21 miles, 8 -9 hours, moderate to fast pace, a walk along the East River in the Bronx with beautiful parks and great views in all directions.
The walk will begin at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in Manhattan, outside the Pathmark supermarket by the 4,5,6 station. We'll walk across the Triboro Bridge to Randall's Island, tour the north end of the island, walk across the Triboro again to the Bronx, walk along Bruckner Boulevard to Hunts Point, then visit three parks in Hunt's Point: Baretto Point Park, Hunts Point Landing and Hunts Point Riverside Park.
Next, we cross the Bronx River and visit Soundview Park, then through the Harding Park neighborhood and along the Shorehaven path to Kane's Park on Classon Point, Pugsley Creek Park and Castle Hill Park. Then north on Zerega Avenue, across the Westchester Creek on the Unionport Bridge, south on Brush Avenue to a rest stop at a Target that has a Starbucks, then finally to Ferry Point Park and the Whitestone Bridge.
We will walk back on Brush Avenue past the Target to get the Q44 bus at Lafayette Avenue to the 6 train at Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester; the Q44 also connects to the 2 and 5 trains at West Farm Square.
Bring snacks, lunch and drink, we will pass almost no stores along the way except the occasional questionable deli. We will stop to eat in Baretto Point Park and will stop again toward the end of the hike at the Starbucks inside the Target store at the Throgs Neck Shopping Center. While much of the walk is in parks about one third of the walk is through warehouse districts that have no redeeming quality other than allowing us to get to the next park. There are a few drop off points along the way, buses that connect to various stops of the 6 train.
Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Lexington Avenue and 125th Street in front of the Pathmark supermarket. Take the 4,5,6 to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, or take the 2,3 to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue and walk east to Lexington Avenue, or Metro-North to 125th Street and walk east one block, or take the M60 or B15 bus.
Leader: Tom Bergen 971-727-5507