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 8-9 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 7-8 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, and 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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>> Hike Calendar


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. June 6.
LYONS TO CONVENT.

(New Jersey)
From Lyons Station proceed east along White Bridge Road looping through Lord Stirling Park and The Raptor Trust to the Great Swamp, then north through Loantaka Reservation, exiting to Convent Station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. June 13.
HARRIMAN STATION TO TUXEDO.

(Sterling Forest, Harriman State Park)
From Harriman station use Sapphire Trail to meet AT, which briefly hike west to blue connecting trail entering Sterling Forest. Follow Indian Hill Trail east over Indian Hill to join Furnace Loop clockwise. Cross Orange Turnpike and hike entire Wildcat Mountain Trail. Cross Rte. 17 onto Kanawauke Road to hike entire Parker Cabin Hollow Trail. Out to Tuxedo on White Bar, Triangle, and Ramapo-Dunderberg trails. NYJTC map 100.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Erik

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Erik

Sun. June 20.
COLD SPRING TO BEACON: UNDERCLIFF TRAIL.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Cold Spring station use Rte. 301 and local streets to access Undercliff Trail which hike in its entirety up to Breakneck Ridge Trail. Follow BRT to Wilkinson Memorial Trail, which use to join Casino Trail. After a short distance (left) on CT turn right onto a woods road around Beacon Reservoir to meet Fishkill Ridge Trail. Descend on FRT to East Main Street and out to Beacon station. NYNJTC map 102.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Medha

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Medha

Sun. June 27.
HITHER HILLS STATE PARK.

(Long Island)
From Montauk Station proceed westward past Rocky Point and Quincetree Landing to Hither Hills State Park. Pass Fresh Pond and continue to beach. Follow beach out to Amagansett. Late return.
• Late return
• Leader meets group at Jamaica
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Zee

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Zee

>>July

Sun. July 4.
CAPTREE STATE PARK TO JONES BEACH.

(Long Island)
Hike this brand new greenway along the ocean passing Fire Island Lighthouse, Oak Beach, Cedar Beach, Gilgo State Park and Tobay Beach ending at Zach’s Bay.
• Bring swimsuit.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sun. July 11.
HARRIMAN STATION TO SLOATSBURG.

(Harriman State Park)
From Harriman station, follow Sapphire Trail to Indian Hill Trail west, to Long Meadows Extension. Use Rte. 17A westbound to Hogback Mountain Trail. Then via carriage road proceed south to, and on, Rte. 84, to Hutchinson Trail leading to Red Back Trail. Take local and carriage roads to Long Swamp Loop Trail and out to Sloatsburg via Eagle Valley Road. NYJTC Map 100.
• No early exits
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at fast pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. July 18.
MANITOU STATION CIRCULAR.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Manitou Station use local roads to the Appalachian Trail and cross Bear Mountain Bridge to Twin Forts and the Timp-Torne Trail. Ascend Popolopen Torne clockwise, and return to Bear Mountain Bridge. Climb Anthony’s Nose on old, steep Blue Trail, join AT and return to Manitou Station. NY-NJTC maps 101, 119.
• Strenuous
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Todd; Rachida

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NYC hike leader, ToddPhoto of New York Rambler, Rachida.

Sat. July 24.
59th SEMI-ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: COLD SPRING HARBOR TO MASSAPEQUA.

(Long Island)
(Note: This is a Saturday hike.) From Cold Spring Harbor station use local streets to Nassau-Suffolk Trail, which hike to its northern terminus. Retrace and hike to southern extremity at Massapequa. (Possible brief extension to Alhambra Park.) Touch water at both ends.
• 24 miles
• Hike duration 11-12 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Todd; Peter

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NYC hike leader, ToddPhoto of New York Ramblers leader, Peter

Sun. July 25.
No Sunday hike.

>>August

Sun. Aug. 1.
MANHATTAN END TO END.
(New York City)
From South Ferry Terminal proceed to Battery Park and Hudson River Greenway, Riverside Park, Riverbank State Park, Fort Washington Park, to 181st Street exit. Visit highest natural point on Manhattan Island and continue through Fort Tryon and Inwood Parks to cross Broadway Bridge into Marble Hill and 230th Street (end of Manhattan).
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis Gin
212-925-2739
Sat. Aug. 7.
LENAPE TRAIL: CEDAR GROVE TO MILLBURN.

(New Jersey)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Rte. 23 at Cedar Grove, follow Lenape Trail passing through Hilltop Reservation, Verona Park (passing the lake), Eagle Rock Reservation, Degnan Park (another lake), O’Connor Park, and traversing South Mountain Reservation (including Hemlock Falls). Out to Millburn train station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: JZ

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Photo of New York Rambler, Jinzhao

Sun. Aug. 8.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Aug. 15.
HARRIMAN HUNT.

(Harriman State Park)
Work with your fellow hikers to unravel the clues to destinations in Harriman State Park. NYNJTC map 118.
• Expect frivolity
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Eve

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Photo of New York Rambler, Eve

Sun. Aug. 22.
JAMAICA BAY RAMBLE.

(Brooklyn, Queens)
Explore trails along the shore in Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, Shirley Chisholm Park and Spring Creek Park. After crossing the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, walk trails in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, circle West Pond, then out to Cross Bay Blvd and exit at Broad Channel station on the A line.
• Bring umbrellas for shade
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Aug. 29.
JOHN CAGE BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL.

(East Hudson Highlands, Bear Mountain State Park)
From Manitou station, proceed to Appalachian Trail. Follow AT Georgia-bound over the Bear Mountain Bridge to intersection with red blazed Twin Forts connector trail. Flip a coin to determine whether to proceed right or left. At next trail intersection repeat coin toss to determine direction (unless trail exits park.) At lunchtime, we will stream Cage’s 4’33”. Continue hiking and coin tossing until mid-afternoon at which point consult maps, plan exit strategy and withdraw. NYJTC Map 119.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ian

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Ian

>>September

Sun. Sep. 5.
PATRIOTS’ PATH LOOP.

(New Jersey)
From Morristown Station proceed east to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, then west on the Patriots’ Path to Washington Valley Road, and finally east through Fosterfields Farm, Burnham Rd. and Washington St. to return to Morristown station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don

Sun. Sep. 12.
NUCLEAR LAKE.

(Westchester)
From Appalachian Trail station hike the AT west to and around Nuclear Lake (deemed the prettiest lake along the entire 2,200-mile span), returning on AT to train stop.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: David

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Sun. Sep. 19.
TERRACE POND AND BEYOND.

(New Jersey)
From Warwick Turnpike, head south on Terrace Pond North Loop to Terrace Pond, where locate the Trail Conference’s new floating bridge. Continue south on Terrace Pond West Loop, connect to Terrace Pond Red, and into the Pequannock Watershed where, with City-of-Newark permit in hand, visit the fire tower and Hanks Pond. Use local and woods roads to Route 23 and the #194 NJT bus back to NYC. NYNJTC maps 116 and 125.
• Strenuous
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

Tues. Sep. 21.
ANNUAL MEETING.

Details will be mailed to members in early September.
Fri. Sep. 24.
MORRIS CANAL TOWPATH: NETCONG TO HACKETTSTOWN.

(New Jersey)
(Note: this is a Friday hike.) Start at Lake Musconetcong going west on Plane St. to the towpath and Waterloo Valley Rd., to the old village of Waterloo, returning to the canal, crossing I-80 by secret tunnel to Starport, Saxton Lake, Guinea Hollow, Saxton Falls to Bilby Rd. and towpath to Harvey St. and railroad station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sun. Sep. 26.
TUXEDO CIRCULAR: THE TRIANGLE TRAIL.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo station use local streets and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to access Triangle Trail, which hike (almost) in its entirety, passing Parker Cabin Mountain viewpoint, and skirting lakes Skenonto and Sebago. Join Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail to link to Stony Brook Trail. Return to Tuxedo via SBT and Kakiat Trail. (If time permits, use Kakiat Trail to White Bar Trail (NE direction) to join TMI and out to Tuxedo.) NYNJTC map 118.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Bindu

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NYC hiking group leader, Bindu

>>October

Sun. Oct. 3.
COLD SPRING TO BEACON: GORDONS BROOK.

(East Hudson State Park)
From Cold Spring station, via local streets use Cornish and Notch trails to access Breakneck Ridge Trail. Proceed on combined BRT and NT, turning left on NT which joins Wilkinson Memorial Trail. Leave WMT and continue on NT to Gordons Brook. Use unmarked woods road to join Casino Trail; descend and exit at Wolcott Avenue. NYNJTC Map 102.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Metin

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NYC hiking group leader, Metin.

Sun. Oct.10.
GARRISON TO FAHNESTOCK: A CIRCULAR.

(East Hudson State Park, Fahnestock State Park)
From Garrison station, hike Marcia’s Mile to Rt. 9D and then Sugarloaf Trail, Osborn Loop, and Carriage Connector to Appalachian Trail. Continue on AT north past Graymoor, Little Fort Hill, Denning Hill, and Canopus Hill into Fahnestock State Park. Use Catfish Loop SW to vicinity of Catfish Pond, then local trail out to Old Albany Post Road. Hike Cedar Ridge Trail and Watergrass Sanctuary to Rte. 9, then local routes to return to Garrison Station. NYNJTC Maps 101, 103.
• Strenuous
• Can be abridged
• Steady rain cancels
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Sun. Oct. 17.
CLIFFDALE FARM.

(Westchester)
From Ossining hike the Old Croton Aqueduct north to Croton Dam. Use Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway south to Cliffdale-Teatown Trail and join Cliffdale Loop (left) around Cliffdale Farm. Use local roads to cross Croton Gorge and out to Croton station via Silver Lake Park. NYNJTC maps 132, 133.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive

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New York Rambler hike leader, Clive

Sun. Oct. 24.
PAUMANOK PATH: HAMPTON BAYS CIRCULAR.

(Long Island)
Hike a section of L.I.’s longest trail from Hampton Bays. Take Montauk Highway to Munns Pond, Bellows Pond, Division Pond, House Pond, to Flanders Bay for lunch. Return to Paumanok Path, Penny Pond, to Great Peconic Bay and Squire Pond, follow beach and cliffs to Shinnecock Canal and Indian Reservation. Out to Hampton Bays station.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
Sun. Oct. 31.
TORREY MEMORIAL.

(Bear Mountain State Park, Harriman State Park)
From Bear Mountain Inn use Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail to Fawn Trail, which hike in its entirety to join Anthony Wayne Trail. Left on AW to its terminus at Turkey Hill Lake and Popolopen Gorge Trail. Left on PG to Long Path and ascend to Torrey Memorial. Descend on LP and use unmarked trail to return to the PG at its crossing with the LP. Hike PG past Queensboro Lake and turn onto combined Timp-Torne and 77 trails. Remain on 77, subsequently named 1777, and use west and east portions to return to Inn. NYNJTC map 119.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid

>>November

Sun. Nov. 7.
TAXTER RIDGE/IRVINGTON LOOPS.

(Westchester)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.) From Irvington Station use Old Croton Aqueduct north thru Lyndhurst to Sheldon Road. Turn right to Orange Trail in Taxter Ridge; continue on Blue Trail and, at a turn, drop down to Taxter Road. Climb to the water tower In the Nature Preserve opposite, then overland to Irvington Woods. Use North-South Trail then Monument Loop south as far as possible. Cross Cyrus Field Road to hike Juhring Preserve trail network in a counterclockwise loop. Return to Irvington Woods and proceed to Peter Bont Road without duplicating trails. Return to Nature Preserve then Blue Trail in Taxter Ridge to its terminus. Use local streets to return to OCA and Tarrytown station.
• Steady rain cancels
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Sun. Nov. 14.
HEWITT TO WANAQUE.

(New Jersey)
From Hewitt, follow Hewitt Butler Trail over Long Hill, to co-joined Overlook Rock Trail, and HB over Manaticut Point. Then proceed via connecting Pink Trail to Camp Wyanokie Trail and Wyanokie Circular Trail, to unblazed connector trail onto Macopin Trail. Then follow HB over Wyanokie High Point, Yoo-Hoo Point and Carris Hill, to Posts Brook Trail. Pass Chikahoki Falls and exit via Doty Road. NYNJTC Map 115.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee

Sun. Nov. 21.
TARRYTOWN TO HAVERSTRAW.

(Palisades State Park)
Take the OLD Tappan-Zee Bridge to Nyack. Follow the Hudson River north to Nyack Beach, along the cliffs of Hook Mtn. to Haverstraw.
• Hike duration 7-8 hours at brisk pace
  Accessible by train and bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
929-471-7260
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 the Rte. 32 trestle at Woodbury, use Long Path south to height of land on Rte. 6. Cross road and proceed overland to Mt. Aramah, highest point in Harriman Park, to remember Franz. Then continue overland to Baileytown Road to return to Rte 6. Rejoin LP and continue north to Estrada Road, which follow into Central Valley. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• 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

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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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