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 (or Saturdays)
  •   about 16-18 miles in 8-9 hours
  •   accessible by public transportation
  •   within 50 miles of NYC

For additional details, go to our About page.

Photo of the New York Ramblers hiking group crossing stream in Harriman State Park.

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 8-9 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 one of these groups with shorter distances 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: Under unusual conditions, hikes may be canceled at leader discretion and will be posted below prior to hike.

Sun. Oct. 2.
RAGE LIKE A DUNDERBERG, PRANCE LIKE A FAWN.

(Harriman State Park)
From Jones Point hike Ramapo-Dunderberg trail over Bald Mountain and the Timp. At Timp Pass Road, take Timp-Torne Trail the length of West Mountain to the Fawn Trail. Briefly prance east on the Fawn to Appalachian Trail, follow AT up Bear Mountain, pausing to take blue-blazed trail to extra viewpoint. At summit, use Major Welch Trail to descend to Bear Mountain Inn and bus home.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Ingrid; Leah

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, IngridPhoto of New York Rambler hike leader, Leah.


Sun. Oct. 9.
MANITOU TO TUXEDO.

(Harriman State Park)
From Manitou station proceed to route 9D south and walk across Bear Mountain Bridge. Cross route 9W and hike Popolopen Gorge Trail in its entirety. Meet and follow Long Path SW to meet Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail at Times Square. Out to Tuxedo Station via RD and local streets. 22 miles, fast paced, no convenient early exit. NYNJTC maps 118, 119.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous.
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Pierre

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Photo of New York Rambler hike leader, Pierre.

Sun. Oct. 16.
BEAR SWAMP LAKE.

(New Jersey)
From Wanaque, follow Indian Rock Trail to Cannonball Trail, to Castle Point Trail passing Castle Ruins. Return to CT and take side trip to Matapan Rock. Then follow Hoeferlin Memorial Trail passing Ilgenstein Rock, Butler Mine, and Bear Swamp Lake along the way. Exit via unmarked trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation onto local roads to Hillburn and Suffern. NY-NJTC Maps 115/150.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee


Sun. Oct. 23.
PELHAM BAY PARK TO PARKCHESTER: A COMBINED NATURE AND URBAN ARCHITECTURAL HIKE.

(Bronx)
In the direction of the waterfront proceed via the Pelham Greenway to Orchard Beach’s boardwalk. From the northern tip of the boardwalk enter the Twin Islands Nature Trail. Return to boardwalk and follow the Theodore Kazimiroff Nature Trail looping around Hunter Island. Return to Greenway walking parallel to a rocky shoreline, pass the Victory Memorial, and via some nice neighborhoods visit tiny Bicentennial Park. Then south along Westchester Avenue to see the Parkchester whimsical terracotta sculptures and the art deco Metropolitan Oval fountain. (Earlier exit to the Pelham Bay Park #6 station possible.)
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Gaëlle; Michelle

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Photo of New York Rambler, Gaelle.Photo of New York Rambler hike leader, Michelle.


Sun. Oct. 30.
TORREY MEMORIAL: COSTUMES WELCOME.

(Harriman State Park)
From Bear Mtn. Inn walk to Timp-Torne trailhead which hike to Popolopen Gorge Trail. Continue on PGT past Turkey Hill Lake to the Long Path leading up to Torrey Memorial on Long Mountain. Descend on LP and use woods road (left at base) for a brief retrace on PGT before joining Anthony Wayne Trail. Hike entire AWT, meet TT for jog left, and then join 1777 Trail (west and east) for return to Bear Mountain Inn. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd

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NYC hike leader, Todd

>> November


Sat. Nov. 5.
SCHUNEMUNK.

(Schunemunk Mountain State Park)
From the trestle at Rte. 32, follow Long Path north to unmarked Plateau Trail which use to connect to the Dark Hollow Trail. Left on DHT to Jessup Trail and main ridge. Continue on JT to Barton Swamp Trail in Taylor Hollow. Continue to Western Ridge Trail and down to Clove Road. Turn right, walk to Otterkill Road and then to Trestle Trail. Ascend on TT to WRT which follow, left, to its terminus at the JT. Continue on LP, descending High Knob to Plateau Trail junction; use Notch Trail, opposite, to Earl Reservoir Park. Descend on Ridge Road to Rt. 32 for bus return from Highland Mills. NY-NJTC Map 114.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris


Sun. Nov. 6.

No Sunday hike. (Marathon Sunday.)

Sun. Nov. 13.
GREAT WALLS OF JERSEY CITY.

(Jersey City)
From Grove Street station, visit jaw-dropping murals and historic parks in Jersey City neighborhoods including Downtown, the Heights, West Side, Bergen Lafayette, and Journal Square. Explore residential and post-industrial sites that host work by local and internationally acclaimed street artists that include Eduardo Cobra, BKFoxx, Shepard Fairey, MadC, Geraluz and Werc, Emilio Florentine and PAWN, and others.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by Path train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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NYC hike leader, Lee


Sun. Nov. 20.
YE OLDE KACKYACHTAWEKE TRAIL.

(Harriman State Park)
From Kakiat County Park hike Kakiat (Kackyachtaweke) Trail to Raccoon Brook Trail. Head west on RBT, then south on Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail past Russian Bear and Ramapo Torne to terminus at Seven Hills Trail. Take SHT southeast and follow to intersection with Reeves Brook Trail, which follow to Pine Meadow Trail and out to Sloatsburg train station.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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NYC hike leader, Ingrid


Sun. Nov. 27.
ERIE PATH CIRCULAR.

(Westchester)
From Tarrytown Station use HO7 Hudson Link bus (needs credit card for $2.75 fare) to Artopee Road stop in Nyack. Walk south on Franklin Avenue to start of Erie Path (rail trail), which hike in its entirety to Sparkill. Join Joseph B. Clarke Rail Trail and use to Oak Tree Road. Turn left and walk to Rte. 9W to join the Long Path. Traverse Tallman Mountain State Park on LP to Piermont. Return to Erie Path and retrace to the start and the bus to Tarrytown Station. (Optional extension of four miles by walking over the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to the train station.) NY-NJTC Map 109.
• Hike duration about 8-9 hours at a steady pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive

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New York Rambler hike leader, Clive

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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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Top photo by Grace