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  • Topic created by JoannaSharapan on Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 8:55 am
    Joanna Sharapan (JoannaSharapan)
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    Hi!
    My name is Joanna Sharapan.  My husband and I are interested in getting more information about the permanent course at Hawk Mountain.  We camp close by and would love to try orienteering there.  

    I've worked with DVOA in the past through Montgomery County Senior Games... so I'm sort of familiar with your group.  I've watched our seniors grow to love the sport and I want to try it myself!

    Do we need to make arrangements through Hawk Mountain to use the course and get a map?

    Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you so much!!!

    Joanna Sharapan
    pluey55@yahoo.com
  • Reply by kathyu on Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    Kathy Urban (kathyu)
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    Hi joanna, you might remember me at the senior games.  So  glad a couple of the seniors have started coming to meets.  Anyway, i was just at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary today, what a coincidence.  The permanent course is at the scout camp and it is kind of odd because you need permission.  Bob and John will probably get back to you about that.  It is also odd because we are having a national meet there in November and it might be embargoed to serious competitors.  I don't think you will fall in that category.  I don't know where you are, but Evansburg is great for beginners and the office always has free maps. 
    Now my question for you -- can you recommend a nice hike at Hawk Mountain with trailhead parking?  Maybe even AT access? 
    thanks
    KathyU
  • Reply by edscott on Fri Aug 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    It you want to go West on the AT park at the top of the mountain on the left (west) side of the road.  If you want go East there is a short dirt road to a parking lot that is a couple hundred meters south of the trail.  Climb up the trail from the lot and the AT will cross your path.  The Google aerial photo of Rt 183 crossing the Blue Mountain is self explanitory.


  • Reply by ErikEddy on Sun Aug 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    Hi Joanna - the permanent course is on the Scout Reservation (not sanctuary).  The camp sells the maps at their camp store so it would be best to contact them directly, since it's private land.  I'm not entirely sure if public has access to the camp. And as Kathy mentioned, there are other options at other parks where the map can be downloaded off our website:



  • Reply by edscott on Sun Aug 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    Ed Scott (edscott)
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    Good catch Erik.  I should have realized they were probably thinking of the sanctuary.
  • Reply by JoannaSharapan on Tue Aug 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm
    Joanna Sharapan (JoannaSharapan)
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    Thanks everyone.  I'll try contacting the Scout Camp.  The only reason I'm interested in this perticular course is because we camp out that way and we are always looking for new stuff to try out there.  I'm sure we can try a course around here, even Evansburg and you mentioned Kathy (I absolutely remember you from Senior Games!).  We spend most of our weekends out near Hawk Mountain but we'll try something closer to home in the off season.  

    Kathy, I'm not really familiar with Hawk Mountain.  I don't know the trails yet.  Our plan is to get out there this fall.  If I learn more I'll certainly let you know.
  • Reply by kathyu on Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm
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    Hi Joanna, I remembered this link I bookmarked on FB http://blog.pennlive.com/wildaboutpa/2015/08/where_to_day-hike_the_appalach.html, and I'm thinking about the day hike at Pine Grove Furnace. See you in the woods!
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