Club News & Announcements

    • REMINDER: With the arrival of September and the hunting season ramping up, this is a reminder to put your fluorescent orange clothing in your vehicle and be prepared to use it. The requirements can be found on the PA Game Commission website or 23-24 Pocket Guide.pdf (

    • The August issue of the Keystone Hiker from KTA is posted here.
    • It's tick season: Here is a link to the American Hiking Society’s webpage on ticks for some additional tips and information:   If you find an embedded tick, we recommend sending it in promptly to to get tested. You receive a report within 72 hours informing you whether the tick tested positive for any pathogens. Not only is that data useful for the individual, it is used by researchers to determine the likelihood of a tick with a specific disease in a specific area.
    • Congratulations to Ingrid Cantarella-Fox for hiking the most miles in the Club's hiking year: October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022! Ingrid logged 2,264.5 miles to become the 2021-2022 Trailmaster.  The 2022 Recorded Mileage & Achievement Report has been added to the Member Section.
      • Safety Tip: Please be vigilant about the belongings in your car and be aware of your surroundings. DO NOT leave any valuables in your vehicle- take them with you and don't leave anything in view.  
      • Can you name the "10 Essentials" every hiker should carry in their daypack? Find them here.

      • The CCTC Hike Sign in Sheet includes some updated language. All Hike Leaders should begin using the new form effective November 10, 2021.  
      • Another 25,000 Milestone! Congratulations to Kathy Borrell for reaching her goal of hiking 25,000 miles with the Club on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Harmony Hill! 
      • Congratulations to Kathy Borrell! Kathy received the KTA Western Pennsylvania Award for hiking 200 miles or more on the western trails listed here. Kathy tallied a total of 226 miles on the Allegheny Front Trail, Bucktail Path, Elk Trail, Laurel Highlands Trail, Lost Turkey Trail, and Rachel Carson Trail between 2015 and 2021 to earn this Award. The Western PA and other KTA hiking awards are handed out annually at the KTA Fall Meeting. 
      • Another 25,000 Milestone! Congratulations to Elizabeth Brecht for achieving 25,000+ cumulative miles hiking with the club. 
      • Congratulations to Don Barber for reaching his goal of hiking 25,000 miles with the Club on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Bellevue State Park in DE. 
      • Beginning in April, 2021 eight of the busiest Natural Lands preserves will be closed to the public one day a week to allow for trail maintenance and natural areas management. To view the list and schedule of closures, visit the Natural Lands website.

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