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) have these things in common:

  • Sundays
  • within 50 miles of NYC
  • public transportation
  • hike 16-18 miles in 8-9 hours
  • flat terrain to challenging mountains
  • strong steady pace

Join Us

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

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

Sculpture by George Segal

[ Sculpture by George Segal at Port Authority Bus Terminal ]

Sunday Hikes

NYC buses and subways are not as frequent on early Sunday mornings—allow extra time to get to the meeting place. Extreme weather conditions might cancel a hike. Check with the leader if uncertain.

For more details, check out the About page.

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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. July 2.
A PATRIOT HIKE: MORRISTOWN TO BERNARDSVILLE.

(New Jersey)
Follow the Patriot’s Path from Morristown through the Jockey Hollow Revolutionary War encampments and Cross Estate gardens to Bernardsville.
  Accessible by public transit train and bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Don
Home: 718 768-9036; Cell: 646 675-5787

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. July 9.
MANHATTAN TO WEEHAWKEN IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HAMILTON.

(New York City, New Jersey)
From the 145th Street station, walk to Hamilton Grange, the summer home of Alexander Hamilton. Continue along local streets, passing several location names for Hamilton to the George Washington Bridge. Cross bridge and walk south along the Hudson River to Weehawken, N.J., location of the historic Hamilton-Burr duel. Return to Manhattan by ferry to visit other locations connected to the July 10, 1804, duel, ending at Hamilton’s gravesite at Trinity Church.
  Accessible by public transit subway and ferry—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739
Sun. July 16.
RAMAPO CIRCULAR.

(New Jersey)
From Haskell use local streets to Indian Rock Trail, and then use Cannonball, Hoeferlin Memorial, Todd, Yellow, and Old Guard Trails to circle counterclockwise to Ringwood Ramapo Trail. Proceed south by HMT, Castle Point, and Macevoy Trails, returning to Haskell via CT and IRT. NY-NJTC map 115.
  Accessible by public transit bus or car.—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Michael K.

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Fri. July 21-Mon. July 24.
LONG PATH IN THE SOUTHERN CATSKILLS.

(New York)
Up to four days hiking in the Southern Catskills, focusing on the Long Path. Hikes to include Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg. Contact leader at least two weeks in advance for details.
Leader: Ian

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Ian

Sun. July 23.
SAXON WOODS AND PEPSICO SCULPTURE GARDEN.

(Westchester)
From Mamaroneck train station, hike to Saxon Woods Park and along most of its perimeter trails before heading north via the Hutchinson horse path and local roads into Purchase to explore the newly renovated Pepsico Sculpture Garden. Out to Port Chester by way of Crawford/Rye Hills Park and local streets. About 15-16 miles at an unhurried pace, especially in the Sculpture Garden. Awful weather cancels. Leader meets group at Mamaroneck Station.
  Accessible by public transit train or car—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Eileen

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Sun. July 30.
JONES POINT TO PEEKSKILL.

(Harriman State Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, NY)
From Jones Point, use Hudson Valley Greenway to Rte 9W. Shortly thereafter, find blue connector to 1777E Trail and Bear Mountain Inn. At Inn, circle Hessian Lake, then take Appalachian Trail across Bear Mountain Bridge and follow AT to its junction with the Camp Smith Trail. After short digression to Anthony’s Nose and great views, hike entire CST. Out to Peekskill train station via Rte 202 and riverside path. NY-NJTC Map 119.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Romy

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>> August

Sat. Aug. 5.
SANDY HOOK AND FORT HANCOCK.

(New Jersey)
(Note this is a Saturday hike.) From Sandy Hook ferry landing explore gun batteries and officers’ quarters of historic Fort Hancock. Proceed along scenic beaches and trails of Sandy Hook-Gateway National Recreation Area on both bay and ocean sides passing a several hundred-year-old holly forest, ruins of Nike missile site, and former life-saving station. Time-permitting, pause for swim breaks en route. RT ticket $30. Return from Sandy Hook on 7:45 pm ferry for sunset over New York Harbor. (Earlier 5:45 pm ferry available, too.)
 Accessible by public transit ferry—contact leader for details. 

[ Scouting report: On Saturday, July 8, I saw nesting Ospreys, American Oystercatchers, Snowy Egrets, and Red Wing Blackbirds, passing salt marshes and abandoned bunkers, and swimming in the c-c-c-c-old Atlantic Ocean. The hike is easy–about 10 miles, but the sun is intense, bugs can be nasty, there’s ticks in the grasses, and poison ivy is everywhere. But aside from that, it is a VERY beautiful visit to the Atlantic shore ecosystem and a bunch of eery empty military structures. Not quite like a cross between an episode of “Survivor” and “Mary Poppins Goes to the Beach”, but sort of. The sun is intense–dress accordingly and cover up if needed. Bring your sunblock, swim suit, insect repellant, and plenty of drinking water.
Ferry tickets must be purchased at Pier ticket window, NOT on board. Cash, credit, and debit accepted. At designated swim area, there are changing stalls, water fountains, showers and refreshments available. Hope you can come!
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Leaders: Lee…

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…and Ingrid.

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. Aug. 6.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Aug. 13.
CORTLANDT TO TARRYTOWN.

(Westchester)
Hike from Cortlandt Station to Tarrytown Station via Oscawana, Graff, and Brinton Brook sanctuaries; Jane Lytle Arboretum; Hudson River and cycle paths; the Old Croton Aqueduct; Rockefeller Preserve; and a return to the OCA.

[ Scouting report: Please note I will cancel if the heat index is projected to go above 95 Deg. Check your email if the weather that weekend is hot.
The hike is a mix of pavement and woods and grass/dirt. The whole trip is about 18 miles but I may shorten it to end at Scarborough, saving four miles. We pass through local sanctuaries and an arboretum, and after a riverside walk either side of Croton, use the Old Croton Aqueduct. The few gentle hills are in the morning.
If you need an earlier exit Croton Harmon and Ossining train stations allow for it.
]
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive
Cell: 646-519-0905

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Clive

Sun. Aug. 20.
TARRYTOWN TO THE BRONX.

(Westchester)
Use the Old Croton Aqueduct, with digressions to Rowley’s Bridge Trail in Hastings, Untermyer Gardens (see blooms in this newly renovated masterpiece), and exiting to the 242nd Street No. 1 train in Van Cortlandt park via the South County and Old Putnam Rail Trails.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Zee

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Zee

Sun. Aug. 27.
STATEN ISLAND ST. GEORGE CIRCULAR.

(Staten Island)
Pausing at points of interest, from St. George Ferry Terminal loop past the Lighthouse Museum, St. George Historic District, Jones Park, Goodhue Woods, and Snug Harbor. Return to ferry by Richmond Terrace.
 Accessible by public transit ferry—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Don
Home: 718-768-9036; Cell: 646-675-5787

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NYC hike leader, Don

>> September

Sun. Sep. 3.
EIGHTH ANNUAL JOHN CAGE BIRTHDAY HIKE.

(Harriman State Park)
From Southfields use local roads to the Nurian Trail. At first trail intersection, flip a coin to determine whether to proceed left or right. At next intersection, repeat coin toss to determine direction (unless trail exits park). Continue in this manner until mid-afternoon, at which point consult maps, plan exit strategy and withdraw. At lunchtime, perform annual rendition of Cage’s 4’33”. NY-NJTC maps 118, 119.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Conductor: Ian

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Ian

Sun. Sep. 10.
WALKWAY OVER THE HUDSON AND PARKS BEYOND: A CIRCULAR.

(New York)
From Poughkeepsie, use Walkway Over the Hudson to pick up Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Continue to Illinois Mountain Trail System in Berean Park, exploring entire system. Use HVRT and local roads to backtrack to Fanny Reese State Park. Explore FR system and several Scenic Overlooks before returning, via the Mid-Hudson Bridge, to Poughkeepsie and possible additional sites.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Kelly

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Sat. Sep. 16.
52nd SEMI-ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: ROCKLAND LAKE TO MANHATTAN.

(Palisades Interstate Park)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Rockland Lake, use counter-clockwise lakeside trail to connect with Long Path at Landing Road. Follow LP south over Hook Mountain and continue on LP and Shore Path to the George Washington Bridge, continuing into Manhattan. Water refill as well as early exits available. NY-NJTC maps 110, 109, and 108.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ben

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Ben

Sun. Sep. 17.
No Sunday hike.
Tues. Sep. 19.
ANNUAL MEETING.

(Manhattan)
Details will be mailed to members in early September.
Sun. Sep 24.
HARRIMAN WATERS.

(Harriman State Park)
From Sloatsburg station use local roads to Pine Meadow Trail. Turn onto Stony Brook Trail, which follow alongside Stony Brook to the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail and Lake Sebago. Use T-MI and lakeshore path to the lake’s northern end. Connect to Victory Trail using short woods road. Out to Tuxedo via VT and Ramapo Dunderberg Trail. NY-NJTC map 118.
Leader: Lilian Oling
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 

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Lilian

>> October

Sun. Oct. 1.
WURTSBORO TO OTISVILLE.

(New York)
From D&H Canal sign on approach to Wurtsboro, pick up combined Long Path/Shawangunk Ridge Trail and after a 20-minute road section enter woods at right and the Basha Kill Lake wetlands. Follow LP/SRT to Rte 211 passing up and over Gobblers Knob. Time permitting, continue south to Ravine Trail, explore, and retrace to Rte 211, and Otisville station.
  Accessible by public transit bus and return by train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive
Cell: 646-519-0905

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Clive

Fri. Oct. 6 – Mon. Oct. 9.
FINGERLAKES TRAIL.

(Upstate NY)
(Columbus Day weekend.) Three days on this trail sampling a few of its 600+ miles across the center of the state. We will hike near Cortland, NY. Cars needed. Possible group rental if not enough cars available. Contact leader at least two months in advance for details.
 Accessible by car pool or car pool rental—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive
Cell: 646-519-0905

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Clive

Sun. Oct. 8.
THREE COUNTY BRIDGES (AND NOSHES).

(Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn)
From Bed Bath and Beyond (BBB) at E. 61 St and 1st Avenue, walk Queensboro Bridge to Long Island City and the LIC Flea & Food market for brunch snacks. Use waterfront and Gantry Plaza State Park to the Pulaski Bridge, crossing into Greenpoint. Continue through Williamsburg to the Williamsburg Bridge, crossing to Manhattan. Stroll through the Lower East Side to the Manhattan Bridge, crossing back to Brooklyn. Continue walking to Prospect Park for a late lunch/early dinner at Smorgasburg. Optionally continue walking within Prospect Park in celebration of its 150th birthday.
 Accessible by public transit subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Hilary

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Sun. Oct.15.
R.I.P. ROCKLAND CREATIVES.

(New York)
Spend the day on the Long Path between Nyack and West Haverstraw connecting Oak Hill and Mount Repose Cemeteries. Visit graves of notables such as Edward Hopper, Carson McCullers, Ben Hecht, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Milton Caniff. May include some bushwhacking. NY-NJTC maps 110, 111, and 112.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris

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Wed. Oct. 18.
MORRIS CANAL TOWPATH: NETCONG TO HACKETTSTOWN.

(New Jersey)
(Note: This is a Wednesday hike.) Follow the unique Morris Canal with its incline planes, locks, and reservoirs, from Netcong, following the scenic Musconetcong River, Old Waterloo Village, Saxton Falls, Starport, and Guinea Hollow on towpaths and country roads to Hackettstown. Return by train (weekday service only).
  Accessible by public transit bus and return by train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ludwig
Home: 718-626-3983
Sun. Oct. 22.
BOUND BROOK TO FAR HILLS, N.J.

(New Jersey)
From Bound Brook train station use local streets to Washington Valley Park. Walk length of WVP and Chimney Rock Township Park to connect with Middle Brook Greenway. Follow trails and streets along the MBG, Chambers Brook, and Raritan River, past Sunset Lake, Gene King, Bedminster, and River Road parks to Far Hills train station.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Camille…

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Camille
…and Anna.

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Sun. Oct. 29.
TORREY MEMORIAL.

(Harriman State Park)
From the bus stop opposite Brooks Lake, circumnavigate the lake before heading west on 1779 Trail, then continuing on the Popolopen Gorge Trail until it intersects with the Long Path. Head north/west on the LP and shortly climb to the Torrey Memorial. Continue on the LP to Smith Clove Road in Central Valley. NY-NJTC Map 119.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Eve

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Eve

>> November

Sun. Nov. 5.
SITE OF 1945 PLANE CRASH.

(Hudson Highlands)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.) From Beacon Station follow Beekman Street to Wolcott Ave. (9D) then on to Mt. Beacon Park. Proceed to the power line and walk south to woods road, which connects with the blue trail. Then take unmarked trail to site of the old Casino. Follow woods road around the front of South Beacon Mt. to the Beacon Reservoir. Take woods road to Dozer Jct. and on to Bald Hill. Proceed to site of Plane Crash. Proceed to Overlook Trail (red) and then on to Fishkill Ridge Trail. Out to Beacon Station via Pocket Road and city streets.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Shizuko
Home: 718-997-6186

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Shizuko

Sun. Nov. 12.
VETERANS’ MEMORIAL HIKE.

(Harriman State Park)
From Iona Island parking, connect to 1777 E Trail south to join 1777 W Trail. Jog south on Appalachian Trail to Fawn Trail, which use in its entirety to Anthony Wayne Trail to Seven Lakes Drive. Roadwalk briefly to Silvermine Road and then follow route of Torger Tokle Memorial Ski Trail (maintained 1950–60) to return to Bear Mountain Inn. (Route may be indistinct or highly eroded.) NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transit bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris

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Sun. Nov. 19.
MORE ESSEX COUNTY PARKS.

(New Jersey)
From Millburn, N.J., follow the Lenape Trail through South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations, then Verona Park. Finish at Pompton Avenue or optionally continue into Mills Reservation County Park and admire the views from its scenic lookout. Headlamp/flashlights helpful.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ian

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Ian

Sun. Nov. 26.
WAPPINGER FALLS GREENWAY: A CIRCULAR.

(Westchester)
Hike the new Wappinger Greenway Trail, including trails in Bowdoin County Park, featuring trails, views, historic sites, and a bit of road walking. Leader will meet group at New Hamburg Station.
 Accessible by public transit train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Kay
Cell: 718-753-6172

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Hike leader, Kay

 

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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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