UPDATE: The hike distance is now 25.5 miles instead of 22 miles, the additional distance will give us less time along Route 9W and more time along the river, which will be safer and more fun. There are some steep hills along the way, but most of the hike is pretty flat, so we should be able to keep a strong pace and reach Nyack in time for the 6:38 bus.
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 basic 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, local roads back to 9W to West Shore Drive to 9W to Sheeran's Restaurant (at 9 miles, restrooms and takeout) and Cove Deli (one restroom and takeout) then Park Road to Stony Point Battlefield (at 10 miles, lunch, restrooms, water).
Leaving the battlefield, local roads to Beach Road to Grassy Point Road to River Road to Beach Road, around Grassy Point and past Haverstraw Bay through Pecks Pond Park (at 14 miles, water and restrooms).
Then McKenzie Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway to Main Street (at 15 miles, stores, water and 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).
Saturday will be hot and sunny, bring a hat, sunscreen, drink plenty of water and have Gatorade or other electrolyte supply. Here is a quick guide to preventing dehydration on long hikes from Shorewalkers: Preventing Dehydration.
Make sure to have water when we leave the Bear Mountain Inn and as we leave Haverstraw, in each case it will be about 7 miles before water is available. When we get off the train in Manitou it will be about 3 miles before water is available.
Bugs: About one mile of the Jones Point Path has nasty flies, you will want a hat and maybe long sleeves. I will have DEET and non-DEET bug spray. We also saw a family of wild turkeys along this path, which was pretty cool.
Lunch: We will stop for takeout at Sheeran's Restaurant, which has an inexpensive lunch menu and restrooms we will be glad to see, and Cove Deli, which has one restroom, along 9W in Tompkins Cove then eat lunch at Stony Point Battlefield, which has restrooms and water but no food.
There are few dropout points. The Shortline bus from West Point to New York stops along Route 9W in Tompkins Cove, Stony Point, West Haverstraw and Haverstraw at 3:22, 3:26, 3:30, 3:32, and again at 5:22, 5:26, 5:30 and 5:32. You have to wave the bus down, position yourself in an open spot where the driver can see you from a distance. Fare is about $12.50 cash only. Here is the schedule: Shortline schedule.
The Rockland Coach 11A bus from Stony Point to Port Authority Bus Terminal is available at the Stony Point Park and Ride at Washburns Lane and Route 9W, at the Walnut Hill Apartments on 9W across from the Helen Hayes Hospital and at Main and Broadway in Haverstraw throughout the day. The Park and Ride and Walnut Hill stops are not on our route; to get to the Park and Ride, leave the hike before we reach Grassy Point and walk on East Main Street to 9W then south to Washburns Lane. To reach Walnut Hill, leave the hike at Peck's Pond and walk on East Rialroad Avenue to 9W then north to Walnut Hill. The Main and Broadway stop in Haverstraw is on our route. Fare is about $12.50 cash only. Here is the schedule: Rockland Coach 11A.
Also, the Rockland County 94 bus starts at Route 9W and Elm Street in Tompkins Cove at 11:28 and 2:28 and stops at the Park and Ride if you want to make an early dropout and catch the Rockland Coach 11A. $2.00 exact cash fare. Here is the schedule:Rockland 94 bus
The Rockland County 91 bus is available at New Main Street and Maple Avenue in Haverstraw and goes to Nyack. At this point we will have about 8 miles left in the hike, if you have had enough you can catch the 91 to Nyack then get the Rockland Coach or Tappan Zee bus. $2.00 exact cash fare. Here is the schedule:Rockland 91 bus.
The return: We should reach Nyack by 6:00 p.m. and catch theRockland 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.
Fare is $9.75 to the GWB or $11.10 to the Port Authority. Pay the fare in cash on the bus; best to have the exact amount.
Note: the buses that do not go to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should stop at the New Jersey side of the bridge, so you have the option of getting off the bus and taking a shuttle bus or walking across the bridge to Manhattan. Check with the driver when you board.
Here is the Rockland Coach 9A/9T schedule: Rockland Coach
There is also the Tappan Zee Express bus, which crosses the Tappan Zee Bridge to Westchester County and stops at the Tarrytown and White Plains Metro North stations, catch the bus on Artope Way behind the M&T Bank that faces Main Street at 5:25, 6:20 and 7:25. The fare is $3.00 cash.
Here is the Tappan Zee Express Schedule: Tappan Zee Express
Leader: Tom Bergen 917-727-5507