The trail starts out on the multi-use trail, a paved, slightly hilly five mile loop that is frequented by bikers, hikers, dog walkers and bird watchers. Take the paved trail to where it forks, and head right. Walk about 1 mile, and then turn right sharply at the trail head. (N 39 57 03.9 W 75 26 13.7). Walk, keeping Ridley Creek on your right, passing over a short, hand built wooden bridge. Bear right and follow the trail up and over windy and rocky paths. Enjoy the views and the trees. As you continue your hike, you will see many of the old boulders left by glaciers millions of years ago. Elevation wavers around 175 feet to 200 feet. The white trail crossroads at (N 39 57 18.5 W 75 26 25.1. Take a right turn and head down hill. You will be going down a steep gulley to mostly dry creek bed, covered with leaves, and head left. The trail is taking you past another parking spot on Gradyville Road, although few people seem to use it. The coords for the parking area are: N 39 57 25.8 W 7526 45.1. Elevation at this point is 218 feet, pretty easy, still. Follow the trail and keep bearing left. As you hike up a smooth dirt path, you will need to watch for a hidden, sudden left turn. Depending on the state of the foliage, you may miss it. Ridley Creek is still on your right. You can see the water clearly throught the brush. The coords for the LEFT turn are: N 39 57 40.8 W 75 26 52.1. Here, your elevation takes a sharp incline, and the trail narrows. The elevation is 214 feet and spikes to 362 feet where the Colonial Cache is found. Just stay on the trail and wend your way upward. It's steep for kids and dogs, but regular hikers will find it easy. You will be heading toward an old family cemetary plot. Not far from the plot is a cache. The coordinates for the cache are: N 39 57 33.5 W 75 27 03.8. Enjoy the history and peacefulness. Geocache. Appreciate nature and how lucky we are to have such a serene and beautiful locale to steep in our memories. If you turn around and retrace your steps, it is a total of 5 miles back to the parking lot.
The hike begins at the Sawmill entrance of Ridley Creek State Park.
The coordinates for parking are:N 39 56 44.5 W 75 25 20.3.
There is a gravel parking lot at the intersection of Barren Road and Chapel Hill Road in Media, PA. Some of you may know it as the Sawmill entrance, or near the old barn, which refers to the stone wall that Penncrest students used to graffiti in the 80's. The barn is long gone, only the wall remains. The wall now has a mural on it, and it is right next to a concrete bridge.
You can park in the gravel lot, or on Ridley Creek Road, Barren Road, or Chapel Hill Road, all near the bridge and the stone wall. Let's meet in the gravel lot at 1 pm.
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