SCHEDULE

Join the New York Ramblers hiking club and discover some of the most delightful hiking trails in the greater New York City area. Our weekly hikes (listed down below) are usually:

  •   Sundays
  •   14-18 miles in 7-9 hours
  •   accessible by public transportation
  •   within 50 miles of NYC

Photo of New York Ramblers passing through Lemon Squeezer, Harriman State Park, NY.For additional details, go to our About page.

For Serious Hikers

You MUST be an experienced hiker in good physical shape, with proper gear, and able to hike at a brisk pace for 7-9 hours. Haven’t hiked with us before? No worries–come along as a guest and see what it’s like.

  1. Find a hike below
  2. Contact the hike leader
    • tell leader about your hiking experience
    • ask about how difficult the hike is
    • find out when and where to meet
  3. Meet us  at the designated place

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

Hikes are free for guests (thank you volunteer hike leaders!) After coming along on two hikes, send in the application form for membership. (Annual dues are $6 per year, plus $1 initial fee.)

Sorry, but our hikes are not for everyone. We hike at a brisk pace. We hike all day long. We have a lot of experience. If this isn’t you, please consider a group with shorter hikes and beginner hikes:

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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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UPDATES:

  • Masks are required on public transportation
  • In certain conditions, hikes may be canceled by leader discretion and will be posted below prior to hike
Sun. Nov. 28.
FRANZ ALT MEMORIAL HIKE.

(Harriman State Park)
(Postponed in 2020.) Celebrate the 110th anniversary of Franz’s birth with a variation of the hike he led beginning in 1980. From Central Valley, use Estrada Road to Long Path south. Cross Rte 6 and enter Harriman Park; proceed overland and on woods roads to Mt Aramah. Continue on similar routes to Baileytown Road then Nawahunta Trail to rejoin LP south. Continue to Appalachian Trail which use to Arden. Out to Harriman train station on old road above Rt. 17. NY-NJTC Map 119. (Route was updated 11/16/21)
• Headlamp useful
• Steady rain cancels.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

>> December

Sun. Dec. 5.
STATEN ISLAND GREENBELT FIGURE-EIGHT LOOP.

(Staten Island)
From High Rock Park follow various trails southwest to the end of LaTourette Park, passing along the marsh, then northeast to St. Francis Woodlands boardwalk, passing by High Rock Park and Lake Orbach.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by ferry–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. Dec. 12.
LEGS MISÉRABLE: CHRISTIE MINE AND SBM.

(Harriman State Park)
From Ladentown, follow Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail onto unblazed power line trail and at Horse Chock Mountain ascend to Christie Mine. Proceed on unblazed trails to Big Hill Shelter. Exit via Suffer(n)-Bear Mountain Trail traversing Ladentown, Panther, Catamount, Cobus, and Nordkop mountains to Suffern. NY-NJTC map 118.
• Note: Members only
• Strenuous
• No early exit points
• Headlamps required
• Hike duration 8-9 hours at fast pace

Leaders: Lee; Rachida
NYC hike leader, LeePhoto of New York Rambler, Rachida.
Sun. Dec. 19.
FISHKILL CREEK, MOUNT BEACON AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: A CIRCULAR.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Beacon Station, explore Long Dock Park, then walk Klara Sauer Trail to Denning’s Point, Eagle Blind, Madame Brett connector to Fishkill Creek Trail to Beacon rail line at Tioronda Ave. Turn onto Wolcott Ave to hike Casino Trail to South Beacon tower, then woods roads to Beacon Reservoir and North Beacon Mountain. Out via woods roads and Fishkill Ridge Trail to Pocket Road and E. Main Street to meet our local Rambler guide for a tour of the best Christmas decorations in town. NY-NJTC map 102.
• Exact route depends on ground conditions and weather
• Spikes and headlamps advised.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Dec. 26.
CHINATOWNS: OLDEST TO NEWEST.

(New York City)
Starting in Little Italy, walk from the oldest Chinatown to the newest in Sunset Park, exploring various locations showing the presence of other ethnic groups that predate both the Little Italy and Chinatown neighborhoods. From Chinatown proceed across the Manhattan Bridge onto Flatbush Avenue, which use to Prospect Park. Walk through the park and continue to Sunset Park’s Chinatown, which explore. Proceed to Bush Terminal Park then return to Sunset Park to watch the sunset. Hike ends at the 36th Street subway station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739

>> January

Sat. Jan. 1.
ANNUAL NEW YEAR FAT-ASS RAMBLE: SOUTH BRONX FROM MOTT HAVEN TO CITY ISLAND.

(Bronx)
(Note: This is a Saturday hike.) Starting in Harlem and crossing Willis Ave Bridge we explore various sites in the Mott Haven Historic District then proceed north to St Mary’s Park and Crotona Park. We continue to the Bronx River Parkway bike path at West Farms, and follow north to Pelham Parkway greenway, then eastward across the Hutchinson River. Continuing east and south through scenic woods, we cross causeway to City Island.
• Option to enjoy seafood dinner for late return by bus or ride share (bring small bills for ride share).
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Jan. 2.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Jan. 9.
TUXEDO TO SUFFERN TREK.

(Harriman State Park)
Long, brisk paced, strenuous, challenging hike (including night walk on difficult Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail). From Tuxedo station follow Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail, which use to the Blue Disc Trail at right. Pass over Almost Perpendicular, then join Kakiat Trail eastbound, then White Bar Trail north to the shelter. Short retrace to TMI and cross Seven Lakes Drive. Continue on TMI to West Meadow Road, which use to Pine Meadow Lake. Left on Pine Meadow Trail, right on Conklins Crossing, and meet SBM for exit to Suffern. NY-NJTC map 118.
• Headlamps required
• Will adapt according to weather conditions.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Hugues

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Hugues
Sun. Jan. 16.
MLK’S HARLEM AND BEDFORD STUYVESANT.

(Manhattan and Brooklyn)
Visit New York City sites where Martin Luther King, Jr. made appearances during the 1950s and 1960s as well as places named in his honor. In Harlem, start on Martin Luther King Blvd. and visit Hotel Theresa and Blumstein’s department store. Proceed to site of Vietnam War protest speech at Riverside Church and continue on through Central Park to United Nations. Cross East River via 34th Street ferry to Brooklyn. Pass through BedStuy neighborhood to visit MLK Place and Cornerstone Baptist Church. Continue to Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights.
• Possible après-hike stop at Juniors for cheesecake
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Lee; Gaelle

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sat. Jan. 22.
WALT WHITMAN TRAIL.

(Long Island)
(Note: This is a Saturday hike.) From Walt Whitman Mall use local streets to White Trail to Jaynes Hill, Long Island’s highest point. Jog to Blue Trail, which use to rejoin WT by stables. Continue on WT to Yellow Trail and complete counterclockwise circle of Gwynne Park. Return to WT to connect to Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail. Out to Bethpage station via NSGT and Powell Avenue.
• Headlamps advised
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Zee

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Photo of New York Rambler, Zee.

Sun. Jan. 23.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Jan. 30.
STERLING RIDGE AND PATTERSON MINE.

(Sterling Forest)
From bus stop at East Shore Road use Sterling Ridge Trail plus woods road leading to Patterson Mine. Detour to visit Patterson Mine. Return to SRT and via jogs on Fire Tower Trail and West Valley Road, meet Bare Rock Trail. Ascend to Fire Tower View and Bare Rock, then continue on BRT to meet West Valley Road, which use to Rte. 17A. Out to bus stop at Rte. 210 and Walnut Street. (Greenwood Lake, NY.) NY-NJTC map 100.
• Headlamps advised
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Ingrid; Andres

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

>> February

Sun. Feb. 6.
CAMP SMITH TRAIL.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Garrison station use Glenclyffe trails to Rte. 9D, which cross to connect with the Sugarloaf Trail, proceeding to the Osborne Loop, east side. Meet, and then follow, the Appalachian Trail south to Anthony’s Nose. Join the Camp Smith Trail, which hike in its entirety to the old toll house. Out to Peekskill station via Rte. 202, Annsville Preserve trails, and Peekskill Landing Park. NY-NJTC map 101.
• Headlamps advised
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Pierre

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Sun. Feb. 13.
CAR POND MOUNTAIN AND VICTORY TRAIL.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo Park and Ride hike (entire) Parker Cabin Trail, then use White Bar (NE, over Car Pond Mountain) and Dunning trails to meet Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. (Possibly digress to Bald Rocks.) Use RD to Kanawauke Road (passing over Black Rock), leading to Victory Trail, which hike in its entirety. Out to Tuxedo station on RD. NY-NJTC map 118.
• Headlamps advised
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Lee, Cameron, Naviya

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. Feb. 20.
NOT THE USUAL PRESIDENTS’ DAY HIKE.

(Manhattan)
This year we will visit three First Ladies and then honor Black History Month by visiting several Underground Railroad sites as well as monuments to important historical people. We will start in lower Manhattan and end at 150th and Riverside Drive.
• Many drop-out points possible.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sat. Feb 26.
PUTNAM TRAILWAY.

(Westchester)
(Note: This is a Saturday hike.) With help from a Westchester County bus line (BEE-Line) (takes Metro Card) and part of the North County Trail, hike the entire length of the Putnam Trailway from Baldwin to Brewster.
• Please note these “trails” are paved but not snow plowed.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ian

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Ian

Sun. Feb. 27.
No Sunday hike.

>> March

Sun. Mar. 6.
GO WILD FOR THE NURIAN.

(Harriman State Park)
Hike Wildcat Mountain trail in its entirety, from Tuxedo Park & Ride to terminus. Pick up woods road paralleling Rte. 19 and follow southeast to Rte. 17. Use local roads to access the Nurian trail, which follow, also in its entirety. Turn right onto Ramapo-Dunderberg and follow to Tuxedo train station. NY-NJTC maps 100, 118.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

Sun. Mar. 13.
COLD SPRING TO GARRISON.

(East Hudson Highlands)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead.) From station, proceed to Mountain Ave. and Cedar St. Use unmarked connector to Undercliff Trail then Nelsonville Trail and Lone Star Trail. Continue direction on Highlands Trail to Rte. 10. Jog right; proceed to crossing of Foundry Brook and enter State land opposite. Then overland and local streets to Hubbard Perkins area. Hike Round Hill Trail to RH Bypass down to Rte. 301. Use old wood road opposite to climb to State land; continue on unmarked routes to descend to Indian Brook Rd. Access Catfish Loop SW to vicinity of Catfish Pond, then local trail out to Old Albany Post Road. Use Cedar Ridge Trail and Watergrass Sanctuary to Rte. 9, then local routes to return to Garrison Station. NY-NJTC Maps 101, 103.
• Strenuous
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Sun. Mar. 20.
TO STATEN ISLAND BY LAND.

(Manhattan and New Jersey)
From 178th Street, cross GWB into Fort Lee. Use the Hudson River Greenway south to Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Then take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to its Bayonne terminus (Fare: $2.25, seniors $1.10). Via local streets and the Bayonne Bridge, cross onto Staten Island. Return to Manhattan Staten Island Ferry Terminal by bus, and ferry from St. George.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739
Sun. Mar. 27.
FOURTEEN HILLS: A CIRCULAR.

(Harriman State Park)
From Sloatsburg station, use local streets to Pine Meadow Trail, thence to the Seven Hills Trail, which hike in its entirety to Lake Sebago. Then retrace! NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Possible extensions depending on conditions.
• Strenuous
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Hugues

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>> April

Sun. Apr. 3.
PLEASANTVILLE TO TARRYTOWN.

(Westchester)
From station, use Marble Ave. to cross Saw Mill River Parkway and enter Graham Hills County Park. Using Blue trail (left fork) exit at Rte. 117, and turn left to meet North County Trailway, crossing Taconic State Parkway. Enter Rockefeller State Park Preserve and use trails south to Raven Rock Trail. From RRT “join” NCT leading to Tarrytown Lakes Extension. Hiking all side trails, use TLE to Andre Brook Trail and its exit at OCA. Out to Tarrytown via OCA and local streets. NY-NJTC map 130.
• Note: Members only.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

Leader: Clive
New York Rambler hike leader, Clive
Sun. Apr. 10.
DIAMOND MOUNTAIN TOWER.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo station follow Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail, which hike to Seven Hills Trail. Turn south on 7HT and pick up Diamond Mountain-Tower Trail. Hike entire (short) DMT, and descend on Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail until it meets the Kakiat Trail. Out to Sloatsburg via Kakiat, Stony Brook, and Pine Meadow trails. NY-NJTC map 118.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lilian

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Sun. Apr. 17.
THE ENTIRE NOTCH TRAIL: COLD SPRING TO BEACON.

(Harriman State Park)
From station, proceed to Mountain Ave. and Cedar St. Use unmarked connector to Undercliff Trail then Nelsonville Trail to beginning of the Notch Trail. Stay on NT over Breakneck Ridge and cross Gordon’s Brook. Descend to Rte. 9D paralleling NT but using NT as little as possible. At 9D proceed to trailhead and ascend NT back to Powerline Trail to the Casino Trail. Descend CT to Wolcott Ave., which use to Beacon station. NY-NJTC Map 102.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Sun. Apr. 24.
HASENCLEVER HISTORY HIKE: A CIRCULAR.

(New Jersey)
From bus stop at East Shore Road, use Sterling Ridge Trail plus woods road to visit the Long Pond Ironworks Museum. Retrace steps to SRT and visit Long Pond Ironworks furnaces. Join Hasenclever Iron Trail and follow to Ringwood Manor. Tour Ringwood Manor, if possible. Retrace via HIT and SRT to East Shore Road bus stop. (Optional four-mile extension: From the HIT, take the Monk’s Connector Trail to the Monk Trail, crossing Rte. 511, circumnavigate Monk Mountain clockwise, then retrace via connector to HIT and SRT to East Shore Road bus stop). NY-NJTC map 115.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Ingrid; Andres

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

>> May

Sun. May 1.
NURIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE.

(Harriman State Park)
A full working day clearing and improving the NY Ramblers’ section of this Harriman Park trail prior to the seasonal growth spurt. Bring clippers and other garden tools you possess. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Cars helpful (available drivers please contact leader in advance.)
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd, Trails Committee Chair

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NYC hike leader, Todd

Sat. May 7.
59th SEMI-ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: SLOATSBURG CIRCULAR.

(Harriman State Park)
(Note: This is a Saturday hike.) From Sloatsburg station use local roads to Johnsontown Road, which use to join White Bar Trail. Hike WBT to join Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail, which hike easterly almost to its start. Meet power line and turn left to File Factory Hollow Trail, and Woodtown Road which use past Second and First Reservoirs to join (in a line) Old Turnpike, Cranberry Mountain Trail, Pine Meadow Road, and Ski Trail. Then touch TMI briefly and use unmarked woods road back to WBT. Return to Sloatsburg station as began. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Strenuous
• Late return
• Hike duration 10-12 hours at a fast pace

 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Todd; Gloria

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NYC hike leader, Todd

Sun. May 8.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. May 15.
WATCHING THE WATCHUNGS: A CIRCULAR.

(New Jersey)
From Summit Station via local streets to the Summit Road (aka Baltusrol Road) entrance of the Watchung Reservation. By various trails loop the entire reservation counter-clockwise, through Feltville, Seely’s Pond, sites of the Old Mill and Quarry, and the Science and Nature Center. Out to Summit station on local streets.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. May 22.
HIGHLANDS TRAIL AND BELLVALE CREAMERY.

(Sterling Forest)
From Hewitt follow Highlands Trail (Sterling Ridge Trail) northbound over Big Beech Mountain, visit the fire tower. Cross Rte. 17A, and continue on HT (Allis Trail) over Sterling Mountain to join the Appalachian Trail. Hike the AT west, traversing Bellvale Mountain and Cat Rocks to exit at Rte. 17A and the creamery. NY-NJTC map 100.
• Strenuous
• No early exit points.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Erik

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Sun. May 29.
CORNELL MINE TRAIL.

(Bear Mountain State Park)
From Bear Mountain Inn use 1777E Trail and blue connector to Rte 9W. Cross to Hudson River Valley Greenway (aka Jones Point Cycle Path), which hike to River Road past Jones Point. Recross Rte 9W to Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail (jog on Timp-Torne Trail precedes), which use past viewpoint to Cornell Mine Trail. Descend CMT to join ski trail, 1777E, and Doodletown Bridle Path. Hike the DBP to Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail and its terminus in Bear Mountain SP. Out to Manitou train station via BM Bridge and Rte. 9D. NY-NJTC map 119.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Metin

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NYC hiking group leader, Metin.

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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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