Events

Bear Mountain Bridge to Nyack via the Batt to Bear Trail

Event date:
7- 2-2016 7:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom Bergen
Phone:
917-727-5507
Email:
tom.bergen@yahoo.com

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hudson River Shorewalk

Event date:
7- 3-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267

We will walk uptown along the Hudson River.

MEET 11AM at the 72nd Street Station. Take the 1, 2 or 3 train. Bring lunch and water. About 5 miles. Call Leader Ellen to confirm

GWB and the Long Path

Event date:
7- 4-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Irv Reich
Phone:
917-913-2742
Email:
richiam@aol.com

Mon., July 4. GWB and the Long Path 2+B8(H). 

Here’s how I will celebrate the 4th of July. First, I will walk over George Washington’s Bridge. Then saunter through 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 to The Carpenter’s Trail, a spectacular wall up to the Long Path. North on the Long Path with great views of Hudson, to the Dyckman Hill Trail, down again this time to the Englewood Boat Basin for lunch. I will then take the Shore Trail South and go up The Carpenter’s Trail a second time. I always like to stop at 7-11 for an iced coffee and a well-deserved snack. If I am not too tired I will walk backon the bridge or take the jitney instead. If this sounds like a good idea you can join me for a very nice day. 

Meet at 10 am at 178th Street and Cabrini Boulevard with lunch, snack, at least 2 liters of drink and appropriate footwear for woods and rocky trails. 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 8 miles at a 2.5 mph pace, slowing for pictures and elevation changes. It will be a sociable day. So speed walkers / runners should find another activity. Heavy rain may cancel. 

Leader: Irv Reich  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  917-913-2742 for questions or concerns. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I know you are coming and will email you no later than 7 am to be sure it’s a go.

Batt-Bear Trail, State Line to Nyack

Event date:
7- 9-2016 8:45 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608

7 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 from nearby bus stop.

MEET: Port Authority Bus Terminal South Wing by the Commuter Statues before 8:45 AM. Bring lunch and water. Bus departs at 9:15 AM (bus 9A, gate 220 or at 9:40 AM from the George Washing Bridge Bus Terminal).

East River Walk

Event date:
7- 9-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Youn
Phone:
718-392-4645

 5-7 miles along the east river path to 34th St. and along the 1st Ave. to a brunch stop in the east fifties or you can bring your own lunch.  After lunch walk to Belvedere Castle in Central Park.

Meet 10:30AM at the Staten Island Ferry terminal near the escalator. Take the #1 to South Ferry station or the #4 or 5 to Bowling Green and walk to Staten Island Ferry terminal. Bring water, lunch (If you do not want eat at a restaurant), and bug spray. Dress according to a weather. Call to confirm the walk status on the week of the week (No Calls After 9:30 P.M.). Members Only.

 

 

Bronx Coast to Coast Walk

Event date:
7- 16-2016 9:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ken Kurland
Phone:
917-584-5340

This 16-mile walk starts at the NW corner of Broadway and West 231st St at the W 231st St. stop of the #1 Train at 9:00.  We will then head west towards the Hudson River and walk along a rural road that's the westernmost avenue closest to the river, or walk through the woods on Riverdale Park.

This walk is sponsored by Freewalkers.  Register at Event Bright.  (Registration required)

 Meeting: NW corner of Broadway and West 231st St at the W 231st St. stop of the #1 Train at 9:00

Brooklyn's Best Blocks (Part VI)

Event date:
7- 17-2016 7:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

8-12 essentially flat miles at a moderately brisk pace on city streets and park paths. Sixth in an indeterminate series of hikes aiming to connect some 200 or so "best" blocks in Brooklyn suggested in a series of articles published between 2010 and 2014 in "The L Magazine."  Connecting two t.b.d. subway stations. Probably "best blocks" in Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, but perhaps something different.  Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Meeting:  E-mail (preferred) or phone leader 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.

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park

Event date:
7- 23-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
(516)-238-8073

Brooklyn: Williamsburg Bridge, Bedford Avenue and Prospect Park: Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. We will take a few block look at the changing face of the “Lower East Side” before going over the century old Williamsburg Bridge. In Williamsburg, we will visit the George Washington statue and pass Peter Lugar’s Restaurant on our way down Bedford Avenue to the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park.

Meet at 10:00AM at Delancey and Essex Sts. ( northwest corner of Delancey Street)---F train. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with an optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

 

Constitution Island: Garden Day: CANCELLED

Event date:
7- 23-2016 11:00 AM
Event End Date:
7- 27-2013 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Stewart Manville
Phone:
1-914-582-1237

THIS HIKE IS CANCELLED. CONSTITUTION ISLAND WILL NOT BE HOLDING ITS GARDEN DAY THIS YEAR. 

SHOREWALKERS DOES HAVE HIKES TO THE CONSTITUTION ISLAND RE-ENACTMENT DAY ON AUGUST 27TH AND FAMILY DAY ON SEPTEMBER 24.

 

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing at a gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is open only 3 weekends per summer.  Amenities include shaded picnic groves, public restrooms, a gift shop in the historic Warner House, walking trails, and a hot dog vendor.

MEET approximately 11AM (time depends on what the new train schedule will show for train arrivals before or close to 11AM).  Take Metro North from Grand Central to Cold Spring at the parking area south side of train station, for transport to the island. Bring photo ID.  Departure time is optional.  (*Alternatively, meet at 10AM at parking lot at North White Plains Train Station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option, you must call leader in advance.) Leader: Call Leader to confirm Island is open.

Fees:  Expect entrance fee of $10, covering free boat rides, guided walks, or independent exploration.  

Riverdale to Fieldstone Stroll

Event date:
8- 7-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Mayer Wiesen
Phone:
516-671-2095

Visit an area of New York City where the serfs live better than you do. 3 easy miles. Learn what an F.P.O.A. is. No smoking on trip.

Meet at the Northeast corner of Broadway and 207th Street, A train to 207th St., last stop. Leader: Mayer Wiesen  516-671-2095 till 10:30pm. Joint walk with New York Hiking Club and the Outdoors Club.

 

Crack is Wack: Graffiti in New York: Part 2

Event date:
8- 13-2016 9:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Nick DiNapoli
Email:
Nicholasdinapoli@hotmail.com

About 12 miles.  Explore this international art form that uses the city as canvass from In Good Company in Hunts Point, the Bronx to  Crack is Wack in Manhattan, and Wellington Court in Astoria, from professional artist to amazing amateur. Bring water and lunch.

Meeting: 9:30 Take the number 6 to Hunts Point in the Bronx

 

Manhattan: Walking the “Old Croton Aqueduct System in Manhattan

Event date:
8- 13-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Tom McBreen
Phone:
cell (516) 238-8073

Relaxed walking,  level ground, four to five 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.

Meet 10:00AM at New York Public Library by the “lions” (5th Avenue, 41st and 42nd Streets). Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Heavy rain cancels. Call Friday evening until 9:00PM, if weather is a question.

 

 

 

MAILING PARTY

Event date:
8- 15-2016 7:00 PM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212‐861‐4267

MAILING PARTY!

Spend a pleasant evening with refreshments and good company while helping to mail out the Shorewalkers Newsletter

 

Fire Island Lighhouse

Event date:
8- 17-2016 9:25 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ludwig Hendel
Phone:
(718) 626-3983

5-6 mile circular.  Hike the beach and boardwalk to the Lighthouse, chance to climb it.  Bring lunch, water, and swimsuit. 

Meet:  Penn Station, Long Island Railroad ticket area.  Round trip to Babylon and bus to beach.  Must call leader for hike status Tuesday evening August 16 only.   Train departs at 9:25AM.

Water Front Parks of New Jersey's Chemical Cost

Event date:
8- 20-2016 12:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Craig Nunn
Phone:
551-206-6823
Email:
dystopicnj@gmail.com

 8-12 miles at a moderately brisk pace on park paths and city streets.  Connect a series of parks .along the Arthur Kill, Carteret Pond and the Rahway River in the New Jersey municipalities of Carteret and Rahway.   Bring lunch, snacks and water.

Meeting: E-mail (preferred) or phone leader a week before the hike for meeting time and place.  Leader:    Joint Hike.  Awful or dangerous weather cancels.  Contact leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.  Members and guests only.

Dutchess County Rail Trail

Event date:
8- 20-2016 10:30 AM
Event End Date:
5- 21-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Gerry Matusiewicz
Phone:
845-462-1141, cell 845-418-0745
Email:
lostinpok@gmail.com

Walk the new Dutchess County 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.  Includes 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 8:50 AM 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. Note:  This is a long walk with no opportunity to turn back or drop out before the Walkway Over the Hudson (13 miles).

Rockaway Park Hike and Swim

Event date:
8- 20-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ed Leibowitz
Phone:
H: 201-332-1709; C: 201-850-9649 on day of hike after 10AM
Email:
eleibow@verizon.net

Walk along boardwalk from Beach 90th St. to end of boardwalk near 5th street. Moderate pace about 4-5 hours,  Approximate distance 5-6 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  extra time to get to Rockaway Beach due to weekend track repair work.

MEET: 11:00 AM at subway station at Beach 90th street Take JFK A-Train to Broad Channel, change for S-train at Broad Channel and exit S-train at Beach 90th street. Meet outside subway station. Rain cancels. No charge to members of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club. All others $3.  I might change starting location of this walk in Rockaway Beach.  Must call or email to determine walk status. Nonmembers of Shorewalkers and Outdoors Club, $3. Joint with Outdoors Club.

CONSTITUTION ISLAND RE-ENACTMENT

Event date:
8- 27-2016 11:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Stewart Manville
Phone:
1-914-582-1237

Child friendly. Strolling, sightseeing at a gentle pace. This legendary gem on the Hudson, opposite West Point, is open only 3 weekends per summer. Take Metro North (Hudson Line) from Grand Central to Cold Spring and MEET approx. 11AM (time depends on what the new train schedule will show for 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 include shaded picnic groves, public restrooms, a gift shop in the historic Warner House, walking trails, and a hot dog vendor. Departure time is optional.(*Alternatively, meet at 10AM at parking lot at North White Plains Train Station for car pooling. Donate $5 to the driver. For this option, you must call leader in advance.) Leader: Stewart Manville 1-914-582-1237. Call leader to confirm Island is open.

CITY WALK

Event date:
8- 28-2016 10:30 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Ellen
Phone:
212-861-4267

We will see interesting sites in the “hipster” part of Willamsburg as well as view the Orthodox Jewish section. MEET 10:30AM. Take the F train to Delancy Street. Bring water. We will eat lunch at a restaurant. About 6 miles. Call Leader Ellen to confirm 212-861-4267.

HUDSON RIVER GREENWAY: COLUMBUS CIRCLE TO BATTERY

Event date:
9- 3-2016 10:00 AM
Members:
Free
Hikeleader:
Marvin Malater
Phone:
718-376-3608

6 miles of Westside esplanades, at a moderate pace. At finish, optional beer and pizza at a venue near the Staten Island Ferry. MEET: 10:00 AM, at the Time-Warner Building Atrium at Columbus Circle. Take the A,B,C,D or 1 train to 59th Street. Bring lunch and water. Leader: Marvin Malater, 718-376-3608, for hike status or information.

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