Wissahickon park

above the law*

trees in wissahickon park

My first hike of the new year and the first post of Philly Hikes! I decided to start this site as a way to document mostly my hikes in and around the Philadelphia area and also as something that will hopefully become a resource for others looking to get active and outside in this area. I’ve been trying to get at least one hike in a week and I hope to document them all here. I also love to bike, run and walk around the city so I’ll probably be adding some of those trips here as well.

hiking through the wissahickon
The man friend hiking with me on a cold winter day.

The Philadelphia area has so many great hiking spots and Wissahickon park is one of my favorites. It’s a location I’ll probably be posting regularly about as it’s close, it’s beautiful and there are so many different trails to choose from. It never gets old to me. You can choose a more strenuous hike or you can just walk on flat land along Forbidden Drive if you’re not feeling up to inclines. The trails are always filled with a diverse mix, from people walking their dogs to mountain bikers to horseback riders. One of these days I may even make it to Valley Green Inn for brunch or a drink after a hike.

I love going to the Wissahickon during different seasons to see how much the landscape changes. During the winter the trees are bare and it’s easier to see further distances. It’s also great because you feel like you have the trails almost to yourself. It was cold but after the first 10 minutes or so I had already warmed up and was ready to go. These are just a few photos I took on that cold January afternoon.

winter trees in the wissahickon
Bare winter trees in the Wissahickon

Hike summary

*Since the Wissahickon is one of my favorite hiking spots and since I knew I’d be referencing it often I decided to use a Stephen Seagal movie numbering system.

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