Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:30PM - 8:45PM
Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park, 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460,
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 hike will be in the dark so a light is required. 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 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. If anyone in the group is uncomfortable crossing the stream, 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. Some maps have "Port Province Trail Head - Schuylkill River Trail." There are two parking areas. Meet in the south parking lot, away from the fenced-in dog areas. There are modern facilities at the parking area. Meet at 6:30PM for a start shortly after. The hike will end at approximately 8:45PM. I will start the hike in any temperature, in snow, in light or medium rain (as long as there is no lightning.) Hazardous car road travel conditions will cancel the hike. I will post weather updates as Meetup 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 real hills and one stream crossing on rocks. The trail is dirt with a few roots/rocks, smooth gravel along the canal and pavement along Towpath road for about 1 mile. For wet or muddy conditions, we walk only on gravel paths or paved roads. 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. An umbrella will also work for rainy conditions. You will need a light.