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October 2020


Chairperson: Janine Zell, 717-684-7891,  



(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.)


Blue links below take you to a map page!  

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 2020 year.

Inclement Weather: Please contact the hike leader or check our Facebook page for cancellation information.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 – SHORT HIKE (5 MILES): Hike on the Rail Trail from New Freedom south across the Maryland Line about three miles, then turn around and return. Meet at the caboose at the New Freedom Train Station. Park where you can and walk over. Bring water, snack and comfortable shoes.

Meeting Location: New Freedom Train Station Parking Lot Departure Time: 10:00 AM
Hike Leader: Suzette DeStevens, No Carpooling

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 – LONG HIKE (9 MILES): We’ll hike the Pinchot Park Lakeside Loop Trail. There might be some wet/muddy areas depending how rainy the weather will be the days prior to the hike. We’ll find a good spot to stop for break/lunch.

Meeting location: Conewago Day Use Area parking. (Gifford Pinchot State Park, Wellsville, PA) Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Yudit Watkins, 717-870-1716 or No Carpooling

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17- LONG HIKE (10 MILES): Hike on the Rail Trail from Glen Rock to New Freedom. Although this is a 10 mile hike it is an easy hike. Completely flat surface, shaded most of the way and a great opportunity to take a deep breath and escape the recent madness. We have some great views of the beautiful Pennsylvania country side. The historic Railroad Station at New Freedom is our turn around point where we can enjoy a snack/lunch. Don't forget water and let us reconnect with fellow hikers and enjoy a wonderful fall day. Contact the hike leader for location/time if you wish to meet at the trailhead.

Meeting Location: York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec) Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Hike Leader: Regina Haritos Tel. home 717-417-6191 Tel. cell 717-332-2221 No Carpooling 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 - MEDIUM HIKE (8.3 MILES): Loop hike in Michaux State Forest starting at Pine Grove Furnace, going south to Tom’s Run Shelter, then returning on the Sunset Rocks Trail. About half the hike will be on the Appalachian Trail and will include a mountaintop view, a section of two handed rock scrambling, some short climbs and sections along mountain streams. Meet at the small lot down behind the AT Museum. Bring lunch, suitable foot wear and drinking water.

Meeting Location: Pine Grove parking lot near the furnace and AT Museum Departure Time: 9:00 AM 
Hike Leader: Bernie Frick, 717-843-6675 or . No Carpooling

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020, AT 7:00 PM: The YHC Board Meeting will be held virtually. Please contact Alan Noble for the meeting information at amnoble@live.com. 



New Member: John Carpenter, 717-475-3757 or



COVID-19 York Hiking Club Guidelines

1. Stay home if you, or anyone in your family, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
2. Optional but recommend is carrying a CDC-approved mask and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
3. Practice social distancing of 6 feet apart. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible (PA Universal Face Covering Order). Example is when passing people on a trail.
4. No more than 25 people in a group (PA Guidelines). (continued)
5. Carpooling will not be provided by York Hiking Club. If personally carpooling and not from the same household, then mask should be worn.
6. All club hikes will be loop or out-and-back hikes which do not need carpooling.


Great American Outdoors Act: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy authored letters to Congress in which the York Hiking Club signed along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and other clubs in the area on July 17, 2020.


Club Secretary Needed: The secretary position is an officer of the Governing body of the York Hiking Club, responsible for official corporate minutes, and handles official correspondence of the club. Please contact Alan Noble at or   if you are interested in the position.


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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Parking lot maps

York County High School of Technology (Vo-Tec)

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

Woodberry Road parking

Boscov's East Parking