SCHEDULE

Join the New York Ramblers hiking club and 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) are:

  • within 50 miles of NYC
  • accessible by public transportation
  • about 16-18 miles long in 8-9 hours

Trail blazes on post

Sunday Hikes

We go hiking nearly every Sunday, year-round. Occasionally we hike on other days too. We go out in all kinds of weather–check with the leader if uncertain.

For more details about what to expect on our hikes, check out our About page.

Join Us

Haven’t hiked with us before? No worries–come along and see what it’s like. Please note that you MUST be an experienced hiker in good physical shape able to hike at a moderate to fast pace for 8-9 hours.

  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

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

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

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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 7.

TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION
(Westchester)
From Croton-Harmon station use local streets and Silver Lake Park to meet Old Croton Aqueduct. At Croton Dam digress for views then head east on Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway and hike to Teatown Lake Reservation. Encircle lake and explore various trails in the reservation including Back 40 and Waterfall trails. Return to BPT and use southwards to exit at Ossining.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Zee

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Zee


Sun. July 14.

HIGH MOUNTAIN PARK PRESERVE CIRCULAR.
(New Jersey)
From William Paterson University bus stop follow local roads to Red Trail, which, with the Yellow Trail, follow to summit of High Mountain. Continue on YT to the Blue Trail, which hike in its entirety. Retrace over YT and return to starting point via White Trail and RT. NY-NJTC Map 125.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Bindu

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Sun. July 21.

MID-STATEN ISLAND, NORTH TO SOUTH.
(Staten Island)
Explore Arden Heights Woods (insect repellant suggested), Sweet Brook Bluebelt, Lemon Creek, and Wolfe’s Pond using local roads and the Staten Island Railroad. Out via SIR at Princes Bay to the Staten Island Ferry at St. George Terminal.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don


Sun. July 28.

SQUEEZE AND SOAK CIRCULAR.
(Harriman State Park)
From Arden (Elk Pen) use Appalachian Trail and squeeze through the Lemon Squeezer, before continuing west on Arden-Surebridge Trail to the Bottle Cap. Hike entire BC to Seven Lakes Drive. A short section south and a Red Cross Trail jog leads to Lake Askoti rocks and a soak. Then, via RC, meet A-SB, which use all the way to Elk Pen and Arden bus stop. NY-NJTC Map 119.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Anne Marie

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NYC hiking group leader, Anne Marie

>> August


Sun. Aug. 4.

BLACK ROCK FOREST CIRCULAR.
(West Hudson Highlands)
Hike various trails (some steep) in Black Rock Forest (just west of Storm King State Park) as chosen by leaders. NY-NJTC Map 113.
Cars helpful. (Available drivers please contact leader in advance.)

Accessible by public transportation and car–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Todd and…

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…Bob

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Sun. Aug. 11.

HUDSON RIVER PARKS OF INWOOD, RIVERDALE, AND YONKERS.
(Manhattan, Bronx, Yonkers)
From the entrance to Ft. Tryon Park, explore paths and trails within that park as well as Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan. Then use local streets to visit the Bronx’s Seton and Riverdale Parks. Continue on local streets to the Old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers to visit Untermyer Park and paths within. Out to Greystone via the OCA for bus or train to NYC.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739


Sun. Aug. 18.

ALL THE HARRIMAN BROOK TRAILS.
(Harriman State Park)
From Sloatsburg station use local roads to (Harriman State Park)
Pine Meadow Trail and hike to Reeves Brook Trail. Near RBT summit turn right onto Seven Hills Trail to Torne View and Raccoon Brook Hills Trail, which hike in its entirety. Join Kakiat Trail to cross Pine Meadow Brook to Stony Brook Trail leading to Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail and Lake Sebago. Out to Tuxedo via TMI and Ramapo Dunderberg trails. NY-NJTC Map 118.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Kelly and…

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…Lilian

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Lilian


Fri. Aug. 23 to Mon. Aug. 26.

MOUNT MARCY AND HIGH PEAKS.
(Adirondacks)
Up to four days hiking in the Adirondacks including Mount Marcy (NY’s highest peak) and others. Contact leaders well in advance for details.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Ian and…

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…Todd

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Ian


Sun. Aug. 25.

HECKSCHER STATE PARK AND BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM CIRCULAR.
(Long Island)
A short late summer hike circling Heckscher State Park before retracing on L.I. Greenbelt to beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum for the rest of the day.

Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive

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Clive

>> September


Sun. Sep. 1.

TENTH ANNUAL JOHN CAGE BIRTHDAY HIKE.
From Sloatsburg use local roads to the I-87 underpass. Flip a coin to determine whether to proceed left to Johnsontown Road (and the Orange, Blue Dot and White Bar Trails) or right to the Pine Meadow Trail. At subsequent trail intersections, repeat coin toss to determine whether to proceed left or right (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 transportation–contact leader for details.
Conductor: Ian

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Ian


Sun. Sep. 8.

SCHUNEMUNK MOUNTAIN CIRCULAR.
From Salisbury Mills Station use local roads to Trestle Trail trailhead on Otterkill Road. Use TT only to Otterkill Trail. From OT join Jessup Trail, which follow to Sweet Clover Trail. At SCT’s end, after crossing rail tracks, climb Dark Hollow Trail. Return to JT and via Ridge-to Ridge Trail, use Barton Swamp Trail (going NE) almost to its end. Rejoin TT and descend to starting point. NY-NJTC Map 114.Cars helpful. (Available drivers please contact leader in advance.)
Accessible by public transportation and car–contact leader for details.
Leader: Teresa

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Sun. Sep. 15.

MOHONK PRESERVE CIRCULAR.
(New York)
From New Paltz cross Walkill River to access NEW River2Ridge Trail along rolling meadows to Pine Rd, crossing Catskill Aqueduct, Farm Rd., to Duck Pond, picking up Duck Pond Trail to Forest Drive, Spring Path, Sky Top Path to Tower and views. Descend to Lake Shore Path, follow Mohonk Lake shore to Undercliff Path, Copes Lookout Path to Lookout. Pick up Humpty Dumpty Rd., Short Woodland Dr. to Forest Dr., to Kleine Kill Rd., to Lenape Lane and back to River2Ridge trail and New Paltz. $15.00 Mohonk Day Pass required. NY-NJTC Maps 105, 106A. Fare: circa $40.00 RT, seniors less.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ludwig
Home: 929-471-7260

Sun. Sep. 22.

NURIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE.
(Harriman State Park)
A full working day clearing and improving the NY Ramblers’ section of this Harriman Park trail after the seasonal growth spurt. Bring clippers and other garden tools you possess. NY-NJTC Map 119.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Supervisor: Trails Committee Chair

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Tues. Sep. 24.

ANNUAL MEETING.
Details will be mailed to members in early September.

Sun. Sep 29.

LOST BROOK PRESERVE.
(Manhattan and New Jersey)
From 178th Street and Ft. Washington Avenue walk to and cross GWB to Fort Lee Historic Park. Descend to Hudson River on Shore Trail. Follow ST to Huyler’s Landing Trail and ascend to the Long Path. Use LP south to crossing at Rte. 9W and enter Lost Brook Preserve. Explore trails within. Return to Manhattan via LP and GWB. NY-NJTC Map 108.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis
Home: 212-925-2739

>> October


Sun. Oct. 6.

HARRIMAN FAUNA HIKE.
(Harriman State Park)
Walk local streets from Ladentown to Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail (passing Eagle Rock and Squirrel Swamp). At Squirrel Swamp retrace steps to Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail south, passing Panther Mountain, Catamount Mountain, Hawk Cliff, and Horse Stable Mountain. Use Conklins Crossing and old roads to reach Raccoon Brook Hills. Use RBH, Kakiat, Seven Hills, and Hillburn-Torne-Sebago trails to circle Chipmunk Mountain and reach Russian Bear. Out to Sloatsburg via Seven Hills, Reeves Brook, and Pine Meadow trails. NY-NJTC Map 118.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Eve

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Eve


Sun. Oct. 13.

BERGEN COUNTY DRIFT.
(New Jersey)
Explore parkland on both sides of the Saddle River and then nearby George Washington Memorial Park, visiting graves of iconic popular musicians and athletes. Continue with a brief jog on NJTransit 163/4 bus to Summit Ave. in Hackensack, and descend through the Bergen County seat to the river’s east shore. Follow the Hackensack River Greenway north through Teaneck to Historic New Bridge Landing and cross to Hackensack. Continue south on Greenway to Anderson Street, visiting the grave of a related iconic musician in Hackensack Cemetery. Possible dinner at nearby White Manna. Train or bus return to NYC.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris

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NYC hike leader, Chris


Sat. Oct. 19 – Sat. Oct. 26.

LAUREL HIGHLANDS TRAIL IN WESTERN PA.
Seven days hiking sections of this 70-mile long trail. “Part of the Potomac Heritage Trail, it is one of the most celebrated Pennsylvania hiking trails for its varied terrain and wondrous beauty.” Side trips may include Frank Lloyd Wright homes Falling Water and Kentuck Knob. Overnights at Yough Plaza Motel and possibly one other. Cars needed. Available drivers and all interested should contact leader well in advance for details.
Accessible by car–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Sun. Oct. 20.

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESERVATION RAMBLE.
(Westchester)
Round and round we go, up and down we go, winding our way along the twisty-turny mountain bike paths of Blue Mountain Reservation, 1,586 acres of rolling, glaciated woodland that was once part of Van Cortlandt Manor. We will try to stay “found” as much as possible, but be prepared for moments of doubt and ambiguity. Download a trail map here: https://parks.westchestergov.com/blue-mountain-reservation.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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Sun. Oct. 27.

TORREY MEMORIAL.
(Harriman State Park)
From Bear Mountain Inn use Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail to 1777W ski trail. Cross Rte. 6 and join Popolopen Gorge Trail, which hike west, passing Turkey Hill Lake, and joining Long Path for summit of Long Mountain and the Raymond Torrey (father of the trails) Memorial. Retrace to PGT and use Anthony Wayne Trail to Fawn Trail, which hike in its entirety. Out to Bear Mountain Inn via SBM and 1777E trails. NY-NJTC Map 119. Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Virginia

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>> November


Sun. Nov. 3.

SAM’S POINT.
(Minnewaska State Park Preserve)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.) Hike various trails in this popular area as chosen by leader on the day of the hike, depending on weather conditions and group experience. NY-NJTC Map 104. Cars needed. (N.B. Available drivers and hikers needing a ride must contact leader three days prior to the hike.)
Accessible by public transportation and car–contact leader for details.
Leader: Basia

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Sun. Nov. 10.

TIMP-TORNE TRAIL.
(Bear Mountain State Park)
From bus stop just before Jones Point use Timp-Torne Trail all day to its end at Fort Montgomery, climbing over The Timp, West Mountain, and up to the fallen soldiers memorial at the summit of rugged Popolopen Torne. Out to Bear Mountain Inn for 5:19 pm bus to NYC. (Optional extension to Manitou train station.) NY-NJTC Map 119. Meet PABT 8:25 am (near NJT ticket windows) for 8:45 Short Line bus. RT Bear Mountain.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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Sun. Nov. 17.

DEER PARK TO BABYLON, LONG ISLAND.
(Long Island)
From Deer Park Station enter Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve and explore hiking and biking trails in this pine barrens environment. Then, using local streets, walk to and through Belmont Lake State Park and Southards Pond Park, passing lakes in each, and finish at Babylon with a circuit of Argyle Park Lake.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Don

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NYC hike leader, Don


Sun. Nov. 24.

JOE BUKOWSKI MEMORIAL HIKE: BOSTON POST ROAD.
(New York)
Walk from Kingsbridge to Port Chester (and then touch Connecticut) along the original route of Boston Post Road. Begin in the Bronx via Heath, Reservoir, Gun Hill, White Plains, Bussing, and Kingsbridge Roads. Continue into Mt. Vernon via Columbus, Sanford, Colonial, and Kings Highway and join current Post Road in New Rochelle. Continue to Port Chester with some detours on Old Post Road. Total length approximately 15 miles with many drop out points.
Accessible by public transportation–contact leader for details.
Leader: Barney

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Advance notice: Tue. Dec. 10.

RAMBLER HOLIDAY PARTY.
Celebrate the holidays with fellow Ramblers. Liaise in advance with Kelly

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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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