Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wissahickon Gorge Hike - Come explore the urban wilderness!

This weekend, you are invited to come along on a hike through the southern portion of Wissahickon Valley Park, home to the historic urban wilderness that is the Wissahickon Gorge.

Peace, love and hiking! Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley Park
Here is all you need to know to join in the fun!

Who: Anyone interested in hiking is welcome to come along.

What: Hiking the Wissahickon Gorge, Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia

When: Meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013; Hike will end by 3 p.m.

Where: The hike will begin and end at SEPTA Wissahickon Station. We will do a loop (approximately 5 miles) of the eastern section of Wissahickon Valley Park. Sites we will experience include Hermit's Cave, Lover's Leap, historic bridges, Wissahickon Creek, Mom Rinker's Rock and Toleration Statue.

Why: To enjoy the beautiful fall-like weather while exploring an urban wilderness, full of historic and geological wonders.

How: There is limited parking near the SEPTA WIssahickon Station, so the best way to arrive is by Manayunk/Norristown Line Regional Rail or by bus (to the nearby Wissahickon Transportation Center). NOTE: If you live on or near the Temple University campus, you can catch the Manayunk/Norristown Line Regional Rail train from Temple Station at 9:40 a.m.

  • Carry a backpack.
  • Layer your clothing. Since we will be doing a moderately strenuous hike, you may get quite warm, even though the temperature will drop dramatically by Saturday. The high temperature will be about 68-degrees Fahrenheit (or 20-degrees Celsius); As such, make sure you bring layers of clothing. 
  • Wear sturdy shoes with traction. Athletic shoes or shoes/boots made specifically for hiking should be worn. No espadrilles or shoes with smooth soles should be worn. 
  • Bring plenty of water. You should carry about three liters of water with you on this hike. 
  • Bring food for lunch and snacks. Typical snacks, like trail mix and granola bars, are best for a hike. Also, bring a lunch that is easy to eat while sitting on a rock, like a sandwich, a burrito or a wrap.
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If you have any questions about the hike, please email hike leader Brian Schwarz at briwrite@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you there!