Maps:

The perimeter shape:

Bookmarking the perimeter outline in Google Maps might be one of the most useful wayfinding tools for your perimeter exploration.

Note: You’ll want to get that link open in the actual Google Maps app, not in a web browser. On some mobile devices, that might require copying and pasting the link into an SMS text message to yourself or someone else, and then clicking the link from within that sent text message.

Segments, off-ramp options & terrain notes:

* NOTE: In the event of insufficient registration or attendance, clockwise & counter-clockwise groups will merge and proceed in the clockwise direction. All distances and times are estimates that may vary significantly based on each group’s choices. The off-ramp options listed below are just a few of the many transit options to leave the walk; you can find other options using the SEPTA or Google Maps transit planner apps.

CLOCKWISE toward Wissahickon

Segment note: The tail end of this segment involves crossing the Schuylkill River. There are multiple ways to do this, but the one closest to the perimeter is not the most pedestrian friendly. Options for the crossing will be discussed at the beginning of the day.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00Trail in the woods, potential for off-trail exploration & a few little hills
63rd & Market – MFL2 miles1:00:00trail, then sidewalk
Overbrook – regional rail7.5 miles3:30:00mostly sidewalk
Bala – regional rail9 miles4:00:00mostly sidewalk, w/ one potential tricky road crossing depending on path chosen
Wissahickon – regional rail12 miles5:30:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Heinz / Airport

Segment note: This segment can end at the Heinz Wildlife Refuge, or continue on towards the airport. Following the perimeter through to the airport can get tricky, and options for the group will be discussed at the beginning of the day.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00option for one bit of off-road adventure
60th & Chester – trolley1.5 miles1:00:00option for Cobbs Creek Parkway road crossing & small hills in Mt Moriah Cemetery
65th & Cobbs Creek – trolley2.5 miles1:30:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
Woodland & Island aves – trolley3.5 miles2:00:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
Elmwood & Island aves – trolley4 miles2:15:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
Heinz Refuge or Airport7.5 miles4:00:00Segment ends with an option for a rail & creek crossing with small brambles and a large intersection crossing (no crosswalks)

CLOCKWISE toward Chestnut Hill East

Segment note: There’s a longer stretch of this segment (between Ivy Ridge & Miquon) where rideshare pickups aren’t possible. The later part of this segment involves a significant uphill climb.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalk
Manayunk – regional rail1 mile1:30:00canal trail
Ivy Ridge – regional rail2 miles2:00:00canal & river trail, easy walking but longer stretch w/o easy rideshare pickup
Miquon – regional rail5 miles3:30:00Steep uphill climb at beginning no matter what path chosen. Options for road (no sidewalk but low traffic) or trails or off-road.
Chestnut Hill East – regional rail12.5 miles7:00:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward 61st & Baltimore

Segment note: The early part of this segment involves crossing the Schuylkill River. There are multiple ways to do this, but the one closest to the perimeter is not the most pedestrian friendly. Options for the group will be discussed at the beginning of the day.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalk, w/ one potential tricky road crossing depending on path chosen
Bala – regional rail3 miles1:00:00mostly sidewalk
Overbrook – regional rail4.5 miles1:30:00mostly sidewalk
63rd & Market – MFL10 miles4:00:00Trail in the woods, potential for off-trail exploration & a few little hills
61st & Baltimore12 miles5:30:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Fox Chase

Segment note: one railway crossing to navigage (there’s a way around)

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalk
Gravers – regional rail0.5 miles 0:15:00mostly sidewalk
Wyndmoor – regional rail1 mile0:30:00mostly sidewalk
Broad Street – bus to BSL5 miles2:30:00mostly sidewalk
Melrose park – regional rail5.5 miles2:45:00sidewalk, park trail, some medium hills, one railway crossing to navigage (there’s a way around)
Lawndale – regional rail7.5 miles5:00:00mostly sidewalk
Cheltenham – regional rail8.5 miles5:30:00mostly sidewalks or potential to follow rail bed
Ryers – regional rail9.5 miles6:00:00mostly sidewalks, option for a tiny bit of woods w/ creek crossing
Fox Chase – regional rail11.5 miles7:00:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Wissahickon

Segment note: The earlier part of this segment involves a significant downhill. There’s a longer stretch of this segment (between Miquon & Ivy Ridge) where rideshare pickups aren’t possible.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00Steep descent to river in first segment no matter what path chosen. Options for road (no sidewalk but low traffic) or trails or off-road.
Miquon – regional rail7.5 miles 3:00:00canal & river trail, easy walking but longer stretch w/o easy rideshare pickup
Ivy Ridge – regional rail10.5 mile4:30:00canal trail
Manayunk – regional rail11.5 miles5:00:00mostly sidewalk
Wissahickon – regional rail12.5 miles7:00:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Somerton

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00roads, limited sidewalks. Medium hills, and a few options for more off-road adventuring.
Philmont – regional rail5 miles2:30:00mostly sidewalks
Forest Hills – regional rail7 miles3:30:00mostly sidewalks
Somerton – regional rail8.5 miles5:30:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Chestnut Hill East

Segment note: one railway crossing to navigage (there’s a way around)

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks, option for a tiny bit of woods w/ creek crossing
Ryers – regional rail2 miles0:30:00mostly sidewalks or potential to follow rail bed
Cheltenham – regional rail3 miles1:00:00mostly sidewalk
Lawndale – regional rail4 miles1:30:00sidewalk, park trail, some medium hills, one railway crossing to navigage (there’s a way around)
Melrose park – regional rail6 miles3:45:00mostly sidewalk
Broad Street – bus to BSL6.5 miles4:00:00mostly sidewalk
Wyndmoor – regional rail10.5 miles6:00:00mostly sidewalk
Gravers – regional rail11 miles6:15:00mostly sidewalk
Chestnut Hill East – regional rail11.5 miles7:00:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Torresdale

Segment note: This is the segment with the most potential for off-roading & adventures in creeks & brambles. In warmer weather, some overgrown areas may be inaccessible.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00potential for more off-roading, brambles, creek & rail crossings. (There’s always another way around)
Roosevelt Blvd – bus to MFL4 miles2:15:00choices include some wooded trails and more significant bushwhacking, or simple straightforward sidewalks.
Knight’s Road – bus to MFL8.5 miles4:00:00choices include some wooded trails and more significant bushwhacking, or simple straightforward sidewalks.
Torresdale – regional rail13.5 miles6:30:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Fox Chase

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks
Forest Hills – regional rail1.5 miles1:30:00mostly sidewalks
Philmont – regional rail3.5 miles2:30:00roads, limited sidewalks. Medium hills, and a few options for more off-road adventuring.
Fox Chase – regional rail8.5 miles5:30:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Bridesburg

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks
Holmesburg Junction – regional rail5 miles3:00:00mostly sidewalks
Tacony – regional rail7 miles3:45:00mostly sidewalks
Bridesburg – regional rail10 miles6:00:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Somerton

Segment note: This is the segment with the most potential for off-roading & adventures in creeks & brambles. In warmer weather, some overgrown areas may be inaccessible.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00choices include some wooded trails and more significant bushwhacking, or simple straightforward sidewalks.
Knight’s Road – bus to MFL5 miles2:00:00choices include some wooded trails and more significant bushwhacking, or simple straightforward sidewalks.
Roosevelt Blvd – bus to MFL9.5 miles3:45:00potential for more off-roading, brambles, creek & rail crossings. (There’s always another way around)
Somerton – regional rail13.5 miles6:30:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Pier 68

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00options for sidewalks or slightly rougher industrial lands.
Allegheny Ave – trolley to BSL3 miles1:30:00options for sidewalks or slightly rougher industrial lands.
Berks St – trolley to BSL6 miles3:00:00mostly sidewalks
Spring Garden – MFL7 miles3:30:00mostly sidewalks
Market St – MFL8 miles4:00:00mostly sidewalks
Washington Ave – 64 bus9 miles4:30:00mostly sidewalks
Pier 68 – 64 bus10 miles5:30:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Torresdale

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks
Tacony – regional rail3 miles1:45:00mostly sidewalks
Holmesburg Junction – regional rail5 miles2:30:00mostly sidewalks
Torresdale – regional rail10 miles6:00:00.

CLOCKWISE toward Airport

Segment note: This segment involves rougher areas without sidewalks and a crossing of the Schuylkill River. This is generally done via the Platt Bridge, which has a pedestrian passage on the East side. Big heights close to traffic can be intense!

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00more industrial roads, options might include rougher off-road, areas w/o sidewalk
Broad Street – BSL4.5 miles2:00:00mostly sidewalks, one bridge crossing w/ big heights
Beginning of Airport – Terminal E&F regional rail10 miles 5:30:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Bridesburg

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks
Washington Ave – 64 bus1 mile0:30:00mostly sidewalks
Market St – MFL2 miles1:00:00mostly sidewalks
Spring Garden – MFL3 miles1:30:00mostly sidewalks
Berks St – trolley to BSL4 miles2:00:00options for sidewalks or slightly rougher industrial lands.
Allegheny Ave – trolley to BSL7 miles3:30:00options for sidewalks or slightly rougher industrial lands.
Bridesburg – regional rail10 miles5:30:00.

CLOCKWISE around Hog Island toward Airport

Segment note: While Hog Island Rd is pretty remote, there are a few bus stops along the way, and rideshare pickup is easy anywhere.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly road with wide shoulder, options for offroad adventures to the riverbank
Terminal A – regional rail10 miles6:00:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE toward Pier 68

Segment note: This segment involves a crossing of the Schuylkill River. This is generally done via the Platt Bridge, which has a pedestrian passage on the East side. Big heights close to traffic can be intense! Beyond there, there’s potential for rougher areas without sidewalks.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly sidewalks, one bridge crossing w/ big heights
Broad Street – BSL5.5 miles3:00:00more industrial roads, options might include rougher off-road, areas w/o sidewalk
Pier 68 – 64 bus10 miles5:30:00.

CLOCKWISE toward 61st & Baltimore

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00Segment starts with option for a large intersection crossing (no crosswalks), small brambles, rail & creek crossing.
Heinz Wildlife Refuge2.5 miles2:00:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
Elmwood & Island aves – trolley6 miles3:15:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
Woodland & Island aves – trolley6.5 miles3:30:00mostly sidewalk, option for off-road adventure
65th & Cobbs Creek – trolley7.5 miles4:00:00option for Cobbs Creek Parkway road crossing & small hills in Mt Moriah Cemetery
60th & Chester – trolley8.5 miles4:30:00option for one last bit of off-road adventure
61st & Baltimore – trolley10 miles6:00:00.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE around Hog Island toward Airport

Segment note: While Hog Island Rd is pretty remote, there are a few bus stops along the way, and rideshare pickup is easy anywhere.

off-ramp optionsdistance* from starttime* from startTerrain notes
Start point00mostly road with wide shoulder, options for offroad adventures to the riverbank
Terminals E & F – regional rail10 miles6:00:00.