 - ULTRA-LONG HIKE (21 MILES) WITH SHORTER OPTIONS: This will be a very long hike for the longest day of the year. We’ll be incorporating sections of the Mid-State Trail (2019 PA Trail of the Year), as well as some side trails to make a long loop. We’ll be rewarded with several views along the rugged and rocky ridge of Tussey Mountain. We’ll also pass the ruins of the Monroe Iron Furnace. Most of the elevation gain and loss will be gradual, but there will be a couple of short, steep climbs. Bring good hiking boots/shoes, change of socks, food, water, and headlamp (just in case). There will be places to refill water. 
Meeting Location: North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner          Departure Time: 6:30 AM
Hike Leader: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or                            Carpool Fee: $5.00

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 - LONG HIKE (10 MILES): Flat Rock Vista is one of the best on the Tuscarora Trail and we’ll climb to it on this loop hike, while also exploring some other trails in and around Colonel Denning State Park. The climb to Flat Rock from the park is about 1200’ over the first few miles of the hike. Parts of the Tuscarora Trail are quite rocky so come prepared with good boots/trail shoes. Also bring lunch, snacks, and 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: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or                          Carpool Fee: $5.00

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 – SHORT HIKE (2.5 MILES): A short visit to our neighbor to the west, let’s try out the Mary Anne Furnace Trail at Codorus State Park. This trek will take us next to a lake, wetlands, creeks, and woods! Maybe we will be lucky and see one of the famous Codorus Park Bald Eagles! Due to limited parking at the trail head, we will start the trail from the overflow parking lot between campground loops B and C. Have water, snacks, good trail shoes/boots, and bug spray.
Meeting Location: Codorus State Park Campground, Overflow Parking, between Loops B & C, off of Dubs Church Rd. 
Hike Leader: Debby Morrissey, 617-320-6110 or      Departure Time: 1:00 PM



New Members: Michael Berry, 717-659-4059 or
Bruce Fields, 717-443-3333 or  


Saturday, May 11: Hike and meeting of the Mason-Dixon Trail System. The hike will start at 9:00 AM in Elk Neck State Forest and the meeting will start at 1:00 PM in the North East, MD Library. More details to follow in the MDTS newsletter and on the MDTS website: http://masondixontrail.wixsite.com/mdts .


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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