SCHEDULE

Discover some of the most delightful hiking trails in the greater New York City area with our volunteer hike leaders. Upcoming hikes (shown below in our Calendar) are:

  • within 50 miles of NYC
  • accessible by public transportation
  • about 16-18 miles in 8-9 hours
NYC hiking club member and guest checking map

[ Checking coordinates on the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, Harriman State Park, NY. ]

Sunday Hikes

We go hiking nearly every Sunday, year-round. Occasionally we hike on other days too. We go out in all kinds of weather–check with the leader if uncertain.

For more details about what to expect on our hikes, check out our About page.

Join Us

Haven’t hiked with us before? No worries–come along and see what it’s like. Please note that you MUST be an experienced hiker in good physical shape able to hike at a moderate to fast pace.

  1. Simply find a hike below
  2. Contact the hike leader, tell leader about your hiking experience, and find out when and where to meet
  3. Meet us at the designated place

Note that NYC subways are not as frequent on early Sunday mornings—allow extra time to get to the meeting place.

After coming along on two hikes, send in the application form for membership. (Annual dues are $6/year, plus $1 initial fee.)

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Hiking involves certain inherent risks; hikers participating do so at their own risk.

When you participate in activities listed in the Schedule, you should be both physically and mentally prepared and equipped with the appropriate gear. The hike leader is not responsible for your safety, you are. There is no age limit; however, those who bring children must assume full responsibility for their safety and conduct at all times. The hike leader has the authority to turn away anyone who is not adequately prepared. Hikes don’t always finish at the expected time.

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>> Hike Calendar

Mon. Jan. 1.
NEW YEAR FAT ASS RAMBLE: AT RIVER’S EDGE, 2 ISLANDS AND 3 BOROUGHS.

(Manhattan, Queens, Bronx)
Take off a few holiday pounds on the first day of 2018 with a scenic hike along the East River. Take Roosevelt Island tram and hike the Island end-to- end, visiting FDR National Memorial, new Cornell medical research center, and Lighthouse Park. Cross bridge to Queens, proceed north to Socrates Art Park, then over Robert Moses legacy Triborough (RFK) Bridge to Randall’s Island Park and follow shoreline paths to visit Sunken Meadow, Bronx Kill Marsh, Fresh Water Wetlands, and Little Hellgate Marsh, with a brief loop through the South Bronx. Exit Island on the 103rd Walkway and proceed west to end on Broadway, at eatery of our choice, to celebrate our first 18 miles of the New Year. Many drop out points available.
 Accessible by public transportation subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Kay
Cell: 718-753-6172

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Jan. 7. – CANCELLED
HIGH AND LITTLE TORS.

(Rockland County, NY)
Due to extreme weather, this hike has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Hope to see you on another hike soon!

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Sun. Jan. 14.
HOGBACK MOUNTAIN.

(New Jersey)
From Rte. 17A in Greenwood Lake use woods road and power line to Sterling Ridge Trail Hiking clockwise, use SRT and Sterling Valley Loop to connect with Ironwood Drive and Hogback Mountain Trail. Hike entire HMT, short Rte. 17A section, and entire Long Mountain Extension IN SILENCE. A chance to meditate. Meet Rte. 19 and use Hall Drive to the woods road parallel to Rte. 19. Out at Southfields bus stop. NY-NJTC map 100.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive

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Clive

Sun. Jan. 21.
A MOSTLY BLUE STATEN ISLAND HIKE.

(Staten Island)
From the Bradley Avenue entrance to the Blue Trail, follow BT with a few digressions and a visit to the Tibetan Museum (time permitting) to exit at Deere Park.
   Accessible by public transportation ferry, return by bus and train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sat. Jan. 27.
53rd SEMI-ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT IN WESTCHESTER.*

(Westchester)
First of two hikes to complete the OCA. From Croton-Harmon, use local roads and parks to New Croton Dam. Follow OCA south to Van Cortlandt Park. Out via bus and/or subway. *Proper headlamp/flashlight mandatory for participation in this hike. Patch available for $10. Note: Early exits or later entries possible.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Eve

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Eve

Sun. Jan. 28.
No Sunday hike.

>> February

Sun. Feb. 4.
FIVE BOROUGHS VIA RFK BRIDGE AND QUEENS-BROOKLYN WATERFRONT.

(New York City)
Cross to Randall’s Island via Manhattan leg walkway to the new bridge from RI to the Bronx. Return from the Bronx to RI over the Bronx leg walkway, proceed to Wards Island, and use the Queens leg walkway into Queens. Thence, by the Pulaski Bridge hike into Brooklyn and the Newtown Creek Nature Walk and waste treatment plant. Return to Manhattan through Greenpoint and by the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and the Brooklyn Bridge. Continue to South Ferry for a brief sunset round trip to fifth borough Staten Island.
 Accessible by public transportation subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739
Sun. Feb. 11.
PROSPECT PARK AND GREENWOOD CEMETERY.

(Manhattan, Brooklyn)
From Trinity Church, where Alexander Hamilton is buried, use Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn waterfront to Union Street. Follow Union to Grand Army Plaza for entry to Prospect Park and its hiking trails. Exit on Parkside Avenue and use Fort Hamilton Parkway to eastern entrance of Greenwood Cemetery, exploring various sights and memorials within. Exit to 5th Avenue with optional visit to a local brewery.
 Accessible by public transportation subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Bindu

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Sat. Feb. 17–Mon. Feb. 19.
ADK-NY CAMP NAWAKWA HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo, proceed along RD, TMI, and Triangle trails to ADK cabin on Lake Sebago (carrying all provisions and supplies for weekend). Establish base camp in cabin and take local hikes as decided by group. Basic facilities include electricity, propane stove, outdoor privy, outdoor pump, and wood-burning stove. Prior experience backpacking is suggested. Not for beginners. $20 cabin fee per person per day. NY-NJTC map 118. Contact a leader for details.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. Leaders: Ingrid…

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…and Lee

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NYC hike leader, IngridNYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. Feb. 18.
PRESIDENTS’ PREMISES.

(Manhattan)
Visit the “residences” of eight US Presidents in Manhattan. View, in order, sites associated with Ulysses S. Grant, Barrack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Donald Trump, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington. End with optional meal in Chinatown.
 Accessible by public transportation subway—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Kay…

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…and Clive

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Hike leader, KayClive

Sun. Feb. 25.
MINNEWASKA STATE PARK.

(Upstate New York)
Hike various trails in this popular park as chosen by leader on the day of the hike, depending on weather conditions and group experience. NY-NJTC map SRT 4. Cars needed. (N.B. Available drivers and hikers needing a ride must contact leader three days prior to the hike.)
  Accessible by public transportation bus, then transfer to car—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Basia

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>> March

Sun. Mar. 4.
TUXEDO AND CONKLIN MOUNTAIN CIRCULAR.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo, follow Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail, Blue Disc Trail, and Victory Trail passing Lake Skenonto. Continue on woods roads and unblazed trails passing Little Long Pond to former Rte.106 and to Long Path over Pole Brook Mountain. Use Old Turnpike, Cranberry Mountain Trail, Pine Meadow Road, and Buck Trail over Conklin Mountain, to vistas on Seven Hills Trail. Out to Tuxedo via Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail and TMI. Strenuous, not for beginners. NY-NJTC map 118.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Lee, Todd

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NYC hike leader, LeeNYC hike leader, Todd

Sun. Mar. 11.
COLABAUGH POND.

(Westchester)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead.) From Croton-Harmon train station, follow local roads, parks, and Quaker Bridge to the Old Croton Aqueduct. Take OCA to the Croton Dam and Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway. Head north on the BPT to Blue Mountain Reservation County Park passing Colabaugh Pond en route. Visit the Sportsman Center. Climb Spitzenberg and Blue mountains. Out to Peekskill train station via various trails in the Reservation.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Shizuko

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Shizuko

Sun. Mar. 18.
LAKE SONOMA AND MANATICUT POINT.

(New Jersey)
From Hewitt use Hewitt-Butler Trail as far as Overlook Rock Trail. Take ORT past Overlook Rock and shore of Lake Sonoma to join Manaticut Point Trail. From Manaticut Point, descend on HB to pink connector trail, then use Camp Wyanokie Trail to meet Otter Hole Trail. Out to Haskell from the Otter Hole via HB and Posts Brook trails and Doty Road. NY-NJTC map 115.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Ivan and Donve

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NYC hike leader, IvanNYC hike leader, Donve

Sun. Mar. 25.
ST. JOHN’S IN-THE-WILDERNESS PALM SUNDAY.

(Harriman State Park)
Enter Harriman Park from the Diltz Road parking area, then meander up to Big Hill Shelter and the fire tower on Jackie Jones Mtn. Retrace steps as needed and use Long Path to St. John’s in-the-Wilderness Episcopal Church for annual hikers’ non-denominational service at 3:00 pm, with reception afterward. Out to Sloatsburg via flat woods roads. NY-NJTC map 118.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

Sat. Mar. 31.
WONDER LAKE STATE PARK CIRCULAR.

(New York)
From Patterson railway station follow Rtes 311 and 292 to West Patterson. Take Mooney Hill Road to trailhead. Follow Highlands Trail to Laurel Pond. Continue on HT and circle Wonder Lake, loop around Bare Hill on Red Trail, then use Blue and Yellow trails as well as woods roads to old railroad line and power line, out to Patterson. Optional side trip to Great Swamp.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ludwig
Home: 929-471-7260

>> April

Sun. Apr. 1.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Apr. 8.
HACKENSACK.

(New Jersey)
A walk from Manhattan to Hackensack connecting the two Rudy van Gelder recording studios, where more classic jazz albums were recorded than anywhere else. Cross GWB and follow Long Path past Allison Park to exit on Sylvan Ave. Pass van Gelder studio #2 and use local streets to Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. Continue to Overpeck County Park, exploring both sides of Overpeck Creek then on to Hackensack using Teaneck Creek Conservancy and Olsen and Forshini Parks. Check out White Manna (local culinary point of interest) and explore Main Street’s historically and/or architecturally significant buildings. Cimb to Summit Ave. to pass van Gelder studio #1, his boyhood home.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris

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NYC hike leader, Chris

Sun. Apr. 15.
NURIAN TRAIL AND ABANDONED MINES.

(Harriman State Park)
Begin by scouting the Nurian Trail from Southfields in advance of our trail maintenance day on May 13. After Green Pond, hike the length of the Dunning Trail to visit several abandoned mines, then head north from Pine Swamp Mine by trails and woods roads to Greenwood Mine. From there hike southwest returning to NT for optional return to Southfields, or continue to Tuxedo for a more strenuous afternoon. NY-NJTC maps 119 and 118.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ben

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Hike leader, Ben

Sat. Apr. 21.
CHERRY BLOSSOM SPECIAL.

(Brooklyn)
Start with the cherry blossoms of Brooklyn Botanical Garden then visit those of Greenwood Cemetery and (via subway) the Central Park reservoir. Exit at 72nd Street, walking west to Riverside Park to visit the Eleanor Roosevelt statue. Continue north to visit Sakura Park whose cherry trees were donated by Japan about a century ago. Conclude in Cherry Walk, running from 125th to 100th Streets.
 Accessible by public transportation subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Apr. 22.
No Sunday hike.
Sat. April 28.
54th SEMI ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: SUFFERN TO BEAR MOUNTAIN.

(Harriman State Park)
From Suffern follow the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail in its entirety to Bear Mountain Inn, hiking 23 miles with 6,000’ elevation gain. Strenuous, fast pace; must be self-sufficient; not for beginners. Joint hike, awful weather cancels. NY-NJTC maps 118 and 119.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Lee, Robert

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. Apr. 29.
No Sunday hike.

>> May

Sun. May 6.
BEAR SWAMP LAKE CIRCULAR.

(Ramapo Valley Reservation)
From Ramapo College bus stop, via Rte. 202, enter Ramapo Valley Reservation and follow various re-blazed local loop trails: Pond Loop and Vista Loop, joining Halifax Trail, then Shore Trail counterclockwise round Bear Swamp Lake. (Extension to Ilgenstein Rock if time permits.) Return to reservation area on Red-Silver Trail, then out to Rte. 202 via Ridge Loop, Marsh Loop, Reservoir Loop, and Vista Loop trails. NY-NJTC map 115.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Lisa…

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…and Clive

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New York City hike leader, LisaClive

Sun. May 13.
NURIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE.

(Harriman State Park)
A full working day clearing and improving the NY Ramblers’ section of this Harriman Park trail. Bring clippers and other garden tools you possess. NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Supervisor: Trails Committee Chair

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Hike leader, Ben

Sun. May 20.
(Westchester)
SOMERS TO GOLDENS BRIDGE: A FARM, A GARDEN, AND A RESERVOIR.

Visit Westchester County’s Muscoot Farm to welcome the farm animals born this spring and hike several perimeter trails. Proceed to Lasdon Park and Garden then Angle Fly Preserve, concluding on the Kennedy Trail, winding past the Muscoot Reservoir into Goldens Bridge. About 13-14 miles at an unhurried pace, with stops to see the sights. Awful weather cancels.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Eileen

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Fri. May 25 – Mon. May 28.
BERKSHIRES AND TACONICS.

(Massachusetts)
Spend three days hiking in western Massachusetts, mainly on the Appalachian Trail. Overnights at Virginia Wolff’s house. Contact leader or host in advance for details.
 Accessible by car—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris…

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…and host: Virginia Wolff

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NYC hike leader, Chris

Sun. May 27.
RED CROSS TRAIL.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tomkins Cove use Rte. 118 to connect (via Queensboro Road jog) to 1779 Trail. Meet Red Cross Trail, which hike west to its terminus at the Arden-Surebridge Trail, then A-SB as far as the Lemon Squeezer cross roads. Out to Rte. 17 via Appalachian Trail. NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Lilian…

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…and Zee

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LilianZee

>> Looking Ahead

Advance notice: Fri. June 22–Mon. June 25.
LONG PATH IN CENTRAL CATSKILLS.

(Catskills)
Up to four days hiking in the Central Catskills, focusing on the Long Path. Hikes to include Plateau, Sugarloaf, and Indian Head Mountains. Contact leader at least a month in advance for details.
 Accessible by car—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ian

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Ian

 

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Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
~Jack Kerouac

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