Hiking the Wissahickon.

The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is offering free nature walks in Wissahickon Valley Park in March led by FOW Trail Ambassadors.

Unless otherwise noted, hikes are on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet, slippery or steep. Please wear sturdy, protective shoes or boots and bring water/snacks if you desire. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and ticks. Children over the age of seven are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in the event of heavy rain or ice. Registration is sometimes required and always recommended so that you can be informed if there are changes. Contact marley@fow.org to register. Visit www.fow.org for updated information.

 

Late Winter in the Gorge with Scott Quitel

Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m.

Park near and meet at the trailhead near the intersection of Park Line Drive and Hortter Street. Duration: 3 hours. Distance: 5.5 miles. Look for early signs of the Park “waking up” for spring as we roam up and down both sides of the Wissahickon Gorge, traversing sections of the Park’s three main hiking trails. Will visit amazing ancient rock formations and landmarks. More info: squitel@comcast.net..

 

Orange Trail Hike with Merritt Rhoad

Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.

Meet at Northwestern Ave & Forbidden Drive. Duration 2-2 1/2 hours. Difficulty: moderate. Distance: about 4 miles along Forbidden Drive to Bell’s Mill Rd and then along the Orange & White Trails to the Indian Statue with return to Northwestern Ave along Forbidden Drive at a conversational pace Learn a little bit of Wissahickon history geology and stewardship.

 

Meandering in the Wissahickon with Shelly Brick

Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

Meet at Kitchen’s Lane entrance to the park off Wissahickon Ave. Come and enjoy the upper trails of our park and “Talk Story,” a Hawaiian tradition. Pace will be set by the group. More info: shellybrick@verizon.net.

 

Three Mile Hikes with Kimberly Quinn

Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m.

Meet at Valley Green Inn. Difficulty: moderate. Duration: 2 hours. Distance: 3+ miles. Group sets the pace of the hike. Hike along the less-traveled Orange Trail. Wear supportive hiking shoes and bring water. Cameras and binoculars encouraged. Experience caves, trek the Fingerspan Bridge, cross Devil’s Pool, discover the Spring House, Shakespeare’s Rock, learn about major improvements to the trails, history of the Livezey Mill, and other areas of the park, and hopefully spot some wildlife. Suitable for children over 8 accompanied by a responsible adult. More info: kimberlyaquinn@gmail.com.

 

Singles Walk/Hike with Monika Hemmers

Sunday, March 17 at 10 a.m.

Meet at Valley Green Inn. Duration 2- 3 hours. This walk is for all single people ages 22 to 40. We will climb some steep hills on rocky terrain so please wear hiking boots or sneakers sturdy enough for hiking. After the hike you may want to enjoy lunch at Valley Green Inn. More info: mhemmers11@verizon.net.

 

Geology Hike with Sarah West

Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m.

Meet at Valley Green Inn. Duration: 1.75 hours. Distance: 1.5 miles along a rough, steep trail on the east side of the creek upstream from Valley Green. Slippery or muddy in places. Will discuss the likely formation of Wissahickon rocks as the result of plate tectonics and identify several different types. This hike is suitable for children over 10 accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring water and sturdy footwear. More info: westsarah@aol.com.