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 14-18 miles in 7-8 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 in Shenandoah National-Park.

For Serious Hikers

You MUST be an experienced hiker in good physical shape, with proper gear, and able to hike at a moderate to fast 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
    • 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 (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.) Some leaders may limit the number of guests on their hike.

Sorry, but our hikes are not for everyone. We hike at a moderate to fast pace. We hike all day long, often on rugged terrain. We have a lot of experience. If this isn’t you, please consider one of these groups that offer shorter distances and easier 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

Sun. May 5.
(Rescheduled to June 9, in view of a forecast of rain all day)
SPRING DAY OF GIVING BACK.

(Harriman State Park)
Volunteers remove blowdowns and trim overgrown vegetation, and prepare for summer growth spurt, on the Nurian Trail in Harriman State Park as part of our commitment to the trail community. Bring gloves, clippers, and garden tools if you have them. After finishing, possible hike out to Tuxedo, or stop for beverages in Suffern. Additional cars are welcome. (Available drivers please contact leader in advance.) Thank you for pitching in. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd, Trails Committee Chair

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Todd

Sun. May 12.
LAKE SEBAGO CIRCULAR.

(Harriman State Park)
From bus stop, use local streets to Pine Meadow Trail, thence to the Seven Hills Trail. Leader will then follow the intersecting SHT and Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail, to Lake Sebago. Using lake shoreline to jog on Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail, thence to HTS, the hike will return to Sloatsburg train station via the unhiked portions of the SH and HTS trails.
This hike will be rerouted to safer trails and forest roads due to the forecast of rain. Meeting place and time remain the same as in the members’ printed schedule. The hike will end in Suffern and be approx. 18 miles. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Strenuous
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Hugues

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Photo of New York Rambler, Hugues.

Sun. May 19.
MANITOU CIRCULAR.

(East Hudson)
From Manitou station, walk up to Rte. 9D, cross and use Manitou Road and S. Mtn Pass Road to connect to Appalachian Trail. Hiking north, use AT over Canada Hill, and as far as Carriage Connector, which then use, breaking for lunch atop White Rock. Continue to Osborne Loop, which use southbound to connect to Manitoga trails. Use White Trail to Rte. 9D, then, after a 22-minute road walk, use Manitou Point Preserve White Trail for exit to Manitou station. NY-NJTC Map 101.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Michelle; Gaelle

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

Sun. May 26.
SLOATSBURG TO TUXEDO.

(Harriman State Park)
From Sloatsburg station, use local streets to ascend Dater Mtn. trails, and via jog on Kakiat Trail reach Almost Perpendicular on the Blue Disc Trail. Continue BD to Tuxedo Mt-Ivy Trail; join White Bar Trail, pass Dutch Dr. shelter, then use Triangle Trail to Sebago lakeside, and woods roads along lakeside to Victory Trail and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Tom Jones Shelter. Out to Tuxedo on RD. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Strenuous
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace

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

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Sun. June 2.
BOTH SIDES NOW–OF RTE. 9D.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Cold Spring station use local streets to Little Stony Point and hike trails within. Cross Rte. 9D and use Washburn Trail to Undercliff Trail, and ascend to Breakneck Ridge Trail. Follow BRT to Green Connector to join Wilkinson Memorial Trail. Hike WMT out to Rte. 9D and Breakneck Ridge train stop. NY-NJTC Map 102.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Ingrid

Sun. June 9.
SPRING DAY OF GIVING BACK.

(Harriman State Park)
Volunteers remove blowdowns and trim overgrown vegetation, and prepare for summer growth spurt, on the Nurian Trail in Harriman State Park as part of our commitment to the trail community. Bring gloves, clippers, and garden tools if you have them. After finishing, possible hike out to Tuxedo, or stop for beverages in Suffern. Additional cars are welcome. (Available drivers please contact leader in advance.) Thank you for pitching in. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
• Bring gloves and tools if you have them.

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Todd, Trails Committee Chair

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Todd

Sun. June 16.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT A SUPER HIKE: ELK PEN TO SUFFERN.

(Harriman State Park)
From Elk Pen follow Appalachian Trail to Arden-Surebridge Trail, to Stahahe Brook Trail, to Nurian Trail, to White Bar Trail, to Triangle Trail, to Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, to hiking White Cross Trail in entirety (passing mountain laurels in bloom), to woods roads, to WBT, to Kakiat Trail (bridge out, bring dry socks), and exit Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail to Suffern train station. Strenuous. NY-NJTC maps 118, 119.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous
• Bridge out on Kakiat Trail, bring dry socks

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Lee

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Photo of New York Rambler, Lee

Sun. June 23.
GIANT STAIRS TO TARRYTOWN.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From bus stop, use Palisades Parkway crossing to descend on Closter Dock Trail to Shore Trail, which follow north to Giant Stairs, bypassing “No Access” portion. Past State Line, ascend to Long Path and a scenic overlook. Continue on LP through Tallman Mtn. SP, and via local streets in Piermont join Erie Rail Trail/Raymond G. Esposito Trail, which use to Mario M. Cuomo Bridge entrance. Cross bridge, and out to Tarrytown station via local roads. NY-NJTC Maps 108,109.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Andres

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Photo of New York Rambler, Andres.

Sun. June 30.
WAWAYANDA STATE PARK WANDERINGS.

(New Jersey)
From State Line bus stop, ascend State Line Trail and meet Appalachian Trail, which hike westwards. Cross Rte. 21, enter Wawayanda State Park and turn left onto William Hoeferlin Trail, which hike to its end. Continue Double Pond, Plymouth, and Banker trails to a small parking lot. Walk via Cherry Ridge Road and Clinton Road to power line. Ascend to join Terrace Pond West Loop (clockwise); use Terrace Pond North Loop and Terrace Pond North Spur Loop to exit at Warwick Turnpike and nearby bus stop. NY-NJTC Map 152.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Maria

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Photo of New York Rambler, Maria

Sun. July 7.
MANHATTAN CHINATOWN TO CONEY ISLAND.

(New York City)
From Manhattan’s Chinatown walk over Manhattan Bridge to explore downtown Brooklyn via Flatbush Avenue to Prospect Park. Explore Park end to end and continue local streets to Sunset Park. Descend to the waterfront and visit Bush Terminal Park and continue along waterfront to Owl’s Head Park and the Shore Parkway Greenway. Pass under Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Coney Island.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a moderate pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Dennis
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Sat. July 13.
BLACK ROCK FOREST NORTHERN LOOP CIRCULAR.

(West Hudson Highlands)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From bus stop, use local roads to Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Enter Black Rock Forest at parking area off 9W Rd. Use Black Rock Hollow Trail, turn left on Reservoir Trail, head up Mt. Misery, Hill of Pines, and Rattlesnake Hill to Tower View. Turn left on White Oak Trail and then left onto Sutherland Road toward Sutherland Pond, pausing for an optional swim in this natural pond. Hike to Split Rock and continue Stillman Trail to Sackett Trail; left on Peter Stern Trail. Use various trails to return to HHNM. Exit via local roads to bus stop. NY-NJTC Map 113.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Gaelle; Steve

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

Sun. July 14.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. July 21.
THE POETRY HIKE: RYE TO MAMARONECK.

(Westchester)
From Rye station, hike south to Rye Nature Preserve, then follow Grace Church Street to Edith Read Sanctuary. Continue along the shore past Rye Playland and onto Rye Town Park. Hike Boston Post Road to Marshlands Conservancy and Otter Creek Preserve. This hike will be at a leisurely pace, with poetry and art, about 16 miles.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Sara

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Photo of New York Rambler, Sara

Sun. July 28.
YELLOW TRAIL.

(New Jersey)
From Haskell cross to 2nd Ave which use to Indian Rock Trail, thence to Ramapo Lake. Join LeGrande Hill Connector (RB) then left fork to LeGrande Hill Loop (R). Meet Castle Loop (W) and cross Skyline Drive. Use Tamarack Loop (P) counterclockwise to meet Yellow Trail, which hike in its entirety. Meet and use Cannonball Trail (R) to Erskine Connector (G). On meeting Ringwood-Ramapo Trail, turn left and use RRT to Matawan Trail (R) and visit Matapan Rock. From Rock, scramble down to Rte. 692 and cross to a gravel path passing a water tower. Turn right onto another gravel path leading to Conklintown Rd., which use to bus stop on Ringwood Ave. NY-NJTC Map 150.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Leah

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Sat. Aug. 3.
SUMMER STREETS AND CENTRAL PARK BY BRIDGE, FERRY, AND TRAM.

(New York City)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Brooklyn, cross Brooklyn Bridge to join some of Manhattan’s car free Summer Streets (SS), traveling north along Lafayette St., then Park Ave. Take tram to Roosevelt Island, walking to northern tip, then south on opposite side to cross Roosevelt Island Bridge and connect to Queens SS. Walk to Astoria Boulevard and take the NYC Ferry for the short ride to E. 90th St. Walk west to enter Central Park, exploring paths including the 40-acre North Woods and beautiful Conservatory Gardens.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by subway–contact leader for details.
Leader: Andres

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Photo of New York Rambler, Andres.

Sun. Aug. 4.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Aug. 11.
FAHNESTOCK STATE PARK VIA GRAYMOOR.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Garrison station cross Rte. 9D and ascend Sugarloaf Trail leading to Osborn Loop, Carriage Connector, and Appalachian Trail. Use AT to hike through Graymoor Retreat’s grounds and continue over Fort Little, Denning, and Canopus hills to Dennytown Rd. Continue AT to Fahnestock Trail leading to Clove Creek, Perkins Trail, and School Mountain Road. Exit to Cold Spring station using Rte. 301 and various unofficial trails. NY-NJTC Maps 101, 103.
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

Leader: Simon

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Sun. Aug. 18.
VALHALLA TO BRONXVILLE.

(Westchester)
From Valhalla station, use local streets to Kensico Dam to pick up Bronx River Pathway. Follow Pathway south along the Bronx River and Bronx River Parkway through the city and villages of White Plains, Scarsdale, and Tuckahoe. Several early exits possible to Metro North trains. Additional five miles to Woodlawn cemetery and station for those who wish.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Michelle; Gaelle

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

Sun. Aug. 25.
BECHTEL LAKE CIRCULAR.

(Westchester)
From Mount Kisco station use local roads to Leonard Park. Entering Park, continue by way of Marsh Sanctuary to Sarles St. Cross street, proceeding into Merestead Park, then through Butler Preserve. Use road bridge to access Westmoreland Sanctuary and Bechtel Lake within. Return to station via a similar route, possibly exploring additional trails as time and energy allows.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
• Long pants recommended

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

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Ian

Sun. Sep. 1.
SOUTHFIELDS TO GREENWOOD LAKE.

(Sterling Forest)
From Southfields, follow Nurian Trail to lsland Pond Road, which take north to Appalachian Trail. Turn west on AT, cross Route 17, ascend Agony Grind and continue over Mombasha High Point to the Allis Trail, which use to the Sterling Ridge Trail. Use SRT to power line and descend to Greenwood Lake Village and 197 NJT bus to NYC. NY-NJTC Map 100.
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

Leader: Medha

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Sun. Sep. 8.
LONG PATH FROM MOUNT IVY.

(Harriman State Park)
From Mount Ivy bus stop pick up the Long Path heading south through South Mountain County Park, High Tor State Park, with detour up Little Tor, and Hook Mountain State Park, continuing the LP to the H07 Hudson Link bus stop (credit card needed for $2.75 fare) on Mountainview Ave./Rte 59. Return to NYC on Metro-North from Tarrytown. NY-NJTC Maps 110, 111, 112.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Ingrid

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Sun. Sep. 15.
SOME HARRIMAN PETROGLYPHS.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tuxedo Park & Ride use Kanawauke Rd. to pick up Parker Cabin Hollow Trail, which hike in its entirety. Take White Bar Trail to cross Kanawauke Rd., thence to Nurian Trail and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to Tom Jones (and Shelter) and intersect with the Victory Trail. Veering left onto VT we’ll initiate our search for five rock shelters and a representation of local fauna carved into rock by Native Americans. Afterwards, advance alongside Lake Skenonto to Blue Disc Trail, then onto Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail. Exit via RD to Tuxedo train station. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Michael

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Tues. Sep. 17.
ANNUAL MEETING.

Details will be mailed to members in early September.
Sun. Sep. 22. OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT: NEW YORK CITY SECTION.
(New York City)
From Greystone station we will join the OCA and enter the Bronx, then Manhattan, and hike to Central Park and learn about the history of this monumental engineering project.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a moderate pace
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
Leader: Kay

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Hike leader, Kay

Sun. Sep. 29.
3 1/2 MONMOUTH COUNTY PARKS.

(New Jersey)
From Hazlet Station follow Holmdel Road to Crawford Hill. Continue via schoolyard to enter Holmdel Park and hike south, using Marsh Trail, Ridge Walk, and Ramanessin Trail to its end. Pass through Cross Farm to Thompson Park and explore trails therein. Return, partially retracing Ramanessin Greenway, then pass though Bayonet Farm. Follow Middletown Road to Tatum Park and use trails, including Tatum Ramble, to the entrance on Red Hill Road. Then local streets to Middletown Station.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
• About 18 miles

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

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Sun. Oct. 6.
COLD SPRING TO BEACON.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Cold Spring station use local streets to Washburn Trail, which hike in its entirety. Connect to Cornish Trail, and ascend to Breakneck Ridge Trail; continue on BRT to Wilkinson Memorial Trail and then Blue Connector to Dozer Junction and Fishkill Ridge Trail. Use FRT over Lamb’s Hill, and out to Beacon streets and train station. NY-NJTC Map 102.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

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

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Sat. Oct. 12.
SOUTH HARRIMAN MEANDERS.

(Harriman State Park)
From Viola Road bus stop enter Kakiat Mountain Park and hike Mountain and Kakiat trails to Torne Valley Road, which use to Pine Meadow Lake. Then head towards Lake Sebago on Diamond Mountain, Seven Hills, and Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy trails. Meet White Bar Trail and continue to White Cross Trail. Head south to meet Blue Disc and Kakiat trails. Out to Tuxedo on Kakiat Trail. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Erik

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Photo of New York Ramblers leader, Erik

Sun. Oct. 13.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Oct. 20.
ANTHONY’S NOSE.

(East Hudson Highlands)
From Peekskill station via North Water St., Annsville Preserve, and Rte. 202, enter Camp Smith Trail, which hike in its entirety passing Anthony’s Nose. Join Appalachian Trail, which use to Carriage Connector, then Osborn Loop, Sugarloaf Trail, Glenclyffe trails, Arden Point Loop, and Garrison station. NY-NJTC Map 101.
 Accessible by train–contact leader for details.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

Leaders: Turi; Kirsten

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Photo of New York Rambler hike leader, Turi.Photo of New York Rambler, Kirsten

Sun. Oct. 27.
TORREY MEMORIAL.

(Harriman State Park)
The annual hike to honor Trail Conference visionary, Raymond Torrey (1880-1938). Route and transportation to be determined by leader depending on re-opening of Bear Mountain trails after weather damage. Stay tuned for further details nearer the date. NY-NJTC Map 119.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
Leader: Hugues

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Sat. Nov. 2.
MOUNT IVY TO SLOATSBURG.

(Harriman State Park)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Mount Ivy bus stop, hike Long Path to Big Hill shelter. Then hike the straightest possible line to Sloatsburg station, using the Suffern-Bear Mountain, Breakneck Mountain, Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy, Stony Brook, and Pine Meadow trails, and local streets. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a brisk pace
 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Peter

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Sun. Nov. 3.
Marathon Sunday. No Sunday hike.
Sat. Nov. 9.
65TH SEMI-ANNUAL SUPERHIKE: ST. GEORGE TO HOBOKEN.

(Staten Island, New Jersey)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From St. George Ferry Terminal use local roads to Bayonne Bridge. Explore a few local parks along Newark Bay in Bayonne. Head east towards Porte Liberte. Continue to Liberty Park and Exchange Place, walking along the shore towards Hoboken.
• Duration about 9-10 hours at a fast pace
• Hike is 25 miles
• Strenuous

 Accessible by ferry–contact leader for details.Leaders: Todd; Gloria

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Sun. Nov. 10.
No Sunday hike.
Sat. Nov. 16.
A STRETCH OF THE SBM.

(Harriman State Park)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From Pomona bus stop walk to Diltzes Lane to start of Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail, which use only to powerline path leading to File Factory Hollow. Ascend FFH to Woodtown Road, which hike to Second Reservoir. Use woods road to Big Hill shelter. Then use Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail for the rest of the hike to its end at Suffern. Return to NYC by train from Suffern. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Erik

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Sun. Nov. 17.
No Sunday hike.
Sun. Nov. 24.
HEWITT TO SLOATSBURG.

(New Jersey)
From Hewitt bus stop hike the Highland/Sterling Ridge Trail north to the fire tower. Then, via Bare Rock and Sterling Valley Loop trails, go to the Sterling Lake Visitor’s Center, thence to the McKeags Meadows Trail. Use MMT clockwise and join Red Back Trail which use (counter-clockwise) to South Gate Road. Use woods roads to connect to, and hike, Long Swamp Loop. Out to Sloatsburg train station via Eagle Valley Rd. NY-NJTC Map 100.
• Duration about 7-8 hours at a fast pace
• Strenuous

 Accessible by bus–contact leader for details.
Leader: Pierre

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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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