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September 2020


Chairperson: David Lukes, 717-818-4751, 



(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!  

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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.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 – LONG HIKE (8-10 MILES): Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Cumberland County, 8-10 miles up and down with some scenic views and stop at the Mansion and gardens. Will start hike at Pine Plantation Area parking lot = first left on Kings Gap Road. Bring hiking boots, poles, water, lunch and snacks, bug spray. May have ice cream stop afterwards.

Meeting Location: Kings Gap Pine Plantation Parking Area Departure Time: 9:00 AM 
Hike Leader: Kim Shue at 717-688-5142 Must call to secure spot. Limited to 15 hikers.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – LONG HIKE (12 MILES): Loop hike beginning at Quarry Gap Rd. We’ll hike around the Chambersburg Reservoir, and hike on sections of Rocky Knob Trail and the AT to PATC’s Milesburn Cabin and ATC’s Quarry Gap Shelter. Some stream crossings and good climbs. Bring lunch, water, and hiking boots. 

Meeting Location: Caledonia State Park Visitor Center Parking Lot Departure Time: 8:45 AM
Hike Leader: Gwen Loose at 717-891-9967 (No calls after 9:00 PM please) 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – SHORT HIKE (5-6 MILES): Start hike at Lake Williams parking area & boat launch. We will be doing a loop hike around the lake with some ups and downs. Bring snacks, water, good hiking shoes or boots. Note, this is NOT the Lake Redman Boat Launch, and it is NOT the parking area on S. George/Susquehanna Trail. Check location before you go.

Meeting Location: Lake Williams Boat Launch, Water Street, Jacobus, PA Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Troy Jones, at 717487-3979 (texting preferred; cell service unreliable) 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – MEDIUM HIKE (6 MILES): Loop hike starting from the parking Lot at the Northern End of the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail up to the top of Turkey Hill on the Turkey Hill Trail. See the great view of the Susquehanna, and check out the wind turbines at close range. Continue to Chestnut grove Natural Area with return along the Susquehanna river on Enola Low Grade Trail. The trail includes stream crossing and steep hill. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks.

Meeting Location: Enola Low Grade Trail, Conestoga, PA 17516 Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Hike Leader: Irina Svishchova, (717) 424-5526 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.


Annual Membership Meeting: This meeting will be held online due to COVID-19. If you would like to participate, please contact Alan Noble at or for meeting information.


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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