Where you'll never hike alone

The Philadelphia Trail Club is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1931.  We lead hikes most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year; hikes are less frequent in July and August.  The Club also hosts some bicycle rides.  Aside from hiking, the additional purposes of the club include:

  1. Encourage interest in the outdoors,

  2. Support development of facilities for outdoor activities in the Philadelphia area,

  3. Encourage appreciation and outdoor-related education and

  4. Support outdoor trail maintenance. 

You can check out who we have supported on our Friends and Affiliates page.

Hikes:  Hikes are usually held in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties, with occasional hikes further afield--for example, in the Poconos, on a local section of the Appalachian Trail, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Delaware. Most hikes range from 5 to 10 miles in distance and from very easy to more strenuous.  Each hike description includes a numerical classification as to difficulty and estimated mileage so that individuals can select those hikes which seem appropriate to their abilities. 

Non Members:  are welcome on specified hikes, but those who participate in 3 hikes with the Club are encouraged to become members in order to help support the Club's activities.  Member dues are only $5 per year, including electronic copies of the hike list. 

Excursions:  The Club also sponsors some more extensive outings for Members only.   This has typically been one major trip per year, and the number of participants is limited.  In recent years we've traveled to Iceland, Scotland, Croatia, and Maine as well as more local excursion weekends.

PTC Who’s Who

You can now contact any board member at email: philadelphiatrailclub@gmail.com

2018-2019 Board Members

  • President: Chris Poli, philadelphiatrailclub@gmail.com

  • Vice President: Ines Breen

  • Secretary: Kathleen Harleman

  • Treasurer: Karen Poli

  • Councilors: Pam McMahon, Peter Breen

  • Hike Chair: Francine Cruz, pthikechair@gmail.com

  • Membership: Dorothy Smith

  • Stats: Bill Franks (to Aug 31), Dave Scheid (starting Sept 1)

  • Memorial Fund Trustees: Tom Switalski, Deborah Lamb, Auda Gallagher

  • Archives: Sheryl Panka-Bryman

  • Webmaster: Ash Aragam


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