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

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.

  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. May 6.

(Ramapo Valley Reservation)
From Ramapo College bus stop, via Rte. 202, enter Ramapo Valley Reservation and follow various re-blazed local loop trails: Pond Loop and Vista Loop, joining Halifax Trail, then Shore Trail counterclockwise round Bear Swamp Lake. (Extension to Ilgenstein Rock if time permits.) Return to reservation area on Red-Silver Trail, then out to Rte. 202 via Ridge Loop, Marsh Loop, Reservoir Loop, and Vista Loop trails. NY-NJTC map 115.
[ Scouting report: This beautiful trail system has some tricky stream crossings and plenty of rocks. If you have hiking poles, bring them. No sneakers! Hiking boots rather than hiking shoes recommended. If stream crossings make you nervous bring a towel to dry off after wading across. Due to a later start lunch will be at about 2:00 pm. There is time to visit Ilgenstein Rock. ]
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Clive

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Sun. May 13.

(Harriman State Park)
A full working day clearing and improving the NY Ramblers’ section of this Harriman Park trail. Bring clippers and other garden tools you possess. NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Supervisor: Trails Committee Chair

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Hike leader, Ben

Sun. May 20.
Due to severe weather forecast this hike has been CANCELED.

Fri. May 25 – Mon. May 28.

Spend three days hiking in western Massachusetts, mainly on the Appalachian Trail. Overnights at Virginia Wolff’s house. Contact leader or host in advance for details.
 Accessible by car—contact leader for details. 
Leader: Chris…

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…and host: Virginia Wolff

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NYC hike leader, Chris

Sun. May 27.

(Harriman State Park)
From Tomkins Cove use Rte. 118 to connect (via Queensboro Road jog) to 1779 Trail. Meet Red Cross Trail, which hike west to its terminus at the Arden-Surebridge Trail, then A-SB as far as the Lemon Squeezer cross roads. Out to Rte. 17 via Appalachian Trail. NY-NJTC map 119.
 Accessible by public transportation bus—contact leader for details. 
Leaders: Lilian…

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…and Zee

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>> Looking Ahead

We are working on the Schedule for the next six months as best we can. It really shouldn’t take very long, but our webmaster insists on going hiking over Memorial Day weekend rather than doing coding. Go figure. So in the meantime, here is a quick listing of our hikes in June. The rest will follow soon. Stay tuned. See you on the trails!
Sun. June 3.
Celebrate the life of the late Kurt Ramig on his birthday by following (as near as possible) his hike of June 2, 2002. From Haskell follow Doty Road to Posts Brook Trail and Hewitt-Butler Trail. Use HB south to complete figure of eight on Torne Mtn. summiting Osio Rock. Retrace to HB and meet Otter Hole, which use to Macopin Trail. MT to HB , leading to Wyanokie Circular and Wyanokie High Point. Out to Haskell via Lower Trail, PBT, and Doty Road.
Group leads itself.
Information: Don Recklies
Home: 718-768-9036

Sat. June 9.

(Note: this is a Saturday hike.) From station use local streets to Huckleberry Forest entrance. Hike entire Lenape Ridge Trail (Red) through two sections of Forest until it meets Shawangunk Ridge Trail. Use SRT northbound (including short railroad section), meeting Long Path and continuing jointly through woodland and along power line. Out to Otisville on unmarked woods road and local streets. LATE RETURN: NY PENN STN. at 11:32 pm. NY-NJTC map 123. Cars helpful. (Available drivers please contact leader in advance.)
Leader: Clive Morrick
Cell: 646-519-0905
Sun. June 10. No Sunday hike.

Sun. June 17.

Ascend on gas line from Union Valley Road and meet Terrace Pond North Trail, which follow to Terrace Pond and Mountain Laurel blooms. Proceed onto left fork of Terrace Pond Circular to Yellow Dot Trail, and follow south to its end at Terrace Pond Red Trail. Follow TPRT clockwise to TPNT returning to Terrace Pond. Follow TPNT via relocation to Warwick Turnpike, cross onto Bearfort Trail, thence to Quail Trail and to Ernest Walter Trail and Surprise Lake. Out to Rte 210 via State Line Trail.
Leader: Eve Proper

Fri. June 22-Mon. June 25.

Up to four days hiking in the Central Catskills, focusing on the Long Path. Hikes to include Plateau, Sugarloaf, and Indian head Mountains. Contact leader well in advance for details.
Leader: Ian Hochstead

Sun. June 24.

From Pelham Bay Park South follow various trails passing the landfill and over Pelham Bridge to Hunter’s Island, then to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Continue north and circle the Pelham Bay Golf Course to return.
Leader: Don Recklies
Home: 718-768-9036;


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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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