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Weekly Activity List May 6, - May 14, 2017


May 6 - Spring Cleanup Day at the Corman Harriman Outdoor Center Give a little of your time this weekend! Nothing feels better than a day spent outside helping out a good cause. The Steven and Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is getting ready for it's first full season of operation! Last year was a huge success so let's keep the ball rolling. We could use your help in getting the camp ready for the 2017 season. This is spring cleaning at it's finest. We will be sprucing up the place. There will be some landscaping, brush removal, platform, shelter, cabin cleaning. We have some work to do on the beachfront and boat launch along with a long punch list of little things that just need a pair of helping hands to finish. No skills are necessary! Just a willingness to give back and help out. Just bring lunch and something to drink and we can help you with the rest. If you have them, items that you could bring include: -work gloves -landscaping/gardening tools (rakes-shovels-etc) -leaf blowers -eye/ear protection -lunch -beverages -sunscreen -bug repellent We will be meeting in the Sloatsburg municipal parking lot at 10:00 which is on the right just past the second traffic light in Sloatsburg as you go North on NY 17. Contact leader if you are interested in carpooling. L John Rowen (215-886-9591 ,


May 6 - AT Trailwork We will be working on a section of the Appalachian Trail between Wind Gap and Little Gap, PA. The work will include clipping back branches and briars, removing fallen logs and repainting blazes (as needed). Please call or email for details within a few days of the work date. Rain will cancel. L Dan Schwartz (610-746-3404 ,


May 7 - Delaware and D&R Canal Path Bicycle Ride 24 miles, easy 8-11 mph pace, flat gravel/dirt trail and limited road riding. Join us for a loop ride along the canal path on both sides of the Delaware River. We will meet at the Yardley Park N Ride near the Scudders Falls Bridge (I-95). We will ride to New Hope on the PA side, cross the river and ride back down the NJ side, crossing the river at Washington Crossing. Bring a hybrid, a wide tire roadbike or mountain bike in good working order, water, spare tube, tools. HELMET required. Rest stop approximately half way, bring a snack or cash if you would like to visit Starbucks. Cancel if steady rain at start of ride. This ride will also be listed with the Central Bucks Bicycle Club. For questions and registration, please contact leader. L Tammy Brandon ()

May 7 - Road Bike Hilly Hunterdon NJ 25 mile loop Join me for a morning ride starting and ending in Lambertville NJ. Lots of ups and downs on beautiful country roads. Average 11-12 MPH. Bring lots of water and maybe a snack. Food stop about halfway. Must wear helmet and agree to follow all road-riding rules. No one dropped. Bring an extra tube and tools. Contact L for exact time and location of start. L Ann Ross (215-262-5451 ,

May 12 - Bicycle Ride on the Columbia Trail Join us on the historic and scenic Columbia rail trail. This 30 mile up and back ride takes us through the scenic Ken Lockwood Gorge, across several historic rail bridges and the sites of spectacular train wrecks. The line was used to transport iron ore and passengers during the 1800's up through 1976 before being converted to a recreational trail in the 90's. The trail is wide and flat; hybrid or mountain bikes recommended as the surface is packed crushed stone. 10 - 12 mph pace, minimal elevation change. Be sure to bring water and snacks or lunch and we'll pick a nice spot somewhere along the way. A bicycle helmet is required. Postponed if heavy rain is occurs or is expected, to be determined by 8 AM on the day of the ride. Contact co-leader with any questions. Directions: Meet at the trailhead off Main Street in High Bridge Common's Park, 79 Main Street. From route 31 take route 513 into High Bridge. Go about 1 mile, pass under the train track, and turn left into center of town. Turn left into the parking lot marked by "The Commons" sign. L Robert Liston (908-313-9058 ,

May 14 - Biking the Henry Hudson Trail- Northern Section Join us for a flat, moderate (8-10 mph) 26 mile round trip bike ride on the North Section of the Henry Hudson Trail, running from Matawan through the Bayshore to the Highlands and return. The Henry Hudson Trail is part of the national Rails-to-Trails network, and offers a wonderfully changing landscape as it traverses the northern part of Monmouth County.There are few concessions along the route; bring snacks, lunch, plenty of water, patch kit/extra tube, and a tire pump. A mountain or hybrid bike with wide tires is recommended. Road bikes with narrow tires are NOT suitable for this ride due to rough pavement and gravel/dirt sections. HELMET IS MANDATORY, NO HELMET, NO RIDE. Rain cancels. In order to fully enjoy our surroundings, consider this an all day activity. Meet at 10AM SHARP at parking lot by baseball field at intersection of Gerard Avenue and Broadway, Matawan, NJ. Refer to website for additional information and directions. Optional post-ride refreshment stop at local restaurant. Contact L to register. Registration on MeetUp preferred once posted. GROUP SIZE LIMITED. L Steve Leibrock (732-236-0181 ,


May 13 - Kayak/Canoe Paddle on Lake Nockamixon This paddle trip is suitable for all levels of paddlers. We will paddle from the Haycock Launch, which is located on Haycock Creek leading into Lake Nockamixon. Expect to stay on the water for 4 or 5 hours of gentle flatwater paddling. You must provide your own boat, paddles, and personal flotation device (lifejacket). If you need to rent a kayak or canoe, please contact Nature's Way Canoe and Kayak. ( Non-powered boats launched in the park must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Bring a lunch, water, clothing suitable for the weather and extra dry clothing. L Rich Pace ()


May 6 - Jim Thorpe - Gravity Railway and Tunnel (3D12) Join Brian Miller and George Rockett on Brian's 2nd co-lead while he takes us to some amazing trails not many people know about. While many of us know Jim Thorpe due to the wonderful Glen Onoko falls, few people are aware that the town hosted the first ever rollercoaster. Built in 1827, this coal train was designed to operate via gravity to take coal from two summits to the river. When the company went under, it was turned into an attraction & ran well into the great depression. Because of this attraction the town slowly remade itself from a coal town into a tourist town. While the track has long been removed, the route is still there, & a surprising amount of mining artifacts can be found in route. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes early. We will be starting promptly as we have an exciting day on the trails. After following the rail bed around the lake and along a meandering brook, we'll enter into the edge of town. From there, we'll take the Gravity Trail straight up to the top of Mount Pisgah. If you've never done this trail, it's defiantly a must see! Carved out of the side of the mountain, it's a straight & quick rise to the top of Mt Pisgah. 610+ feet in 0.4 miles. What A BLAST!!! Mt Pisgah has been top mined in years past, & thus is a very interesting place. Mother Nature has a amazing way of recovering ravages of humans. Here you'll find trees growing out of slag piles. Often you'll feel like you're in a wooded valley. Ponds & rivers seem to come out of nowhere. Then, suddenly you'll be on an overlook with commanding view. We'll also be stopping at an old mine tunnel to give people the option of exploring it. The bed of this tunnel is sand, & is a perfect place to explore safely. As you can see, this hike is for experienced hikers only. Please come prepared for a brisk pace. Required Equipment: Boots w/ good traction, Lunch, Snacks, Rain Gear, headlamp (for tunnel), extra socks, & 3L of water is a must! The weather is changing regularly. Check Meetup three hours before hike time. Try to limit the cotton you're wearing. Quick Dry or 100% wool are the best materials to be using. Cotton retains water & makes for miserable hikers. Bringing a set of Hiking Poles is always a good idea, especially while going downhill. Dogs: Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this hike. L George Rockett (484-919-6000 ,

May 7 - Sunday May 7. Green Lane Park Hike (3C4) Join us in early spring for a moderate hike through the rolling hills of Montgomery County. This hike ranges from easy to moderate. Trail surface is mostly rocky; a short portion is along the Perkiomen Trail which is crushed gravel. The trails in the park allow equestrian use, so there is some horse manure and often some muddy areas. We'll point out spring wildflowers and trees blooming as we make our way to the lookouts. We will promptly start the hike. This hike is good for newer hikers, as well as families as there are numerous playgrounds. Limited group Size of 10. Bring sturdy shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen, rain gear and other appropriate hiking gear. Steady rain will cancel the hike. Meet @ 9.00 am at The Entrance to the Green Lane Parking Lot. PA REGISTRATION with Co-Leader REQUIRED. Please register with CL: Julia Menzo (215-430-1299 NCA 9 pm, ); L: Rajat Tandon (484-995-7262 NCA 9 pm, L Rajat Tandon ()

May 8 - Wissahickon Wanderings (3C5) Join us for a brisk-paced hike of 5-7 miles on various trails throughout the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge. The distance of the hike will be dependent on conditions and speed of the group. Meet at 6:30 p.m. by the Valley Green Inn. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight. GPS coordinates for Valley Green Inn: 40.054238, -75.218108 Bad weather may cancel. If doubtful, please check the status of the hike before 5:30 p.m. at or contact the leader. L David Stein ()

May 8 - Cliff Park Trail System (3C8-9) Join us for a brisk paced hike of about 8-9 miles with fabulous views from the cliffs looking out across the Delaware River to New Jersey. Meet by 10 a.m. in the upper parking lot on Raymondskill Falls Rd. by the restroom We will hike out to the Milford Knob Overlook and then venture along a few scenic trails stopping to enjoy our lunch at Hackers Falls and then on to Raymondskill Falls the highest waterfalls in PA. Bring lunch, snacks and at least 2 liters of water. Hiking boots or shoes strongly recommended. Steady rain will cancel. If doubtful, check the status of the hike at the morning of the hike or contact the leader before 8:00 a.m. L Joan Aichele (215-803-2779)

May 8-Jun 5 - Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails Hike (3B6) Please join me for a moderate paced 6-7 mile hike starting at the "Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park" in Phoenixville, PA. We will hike along the beautiful Schuylkill River and canal using established trails and wide gravel/paved paths. This is a weekly hike. Hike Plan This is the dry conditions hike plan. We will substitute in more gravel and paved trails to avoid muddy conditions. Starting at the dog park, we will hike between the canal and Schuylkill River to the lock 60 area via a group optional unpaved trail, the Schuylkill River Trail just next to the canal and Towpath Road. From there we will go along the unpaved Upper Schuylkill River Trail next to the river until we get to the first stream crossing. Then we will turn around. We will not be going on the Neal Thorpe Trail (known locally as the ravines.) Location The meeting place is at GPS coordinates 40.129247, -75.483021. The street address is 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Please note the park is at the end of Port Providence Road. There are two parking areas. Meet in the south parking lot, away from the fenced-in dog areas. There are facilities at the parking area. I will start the hike in any temperature, in light or medium rain, as long as there is no lightning. I will post weather updates as comments 90 minutes before the hike as needed. This hike is rated 3B6 using the AMC-DV hike rating system for moderate pace, B for carriage trails (note that some hike routes have sections of well established flat dirt trails) and 6 mile length. Expect a brisk walk, but I will adjust some to match the group. There are no stream crossings and no real hills. The trail is dirt with a few roots/rocks, smooth gravel along the canal and pavement along Towpath road for about 1 mile. No dogs please. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. As always...please remember to bring water, snacks, first aid kit and other essential items you may need. Although we expect be done before sundown, you may wish to have a light just in case. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 ,

May 10 - Lambertville to Stockton Loop Hike (3B8) Meet at 10:00 a.m. behind the Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn in the free unpaved parking lot directly behind the Inn. This will be a brisk paced 8 mile hike with a stop for lunch half way through the hike. We will cross to the PA side of the river and walk along the Delaware Canal Towpath to Stockton where we will stop for an optional lunch at Craving's. Then return to Lambertville on the D& R Canal towpath along the NJ side of the river. Bring water and snacks. Steady rain may cancel the hike. If doubtful, check the status of the hike at the morning of the hike or contact the leader before 9:00 a.m. L Joan Aichele (215-803-2779)

May 11 - Jacobsburg State Park Evening Hike (2C5) Join us for the first hike in the "Lehigh Valley Evenings" series - hikes that will take place on Thursday evenings throughout the spring and summer in the greater Lehigh Valley area. We will hike several of the scenic trails in the park. Post-hike refreshment stop for those interested. Possible loop L Bill Steinmetz (610-694-8677 ,

May 11 - Thursday Evening Hike at Valley Forge (3C6) It's finally time for the Thursday evening hike to move to Valley Forge. Please join us at 6.30 pm for a brisk six-mile hike. There will be rolling hills, some climbs, and rocky trails, so you will need sturdy shoes and water. Depending on numbers we will do our best to fit in additional hills for faster hikers. We will be meeting at the Wilson Road Parking lot located at Wilson and Yellow Springs Rds (GPS 40.084934, -75.457822) Dogs permitted -park rules require a leash. Optional after hike get together. L Denis McCartan ( ,

May 13 - Discover Spring time on Delaware Bay. On the shoreline of Delaware Bay, a wildlife phenomenon of global significance occurs. Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs emerge from the Bay's waters to spawn and lay eggs. Simultaneously upwards of 1 million shorebirds arrive on the beaches to feast, feed and fuel their own spring migrations. Scientists from across the world are also on the Bay to study, document, and collect essential data on this amazing event. I have the opportunity to take 10 pre-registered AMC participants, and join the researchers on the beach. Our day will consist of approximately 5 to 6 hours where will attempt to capture shorebirds utilizing cannon nets . The primary target species is a bird called the Red knot. This species has recently declined from a worldwide population of 100,000 animals to an estimated 20,000 today.. The researchers are primarily from two organizations: Conserve Wildlife Foundation, and the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. If our netting/capture is sucessful, we will hands-on collect essential data on each bird, recording previously applied tag numbers, recording bird weights, and affixing new Identfication leg tags. For me participating in this project has always felt like a once in a life time experience. I hope it feels the same way for you. I should warn you that we are attempting to capture wild wildlife, which is not always successful. There are days when the wildlife will fail to cooperate. Regardless, being on the bay witnessing all that is happening is still a remarkable and worthwhile bit of "earth Magic" Notes: 1- We will have a rain date of Sunday May 14th. 2- I you plan to come please pre -register wih me @ 3-I will keep a log of all registerd participants and give you the exact meeting time and place when we get closer to the day. The birds do not always gather in the same places everyday. You may assume that we will commence in the morning with about 5 to 6 hours of time committment. The area of past sucessful captures has been in the vacinity of Fortesque New Jersey. 4- Casual, comfortable, " yard chore" clothing is the dress of the day. 5- Bring lunch, beverages, camera,, Binoculars, and favorite birding guide, can be useful L Greg Honachefsky (856-785-0917 ,

May 13 - Susquehanna State Park and Seafood (2B/C10+) Full day activity. Hike above and along the Susquehanna River - maybe see the big tree again this year! We will do various trail sections in Susquehanna State Park. Bring enough water and snacks for a full day, always useful to have rain gear. Afterwards, we'll stop at a waterfront restaurant, tentatively Tidewater Grille or MacGregor's in Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay. Meet at 8:00 AM in front of Trader Joe's at the Gateway Shopping Center off Rt 202, or 9:00 AM at the Giant Supermarket, south side of Rt 1 (Baltimore Pike) soon after passing Longwood Gardens entrance. L Tom Sherwood (610-787-0376 ,

May 13 - Tohickon Valley Park - High Rocks Trail (2C7) Hike along with L's adult college class and enjoy a spring morning along the Tohickon Creek between Tohickon Valley Park and High Rocks. We will walk out the Yellow Trail to High Rocks and proceed past High Rocks to the trail that loops around and down to the creek. This will be a leisurely hike. Good hiking footwear required. Water and a snack. Hike starts at 9:00 AM and will be finished around 12:00 noon. Rain Cancels. Contact L to register and for meeting location. L Peter Jarrett ()

May 13 - Pennypack Trail (3B-9) The Montgomery County portion of a rails-to-trails project (formerly the Reading line from Fox Chase to Newtown) is now open. See the woods coming alive again. Park in the parking lot of Lorimer Park (in Abington near the Philadelphia border) on Moredon Road at Pennypack Creek, between Old Ford Rd and Pine Rd. Meet 10 AM by the picnic tables and washroom, which are about .1 miles across the road from the parking lot. We will walk 4.5 miles up the trail to the northern end, passing through Lorimer Park and the Pennypack Trust. Back the same way to Lorimer and lunch. After lunch, those interested will walk a mile south to the end of the trail, then back on a loop trail taking us by Fox Chase farm. This is easy walking; sneakers are ok. Bring lunch and water. Serious rain cancels; call by 9 AM if doubts. Due to Lorimer Park rules, this hike is unsuitable for dogs. L Paul Schott (215-635-3172 ,

May 13 - Edwin B. Forsythe NWR Hike (3B8) Hike the 8 mile wildlife drive loop circling and separating freshwater pools from surrounding saltwater marshes. Meet at the Visitor Center, 10am. Bring water, snacks or lunch, and binoculars. We will see lots of birds, including Osprey chicks in their nests. The loop is exposed with no shelter. Heavy rain and wind in the forecast could cancel. Watch the AMC Activity calendar for trip status. There could be a $5 parking fee. Parking is free with a Nat'l Park & Federal Rec Lands Pass / or Senior Pass. Google Edwin B. Forsythe NWR for directions. L Sue Bergmann (609-502-2725 ,

May 13 - AMC Del Val New Member Hike at Valley Force (3C6) Please join Denis, Jose and George for the first of the New Member series of hiks, this one at Valley Forge. Each Autumn and Spring AMC welcomes New Members (or any members and prospective members for that matter) with a series of hikes located at different parks around the Delaware Valley. This hike is unique because it will be held in the afternoon with a start time of 1:30. (not afraid to try something different). Afterwards, I plan on having dinner somewhere local. Open to suggestions. Any of the new places around REI/ Wegmans would be interesting but we'll say what the group determines. We will hike a modeate pace across Mounts Joy and Misery and ascend both hills from a variety of approaches for a total elevation gain of approximately 1,500 feet over 6 miles. Expect typical woodland trails with roots and rocks. Please bring water, suitable hiking shoes/boots and trail snacks if desired. Just as important, I want to hear any backpacking ideas for this summer and fall :) The calendar is filling quickly. We will meet at the Wilson Rd parking lot at the corner of Yellow Springs Rd and Wilson Road. The Covered Bridge is repaired so shouldn;t be any trouble locating the lot. (GPS 40.083533, -75.456803). L Denis McCartan ( ,

May 14 - Sunday Hike Around The Lakes: French Creek (3C7) Come out and join me for a moderate paced Sunday morning hike at French Creek State Park. The idea is to get in some exercise and nice scenery and make it home for lunch. We will hike the Boone to the Collier trail and circuit Hopewell lake to complete this scenic loop. Distance will be 7 miles with a couple of long, gradual climbs. Aggregate elevation will be approximately 1,000 feet and expect typical woodland trails with some rocky sections. We will meet at the Hopewell Lake boat launch parking area (GPS 40.19956,-75.78934) at 8:45 AM and start the hike shortly after. Bring water and snacks. Well behaved dogs are welcome. L Denis McCartan ( ,

May 14 - Holtwood, Kelly's Run, Touquan Creek (2 D-8) Join Larry Priori on Mother's Day for a moderately paced strenuous hike on the Conestoga Trail. We'll do about 8 miles with some serious elevation and views of the Susquehanna River, Kelly's Run, Pinnacle Overlook and Touquan Creek. Expect a commitment to group unity. Due to the difficulty registration IS required for this hike. Email me at or call 484 459 5445 OR sign up on Meetup. There will be an optional stop at an appropriate bistro in the Lancaster area post hike. Meet at the Holtwood Ballfields at 11:30 or carpool from Victory Brewing Co. on rt. 372 west of Parkesburg at 10: 30 am. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Sturdy boots are always recommended. Directions: From Quarryville take rt 372 to RIGHT on Old Holtwood rd. Stay right on Street rd to parking on the right near the baseball field. Address: Street rd., Holtwood , Pa GPS coordinates: lat 39.840843, long -76.316737 Happy Connecting. Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5 L Larry Priori (484-459-5445 ,