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 long 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 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, 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 check the sidebar for some clubs with a wider range of activities. Thanks.

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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


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Hikes may be canceled pursuant to government directives, or by leader discretion. Updates will be posted below prior to hike. Hope to see you soon!
 
Sun. Aug. 2.
SLOATSBURG TO TUXEDO.
(Harriman State Park, NY) 

 
UPDATE: Because the scheduled bus is not running due to the Covid-19 schedule changes, there is a new meeting place and a replacement hike. Members, please look for email update. Guests, please check with hike leader.
 
NY-NJTC map 118.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
• Bring 3-4 liters of water 

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

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Lilian

Sun. Aug. 9.
EAST RIVER RAMBLE:  WILLIAMSBURG TO GOVERNORS ISLAND.
(Governors Island National Monument)
From Lower East Side, walk across Williamsburg Bridge to view new murals in Domino Park, then on to the serene Naval Cemetery Landscape.  Walk on to Brooklyn Navy Yard to visit Building 92 and as much as the Navy Yard as we are permitted to walk through.  Proceed to Vinegar Hill and traverse the length of the waterfront from Main Street Sun Park to Red Hook for 3.30 pm ferry to Governors Island.  Circumnavigate G.I. visiting its historic sites and art district, summit its two highest peaks and possibly rest in Hammock Grove.  Return ferry at 5:45 pm to Red Hook.  NOTE THAT YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN FERRY RESERVATION IN ADVANCE TO VISIT GOVERNORS ISLAND.  (Seniors  free, others $3 RT.)
https://govisland.com/visit-the-island/ferry
MTA or Ikea ferry option to Manhattan from Red Hook.

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

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Aug. 16.
NURIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
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.
• Bring 3-4 liters of water
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Supervisor: Todd 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Todd

Sun. Aug. 23.
RAMAPO LAKES AND PONDS.
(Ramapo Valley Reservation, NJ)
From Ramapo College, use Rte. 202 to enter Ramapo Valley Reservation (at NY-NJTC HQ) and via Yellow, Silver, and Yellow trails, circle Scarlet Oak Pond. Take Orange-Gold, Yellow, and Pink trails, to circle Macmillan Reservoir, then follow Blue, Red-Silver, and Shore trails past Bear Swamp Lake. Use Hoeferlin and Crossover trails to pass ponds, then Halifax, Crossover, Skyland, Ringwood-Ramapo trails to an old road. Exit Park and road walk out to Ringwood Park & Ride. NY-NJTC map 115.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
• Bring 3-4 liters of water
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Eve 

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nyrambler hike leader, Eve

Sun. Aug. 30.
TENTH ANNUAL JOHN CAGE BIRTHDAY HIKE.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Tuxedo station, follow Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to intersection with Kakiat 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 perform Cage’s 4’22”. Continue hiking and coin tossing until mid-afternoon, at which point consult maps, plan exit strategy, and withdraw. NY-NJTC map 118.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Co-Conductors: Ian; Julie 

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Ian

>> September

Sun. Sep. 6.
MT. LORETTO/CLAY PIT PONDS.
(Loretto State Forest, NJ)
From Pleasant Plains Station cross Mt. Loretto State Forest and Unique Area, walk beach, Butler Manor Woods, & Long Pond Park looping Mt. Loretto State Forest. After a short road walk from Richmond Valley Station, pass through Fairview Park (incomplete), Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve and Sharrott’s Shoreline. Exit by S74 Bus or the Staten Island Railway at Arthur Kill Station (hiker’s choice).
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
Leader: Don 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Don

Sun. Sep. 13.
LAKELAND PARK: LONG ISLAND GREENBELT TRAIL.
(Long Island, NY)
From Central Islip train station use Rte. 100 and local streets to enter Lakeland Park and explore its many boardwalks. Then north on the L. I. Greenbelt Trail to exit at Smithtown.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Clive

Sun. Sep. 20.
SEVEN HILLS TRAIL.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Sloatsburg bus stop, walk Seven Lakes Drive to Pine Meadow Trail, which use to start of blue blazed Seven Hills Trail. Hike SHT in its entirety, ending at Lake Sebago. Use lakeshore path to TMI and circle counter-clockwise to Tuxedo via TMI, White Bar, Triangle, Victory, Blue Disc, TMI, and Ramapo-Dunderberg trails. Seventeen viewpoints! Strenuous. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Todd; Medha 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Todd

Tues. Sep. 22. ANNUAL MEETING.
Details will be mailed to members in early September.
Sun. Sep. 27.
NORTHERN HARRIMAN RIDGES AND HOLLOWS.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From the Elk Pen, hike east (northbound) on the Appalachian Trail to the blue-marked Hurst Trail, which follow for a hundred feet or so to the Fingerboard Shelter for morning snack or early lunch. Return to AT southbound, and bear left on the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail when the two trails split. Follow the RD south to the Nurian Trail, which use to White Bar Trail. Follow WBT south up and over Car Pond Mountain. Right onto Parker Cabin Hollow Trail and out to Tuxedo Park-and-Ride for Short Line bus. NY-NJTC maps 118, 119.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Ingrid

>> October

Sun. Oct. 4.
HARRIMAN CIRCULAR VIA BUCHANAN MOUNTAIN.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From its start at Rte.17, hike Sapphire Trail to its terminus at the Appalachian Trail. Continue on AT southbound for approx. 3.5 miles, then bushwhack to summit of Buchanan Mtn. Proceed overland NE to pick up woods road descending to East Mombasha Rd. Continue to Orange Turnpike, bypassing Arrow Lake. Briefly roadwalk south to gas line, which follow back to start of hike. NY-NJTC map 100.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Fri. Oct. 9 to Mon. Oct 12.
CATSKILLS.
(Catskill State Park, NY)
Spend three days hiking in the Catskills, hikes to be determined by leader and group. Overnights at Craig Nunn’s house. Contact leader by October 1 for details. Members and their guests only.
Leader: Eve 

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nyrambler hike leader, Eve

Sun. Oct.11.
BULL HILL (MT. TAURUS) CIRCULAR.

(East Hudson Highlands State Park, NY)
From Cold Spring station use riverside trail to West Point Foundry Preserve and surrounding trails before returning to downtown Cold Spring and using local streets to Washburn Trail for the Bull Hill climb. At summit, enjoy off trail viewpoints known to leader before descending to Notch Trail. Descend further to Brook Trail (with a jog right to ruins) and exit park on Brook and Cornish trails, returning to station. NY-NJTC map 102.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Donve 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Donve

Sun. Oct. 18.
GARRISON TO PEEKSKILL: A SILENT HIKE.
(East Hudson Highlands State Park, NY)
From Garrison station use Glenclyffe trails to cross Rte. 9D to the Sugarloaf, Osborne Loop, and Carriage Connector trails. Join Appalachian Trail and follow south AND IN SILENCE to the Camp Smith Trail. A chance to meditate. Out to Peekskill on the CST, Rte. 202, and local parks and streets. NY-NJTC map 101.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.Leader: Cameron 

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Sun. Oct. 25.
TORREY MEMORIAL: A CIRCULAR.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Bear Mountain Inn use 1777E trail to Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail and make short left to Fawn Trail, which hike in its entirety. Join Anthony Wayne Trail (left) and follow AW to Popolopen Gorge Trail at Turkey Hill Lake. Hike PGT west joining Long Path for summit of Long Mountain and the Raymond Torrey (father of the trails) Memorial. Retrace to PGT and use as far as 1777W ski trail. Cross Rte. 6 and continue on 1777W meeting SBM for exit to Bear Mountain Inn. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Virginia 

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Sat. Oct. 31.
ALL ABOUT VALHALLA.
(Kensico Cemetery, NY)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Valhalla station use local streets to Kensico Cemetery, arguably the most beautiful in the metro area, to visit graves of notables. Retrace to Valhalla and proceed to top of Kensico Dam, which cross. Enter Cranberry Lake Preserve and hike the periphery, including the scenic quarry used for the dam. Bushwhack to local high point and explore. Return to dam and descend to plaza. Depending on time and inclination, return to NYC from either Valhalla station or, a few miles further on the Bronx River Pathway, White Plains station.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

>> November

Sun. Nov. 1.
No Sunday hike. (Marathon Sunday.)
Sat. Nov. 7. STATEN ISLAND TO LIBERTY STATE PARK VIA BAYONNE BRIDGE.
(Waterfront parks, NJ)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Staten Island St. George terminal walk Richmond Terrace by waterfront to Nicholas Ave and to Bayonne Bridge. Cross bridge over Kill Van Kull to Bayonne, NJ, then return to waterfront at Dennis Collins Park. Traverse park, then via Lexington Ave, Broadway, Garfield and Bayview Avenues, enter Liberty State Park and Caven Point. If possible, visit Caven Point. Out to Hoboken-bound Light Rail via LSP waterfront and local streets. Note: This is an all day, steady paced hike with rare opportunities for early outs.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by ferry–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Anna; Camille 

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Sun. Nov. 8.
WHITE CROSS TRAIL.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
From Tuxedo Park and Ride bus stop, use Parker Cabin Hollow Trail in its entirety to White Bar Trail south. At crossing with Ramapo Dunderberg Trail, jog left on RD to meet White Cross Trail. Hike entire WCT to Claudius Smith Den. Then east on Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail to southern point of Lake Sebago and right onto woods road to rejoin WBT. Meet, and turn left on, Kakiat Trail to Stony Brook Trail, and out to Sloatsburg via SBT and Pine Meadow Trail. Headlamps suggested. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Clive 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Clive

Sun. Nov. 15.
PANCAKE HOLLOW AT HIGH MOUNTAIN PARK PRESERVE: A CIRCULAR.
(High Mountain, NJ)
From William Paterson University bus stop follow local roads to Red Trail, and meet Yellow Trail to summit High Mountain. Descend on YT to its terminus at Reservoir Road. Via local streets re-enter Preserve at Grey Trail and soon turn right onto Orange Trail which follow to its nearby terminus. Via local streets and short woods road, meet Blue Trail which hike in its entirety in Pancake Hollow. Rejoin OT, left, and return to GT. Use unmarked woods road at right to join other leg of OT. Left to its terminus, meet YT, and retrace to RT. Out to WPU bus stop on RT. NY-NJTC Map 125.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Bindu 

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Sun. Nov. 22.
NOTCH TRAIL (MOST OF IT).
(East Hudson Highlands State Park, NY)
From Breakneck Ridge station, use Wilkinson Memorial Trail to its junction with Notch Trail. Turn right and follow NT south, along with Breakneck Ridge Trail, until NT turns off at left. Descend, and continue on NT, climbing north side of Mt. Taurus. When NT ends at junction with Nelsonville Trail, use that and local streets out to Cold Spring station. NY-NJTC map 102.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by train –contact leader for details.
Leader: Metin 

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Sun. Nov. 29.
FRANZ ALT MEMORIAL HIKE.
(Harriman State Park, NY)
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. Continuing, proceed overland to Baileytown Road to Rte 6. Rejoin LP and continue north to Estrada Road, which follow into Central Valley. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Hike duration: 8-9 hours at brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Chris 

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New York Rambler hike leader, Chris

Advance notice: Tue. Dec. 8.
RAMBLER HOLIDAY PARTY. Celebrate the holidays with fellow Ramblers.
 

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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