Events

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

Event date:
6- 24-2017 6:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

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.

Carl Schurz Park to Strand Smokehouse in Queens

Event date:
7- 1-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
917 670 3845

About 8-10 miles, moderately brisk and energetic pace, mostly on paved street starting from the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy walking on promenades of the East River and 59th street Queens(ED KOCH) Bridge, through LaGuardia Community College.  As we will walk to Sunnyside, briefly talk about the formation of Sunnyside Gardens, Northern Boulevard and Astoria. Continue about 12 blocks on Broadway in Astoria to reach the locally well-known Strand Smokehouse for locally brewed beer and smoked fish or meat for an optional lunch or as post lunch snacks. 

 Meet 10:00 AM @ 86th street and East End Avenue on the right side of the Carl Schurz Park. Take# 4, 5, 6, train to 86th street and walk East to reach East End Avenue. Bring lunch and water. Dress according to weather. Call to confirm, No Later than 9:30 PM on the week of the walk.  Leader: Youn.917 670 3845.   Members Only. Please No low walkers Bring appropriate footwear.  There will be high sun exposure on this walk.

 

GWB and the Long Path

Event date:
7- 4-2017 9:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
L Irv Reich
Phone:
917-913-2742
Email:
richiam@aol.com

Distance: 9 miles

Here’s how I will celebrate the 4th of July. First, I will walk over George Washington Bridge. Then saunter through the Fort Lee Historic Park. Pass the community of Burdette’s Landing. Walk down to the shore trail where we find the poetry benches. Continue on the path under the GWB for lunch at Ross Dock. (Don’t forget to bring your own). Then, I will do the Carpenter’s Trail, a spectacular 320’ walk up to the Long Path. Go north on the Long Path, with great views of Hudson, to the Dyckman Hill Trail. Down again, 340’ this time to the Englewood Boat Basin. I will then take the Shore Trail South and go up the Carpenter’s Trail a second time. And before going back to the starting point, I always like to stop at 7-11 in Fort Lee for an iced coffee and a well-deserved snack. If I am not too tired I will walk back on the bridge or take the jitney instead.

 If this sounds like a good idea you can join me for a very nice day.

Meet before 9:45 am at park on Cabrini Boulevard, between 178th and 177th streets, two blocks before the GWB walkway. Bring lunch, snack, at least 2 liters of drink and appropriate footwear for woods and rocky trails. The A train will take you to 175th street, which is 3 blocks away. Neighborhood parking is an option.

 This hike continues the Battery to Bear Mountain series, which began on Memorial Day consisting of leg 4 and half of leg 5. The hike is roughly 9 miles at a 2 - 2.5 mph pace, slowing for pictures and elevation changes. We may end as late as 4 pm. It will be a sociable day. So speed walkers / runners should find another activity.

 Registration desired, not required. No email day of hike. 

Note: Last year there were over 80 AMC and Shore walker hikers. It takes a long time to sign in. If you don’t mind coming early, there are benches in this park for waiting.

Bronx River - Kensico Dam to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 8-2017 8:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

27 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 14 miles in Westchester County and 13 miles in the Bronx.

 

BATT-BEAR TRAIL TO NYACK

Event date:
7- 8-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608

Distance:7 miles

Seven miles on the Long Path, extending through Tall Mountain and the Old Erie RR bed, One steeper descent en route to an optional dinner in Nyack. return by nearby bus stop.

Meet: Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing by the white Commuter Statues before 8:45AM.

Bus departure 9:15AM (bus 9A, gate 220 or at 9:40 AM from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.

Bring lunch and water.

Must call for hike status or information. Joint hike, nonmember $3.

Scenic Fire Island Tour

Event date:
7- 9-2017 8:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Frank Bamberger
Phone:
718 457 5159
Email:
fbamberger@nyc.rr.com

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.

 

Bronx River: Kensico Dam to Bronxville

Event date:
7- 15-2017 9:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

About 15 miles, moderate pace, on the Bronx River Pathway from the Kensico Dam in Valhalla to Bronxville.  From Bronxville hikers can choose to take the Metro-North train back to the city or continue walking about 2 miles to the 2 train at 241st Street. 

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.  

Bring snacks, water and lunch. We will take a lunch break in Hartsdale.  The hike will parallel the Metro-North Harlem Line, so there will be drop off points to catch the train at North White Plains, White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Crestwood and Tuckahoe. 

Meet: 9:30 a.m. at Grand Central Station at the Information Booth in the main lobby. We will take the 9:51 a.m. Metro-North Harlem Line train to Valhalla, $10.75 one way. the train will stop at 125th Street at 10:01 a.m. and at White Plains at 10:27 a.m., arriving at the Valhalla station at 10:34 a.m.  In case the train schedule changes, please check at Metro-North Schedules

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

Event date:
7- 22-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 812-0156

From the St. George Ferry Terminal, we will take the S40 bus to “Lenny’s Creations” and Snug Harbor. After walking back to the St George Ferry Terminal we will view many beautiful and interesting buildings. 

Bring lunch, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.  Also bring binoculars or camera  with optical zoom lens. The Group will return on the 4:00PM “Ferry”. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes. 

Meet at 10:00AM at the top of the escalator on the right-hand side. We will take the “Ferry” at 10:30AM (the Ferry leaves on time). On the “Ferry”, we will see the beauty of the New York Harbor. We will go rain or shine. Leader Tom McBreen – call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 812-0156, if there is a question.

Bronx River Greenway: 233rd Street to Soundview Park

Event date:
7- 29-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917.727.5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

We will walk the Bronx River Greenway starting at the 233rd Street stop of the 2 line to Soundview Park and end up at the St. Lawrence Avenue stop of the 6 train.  

About 14 miles and 6 hours, moderate pace, mostly paved trails, some dirt paths, some hills. The walk will take us through Shoelace Park, into the Bronx River Forest and Bronx Park, across Pelham Parkway, into a free part of the Bronx Zoo for a close look at the river, past the Cross Bronx Expressway into Starlight Park, across Westchester Avenue to the Concrete Plant Park and under the Bruckner Expressway to Soundview Park. We will stop to eat lunch at a park just past Pelham Parkway; there are nearby delis, restaurants and fast food joints, or bring your own and eat in the park. 

Meet:  10:30 a.m. outside the 233rd Street station of the #2 line at the south west corner of 233rd Street and White Plains Road.  

Queens Shore Walk

Event date:
7- 29-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267

Distance:About 4 miles.

We will walk through Astoria Park and along the shoreline to Socrates Sculpture Park.

Bring lunch and water.

MEET 11AM. Take the N or Q tarin to the Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard train stop.

Call leader to confirm that walk is on.

Old Croton Aqueduct: Yonkers to Tarrytown

Event date:
8- 5-2017 8:20 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Bob Wallace
Email:
bob@bobselectricco.com

Join us on August 5, 2017 for a  9 mile 3 to 4 hour walk up the Old Croton Aqueduct starting at the Glenwood train station in Yonkers.  After a short walk up Glenwood Ave, we'll pick up the Aqueduct Trail and head north through Yonkers, Hastings, and into Dobbs Ferry, for a short break at the Aqueduct keepers house. Bathrooms are available here.  Continuing up the Trail we'll pass through Dobbs Ferry and Irvington before emerging on Route 9 and heading up into Tarrytown. The walk will end at the Tarrytown MetroNorth station.

The Aqueduct follows the Hudson line, and there are drop off points in each town along the way. I'd bring water, but there are shops in Dobbs Ferry, about a block off the Trail if you need to purchase  some. There are many fine cafes and restaurants in Tarrytown for lunch at the end of the walk or bring a lunch and eat in Pierson Park, on the Hudson Riverwalk with views overlooking the New New York Bridge. Return to Grand Central on the train from Tarrytown. There are 3 trains per hour and the fare is approximately $10.75.

Meeting: Take the 8:20 out of Grand Central to the Glenwood Station. The fare is approximately $8.25.  We'll meet at the Glenwood Station at 9 am.

 

 

 

SHOREROAD, OWLS HEAD PARK, DUMPLIMGS

Event date:
8- 5-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Mlater
Phone:
718-376-3608

Distance: 4 1/2 miles

Mostly flat, at moderate pace along the East Rivers' Shoreroad in Brooklyn. Following Shoreroad to Owls Head Park, we continue to 48th Street, in Sunset Park section, for an optional late lunch/early dinner. Here, a course of tastly dumplings, at reasonable cost.

Bring snacks, food and water.

Call leader for hike status or information.

MEET: 11 AM at the Brooklyn, 96th Street R subway station (downstairs at 96th Street and 4th Avenue).

 

Manhattan: Walking the “Old Croton Aqueduct System in New York City

Event date:
8- 12-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
516-812-0156

Relaxed walking,  level ground, five to six hours. Following the path of the “water system” we will walk up Fifth Avenue to Central Park and enter the Park at 60th Street up to and over High Bridge (Amsterdam Avenue and 173th Street.) .

We will continue to the Bronx Community College and the “Hall of Fame for Great Americans”.  Drop off points all along the walk. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. 

Meet 10:00AM at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). We will go rain or shine. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if there is a question. Leader: Tom McBreen— 516-812-0156. Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes.

Brooklyn Bridge Park to Chinatown

Event date:
8- 19-2017 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
917 670 3845

Distance: 5 to 8 miles

Moderate and energetic pace,5-8 miles on a paved street.   Start walking from York &Jay street in Brooklyn observing variety of sculptures and mural paintings on the way to Atlantic & Flatbush Avenue viewing Middle Eastern stores for various products. We'll continuously walk to East river in Brooklyn to reach to the Park  & Pier 6. We'll be exploring newly renovated & created walking path within the Brooklyn Park, as well as, attempting to identify names of newly planted bushes and flowers.

The final stage of our walk will include walk to DUMBO and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. As our optional post-lunch snacks @ a Chinese Café or restaurant will be available.

Meet 10:30AM on the corner of YORK and Jay street in Brooklyn.  Take the F train to York Street. 

Bring lunch, water and snacks.

Heavy rain and storm cancels the walk.

No Flip-Flop FOOTWEARS and NO SLOW WALKERS .If any walkers are concerned about their DERMATOLOGICAL HEALTH due to a long sun exposure, please reconsider to join to this walk.

Call to confirm, on the week of the walk, No Later Than 9:30 PM. Members Only.

 

ROCKAWAY PARK BEACH HIKE AND SWIM

Event date:
8- 19-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ed Leibowitz
Phone:
201-332-1709
Email:
eleibow@verizon.net

Distance: 7 1/2 miles

Walk along boardwalk from Beach 116 St. to Beach 9th street. Moderate pace about 4-5 hours, approximate distance 7.5 miles.

After lunch walk back to subway station at Beach 44th street where walk will end.  Drop off points with access to subway along walk route.

Bring lunch, water, and bathing suit. Please allow  ample time to get to Rockaway Beach due to weekend track repair work.

MEET: 11:00 AM outside subway station at Beach 116 street Take JFK A-Train to Broad Channel, change for S-train at Broad Channel and exit S-train at Beach 116 street.

Rain cancels.  

I might change starting location of this walk in Rockaway Beach. 

Must call or email to determine walk status.

Cell phone 201-850-9649 only on day of hike after 10:00 AM. 

Nonmembers of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club.

CONSTITUTION ISLAND: RE-ENACTMENT DAY

Event date:
8- 26-2017 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Stewart Manville
Phone:
914-582-1237

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing, gentle pace. This gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is only open 3 weekends per summer.

Take Metro North(Hudson Line) from Grand Central station to Cold Springs and MEET approx. 11AM(depends on what the new train schedule will show for the train arrivals before or close to 11AM) at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island.

Bring photo ID.

Expect entrance fee of $10, covering free boat rides, guided walks, or independent exploration. Amenities included: shaded picnic groves, restrooms, a gift shop in the historic Warner House, walking trails & hotdog vendor. Departure time is optional. (*Alternatively, meet 10AM at parking lot at North Plains train station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option you must call leader in advance.) MUST CALL ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE TO CONFIRM THAT ISLAND IS OPEN.

 

Jersey City and Hoboken: Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Event date:
9- 9-2017 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516) 812-0156

Pace easy, some hills. Distance 8 miles, duration 5 to 6 hours.

Walk south along the Hudson and then go inland to Paulus Hook and Historic Downtown Jersey City ( the ice cream shop). We will then head north to Hoboken and the St. Ann’s feast. Walk through Erie-Lackawanna Terminal, beautiful views of Manhattan westside, magnificent 100 year old buildings, Castle Point Terrace (Steven’s University), Sibyl’s Cave and the Hoboken Museum. 

Return to Manhattan  via the Hoboken "Path Train". Leader: Tom McBreen-- call Friday evening until 9:00PM (516) 812-0156, if there is question.  Check the Shorewalker’s calendar for possible changes. We walk rain or shine.

Meeting:  Broadway and Vesey Street, at 10:00AM, across from St Paul’s Church (take the “E train to last stop or 1, 2 or 3 train to Chamber Street and walk a few blocks south). The "Path Train" station is three blocks west on Vesey Street and the fare to New Jersey and back is $5.50 (check for new fare). After getting off the train at Exchange Place Station, 

NYC Marathon Walk

Event date:
9- 24-2017 8:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Steve Gofner
Phone:
718-275-6615
Email:
rocks1011@aol.com

Brisk walkers only. Will walk most of the Marathon route, starting at 94th St. and 4th Ave., Brooklyn and ending outside Tavern on the Green in Central Park, Manhattan, including 4 boroughs and bridges. Total distance is not quite 24 miles but there are countless drop-off points. There may also be an optional “off –marathon” extension of the walk. Bring lunch and water (or will stop to buy). Bad weather cancels.

MEET: 8:30 AM at Fort Hamilton Memorial Triangle, bounded by 4th Ave., 5th Ave. and 94th St. in Brooklyn. Take the R train to 95th St. terminal which is at 4th Ave.

WILHELM VON KNYPHAUSEN 1780 RAID MEMORIAL HIKE PART IV - THE ALTERNATIVE FACTS HIKE (MORRISTOWN TO SUMMIT)

Event date:
10- 7-2017 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn and Jim Schlenker
Phone:
Craig:551-206-6823; Jim: 908-295-8178
Email:
Craig: dystopicnj@gmail.com; Jim:jims0331@gmail.com

Distance: 8 to 12 miles

Fourth and final in a series of hikes connected with the 1780 route Hessian commander von Knyphausen took in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the Continental Army in Morristown. On this hike we follow the route George Washington took leading the Continental Army from Morristown to meet Knyphausen at the Hobart Gap. An event which did not actually take place.

Eight to12 miles at a moderately brisk pace.

Bring lunch, snacks and water.

E-mail (preferred) or phone one of the leaders 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.

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