We love to hike. It’s that simple. We go every weekend—usually on Sundays—taking public transportation to get there. We are a small group of hiking and nature enthusiasts from the NYC area with 100+ members. Because of our modest size, you will see a few of the same smiling faces on every hike, and some of the others just once in a while.
Our members come from all corners of the globe. What brings us together is the fun of exploring trails and discovering new places.
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What to Expect on a Hike
We meet the hike leader, at a designated place—usually early Sunday morning—at a NYC bus or train terminal, and then we buy our tickets and get on board. Sometimes car drivers meet us later at a designated spot near the trailhead.
- on sign-in, fill out and sign liability waiver
- follow hike leader instructions, and if you have concerns or questions, check with the leader
- stay with the group, buddy up, and regroup at trail intersections—bring map and compass if you have them—and hike at a steady moderate to quick pace
- hike 14-18 miles in 8-9 hours depending on route, conditions, and time of year
- bring lunch, snacks, and water (2-3 liters). Lunch break lasts about 1/2 hour. Leader passes around cookies (yum!!) after lunch
- hikes are free, thanks to our generous volunteers. Round trip bus or train tickets, traveling outside of NYC, usually cost $25-35 depending on the destination. After coming along on two hikes, send in the application form for membership. (Annual dues are $6/year, plus $1 initial fee.)
Usually we arrive back in NYC between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Before parting, we thank our much-appreciated hike leader for a brilliant hike!
If you have additional questions, please contact the hike leader in the Schedule.
In the News
DNAinfo.com recently asked the New York Ramblers about the best places to hike in and around NYC. One of our favorites—Inwood Park—is a gem in the rough.
DNAinfo.com: “The 5 Best Places for You to Hike in New York City”
USA Today offers advice on joining a New York City hiking club—like the New York Ramblers—and things to consider: size of the group, types of hikes, public transit, etc.
USA Today: Hiking Groups in New York City.
Backpacker magazine ran a cover story about Best Local Hikes. They featured recommendations from New York City hiking clubs, including two Rambler favorites—the Timp-Torne Trail and Breakneck Ridge Trail. Both have spectacular vistas and are accessible by public transit.
Backpacker: “Local Hikes: New York City, NY”
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Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go.
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Member of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Photos by Eve, video by Alena; ‘Welcome’ page photo by Erik