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October 2018

Chairperson: Janine Zell 717-684-7891 or 


(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 2018 year.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 – KTA “CODE ORANGE” DAY – Come out and help the Keystone Trails Association with trail improvements at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Opportunities for free camping and a tailgate lunch will be provided.

Meeting Location: Campground Entrance, 800 East Camping Area Rd. Wellsville, PA 17365 Meeting Time: 8:30 AM
Crew Leader: Steve Stroman, 717-350-0437 or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7- LONG HIKE (8-10 MILES): We'll start at Swatara State Park then hike north on AT to Rausch Gap shelter and back. This area is called St. Anthony's Wilderness from a missionary who traveled here for miner families long ago. We'll see an old gold miner’s cemetery from an abandoned town, beautiful Rausch Creek w/ waterfalls and view the history here. If hikers want a couple more miles, we can return along a bike path to Middle Patch Path to a lookout, or stay north on AT to Sand Spring Trail and back. There is one hill which looks mild for moderate hikers. 

Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking near Red Robin Departure Time: 8:00 AM Carpool Fee: $5.00
Hike Leader: Janine Zell, home phone 717-684-7891, day of hike cell phone 717-371-6743, email:  

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 - LONG HIKE (12 MILES): This hike around Lake Redman will include crossing under I-83 at two separate locations which requires walking through water for over 100 feet or more. The first water crossing is through a rocky stream bed, and the second stream crossing is through a four-and-a-half-foot high culvert. The trail has several hills, rocky in sections, and can be muddy depending on the previous day’s weather. Recommend sturdy trail shoes or hiking boots. Bring a lunch, snacks, and water. A flashlight or headlamp may be useful when crossing through the low culvert. Please contact the hike leader if planning on meeting at Lake Redman instead of the meeting location.

Meeting Location: York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec) Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: Alan Noble, 717-758-8470 or Carpool Fee: $0.25

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 - SHORT HIKE (3-4 MILES): We will hike an easy to moderate trail at Cromwell Valley Park, located just north of Towson, Md. The park is over 400 acres of farmland, woods, orchards, and gardens. It is known for its many white-tailed deer and birds of prey. The park hosts a maze of interconnected short trails so we can determine our route at the time, depending on which parts of the park the group would prefer to see. Just bring hiking boots and water.

Meeting Location: York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec) Departure Time: 1:00 PM
Hike Leader: Jean Wolf, 717-650-7831 or Irishwolf55@rocketmail.com Carpool Fee: $1.00

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 – LONG HIKE (11 MILES): We’ll return to the Horse-Shoe Trail for a hike that will take us from Rannels Kettle Run Preserve to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. There will be ups and downs, roots and rocks. Much of the trail is described as forest roads and jeep trails, so those areas should make for a pleasant stroll. At about lunch time we will walk past the Pretzel Hut, which along with ice cream and pretzels, has a petting zoo. This isn’t the big migration time at Middle Creek, but we’ll return here for that in the winter. After the hike, those who are interested can join me in finding the “Potato Patch” a big boulder scramble near Rannels Kettle Run. Bring good hiking boots/shoes, water, snacks, and lunch.

Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking Lot near Red Robin Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: David Lukes, 717-818-4751 or Carpool Fee: $5.00

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 – SHORT HIKE (3-4 MILES): The hike will be start and end at Breezyview Overlook in Columbia. There’s a steep hill to start and finish, but will be on a flat trail otherwise. There are beautiful views of the Susquehanna from the overlook. Bring good hiking boots/shoes, snacks and water.

Meeting Location: Boscov's East Parking Lot near Red Robin Departure Time: 9:30 AM
Hike Leader: Suzette DeStevens, 717-495-5286 or @yahoo.com Carpool Fee: $1.00

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 – SHORT FAMILY HIKE (4 MILES): This will be a pleasant hike at Richard Nixon County Park. There are some hills to climb but nothing that a young child cannot handle. Minor children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Meeting Location: Nixon Park Nature Center, 5922 Nixon Dr, York, PA 17403 Departure Time: 1:30 PM
Hike Leader: Allen Britton, 717-741-0624 or  


Welcome New Member: Vincent Tempera, 443-562-7990,


SAVE THE DATE - ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER: Falling leaves, pumpkins, cool evenings and soon the annual Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The date this year will be Sunday November 18th. Be sure to mark your calendars and think about what you would like to bring. We need lots of food, turkeys, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, and butter; and while we do love the desserts, we only need a limited number of them. So please call early and let us know what you will bring. We also need volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and serving the food. Call me at 717 764-6822 or e-mail me at pamorley@comcast.net


Hike Leaders are still needed for November. We are looking for hike leaders for November 4th, 11th and 25th. Take your pick whether you want to do a short, medium or long hike. Also feel free to lead a hike on a Saturday rather than a Sunday. The bugs will be gone and the weather should still be nice, so get out and enjoy it before the snows come. Call Tom or Phyllis Morley at 717 764-6822 or e-mail us at pamorley@comcast.net. We will be happy to hear from you!!!


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 ( ).”


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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