September Hikes & Activities

Sat., Sept 2         Ben Franklin Bridge                   5:00 p.m.                                           7 miles                                             Class 2         This is an out and back hike with the bridge providing the only "hill" in both directions.  We will start at Jefferson Station, walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, along the Delaware River on the NJ side to the Battleship NJ and back again.  The bridge provides some nice views of Philadelphia and the NJ Waterfront.  Stop at beer garden after the hike is optional.  Paved surfaces, wear comfortable shoes with good cushion.  Bring Water and snacks. DIRECTIONS:  Meet inside Jefferson Station in front of the SEPTA ticket office, near the exit to 10th and Filbert St.  Registration required. PTC members and their guests only.  Leaders: Karen and Chris Poli:      

Sun., Sept. 3     No Hike

Sat., Sept.  9      Harriet Wetherill Park                9:00 a.m.                                           2-3 miles                                         Class 1

This small park is 67 acres of picturesque agrarian landscape in Plymouth Township, Montgomery County and is in the midst of ongoing suburban development.  It features agricultural fields, meadows, wooded areas, and a picnic pavilion.  This is an easy hike but rain cancels. DIRECTIONS: The Park address is 2639 Narcissa Rd., Plymouth Mtg. 19462 (across from Maple Acres Farm).  Cold drinks and snacks at the end of the hike. Leaders: Bill and Anne Franks, 610-828-2530. 


Sun., Sept. 10No Hike

Thu., Sept. 14    Bike Forbidden Dr. to the Art Museum      10:30 a.m.                                   23 miles                                            Moderate This is a beautiful ride, one you can do in many seasons.  There’s always something new to see.  There will be a few hills, which will look bigger on the way back.  Our pace will be easy.  Meet at the entrance to Forbidden Drive on Northwestern Ave., right off Germantown Ave.  DIRECTIONS Take 476 to Germantown Pike East, follow the curves and make a right at the light at Bruno’s restaurant (Northwestern Ave.).  Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water and a bike in good repair.  Rain cancels.  Leader:  Carol Beam, 215-327-8021 or  Registration in advance is required.  This outing is just for PTC members and their guests.

Sat., Sept. 16    Rooftop Beer Garden Scouting Outing    4:30 p.m.                       ???  miles                                         Class 1 Meet at Jefferson Station at 4:30 p.m. near SEPTA ticket office, 10th & Filbert St. Exit.  The plan is to do the 2.5-mile walk to Bok-Bar at 800 Mifflin St. in the historic Bok Building and arrive when they open at 6 p.m.  After leaving Bok-Bar, walk over to Tasker-Morris subway station and take the subway to City Hall (or walk 3.5 miles).  From City Hall walk to SkyGarten at Three Logan building, 1717 Arch Street to arrive about 8:30 p.m.  Take the train home from Suburban Station.  This scouting event is open to PTC members and invited guests only.  Since it is a scouting outing, there is no telling how it will go exactly!  That can be part of the adventure/ fun. The hike goes on rain or shine.  Please RSVP to Leaders: Dave Scheid, 215-435-9012, or Martha Moore,

Sun., Sept. 17Ridley Creek State Park                          8:30 a.m.                            5 miles                                              Class 2    The White Trail is a loop at Ridley Creek State Park in Newtown Square, PA.  We will hike this trail at a moderate pace (+/- 3 mph) starting at 8:30 a.m. at parking lot #7 near the mansion.  Rain cancels.  Follow the signs for the Park Office/Mansion.  Address is 1023 Sycamore Mills Rd., Media, PA19063.  Leader: Ron Mintz,, 610-755-1391.

Sat., Sept. 23    Norristown Farm Park                                             l0:00 a.m.                           6 miles                                            Class l+

Hike this scenic and lovely farm park with autumn vistas.  Mostly level with a few hills.  We may be able to see the workings of the trout hatchery located on the grounds if one of their volunteers is available.  Bring water and lunch to eat after the hike.  DIRECTIONS:  From Rt. 202, turn west onto Germantown Pike.  Go approx. 1.3 miles to North Wales/Barley Sheaf Dr.; turn left then bear right to enter Norristown Farm Park via Upper Farm Rd.  Go 0.3 miles to main parking lot across from Park Office (white buildings).  Leader:  Janice Myers, 610-584-3973.


Sun., Sept. 24   Baby Biathlon  (bike & hike)        9:00 a.m.                        10 miles (bike) / 4-5miles (hike)        Class 2For PTC members only. The best of both worlds!  Short ride, short hike.  You can do Part One, Part Deux, or, for the total athletes, both.  We’ll meet at my house in Lafayette Hill, bike briefly on roads to the Green Ribbon Trail and to Fort Washington Park and back.  There are a few hills.  We come back to the house, leave our bikes in my garage, change shoes, wash up, have snacks and head up the street into the Wissahickon for a quick walk—but not a flat one.  Those who want to join us for the hike only, meet at my house at 10:30.  Home-baked goodies for all who make it back home again. Bring lunches (which can go in my refrigerator) snacks, water, bikes in good repair, helmets and sneakers or boots.  Leader:   Carol Beam.  Call to register and get address and directions.  215-327-8021 or

Sat., Sept. 30      Ricketts Glen State Park            10:00 a.m.                                                        5 miles                             Class 3+ Ricketts Glen is a spectacular natural area with more than 22 named unique waterfalls among giant pines, hemlocks and oaks.  Waterfall Trail will provide views of 94-foot Ganoga Falls, the highest of the park’s waterfalls.  Bring lunch and water. Hikers on the Falls Trail should be in good physical condition, wear sturdy boots, and use caution due to slippery/wet conditions and steep trail sections.  DIRECTIONS: (Use address 695 PA-487, Benton, PA 18656).  2+ hour drive from Philadelphia.  PA Tpk. N to exit 105 (Wilkes-Barre), 115 N (4 mi.), 309N (6.8 mi.), Left onto Hillside Rd. (3.2 mi.), stay on old route 115 (~3.4 mi.), left onto 118 W (14.5 mi.), right onto 487 N (3.7 mi.) to park entrance on right.  We’ll meet in the Beach Lot # 2 Trailhead Parking Lot. Entering park (you can pick up a map at the park office), continue straight at crossroad to second official parking lot on left.  Registration required, PTC members and their guests only.  Leaders:, 215-694-4711,  215-407-8507.

Sat., Sun. 30     Wawa Preserve        9:00 a.m.                                                                   6+ miles                                      Class 1-2     Parts of the property were once used to graze cattle for the Wawa Dairy. Visitors can enjoy trails that traverse a variety of habitats, including dense woodlands along Rocky Run Creek and sunny meadows filled with milkweed, goldenrod, and little bluestem. We will combine the Rocky Run with the Darlington and Cornucopia trails. There will be some hills to climb as well as gravel on portions of the trail. Parking: Back parking lot of the Rocky Run YMCA 1299 Baltimore Pike, Media PA, 19063.  DIRECTIONS: From Rte. 476 take exit 5 to US-1 S. Go for about 5½ miles on US-1 S. The entrance is on the right at the traffic light directly in front of the Thomas Chevrolet dealership (1263 W. Baltimore Pke). Leader: Ines Breen, 267-420-2331.

October Hikes & Activities

Sun., Oct. 1 The Willows, Radnor         9:30 a.m.                                                          4-5 mi.                                                Class 2  We start at the Willows, formerly the Zantzinger Estate, and hike through woods along the Darby Creek. Pretty views but maybe several muddy areas; boots recommended! DIRECTIONS: The Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Rd., Villanova, PA 19085.  Follow signs to Picnic Parking lot (Porta-Potty only available restroom facility). Rain cancels! Register in advance. Leaders: Susan Smolens, 610-220-3412,, and Arnelia Hollinger, 610-687-3969 (voicemail) or 610-368-2964 ( on hike day) .


Sat., Oct. 7     Malvern Three                    9:00 a.m.                                                        6 miles                                              Class 1

Paoli Memorial Battlefield / Malvern Retreat / Randolph Woods eclectic hike.  Begin hike with a quick walk around Randolph Woods, then on to the Malvern Retreat grounds then off to historic Paoli Memorial Battlefield. Includes some sidewalks to connect 3 sights. Randolph trails are narrow with shallow tree roots and short changes in elevation - recommend footwear with good traction. Refreshments provided at end of hike.  Rain, snow or ice cancels.   Meet at Kimberton Whole Foods parking lot at 429 E. King Street, Malvern.  Leader: Marjie O'Neill, 215-718-5790.


Sun., Oct. 8       Pennypack Park               10:00 a.m.                                                        7 miles                                           Class 1-2Look for Pennypack Trail Parking, Pine Rd. entrance ( for GPS use 8627 to 8671 Pine Rd.) which is close to the bridge on Pine Rd. opposite Fox Chase Farm. We will walk seven miles along the Pennypack Creek starting at Pine Rd. to Winchester Ave. and back. Paved path is shaded and basically follows the creek with a few hills.  The walk takes approximately 2 ½ hours. For those who are interested, we can get a bite to eat at Andonios Diner at 9244 Krewstown Rd. after the hike.  Leader:  Kate Friend, 215-906-8060,      

Sat., Oct. 14      Evansburg State Park     9:00 a.m.                                                          5 miles                                               Class 2 Hiking boots and water recommended. We will not be stopping for lunch but will provide snack. DIRECTIONS: Evansburg State Park can be reached from exit 31 off the PA Tpk. Turn east on PA 63. Where PA 63 turns left, continue straight ahead to a junction with PA 363. Turn right and drive 8.7 miles; then turn right on Germantown Pike at a traffic light. After 2.7 more miles, and immediately beyond the Eight Arch Bridge over Skippack Creek (no sign), turn right. This is Skippack Creek Rd. (again, no sign). Follow it to Mill Rd. and continue into the park on May Hall Rd. Park near the picnic pavilion. Rain cancels. Register in advance. Leader: Terry Smith, 610-547-0688.

Sun., Oct. 15    Radnor Trail/Wayne Art Center Reception1:30 p.m.            4-5 miles    Class 1
Delaware County. The Radnor Trail (Old P &W Trolley Spur) gently meanders through Wayne, Ithan, St. Davids, and back. DIRECTIONS: 224 Sugartown Rd, Wayne, PA 19087.  Please park in the Devon- ACME Food Market Shopping Ctr., next to Oasis Juice Bar, 224 Sugartown Rd., Wayne, PA 19087. We will meet in this lot. There are restrooms at the first juncture on the trail, and then again at the Wayne Art Center. Reception: 3-5 p.m. Open to public. “Imprint and Mark-The Language of Perception.” Register in advance. Leaders: Rosalyn Seabrook, 215-472-5635 or cell: 267-255-7605, or Arnelia Hollinger, 610-687-3969(voicemail) or 610-368-2964, after 11:00am day of hike only.  

Sun., October 15       Hawk Mountain Sanctuary                             10:00 a.m.                                         7 miles               Class 4       Berks Co.   After a car shuttle we’ll hike the Appalachian Trail to the top of Hawk Mountain (+800 ft). Then we’ll continue hiking west along the scenic rocky ridge with a series of rock scrambles bringing us to the top of the North Lookout of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.  Bring binoculars and/or a camera if you like and a lunch to eat at the top.   This is a challenging hike.  Boots are recommended.  DIRECTIONS: from Philadelphia:  Take NE Tpk. Ext. (I-476) north to Exit 56 Lehigh Valley) to Rt. 22 (I-78) west, to Exit 35 (Lenhartsvillle).  On Rt. 143 N, go 4 mi. to just before the gas station on the right, turn left at the blue Hawk Mountain sign onto Hawk Mt. Rd.  Go to the top of the mountain; turn left into the parking lot.  This is about a 90-minute drive from Plymouth Meeting and a 4-hour hike.  We will meet in the Visitors Center.  The sanctuary charges a fee of $8.00 per person.  Snow or rain may cancel the hike.  Leader:  Art Bucci, 215-450-7070 or   Please call or e-mail leader for carpooling or other information.  Registering for the hike is required. 

Sat., Oct. 21       Bear Creek Preserve     9:30 a.m.                                                                         8 miles                                              Class 3 Bear Creek Preserve is a vast expanse of forests and steep stream valleys in the Lehigh River Watershed. We will walk through Rhododendron Tunnels, Fern covered forest, along streams with water falls and hills.  We will cross three bridges (one is a cable suspension bridge). Bring lunch, water and wear sturdy boots. GPS address is 47 Rabbit Run Lane, Wilkes-Barre, Bear Creek PA 18702. There are no bathrooms, stop at Hickory Run Service Plaza, milepost 86 on the NE Extension, if needed.   Registration required. PTC members and their guests only. Leaders:  Karen and Chris Poli, or

Sun., Oct. 22    Brandywine River          9:45 a.m.                                                                         5 miles                                  Class 1     Meet at the Brandywine River Museum.  We will shuttle cars to the Chadds Ford Twp. building and hike back to the Brandywine Museum where the hike will end. There will be refreshments. The Museum will be open, so if people want a meal they have a lovely restaurant overlooking the Brandywine River.  Meet at Brandywine River Museum at 9:45 a.m.  Leaders: Ines Breen and Chase Wolfer, 610-368-8747 (morning of hike). 

Sat., Oct. 28    Tirzah & Dror RomMystery Hike                           ???                                                      ???                                                                         

Stay tuned!  Leaders plan to announce details of hike later. 

Sun., Oct. 29    Valley Forge Misery and Joy       9:00 a.m.                                                          8 miles                                Class 2              A two-hill figure eight, with option to do only the first loop. The combined elevation gain is 700 feet. From Washington's Headquarters parking lot, loop one climbs Mt. Misery on the Horseshoe Trail to Knox's Quarters and returns to Washington's Headquarters via Valley Creek Trail. Loop two climbs Mt. Joy and returns to Washington's Headquarters via Baptist Trace and Chapel Trails. See link for directions to Washington's Headquarters parking lot on Valley Forge NP webpage at  Bring lunch and water. Rain cancels. If you have questions, call Leaders: Mary Jane Cobbs, 610-662-4154 or Walter Cobbs, 610-662-4142, daytime only.

Sneak Peek: November Hikes


Sat.,  Nov.  4                 Trexler Nature Preserve    9:15 a.m.                                             8 miles                       Class 3Schnecksville, PA. Meet to carpool at 8:00 a.m.  We will follow a network of trails over rolling hills from deep ravines up to panoramic views with elk and bison encounters along the way.  Rain cancels.  Drive time is about one hour from Plymouth Meeting.  We recommend boots and hiking sticks. Bring snacks, water, and lunch. DIRECTIONS: Take the NE Ext. of the PA Turnpike I-476 N toward Allentown (37.2 mi).  Take the US-22 exit, Exit 56, toward Lehigh Valley/I-78/Allentown/PA-309/Harrisburg (0.5 mi).  Merge onto US-22 E toward PA-309/I-78.  E/Allentown (0.8 mi).  Merge onto PA-309 N toward Tamaqua (6.0 mi).  Follow Route 309 N for 6.5 miles, then turn left on Old Packhouse Rd. at the traffic light with Rita’s, Wayback Burgers and Sam’s Bagels in a strip mall on the right.  Follow Old Packhouse Rd. for 0.9 mile then turn right on Orchard Rd.  The Nature Preserve entrance will be 0.3 mile ahead on the left.  Registering in advance is required.  This hike is for PTC members and their guests only.  For carpooling and other information contact Leader:  Carol Beam, 215-327-8021 or


Sun., Nov. 5     Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve   9:30am                                                             3-4 miles                            Class 1

Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve, a mix of grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, is part of the Natural Lands Trust (  A section of the hike will be along the Green Ribbon Trail. Meet in the parking lot: 640 South Swedesford Rd., Ambler, PA 19002.   Parking lot is small, so try to carpool.  Leaders: Sheryl Panka-Bryman, 856-296-2379, and Carol Beam.