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October 2017


Chairperson: Bob Falsetti, 717-854-3437,



(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, OCTOBER 1, SHORT HIKE (3 MILES): We will meet in the parking lot of Nixon Park for a short hike meandering by the stream and through some hills in order to take in this little park's beauty. 

Meeting Location: Nixon Park parking lot Meeting Time: 1:00 PM
Carpool Fee: none Hike Leaders: Kim Pavlick & Rafael Ruiz, 717-501-5443,

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 – KTA “CODE ORANGE” DAY: Come out to Gifford Pinchot State Park and help KTA and the Mason-Dixon Trail Association for a full day of trail care. We will turnpike a part of the MDTS that gets too wet by putting geotec and then crusher mix to raise the trail. 

Meeting Location: End of Mocking Bird Road, Wellsville, PA Meeting Time: 8:30 AM 
Contact: Jim Hooper,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, SHORT HIKE (5 MILES): Road hike near Turkey Hill and River Road in Lancaster County. A few small hills. Only sneakers, water, and snacks needed.

Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking lot near Texas Roadhouse Meeting Time: 12:30 PM
Carpool Fee: $1.00 Hike Leader: Chris Schwankl, 781-775-9879,
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, MEDIUM HIKE (6 MILES): This will be a perfect time to be outdoors as the leaves should be near their peak, (no promises). We will hike Lake Williams to Nixon Park and back and then continue around the lake back to our cars. Please wear good boots, have water and perhaps a snack.

Meeting Location: York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec) parking lot Meeting Time: 12:30 PM
Carpool Fee: none Hike Leader: Allen Britton, 717-825-5534,  

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14-15, BACKPACKING TRIP (16 MILES): October is elk bugling season in Pennsylvania so we’re going to go try to see some elk and hear them call, way up in Elk State Forest, along the Elk Trail. Maybe we’ll see some and maybe we won’t but either way, we’ll have a nice fall weekend deep in the PA woods. Because of the shorter distances involved, this would make a fine first backpacking trip and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. We’ll start in the town of Benezette, PA and hike about ten miles to our campsite, finishing the final six on Sunday. When we finish Sunday, there will be another day hike (optional) on the Fred Woods Trail, which has some cool rock formations. Space will be limited and you must contact David Lukes to RSVP at 717-818-4751 or .

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 - LONG HIKE ON THE C&O CANAL AND BILLY GOAT TRAIL (10-12 MILES): We’ll travel 1.5 hours to the Great Falls Tavern parking area and hike the network of trails along the Potomac River. Some hills, some flats. We'll finish with the two mile cliff side rock scramble aptly called the Billy Goat Trail. The Billy Goat Trail is a challenging section, but can also be bypassed so don’t let that stop you. There is a fee to park unless you have a national parks pass so we'll take as few vehicles as possible. Bring lunch, water, snack, and good hiking shoes. There would also be an option to bring a bike and ride the C&O the whole time.

Meeting Location: Park & Ride lot off I83 at the Shrewsbury Exit 4, Rt 851 east, just past PENDOT facility (39.767940, -76.658568)
Meeting Time: 7:00 AM 
Carpool Fee: $5.00  Hike Leader: David Lukes, 717-818-4751,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, LONG HIKE (10 MILES): Come join us for a hike on the Appalachian Trail. We will start at route 225 (North of Duncannon) and hike to route 325 Clarks Creek Valley. Bring lunch, water, snacks and sturdy footwear. Possible ice cream stop at the end, weather permitting and if they are open.
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: Tom Morley, 717-764-6822,


New Member: Welcome to new member Debby Morrissey,

Activities Committee Meeting: Our annual meeting will be held October 26th at 7:00 PM at Kim Herbst’s house.

Hike Leaders Wanted: Please contact the individuals below to sign up to lead a hike for the fall months: 
November – Tom and Phyllis Morley  
December – Kathy Miller  

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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York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec)

North End meeting place Exit 24 route 83 Park and ride Lot N/E Corner

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