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Go Take a Hike!

By Fairmount Park Conservancy (other events)

33 Dates Through Dec 10, 2017
 
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Go take a hike!

Philadelphia's Park System is one of the largest urban park system's in the world. Fairmount Park Conservancy offers several opportunities to get into the woods and discover some of the hidden gems of our park system. Enjoy a unique and all-levels paced hike through the park with one of our trusted guides. Most of these hikes are moderately challenging and we ask participants to please bring their own water and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. 

HIKE DATES/LOCATIONS:
Please note that different dates correspond to different places in the park!

Saturday, 8/5: Guided Hike with Chris Dougherty 10:00 AM: Trolley Trail
The Fairmount Park Trolley operated in East & West Park from 1896-1946 providing a reliable and enjoyable means of accessing park amenities. Explore the physical remains of what is now a hidden trolley network including massive stone tunnels and bridge abutments along this 4 mile loop hike led by Fairmount Park Conservancy Project Manager, Chris Dougherty. Meet at 10:00 AM outside of the Chamounix Hostel in West Fairmount Park. Parking is available. 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131 

Sunday, 8/27: Confluence Hike with Brad Maule at 10:00 AM: Parking lot on Ridge Ave
The lowest reach of the Wissahickon is lined with magic as it heads into the Schuylkill. This hike sews together geography, industrial history, mystic monks, Norman Rockwell, and a park that doesn't exist yet with the same thread. Total length is around 4.5 miles and 2.5 hours; there are some challenging hills, so wear sturdy shoes and come ready to hit the trail. We'll meet at 10am at the Fairmount Park parking lot at 4900 Ridge Avenue

Saturday, 9/30: Guided Hike with Chris Dougherty 10:00 AM: Trolley Trail
The Fairmount Park Trolley operated in East & West Park from 1896-1946 providing a reliable and enjoyable means of accessing park amenities. Explore the physical remains of what is now a hidden trolley network including massive stone tunnels and bridge abutments along this moderately challenging 4 mile loop hike led by Fairmount Park Conservancy Project Manager, Chris Dougherty. Meet at 10:00 AM outside of the Chamounix Hostel in West Fairmount Park. Parking is available. 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131 

Saturday, 10/28: Guided Hike with Chris Dougherty 10:00 AM: Trolley Trail
The Fairmount Park Trolley operated in East & West Park from 1896-1946 providing a reliable and enjoyable means of accessing park amenities. Explore the physical remains of what is now a hidden trolley network including massive stone tunnels and bridge abutments along this moderately challenging 4 mile loop hike led by Fairmount Park Conservancy Project Manager, Chris Dougherty. Meet at 10:00 AM outside of the Chamounix Hostel in West Fairmount Park. Parking is available. 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131 

Sunday, 11/5: Guided Hike with Brad Maule 10:00AM: Upper Wissahickon
Walk through grassy meadows, climb steep hills, and take in some local history on this moderately challenging three-hour, 4.7 mile hike in the upper end of the Wissahickon. Bring sturdy shoes, ample water and a spirit for fall in Philadelphia. Meet at the Cedar's House Cafe which is at 200 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Sunday, 12/10: Confluence Hike with Brad Maule at 10:00 AM: Parking lot on Ridge Ave
The lowest reach of the Wissahickon is lined with magic as it heads into the Schuylkill. This hike sews together geography, industrial history, mystic monks, Norman Rockwell, and a park that doesn't exist yet with the same thread. Total length is around 4.5 miles and 2.5 hours; there are some challenging hills, so wear sturdy shoes and come ready to hit the trail. We'll meet at 10am at the Fairmount Park parking lot at 4900 Ridge Avenue

More about the Trolley Trail:
Fairmount Park Conservancy–along with its key partners at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) and the Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance (BPTA)–have been working to develop the Trolley Trail while pursuing key goals: reducing adverse impacts on habitat and preserving the single track mountain bike trails. The new Trolley Trail will wend its way close to bridge abutments and through tunnels dating back to 1897. Future phases will bring signage, maps and trail blazes to guide users through the vast reaches of West Fairmount Park once only accessible via the trolley. Read more here.

FREE for members of the Fairmount Park Conservancy
$10 for non-members

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