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 in 8-9 hours
Sculpture by George Segal

[ Sculpture next to New Jersey Transit ticket windows, in South Wing of Port Authority Bus Terminal ]

Sunday Hikes

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

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.

  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/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. Oct. 1.

(New York)
From D&H Canal sign on approach to Wurtsboro, pick up combined Long Path/Shawangunk Ridge Trail and after a 20-minute road section enter woods at right and the Basha Kill Lake wetlands. Follow LP/SRT to Rte 211 passing up and over Gobblers Knob. Time permitting, continue south to Ravine Trail, explore, and retrace to Rte 211, and Otisville station.
  Accessible by public transportation bus and return by train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive
Cell: 646-519-0905

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Fri. Oct. 6 – Mon. Oct. 9.

(Upstate NY)
(Columbus Day weekend.) Three days on this trail sampling a few of its 600+ miles across the center of the state. We will hike near Cortland, NY. Cars needed. Possible group rental if not enough cars available. Contact leader by August 28.
 Accessible by car pool or car pool rental—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive
Cell: 646-519-0905

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Sun. Oct. 8.

(Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn)
From Bed Bath and Beyond (BBB) at E. 61 St and 1st Avenue, walk Queensboro Bridge to Long Island City and the LIC Flea & Food market for brunch snacks. Use waterfront and Gantry Plaza State Park to the Pulaski Bridge, crossing into Greenpoint. Continue through Williamsburg to the Williamsburg Bridge, crossing to Manhattan. Stroll through the Lower East Side to the Manhattan Bridge, crossing back to Brooklyn. Continue walking to Prospect Park for a late lunch/early dinner at Smorgasburg. Optionally continue walking within Prospect Park in celebration of its 150th birthday.
 Accessible by public transit subway—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Hilary

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Sun. Oct.15.

(New York)
Spend the day on the Long Path between Nyack and West Haverstraw connecting Oak Hill and Mount Repose Cemeteries. Visit graves of notables such as Edward Hopper, Carson McCullers, Ben Hecht, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Milton Caniff. May include some bushwhacking. NY-NJTC maps 110, 111, and 112.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris

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Wed. Oct. 18.

(New Jersey)
(Note: This is a Wednesday hike.) Follow the unique Morris Canal with its incline planes, locks, and reservoirs, from Netcong, following the scenic Musconetcong River, Old Waterloo Village, Saxton Falls, Starport, and Guinea Hollow on towpaths and country roads to Hackettstown. Return by train (weekday service only).
  Accessible by public transportation bus and return by train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ludwig
Cell: 646-853-3974
Sun. Oct. 22.
BOUND BROOK TO FAR HILLS, N.J. Sorry, but this hike has been CANCELED, due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope to see you on another hike soon.
Sun. Oct. 29.

(Harriman State Park)
From the bus stop opposite Brooks Lake, circumnavigate the lake before heading west on 1779 Trail, then continuing on the Popolopen Gorge Trail until it intersects with the Long Path. Head north/west on the LP and shortly climb to the Torrey Memorial. Continue on the LP to Smith Clove Road in Central Valley. NY-NJTC Map 119.
Torrey Memorial, chiseled into rock, on the Long Path, Harriman State Park, NY
[ Scouting Report: This hike is a fun 13-14 miles; expect to take the 6:45 bus back to the city. The first half is relatively flat, and the second half is a roller coaster! The fall color should be at or near peak, although as of now the forecast calls for rain. If it is raining, caution will be needed on steep, leaf-strewn downhill sections. At the end of the day, if there is time before jumping on the bus, there are hot soup and egg rolls available at a Chinese place. Hope you can come! ]
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Eve

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>> November

Sun. Nov. 5.

(Hudson Highlands)
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks back.) From Beacon Station follow Beekman Street to Wolcott Ave. (9D) then on to Mt. Beacon Park. Proceed to the power line and walk south to woods road, which connects with the blue trail. Then take unmarked trail to site of the old Casino. Follow woods road around the front of South Beacon Mt. to the Beacon Reservoir. Take woods road to Dozer Jct. and on to Bald Hill. Proceed to site of Plane Crash. Proceed to Overlook Trail (red) and then on to Fishkill Ridge Trail. Out to Beacon Station via Pocket Road and city streets.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Shizuko
Home: 718-997-6186

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Sun. Nov. 12.

(Harriman State Park)
From Iona Island parking, connect to 1777 E Trail south to join 1777 W Trail. Jog south on Appalachian Trail to Fawn Trail, which use in its entirety to Anthony Wayne Trail to Seven Lakes Drive. Roadwalk briefly to Silvermine Road and then follow route of Torger Tokle Memorial Ski Trail (maintained 1950–60) to return to Bear Mountain Inn. (Route may be indistinct or highly eroded.) NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris

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Sun. Nov. 19.

(New Jersey)
From Millburn, N.J., follow the Lenape Trail through South Mountain and Eagle Rock Reservations, then Verona Park. Finish at Pompton Avenue or optionally continue into Mills Reservation County Park and admire the views from its scenic lookout. Headlamp/flashlights helpful.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Ian

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Sun. Nov. 26.

Hike the new Wappinger Greenway Trail, including trails in Bowdoin County Park, featuring trails, views, historic sites, and a bit of road walking. Leader will meet group at New Hamburg Station.
 Accessible by public transportation train—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Kay
Cell: 718-753-6172

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Hike leader, Kay


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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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