SCHEDULE

Join the New York Ramblers hiking club and 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 Hike Calendar) are:

  • about 14-18 miles long in 8-9 hours
  • accessible by public transportation
  • within 50 miles of NYC

Hikers studying trail map.

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 as a guest and see what it’s like. Please note that you MUST be an experienced hiker in good physical shape able to hike at a moderately fast pace for 8-9 hours.

  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 as a guest on two hikes, send in the application form for membership. (Annual dues are $6 per 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

Sun. Dec. 1.
1777 TRAIL.
(Bear Mountain/Harriman State Park, NY)
From Bear Mountain Inn encircle Bear Mountain on the E and W sections of the 1777 Trail (a British troop route taken on October 6, 1777, during the Revolutionary War) ending at Fort Montgomery, taking in Brooks Lake on the way. Exit on Twin Forks and red trails to bus at Bear Mountain Inn. Optional extension to Manitou train station. NY-NJTC Map 119.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive

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Clive

Sun. Dec. 8.
ON THE WATERFRONT.
(Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens)
Cross to Brooklyn on Williamsburg Bridge and follow waterfront north, exploring new parks, recent expansions, and housing developments. Use Pulaski Bridge to Long Island City to explore new Library and latest expansion of Hunters Point Park. Visit restored glacial erratic site then return to Brooklyn via Pulaski Bridge, thence to Greenpoint Ave. Bridge back to Long Island City. Briefly explore Old Calvary Cemetery. Use local streets to new Kosciuszko Bridge back to Brooklyn. Optional walk to view graffiti warehouse. Return via Grand St. to L or G subways.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Anna and…

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… Camille

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Tues. Dec. 10.
RAMBLER HOLIDAY PARTY.
(Manhattan)
Celebrate the holidays with fellow Ramblers. Contact host in advance for details. Members and their guests only, please.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Host: Virginia

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Sun. Dec. 15.
SUFFERN BACKWOODS CIRCULAR.
(Harriman Sate Park, NY)
Proceed on Orange Turnpike to Torne Valley Road and then ATV trail, following under power lines and along unblazed trails to join Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. Proceed to Kakiat Trail onto Raccoon Brook Hills Trail then along Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail. Pass over Russian Bear onto Seven Hills Trail and go left briefly onto HTS. Then on various unblazed trails for remainder of day to exit to historic hamlet of Ramapo, passing abandoned farm and homes slated for demolition. Use local roads to Suffern. Strenuous, often overgrown. Headlamps suggested. NY-NJTC Map118.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sat. Dec. 21.
SAXON WOODS SOLSTICE CIRCULAR.
(Westchester, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) With but nine hrs. and 15 mins of daylight at our disposal follow various trails in the former Saxton Forest, in Westchester, where rolling hills, massive rocks, towering trees, and a series of ponds await. Expect the company of dog walkers and, of course, their dogs.
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

Sun. Dec. 29.
VALHALLA TO BRONXVILLE.
(Westchester, NY)
From Valhalla train station use local streets to Kensico Dam to pick up Bronx River Pathway. Follow Pathway south along the Bronx River through the city and villages of White Plains, Scarsdale, and Tuckahoe. Several early exits possible to Metro North. Additional five miles to Woodlawn cemetery and station for those who wish.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Teresa

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>> January

Wed. Jan. 1.
NEW YEAR FAT ASS RAMBLE.
(Bronx and Manhattan)
Lots of Steps, Big Rocks, and a farmhouse. This is the second and final year of the Ramblers’ tour of the historic Step Streets in northern Bronx, ending in Manhattan to see some famous rock outcrops and historic sites. Approximately 2000 steps, 11-16 miles with many dropout options available.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sat. Jan. 4.
HAMPTON BEACHES.
(Long Island, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Amagansett train stop use Atlantic Avenue to access beach. Spend the day hiking along various beaches including Indian Wells, Two Mile Hollow, Egypt, and East Hampton Main Beach. After sunset, use local roads to return to train. Headlamps suggested. Late return to Penn Station at 8:59 pm.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Ian

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Ian

Sun. Jan. 12.
EAST HUDSON TRAILS SWANSONG.
(East Hudson Highlands, NY)
The leader’s final Rambler hike in a favorite area. From Garrison station use Upper Station Road, Rte 9D, and Snake Hill to Red Trail leading to the Catskill Aqueduct. North on the aqueduct crossing Rte 301 to meet the Nelsonville Trail. Follow NT left to Undercliff Trail, which follow up and over the Mt. Taurus approaches, to the Brook Trail. Out to Cold Spring via the BT, Cornish Trail, and local roads. Headlamps required. NY-NJTC maps 101, 102.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Kelly

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Sun. Jan. 19:
BREAKNECK RIDGE: THIRD(!) ANNUAL LAST CHANCE BEFORE CLOSURE.
(East Hudson Highlands, NY)
From Breakneck Ridge train stop, walk south to Breakneck Ridge Trail, which hike in its entirety, passing over Sunset Point and the fire tower. Out to Howland Avenue, Beacon via Casino Trail and abandoned inclined railway. NY-NJTC Map 102. Strenuous. Headlamps required.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd

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NYC hike leader, Todd

Sun. Jan. 26.
GREAT WALLS OF NEW YORK, PART 2.

(Manhattan and Brooklyn)
From Varick Street, visit epic street murals in Tribeca and the Lower East Side, then cross graffiti adorned Williamsburg Bridge, followed by visits to murals in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg South Side, Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Gowanus. Destinations include Freeman Alley, Ludlow Street, and The Bushwick Art Collective.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee

>> February

Sun. Feb. 2.
WANAQUE RESERVOIR.
(New Jersey)
From Monksville Dam, cross Wanaque Reservoir to Highlands Trail (Stonetown Circular), which hike south to Roomy Mine Trail passing over Board, Bear, and Windbeam Mountains. Via Mine Trail and RMT (again) meet Hewitt-Butler Trail and pass over Yoo-Hoo Point and Carris Hill. Continue on Carris Hill Trail to Posts Brook Trail, which, with Doty Road, use as exit to Ringwood Ave. 197 bus stop. NY-NJTC map 115.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Michael

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Sun. Feb. 9.
TOUR OF NORTH HILL.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Suffern hike Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail to Kakiat Trail, turning north. Meet Raccoon Brook Hills Trail, which use, left, passing the Pulpit, to Seven Hills Trail. Use SHT to meet Hillburn-Torne Sebago Trail, then join Pine Meadow Trail. Out to Sloatsburg via PMT. NY-NJTC map 118. Strenuous. Headlamps required.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Cameron

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Sun. Feb. 16.
PRESIDENTS’ DAY HIKE: HOOVER AVENUE TO KINGS HIGHWAY.
(Brooklyn)
More Presidents plus a presidential candidate and some new wetlands trails. Exact route to be determined on day of hike depending upon conditions. Approx. 16 miles; many early dropout points.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Feb. 23.
WHITE CROSS TRAIL.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Tuxedo station use local streets and smidgen of Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Triangle Trail, which use to its junction with the Victory Trail. Left on VT (north) to RD, and left to White Cross Trail. Hike WCT in its entirety and join Blue Disc Trail. Follow BDT to Kakiat Trail and soon enter Dater Mountain Nature County Park on Orange Trail. Follow Orange and Blue trails within the park counterclockwise. Out to Sloatsburg via local streets. NY-NJTC map 118.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Anne Marie

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NYC hiking group leader, Anne Marie

>> March

Sun. Mar. 1.
STATEN ISLAND FROM BAY TO MARSH.
(Staten Island)
From Keegan’s Lane, loop Great Kills Park to Crook’s Point and return by the beach; then the White Trail to the Egbertville Ravine. Use White, and Red and Yellow trails to the LaTourette Golf Course, dropping down to St. Andrews Church to follow an unmarked bike trail along Richmond Marsh to the multi-purpose trail. Continue to Richmond Ave., then the New Springfield Greenway and Arthur Kill Road to loop Brookfield Park, returning to the Eltingville Transit Center for S74 bus to St. George Ferry Terminal.
 Accessible by ferry–contact leader for details.Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. Mar. 8.
NOTCH TRAIL (MOST OF IT).
(East Hudson Highlands, NY)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead.) From Breakneck Ridge station, use Wilkinson Memorial Trail to its junction with Notch Trail. Turn right and follow NT south, along with Breakneck Ridge Trail, until NT turns off at left. Descend, and continue on NT, climbing north side of Mt. Taurus. When NT ends at junction of Nelsonville and Washburn trails use Nelsonville Trail and local streets out to Cold Spring station. NY-NJTC map 102.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Metin

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Sun. Mar. 15.
PIERMONT CIRCULAR.
(Palisades Park, NY)
From Piermont follow LP to Nyack via Nike Overlook, Tackamack, and Blauvelt Parks. Detour via red trail to Buttermilk Falls. Return to LP and exit on Davidson Road to Nyack village. Return to Piermont on rail trail, the former Erie Railroad right-of-way. Continue on rail trail to Sparkill, transferring there to Joseph P. Clarke rail trail to Orangeburg. Return to NYC on L20 bus from Orangeburg Road/Western Highway (Rtes 20/15). NY-NJTC map 109.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Bindu

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Sat. Mar. 21.
N.J. OCEAN WALK: ALLENHURST TO MANASQUAN.
(New Jersey)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) Hike the beach and boardwalk passing the Asbury Park casinos, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, Avon-by-the-Sea, the Shark River Bridge, Belmar, Spring Lake, and the Sea Girt Lighthouse to Manasquan.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sun. Mar. 22.
WATERFRONTS: LOWER MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN.
Walk the Highline south to Hudson River Park, continue along waterfront to Battery Park, Seaport, cross Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo, explore the Brooklyn waterfront, and continue to Red Hook. Take the free water taxi from IKEA back to Pier 11 Wall Street. Post-hike libations on historic Stone Street in Lower Manhattan. 13 miles, easy walking.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: William

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Sun. Mar. 29.
PINE MEADOW TRAIL.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
Hike this popular trail in its entirety with three digressions. From Equestrian Center off Rte 202 begin on the PMT but soon digress at right to woods road triangle, clockwise. Return to PMT and digress again via Diamond Mtn. Tower, clockwise, and Seven Hills Trail. Return to PMT and finally digress via Kakiat, Hillburn- Torne-Sebago, and Seven Hills trails, returning to PMT on the KT. Out to Sloatsburg on the PMT and local streets. NY-NJTC map 118.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Zee

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Zee

>> April

Sun. Apr. 5.
HARRIMAN CIRCULAR VIA BUCHANAN MOUNTAIN.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From its start at Rte. 17, hike Sapphire Trail to its terminus at the Appalachian Trail. Continue on AT southbound for approx. 3.5 miles, then bushwhack to summit of Buchanan Mtn. Proceed overland NE to pick up woods road descending to East Mombasha Rd. Continue to Orange Turnpike, bypassing Arrow Lake. Briefly roadwalk south to gas line, which follow back to start of hike. NY-NJTC map 100.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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NYC hike leader, Chris

Sun. Apr. 12.
RAMAPO LAKES AND PONDS.
(New Jersey)
From Ramapo College, proceed to Ramapo Valley Reservation and, via Yellow, Silver, and Yellow trails circle Scarlet Oak Pond. Take Orange-Gold, Yellow, and Pink trails to circle Macmillan Reservoir, then follow Blue, Red-Silver, Blue, and Shore trails around Bear Swamp Lake. Take Cannonball and Crossover trails to Gatun and Weyble Ponds and follow old road north to circle Potake Pond and pass Shepherd Lake. Use Ringwood Ramapo Trail to Mill Pond, then take Crossover, Cannonball, camp road, and Schuber to Red-Silver, Blue, and Yellow out. NY-NJTC Map 115.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Eve

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nyrambler hike leader, Eve

Sun. Apr. 19.
LAKELAND PARK.
(Long Island)
(Long Island Greenbelt Trail.) From Central Islip train station use Rte 100 and local streets to enter Lakeland Park and explore its many boardwalks. Then north on the Greenbelt Trail to exit at Smithtown.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive

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Clive

Sat. Apr. 25.
VAILS GATE TO CHESTER.
(Orange County, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) Hike the old Erie railbed crossing under the Moodna Viaduct, old rail bridges, Washingtonville with its library’s Tiffany Windows, Blooming Grove, Craigville, Greycourt, and passing the black soil country.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sun. Apr. 26.
HARTSDALE TO CRESTWOOD.
(Westchester)
From Hartsdale train station hike to and around Greenburgh Nature Center. Then, via parts of the Bronx River and Hutchinson River Pathways, Colonial Greenway, Leatherstocking Trail and local roads, visit Twin Lakes and Ward Acres Parks, Larchmont Reservoir and Nature Study Woods. Return to Twin Lakes Park before ending at Crestwood train station. Hike is about 15 miles at an unhurried pace.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Eileen

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>> May

Sun. May 3.
WALLKILL VALLEY RAIL TRAIL SOUTH: A CIRCULAR.
(New Paltz, NY)
From New Paltz head south, crossing the Plattekill Gorge and Forest Glen bridges, and Gardner, to Denniston Rd., and returning on quiet country roads. Fare: circa $40.00 RT, seniors less.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sat. May 9.
NORTHERN HARRIMAN RIDGES AND HOLLOWS.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Elk Pen, hike east (northbound) on AT to the blue-marked Hurst trail, which follow to the Fingerboard Shelter for morning snack or early lunch. Return to AT southbound, and bear left on the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail when the two trails split. Follow the RD south to the Nurian Trail, which use to White Bar Trail. Follow WBT south up and over Car Pond Mountain. Right onto Parker Cabin Hollow Trail and out to Tuxedo Park-and-Ride for Short Line bus. NY-NJTC maps 118&119.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

Sun. May 17.
NURIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
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 bus–contact leader for details.
Supervisor: Todd

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NYC hike leader, Todd

Fri. May 22–Mon. May 25.
CATSKILLS.
Spend three days hiking in the Catskills, hikes to be determined by leader and group. Overnights at Craig Nunn’s house. Contact leader by May 14 for details. Members and their guests only.
Leader: Eve

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nyrambler hike leader, Eve

Sun. May 24.
THE GRAND RAILROAD TERMINALS OF THE PORT OF NY/NJ.
(Manhattan, Hoboken, and Brooklyn)
Visit various railroad terminals that played an important part in the early 20th Century history of the metropolitan area. From Grand Central Terminal, walk to Penn Station and the Hudson Yards neighborhood then use the High Line to the Christopher Street PATH train. Visit Hoboken Terminal and, via local streets, the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Liberty State Park. Return to Manhattan and the new World Trade Center Terminal via PATH from Grove Street. Cross Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal.
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis
212-925-2739
Sat. May 30.
57TH SEMI ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: 6 HARRIMAN PEAKS, 26 VIEWS.
(Bear Mountain/Harriman State Park, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Manitou use Bear Mountain Bridge to Hessian Lake, then Major Welch Trail to ascend Bear Mountain. Follow Appalachian Trail south along West Mountain. Jump to Timp-Torne Trail, visiting The Timp. Continue east on TT and turn onto Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which follow along Dunderberg Mountain, continuing over Bald Mountain. Relax on 1777 Trail north back to the Bridge; recross and use rugged blue blazed trail to ascend Anthonys Nose. Out to Manitou on AT north to South Mountain Pass Road. Members and their guests only. NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd

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NYC hike leader, Todd

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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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