Events Archive

Bronx River - Kensico Dam to Soundview Park

Event date:
5- 24-2015 8:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Update May 15: with the new MTA schedule the train leaves Grand Central at 8:50 a.m. so I changed the meeting time at Grand Central to 8:30.

23 mile, moderate-paced hike on paved paths and sidewalks from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, Westchester County, to Soundview Park in the Bronx along the Bronx River.  About 13 miles in Westchester County and 10 miles in the Bronx.

The walk will take 9 to 10 hours.  After reaching Soundview Park we will walk one mile back to the 6 line along Westchester Avenue.  We hope to reach the 6 line before 7:00 p.m. 

We will start by walking on top of the Kensico Dam, then head south 5 miles along the pathway to Hartsdale, then walk on suburban streets to Scarsdale, where we will pick up the pathway again and walk 4.6 miles to Bronxville. 

From Bronxville, we will walk along streets again until we reach 233rd Street in the Bronx, right by Woodlwan Cemetery, then follow the Bronx River Greenway south  past the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo and through Starlight Park and Concrete Plant Park to Soundview Park.

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a morning break in Hartsdale and later stop for lunch in Bronxville.  The paths are mostly flat with a few inclines. Numerous drop-off points along the walk for the Metro-North Hudson Line and then the 2 and 6 train in the Bronx.

Meet: 8:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 8:50 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $9.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 8:57 a.m., at Fordham at 9:04 a.m., and at White Plains at 9:22 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 9:30 a.m.  Check for other route information at Metro-North Schedules

Ride the Free Staten Island Ferry and Interesting places on the Island

Event date:
5- 23-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the in the New York Harbor. Then we will take the bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to St George, we will visit it’s many beautiful and interesting buildings. Bring lunch, water and binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens.

Group will return to “Ferry” at 3:30PM. Call Friday evening until  9:00PM.  We will go rain or shine.

Meet at 10:00AM and take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM ( the Ferry leaves on time). Meet inside the terminal, top of the escalator on the left side of the escalator.

Sheepshead Bay to Floyd Bennett Airfield

Event date:
5- 23-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

A 7+ mile, moderate to brisk paced hike along generally flat paths and beaches.  We will visit Hanger B, home to many vintage WW II aircraft, some in stages of restoration.    Possible hike extension across the Marine Parkway Bridge.  Bring lunch and water.  Meet at 9:30 AM, outside the Q/B Sheepshead Bay Road Station in Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay Road station exit).  Call Leader. Marvin Malatar at 718 376 3608, for hike status, or info.  Non members $3.

Wildcat Mtn. Sterling Forest Circular

Event date:
5- 21-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

A 7 mile hike with some steep hills. There will be a 1400 feet elevation gain. Rain cancels. .Please email leader to let me know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

Meet at 9:30 am with food and water at the north end of the commuter parking area at the intersection of NY 17 and NY 17A, Tuxedo, NY

West Mombasha Rd. to Fitzgerald Falls

Event date:
5- 18-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

7 miles on steep trail. This is an out and back hike continuing east on the AT in Sterling Forest over Mombasha High Point. Meet at 9:30 am with food and water.  From the New York Thruway, I-87, take Exit 15B to NY 17 northbound. Continue about 8 miles to the village of Southfields. Here go left on Orange Turnpike. (This intersection is about 1.2 miles north of the junction of NY17 and NY 17A. Continue on Orange Turnpike for 0.7 miles, then go left on Bramertown Road. At 1.7 miles keep right at a Y intersection, staying on Bramertown Road. The road name eventually changes to West Mombasha Road at the town line. The crossing is 2.5 miles after leaving Orange Turnpike. Rain cancels.No email day of hike. Please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

OVER THE GWB AND DOWN - LEGS 4 AND 5 OF THE BATT-TO-BEAR TRAIL

Event date:
5- 17-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Walk over the George Washington Bridge, into the woods on top of the Palisades."No New Yorker should die without having walked over the GWB." Walk down 400 stone steps to the Hudson shore and then north 5 to 8 miles.  Spectacular views and fresh air.  Waterfall.Wear hiking shoes, hat. Bring water, food, binoculars. Bad weather cancels.

MEET: 10AM at Bus Information booth in Port Authority Bus Terminal, W.178th/Broadway. Take A train to 178th or #1 train to181st Street station.

Old Croton Acqueduct: Yonkers to Irvington

Event date:
5- 16-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
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 bus.  Cost one way $2.50.  $8.50 if returning to Grand Central

New York’s East-Side Museums and Cultural Institutions-Part 3

Event date:
5- 16-2015 9:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Moderate pace, 8+ miles, 6+ hours. A walk that will guide you past the Museums and Cultural Institutions located on Manhattan’s east side.

MEET: 9 AM above the gold statue of Prometheus between 49th and 50th Sts.-opposite 30 Rockefeller Center. Subway: Take the D or F train to 47-50th St.; the 6 train to 51st St.; the N or R train to 49th Street. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Heavy rain cancels.

Brooklyn's Best Blocks: Part III

Event date:
5- 16-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
5- 16-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Third in an indeterminate series of hikes aiming to connect all 200 "best" blocks and corners in Brooklyn suggested in a series of articles published between 2010 and 2014 in "The L Magazine".  Starting at some to be determined Brooklyn subway station and ending 8-12 miles later some other subway stop - this hike in the series will probably cover Greenpoint and Williamsburg.    Bring lunch, snacks and water.  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Leader:  Craig Nunn (551-206-6823 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

Sterling Ridge Trail/Fire Tower/Sterling Lake Trail Loop

Event date:
5- 13-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

A 7 mile circular. Let's try to start by 9:30 and be done by 2. Bring food, water and bug spray.

Meeting Instructions:  Contact leader. No email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to be sure of hike.

Directions Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 15A. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 and head north, through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo. Continue for about 2.5 miles beyond the village of Tuxedo to a traffic light at the intersection of N.Y. Route 17A. Bear left at the traffic light and continue up the ramp, then turn left at the top of the ramp onto Route 17A. Follow Route 17A west for 5.5 miles to the parking area for the Sterling Ridge Trail, on the left side of the road, just beyond a green-and-white sign indicating a hiker crossing. Follow the dirt road past the gate (which is normally left open) to a large parking area in a grassy field.

Mombasha High Point

Event date:
5- 11-2015 9:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

A moderately paced 6 mile  hike on rough terrain. An out and back hike on the AT, over Sterling and Buchanan Mountains.

Meet where Orange Turnpike and the AT intersect in Sterling Forest (41.26943, -74.18075) with food and water at 9:30 am. 

Directions: Take Thruway exit 15A left onto Route 17 north to Southfields. Turn left onto Orange Turnpike for 2 miles. Heavy Rain cancels. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

Westside River Walk

Event date:
5- 10-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free
Around 6-7 miles at a moderately brisk pace mostly on paved streets.  Starting from Riverside Park, we'll walk along the path, and will  walk to the promenades of two piers to view the waterfront. While we'll be walking, various wild flowers weeds and new or old sculptures being sponsored by the city will be an exciting view. Finally we'll reach the elevated 1930's freight rail station,  " High Line" which had been transformed into a wild wonderland of the city "wilderness." Expect to see many wildflowers, plants, birds, and tourists.  We'll be heading to the west village to spend some time in the flower garden of the St. Lukes church.  Having an optional late post-lunch snacks at a Grom's Ice Cream or Joe's pizza will be a possibility.  Bring lunch, water and dress according to the weather. Heavy rain or bad weather conditions cancels.
 
Meet: 10:00 AM @72nd &B'way,  Trader Joe's lobby. Take #1,2,3 to 72nd street.  Call leader for the walk status, no later than 9:30PM the week of walk only.  Joint walk, Members only.

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
5- 9-2015 10:30 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Walk the new DutchessCounty rail trail from Hopewell Junction to Poughkeepsie.  Pass lakes and woods, backyards and farms on this walk along the old railroad right-of-way, now paved for recreational use.  End at the Walkway over the Hudson, the old Poughkeepsie railway bridge that has been recently converted to a pedestrian walkway. 13 miles from Hopewell Junction to the Walkway, and about 4 more miles over the walkway and back and ending at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station.
MEET: 10:30 am at the Metro-North BEACON station platform. Take the Metro North Hudson Line train from Grand Central to the BEACON station. Call the LEADER by 6:00 PM the evening before the walk to arrange transportation from the Beacon train station to the Hopewell Junction trailhead.

 

WALK ACROSS NEW JERSEY PART XIII. PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE

Event date:
5- 9-2015 12:00 AM
Event End Date:
5- 9-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Saturday, May 9, 2015.  WALK ACROSS NEW JERSEY PART XIII.  PORT IMPERIAL FERRY TERMINAL TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE.  Final in a series of 13 hikes crossing the Garden State.  From the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken, walk to the top fo the Palisades then along the top of the cliffs to North Hudson Park.  Descend and walk mostly the Hudson River Walkway to the George Washington Bridge and end at the GWB bus terminal.  Mostly flat except the easy climb to the top of the Palisades.  Bring lunch, snacks and water Joint hike.  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Leader:  Craig Nunn (551-206-6823 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

Agony Grind and the AT

Event date:
5- 4-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Distance: 7 miles

Meet: 10:00 a.m.

A strenuous hike, not for beginners. Hike the Appalachian Trail up a steep climb known as Agony Grind, pass Indian Hill to Little Dam Lake. At E. Mombasha Road we will turn back to the start. Great views and plenty of steep terrain.

Bring plenty of water, lunch and good footwear.

Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen, (41.264792,-74.15426 ). Hike begins promptly at 10 AM. Bring lunch and water. Rain cancels.

No email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

The Great Saunter 2015

Event date:
5- 2-2015 7:00 AM
Individual Price:
$20.00

See New York City like never before in the Shorewalker’s epic urban hike, The Great Saunter! On Saturday May 2nd 2015 celebrate the 30th annual Great Saunter, covering 32-miles of beautiful waterfront and more than 20 parks along Manhattan’s incredible shorelines. Raise awareness of our parks, maintain the Westside promenades, restore the Eastside Greenway, redevelop the Harlem River, and connect the Greenway into a continuous path around the world’s most fascinating island! 

Membership and Participation
  1. Membership to Shorewalkers must be in current standing to participate in the Great Saunter (renewals are required for expired memberships on or before May 2, 2015).
  2. Online registration for the Great Saunter includes a one-year membership to Shorewalkers.
  3. Guests who register online before April 14, 2015 will receive their Great Saunter materials by US Mail to the address in your member profile.
  4. Guests who register after April 14, 2015 must bring their registration receipt to the Registration Site on the day of the event to receive their materials.
  5. Day of the event registration (participants who register on May 2nd in person) for the Great Saunter will not include a membership or a renewal to Shorewalkers.
  6. All registrations by US Mail (renewals or new memberships) must be received by March 20, 2015 (6 weeks in advance of The Great Saunter) to allow time for processing.

Registration:  Follow this link to register for the Great Saunter by joining Shorewalkers or signing in to your account:  https://shorewalkers.org/shorewalkers-hiking-club

Schedule:
7:00 A.M.    Registration Opens-The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl Street--Broad Street; New York NY 10004)
7:30 A.M.    The Great Saunter begins!!!
9:30 A.M.    Late Registration (West 42nd Street & Hudson Greenway by the Circle Line Terminal) 
11:00 A.M    Pass beneath Riverbank State Park (West 138th Street--restrooms available on the upper level in the park)
12:00 P.M.   Break-The Little Red Lighthouse (at the George Washington Bridge/West 178th Street) 
1:00 P.M.     Break-Inwood Hill Park: near the flagpole (West 214th Street) and Registration for Half Saunter (South)
4:00 P.M.     Break-Carl Schurz Park on the East River Promenade (south side of the park at East 84th Street)
7:00 P.M.     Certificates handed out and celebrate your Saunter at The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern!

Great Neck to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy

Event date:
5- 1-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Distance: 7 miles

Walk through the land of “The Great Gatsby,” the original “West Egg” of the novel. See where the 1% lives; then onto the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy located on Long Island Sound. Tour this 82 acre campus that has the former mansion of Walter P. Chrysler (previously owned by Henri Bendel), and houses the American Merchant Marine Museum in another mansion.

Important: Bring photo ID for admission to the Marine Academy, Metrocard for the bus back to the train station, water and lunch.

Public parking is very restricted in Great Neck during the week. Strongly suggest taking public transportation to the Great Neck train station.

Take the 10:19 a.m. LIRR from Penn Station, arrive Great Neck at 10:54 a.m.

Fares: $17.50/$11.50 senior, round trip.

Meet leader at Great Neck LIRR station.

Island Pond / Lemon Squeezer

Event date:
4- 29-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

Distance: 8 mile.  A very nice route with many ups and downs on the AT, the Lichen and Dunning, with a visit to Boston Mine.

Meet at Elk Pen at 10 a.m. with lunch and water.

Directions: Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen, (41.264792,-74.15426 ). Rain cancels. 

No email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

Island Pond / Lemon Squeezer

Event date:
4- 27-2015 10:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

This hike is cancelled

Distance: 8 mile. Meet: 10 a.m.A very nice route with many ups and downs on the AT, the Lichen and Dunning, with a visit to Boston Mine.

Meet at Elk Pen at 10 a.m. with lunch and water.

Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen, (41.264792,-74.15426 ). Rain cancels. 

No email day of hike. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if you are coming and as always, check your email by 7am to confirm hike.

Old Croton Aqueduct Trail Walk III - Tarrytown to New Croton Dam

Event date:
4- 26-2015 9:20 AM
Event End Date:
4- 19-2015 5:00 PM
Cut off date:
4- 18-2015 12:00 AM
Individual Price:
Free

We will head north from Tarrytown to the end of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail at New Croton Dam. We will then head south to the Croton-Harmon Metro North Station. Some of the sites that we will pass include Kykuit (Rockerfeller's Estate), Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Sing Sing Kill Bridge, and New Croton Dam. We will stop at Ossinsing for a special experience that you will not want to miss. We will be led into the actual Croton Aqueduct! Major drop off point at Ossinsing Train Station about 7 miles into the walk.

Meet:(9:20 AM – Tarrytown Metro-North Station

Directions: Take a train to or park at this station. There are northbound Metro-North Hudson trains arriving at 9:11 AM (local) and 9:20 AM (express). Meet up across the street from this station in front of the Tarrytown Justice Court. Feel free to drop off at anytime.

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