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 consider a group with shorter hikes 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


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. Oct. 4.
TAPPAN ZEE.

(Hudson River Valley)
From Tarrytown Station use local streets to the new Mario Cuomo Bridge across the Tappan Zee. Walk Bridge Path to Nyack, then follow unpaved Old Erie Path south to Piermont. Pick up the Long Path north (lots of up and down) which follow back to Nyack. Return to Tarrytown via Hudson Link bus or the Bridge Path.
• 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

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.
(Please note that Donve is unable to lead this hike as originally planned, but we’ll still have fun. Hope to see you soon!)
Leader: Lee
NYC hike leader, Lee

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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 before Fri. Oct. 16 for details.
(Note: Leader will meet group at Garrison station.)
Leader: Cameron
NYC hiking group leader, Cameron

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Sun. Oct. 25.
UPDATE: Sorry, but due to pandemic related cancelation of the bus service, the originally planned hike to Torrey Memorial has been canceled, and there is not a substitute hike available. Hope to see you on another hike soon!

Tues. Oct. 27.
ANNUAL MEETING.

The annual meeting may be by Zoom if our regular venue is still closed.  Members will receive an email.
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.
Sat. Nov. 7.
STATEN ISLAND, BAYONNE, AND GOETHALS BRIDGES.

(Staten Island)
(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) UPDATED 10/26/20: From Staten Island St. George terminal walk Richmond Terrace (RT) along the waterfront to Nicholas Ave. leading to Bayonne Bridge. Cross and re-cross Bridge over Kill Van Kull and return to RT. Continue on RT to Western Ave. and walk length of Western beside Newark Bay passing Port Ivory and Howland Hook Marine Terminal to Goethals Bridge. Cross and re-cross Bridge over Arthur Kill returning to Western Ave. From Western walk to Gulf Avenue and to Old Place Creek Park. From Park, walk to Forest Ave. and then to South Ave. and return to RT, where hike officially ends at intersection of RT and South Ave. Return to St. George terminal on foot, or via the frequent S40 bus.

[ Note: Very few bathrooms on route. Participants must wear masks for duration of hike and maintain social distancing to maximum extent possible. ]
 Accessible by ferry–contact leader for details.
Leaders: Anna and…

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…Camille

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Sun. Nov. 8.
WHITE CROSS TRAIL.

(Harriman State Park, NY)
UPDATE: Due to the pandemic related cancelation of the bus service the hike will begin at Tuxedo train station. Route to be determined by leader on the day. The White Cross Trail remains the centerpiece of the hike. NY-NJTC Map 118.
• 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. 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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NYC hiking group leader, Bindu

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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NYC hiking group leader, Metin.

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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