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Bear Mountain Bridge to George Washington Bridge via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
6- 24-2017 6:00 AM
Members:
Free

NOW STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. INSTEAD OF 5:00 A.M. YAY! After doing the first part again, the calculations are more refined, the total hike should be about 45 miles: 23 miles from Bear Mountain to Nyack and 22 miles from Nyack to Manhattan. So, we'll get another hours sleep and enjoy the day more.. Starting very early at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, all the way through Rockland County and the Palisades and then over the George Washington Bridge.

Starting at the east side of the Bear Mountain Bridge, we'll cross the bridge, walk south on 9W to the Jones Point Path, continue along 9W to Stony Point Battlefield, then along local watefront roads to Haverstaw, to the Hook Mountain bike path, then North Broadway into Nyack, to the Old Erie Path, through Tallman Mountain State Park, then the Long Path all through the Palisades to Exit 1 of the parkway, where we will walk along Hudson Trerrace to the George Washington Bridge.

The most important goal of the hike is to reach Exit 1 before dark, since we can't continue along the Long Path once it gets dark. So that gives us about 15 hours to go about 45 miles. I'm not certain that we can reach Exit 1 before dark, we may at some point realize the goal is out of our reach and catch a bus along Route 9. I tried doing this hike last July with one strong hiker starting at Manitou at 8:00, which is the earliest train, and after doing 30 miles in 10 hours we realized we wouldn't make it out of the Palisades before full dark and caught the bus. Starting ttwo hours earlier should give us a good shot.

 We won't be stopping anywhere for lunch, bring what you want to eat and we'll eat as we walk. We will pass various stores and restrooms along the way. Drop off points along the way will be buses along Route 9W.

Meeting: 6:00 a.m. at the Bear Mountain Inn, originally 5:00 a.m. but the hike is more like 45 miles than 50 miles so we'll get our rest to enjoy the day more. There is no public transport available that early, though you can take the last train to Peekskill then a cab to Bear Mountain. I'm staying at Bear Mountain Bridge Motel about a mile north of the bridge, 845-446-2472, $72, but they only have 5 rooms.

Book Talk: with Historian and Trails Advocate Silas Chamberlin CANCELLED

Event date:
6- 20-2017 7:00 PM
Event End Date:
6- 21-2017 8:30 PM
Members:
Free

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Our New Jersey partner, Freewalkers has invited Shorewalkers to attend one of their  Speaker Series taking place at REI in SOHO

Silas Chamberlin's On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press, 2016) is the first national history of the American hiking community.  From urban walking clubs in the 1800's , to tens of millions of Americans hiking on trails blazed in every region fo the country, learn the full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.  Delving into unexplored archive, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and other, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, build trails, and advocated for environmental protection.  He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities.  Following his talk, please join the author for a book signing.  Copies of On the Trail will be available to purchase.  

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Coney Island To Sheepshead Bay

Event date:
6- 18-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

Flat terrain, moderate pace, 4-5 hours, approximate distance 4-5 miles Coney Island to Sheepshead Bay along boardwalk to Manhattan Beach. Lunch and optional swim at Manhattan Beach. From Manhattan Beach, walk will continue along Shore Boulevard to West End Avenue, where we'll stop to visit the Holocaust Memorial. Walk will end at Sheepshead Bay Q-subway station. Bring lunch/water and bathing suit. Rain cancels. 

Meet 11:00 AM in front of Nathan's, across street from subway station. Take D, F, N or Q subways and exit at Surf & Stillwell Avenues.  Rain cancels. Joint walk. Must call or email to determine walk status.  Call leader only on day of walk after 10:00 AM. Nonmembers of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club.

 

Fort Washington/Inwood Parks

Event date:
6- 11-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free

About 3 miles. basically easy but some stairs, slight climbs. First, we'll head up the picturesque walking path near the Henry Hudson Parkway, with a great view of the Hudson and the Palisades, with a stop-off at Inspiration Point. Then, we'll do more of the same in Inwood Park, walking right next to the Hudson, ending with a short walk in the woods.  About 2 1/2 hours, bring snacks or lunch.

Meet: 11 a.m. at northwest corner, Fort  Washington Avenue and 181st Street, take A train to 181st Street.. Hike leader: Raanan 646-808-4125.or 212 675 6913

End To End: Woodhaven/Crossbay Blvd To Rockaway Beach Queens

Event date:
6- 11-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

10-12 miles, brisk pace. Spectacular views of Manhattan skyline. Over 3 bridges through Ozone Park and Broad Channel to Rockaway Beach. Optional stop at a nature preserve and swimming at Rockaway Beach. Lots of drop-off points. Bring water and lunch or buy along the way.

MEET: 9:00 AM Take the R train to Woodhaven Blvd and meet at Hoffman Park, SW corner near the Q53 bus stop.

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
6- 11-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles. Visit the Pines,Cherry Grove, sunken forest and AMC camp at Atlantique for lemonade,showers,swimming. Pace moderate & sand may be soft.

Take 8.45 am train LIRR from Penn Station arriving at 10:09 in Sayville, (Check LIRR schedule at mta.info/lirr in case of schedule changes.) Then taxi to the ferry for the Pines. We return by ferry  to Bayshore, return to NYC  by LIRR.

Cost $5 for admission to AMC house,ferries $16 and LIRR. Bring lunch, water and suntan lotion.

Please call leader to confirm that walk will take place especially if rain is possible. My voicemail starts after 3 rings.

Drivers park at Bayshore LIRR station and take the 9.52 train to Sayville arriving from east bound platform. Buy ticket from machine on west bound platform. Seniors can buy on train without penalty. Do not park in Sayville as we do a round trip.

 

Manitou Nature Preserve/Outward Bound Trails

Event date:
6- 10-2017 8:40 AM
Members:
Free

6 miles on forested trail paths and winding creeks. Vivid views from high banks overlooking the Hudson River. A moderate  pace through flat terrain and small hills. Bring food and water.

Meet:  Grand Central Terminal by the big clock a the information booth. Tentative schedule: Hudson Line Train departs 8:43 AM arriving Manitou at 9:55 AM return from Manitou at 4:26 PM, arriving Grand Central Terminla at 5:48 PM. Call leader for hike status or information. Nonmembers:$3

Hudson River Loop Walk

Event date:
6- 10-2017 8:00 AM
Members:
Free

A 30 mile loop walk sponsored by our New Jersey partners Freewalkers.  Our 6th annual Hudson River Loop Walk is a one-day 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ. The official start is at the PATH station at Exchange Place, Jersey City where the walk begins north along a nearly continuous Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on the NJ side to the George Washington Bridge. Walking over the bridge we connect to the Hudson River Greenway trail heading south and ending at the World Trade Center. Take PATH train back to Exchange Place to get back to start.

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Bear Mountain Bridge to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
6- 10-2017 7:30 AM
Members:
Free

Meet: at 7:30 a.m. at the Information Booth in Grand Central. We will be taking the 7:43 a.m. Hudson Line Poughkeepsie train to the Manitou station; the train stops at Harlem 125th Street at 7:54, Tarrytown at 8:22, arriving in Manitou at 8:55 a.m. The fare is $14.00, $9.25 senior. 

Get in the last or second to last car of the train. The only door to open at Manitou will be between those two cars.

Here is the Metro North Hudson Line Schedule: Metro North Hudson Line Schedule

Route: We will be walking along Route 9W in three sections for about 4 miles total, about 7 miles on trails (Jones Point Path and Hook Mountain path), and the rest on local roads and through parks. Here is a link to the map of the walk: https://goo.gl/c9xa5h

The route is Manitou Train Station to Route 9D, across the Bear Mountain Bridge to the Bear Mountain Inn (at 3 miles, restrooms, water, snacks) south on Route 9W to the 2-mile long Jones Point Path.

Then, River Road to 9W to West Shore Drive to 9W to Cove Deli (one restroom and takeout) then Park Road to Stony Point Battlefield (at 10 miles, lunch, restrooms, lame water fountain, no garbage cans).

Leaving the battlefield, Park Road to Georgian Court to Jackson Drive to Farley Drive to Tompkins Avenue to Beach Road to Vincent Clark Park (at 12 miles, garbage cans, restrooms) to Grassy Point Road to River Road to Beach Road, then through Pecks Pond Park (at 14 miles, water and restrooms).

Then Beach Road to McKenzie Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway to Main Street (at 15 miles, three buses to drop out, stores for water and snacks, restrooms at the library) and to First Street to Elk Street to West Street.

Then, West Street to Riverside Avenue to the Hook Mountain path (at 18.5 miles, restrooms at the south end of the 4.9 mile path) to North Broadway in Nyack (at 23.5 miles) to the bus stop in front of the Brickhouse bar at 28 South Broadway (restrooms at the bar or the Starbucks on Main Street).

Lunch: We will stop at Cove Deli along 9W in Tompkins Cove then eat lunch at Stony Point Battlefield, which has restrooms and a lame water fountain, but no food. 

The return: We should reach Nyack by 6:00 p.m. and catch the Rockland Coach 9A/9T bus. There is a 5:38 bus that does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 6:50. There is a 6:38 bus that reaches the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 7:27 and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:52 and an 8:08 bus which does not stop at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station and arrives at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 9:15.

Here is the Rockland Coach 9A/9T schedule: Rockland Coach

Tappan Zee Bridge to New Croton Reservoir

Event date:
6- 3-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

This trek will take us from just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge to the New Croton Reservoir. We will start at the Tarrytown Metro North Station , work our way up to Route 9 and initially proceed through the streets of historic Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. At that point we will venture onto the beautiful Old Croton Aqueduct Trail for about 4-5  miles before returning to surface streets for a couple of miles as we approach and enter Ossining where we will have lunch.We will then rejoin the OCA Trail until we reach its Northern terminus - the New Croton Reservoir and its spectacular views. We will then retrace the last three miles on the OCA before heading over to the Croton- On-Hudson Metro North Station and the return home.

The total distance will be about 20 miles and the estimated time to complete is about 7 hours. There will be 2-3 minute water breaks every hour or so, bathroom breaks as necessary and lunch at about the halfway point (Ossining). There are bailouts at Scarborough and Ossining and you can veer off before we make the up and back to the New Croton Reservoir and head to the Croton-On- Hudson Metro North Station directly. The train is predominately flat though there is a somewhat hilly section north of Ossining which lasts about 1/2-3/4 of a mile; however, if you are reading this you should be able to handle it with no problem.

How to get there? Metro North from Grand Central Station arrives in Tarrytown at 9:22 and 9:40. Metro North from North of Tarrytown arrives at 9:57. There is also parking available for those who travel by car at both the Tarrytown and Croton-On_Hudson Metro North Stations which are the start and endpoints, as well as the Scarborough and Ossining Stations.

 

Exploring Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Event date:
6- 3-2017 9:15 AM
Members:
Free

Approximately 10 miles.  Explore the wonders of FlushingMeadowsCoronaPark.  We will begin at JacksonHeights, Queens and walk to the park stopping at a deli on the way to pick up lunch for a picnic.  You may bring your own lunch if you choose.  Steady, brisk pace. 

Meet : 9:15 for prompt 9:30 start at the SE corner of 75th St. and Roosevelt Avenue.  Take the E, F, R, or 7 train to 74th Street/Roosevelt Avenue.  Rain cancels. 

43rd Great Manhattan Bridge Walk [34 miles]

Event date:
6- 3-2017 8:15 AM
Members:
Free

For the first time ever, we will be walking over every pedestrian-friendly bridge on the perimeter of Manhattan Borough, not Manhattan Island. Starting with the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn, we will proceed counterclockwise around Manhattan and end with the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey. Without public transportation, this route totals to about 34 miles in length. Main group will be moderately paced with lots of history and an optional fast group if people want it. Bring or buy lunch.

Start: 8:15 AM – Municipal Office Building of Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan. 
Directions: Take 4/5/6/J/M/Z train to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge. Take PATH train to WTC.
End: 8:00 PM – George Washington Bridge. 
Directions: Take A train from 175 Street Station. Take Bus from George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
Main Leader: Jack Shi (646-363-6378) thejackshi [at] gmail.com

Last Year'shttp://www.dawnofnight.com/2016-06-18---shorewalkers-40th-great-manhattan-bridge-walk.html

A Day to Remember - Battery Park to Fort Lee

Event date:
5- 29-2017 9:30 AM
Members:
Free

A brisk 16mile walk Complete the first four legs of Cy A Adler’s Battery to Bear Mountain, a series that we hope to continue on July 4th., walking along the west side at a brisk pace with numerous brief stops at sites and restrooms along the way, including Battery Park and Greenway, Irish Hunger Memorial, The High Line Elevated Park, Grant’s Tomb, The Little Red Lighthouse. We will walk over the George Washington Bridge and not quit until we reach Starbucks/Seven Eleven in Fort Lee. This will be a one-way hike! There is a bus / jitney that will take us back to Manhattan to a convenient train station.

Bring lunch !!! We will stop at along the way for snacks and be at Fairway around 2:15 for lunch. Hike should end around 5 p.m. Heavy rain may modify route.  

Meeting:  Leaving from the front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan, (please arrive before 9:30 so we may start on time) at 9:45 a.m. You can expect a large, sociable crowd that you and your feet will not forget. Joint hike  Shorewalkers and AMC. It takes a long time to sign in. If you don’t mind coming a bit early, it will be appreciated.Contact leader for questions or concerns. Registration desired, not required. No email day of hike

 

George Washington Bridge to Piermont via the Long Path

Event date:
5- 28-2017 9:00 AM
Members:
Free

A fast-paced 18 mile, 7 to 8 hour hike along the top of the Palisades to Piermont with return to NYC by bus. Start by walking across the George Washington Bridge, then north on the Long Path past Allison Park, Rockefeller Lookout, Alpine Lookout, the ruins of Clifdale Manor, Park Headquarters, State Line Lookout, then into Tallman Mountain State Park and then Piermont. 

There will be an optional extension to Nyack, which will be about another 4 miles along the Old Erie Path. 

This hike has beautiful views along the Hudson River; it also has some steep hills, trails with rocks, tree roots, branches and fallen trees that must be walked, climbed or clambered over and very few drop off points. Also see the park advisory regarding ticks, snakes and poison ivy: Palisades Park Advisory

To drop off the hike early, you will need to catch the bus along Route 9W. There is a bus every hour, it makes limited stops and there are limited access points to Route 9 along the hike, if you want to leave early let me know and we can plan your escape. The bus stops are noted on the park map which is linked below.

Bring lunch, snacks, beverages. We will take an early rest stop at a gas station along the Parkway, then it will be seven miles before our next rest stop, when we eat our lunch at the Palisades Park Headquarters, which has water, restrooms, a soda machine and a backyard to eat in but has no food. We will also take a rest stop at the State Line Lookout, which has a snack bar. 

Return bus from Piermont at 4:47 p.m., arriving back at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 5:27 ($9.40 fare) and Port Authority Bus Terminal at 5:52 ($10.50 fare). Pay cash when boarding the bus, best to have exact change.

For those who continue on to Nyack, we will get the 6:38 bus, which arrives at GWB Bus Station at 7:27 p.m. and Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:52.

Here is the trail map for Palisades Park, which has most of the hike in great detail including where to catch the bus if you drop out: Palisades Park map

Here is a map of the hike: GWB to Piermont via the Long Path

Here is the Route 9W bus schedule:Rockland Coach Route 9W

Here is a nice blog post about Cliffdale Manor, which we will pass along the way: Cliffdale Manor

Meet 9:00 a.m. at the George Washington Bridge Bus Station temporary waiting room, Fort Washington Avenue and 179th Street, one block west of Braodway. Take the A train to 175th Street. Or the 1 train to 181st Street, walk west to Broadway, left to 179th Street, right to Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

Bridgebagging Newtown Creek

Event date:
5- 28-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and occasional park paths.  Cross every pedestrian accessible bridge (there aren't many) over Newtown Creek and its tributaries, checking out intersting things along the way.  Bring lunch, snacks and water.  

Meeting:  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader no earlier than a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.  Members and guests only.

Riverside Church to the Cloisters

Event date:
5- 27-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

About 7 miles, 5 hours, along Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Avenue from 110th Street to 190th Street. This was last scheduled for a cold day in February so we'll try it again in warmer weather.

We'll have a look inside Riverside Church and Grants Tomb, see Sakura Park, The Amiable Child Monument and Claremont Park then take the big staircase down to 125th Street to lunch. After lunch we'll walk around Riverbank State Park and continue north on Riverside Drive to 162nd Street and walk west to Fort Washington Avenue, stop at J. Hood Wright Park and Bennett Park, then Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.

Riverside Church and The Cloisters were both built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. At the church, we'll just take a quick walk around and see the chapels. The Cloisters is a museum of medieval art that is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is constructed out of parts of four French medieval cloisters which Rockefeller purchased and had reconstructed into the museum. Admission to The Cloisters is pay what you wish.  

The hike will end at the Cloisters, so everybody can take as much or as little time as they want to view the collection. The A train 190th Street station is at the entrance to Fort Tryon park, we'll pass it on our way in.

We might eat lunch on the Baylander, a decommissioned Navy ship that was used to teach helicopter pilots to land on a ship at sea and is now docked at the West Harlem Piers. The ship has picnic tables on an open deck and a covered deck and a very friendly port captain who will give use a tour. The ship is right near Fairway, if you don't bring lunch you can get it at Fairway and join us on the ship, if you don't want to eat on the ship, you can eat on shore in the park. If the port captain is not at the ship when we arrive, we will eat in the park.    

Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the north west corner of 110th street and Broadway. Take the 1 train to 110th Street.  

Old Croton Acqueduct: Yonkers to Irvington

Event date:
5- 20-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free

6 easy miles.  View the Hudson River and rear backyards.  No smoking on trip.

Meeting:  Broadway and 242nd St.  Street level by the park at 10:00AM for the 10:30AM #1 bus.  Bring Metro card, fare one way is $2.75.  Return from Irvington is $2.75 to approximately $8.00. by train.

PORT IVORY AND NEW 100‐ACRE PARK (new hike)

Event date:
5- 20-2017 10:15 AM
Members:
Free

Take ferry to Staten Island, bus along Richmond Terrace to

Howlands Hook area. Scout Mariners Marsh Park, area, etc.

MEET: 10:15 AM at the Staten Island Ferry terminal to catch 11 a.m. ferry to S.I. + S40 bus.

Distance: 4‐7 miles.

 

Westside River Walk

Event date:
5- 20-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free

Moderate pace, around 7-8 miles walking mostly on a paved streets, starting from Riverside park, walking along the path 2 walk to the promenades of the 69th street of two piers.As we walk through waterfront, we will see various wild flowers, weeds, and  sculptures. Finally, we will reach the elevated 1930' freight rail station, "High Line" which has been transformed into a wild wonderland of the wilderness. We will walk to the west village to view the flower garden of the S. Luke's church.  An optional late post-lunch snacks at the ice cream or pizza stores will be a possibility. 

Meet: 10: AM at72nd & B'way, Trader Joe's lobby.  Take #1,2,3, to 72nd street.  Bring lunch, water and snacks.  Call for the walk status, no later than 9:30 PM, the week of the walk.   Members Only. No slow Walkers!!  Please wear appropriate food-wear.

 

Walkway Over the Hudson

Event date:
5- 13-2017 11:45 AM
Event End Date:
5- 13-2017 11:45 AM
Cut off date:
5- 13-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free

Ride Metro-North along the Hudson River and take a walk on the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been converted to a pedestrian walkway. Beautiful views of the River and surrounding mountains in the Poughkeepsie - Highland area from 212 feet above the water. Moderately paced, the round trip walk from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station is about 5 miles.

Meet: in the Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station Waiting Room. Take the Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to The Poughkeepsie station (last stop). We will meet in the station waiting room at 11:45.

 

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