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Saturday, August 24th  | Hilltop Hanover Farm

“Hilltop Hanover’s Hilly Hike”

Across from the Hilltop Hanover Farm and Education Center are scenic, windy trails with some inclines that cross streams in a picturesque forest. We will have lunch next to a scenic pond.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B+  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 3 miles  |  Hike Time: 3 hours  |  Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto, Contact: 914-523-4958


Sunday, August 25th  | Hawk Rock, Kent, NY

“Panoramic Views of the Hudson River”

If you haven’t been to Hawk Rock, you’re in for a treat. When the glaciers retreated northward at the end of the last ice age, they were carrying some really big rocks that sometimes ended up in odd positions when the ice melted. One of these so-called “erratics” is Hawk Rock. Local lore has it that long ago the Native Americans named it and used the site as a meeting place. It is certainly a believable story; the setting is beautiful and it’s one impressive rock. The park is located north in the Town Of Kent. There are many new areas to explore in this area! This is a moderate hike of about 1.7 miles in one direction. (Since it’s on NYC Environmental Protection land, you’ll need a permit, available here.)

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B+  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 4 miles  |  Hike Time: 3-4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Andrew Stein, Contact: 914-788-4678


Sunday, September 8th  | Granite Knolls

Winding Trails Leading to the Giant Boulder”

Connected to both Sylvan Glen Nature Preserve and the Taconic State Parkway these scenic trails wind through the woods with slight inclines. The hike starts in the parking lot of the Woodlands Legacy Fields, crosses over the Taconic State Parkway, and winds through the woods before we stop for lunch at the Giant Boulder.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B-  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 4 miles  |  Hike Time: 4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto, Contact: 914-523-4958


Sunday, September 22nd  | Mt. Taurus

“A Birds Eye View Beyond Belief”

Just south of Beacon Mountain and Breakneck, is Mt. Taurus. The hike starts in the town of Nelsonville off of Wood Ave. The hike begins at the base of the mountain inland, and as you go up, you see the Hudson River and the mountains on the far side of the river peek into view.

After nearly two hours of hiking, you reach the summit, and you have breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley looking north, and excellent views of the Hudson below. On a clear day, you can see the Catskills, as well as the Mid Hudson and Bear Mountain Bridges. Stewart airport is also right across the river, and you have a great view of Beacon Mountain and will be actually looking down on Breakneck Mountain.

There are some steep parts of the hike, but no rock climbing. Hiking boots are very important for this hike. Please bring plenty of water and a nice lunch for us to enjoy on the summit.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

A-  “Steep Inclines – Difficult”  |  Hike Length: 5 miles  |  Hike Time: 5 hours  |  Hike Leader: Andrew Stein, Contact: 914-788-4678


Sunday, October 13th  |  Hubbard Perkins Trail in Fahnestock Park

“Pristine Paths To Seclusion”

Come out and enjoy the fresh summer air! The hike runs along the valley following a stream up the hills. Depending on the weather and trail conditions, we will enjoy the series of trails that loop through the hills. We can take the Blue Trail, which features 2 mountain summits, all with views from a different direction! The area is full of many great spots to take in, and we will stop for a quick lunch along the way. A new trail gives us a break, and we can take the new green trail to loop back to the parking area. Some parts of this hike are fairly steep, so please bring hiking boots and plenty of water and some healthy snacks!

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

A-  “Moderate with Hills”  |  Hike Length: 6 miles  |  Hike Time: 5 hours  |  Hike Leader: Andrew Stein, Contact: 914-788-4678


Sunday, October 20th  | Candlewood Hill in Fahnestock State Park

Late Fall Foliage Hike With a Fabulous Hilltop View

Have an enjoyable day rambling on and off 5 miles of wooded trails in Putnam County’s Fahnestock State Park.  This is one of the easiest hikes you can take in order to get the kind of fabulous Fall Foliage views you’ll see from the top of Candlewood Hill. Your hike leader maintained this trail for the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference and the Westchester Trails Association for over twenty years.>We’ll visit a magical spot not on any trail map to have lunch, a veritable “Shangri La.”

Drive time 30 minutes

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B+  “Strenuous”  |  Hike Length: 5 miles  |  Hike Time: 4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto, Contact: 914-523-4958


Sunday, November 3rd  |  Mount Beacon

“One of the Best and Most Famous Views in the Hudson Valley”

This is a short but intense hike up to the top of Mount Beacon. This is one of the best views in the Hudson Valley. The trail is very steep with loose rocks. We will take lunch at the top with ample time for photographs.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

A  “Difficult”  |  Hike Length: 4 miles  |  Hike Time: 4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto, Contact: 914-523-4958


Sunday, November 10th  |  Appalachian Trail by Graymoor in Garrison

“The Shrine by the Hudson River”

The hike begins by Graymoor on the Appalachian Trail in Garrison. We will pass a shrine in the woods that has been famous over the years. We will follow the trail north until we reach a beautiful overlook where you can see up Hudson for many miles. A great place for lunch!

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 4-5 miles  |  Hike Time: 4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Andrew Stein, Contact: 914-788-4678


Saturday, December 7th  |  Rockefeller State Park

“A Working Farm and Horse Trails”

Located in Sleepy Hollow this former Rockefeller Estate features horse trails, which are nice and flat and excellent for a winter walk. There is also a working farm that supplies livestock and vegetables for the Blue Hill restaurant which are located on the premises. There is also a shop and a grain café to purchase items grown and baked on the premises.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 4 miles  |  Hike Time: 4 hours  |  Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto, Contact: 914-523-4958


 

Sunday, December 15th  |  Anthony’s Nose

“Panoramic Views of the Hudson River”

The hike begins off of Mountain Pass Road in Garrison. The trail ascends up the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River. Eventually, you reach the breathtaking views of the Hudson River from the summit.

The Mountain was named Anthony’s Nose because of the peculiar shape of the river in that area. Because of this shape, hikers can see fantastic views north and south on the river. Across from the mountain is Iona Island, which is a bird sanctuary. It is very common to see Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures and other birds of prey gently riding the breeze overhead.

I have personally seen ticks on the Nose, so please wear proper clothing and bring repellant. A small air mattress may be a welcome item as well.

Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels. Bring lunch and water.

B-  “Moderate”  |  Hike Length: 4 miles  |  Hike Time: 4-5 hours  |  Hike Leader: Andrew Stein, Contact: 914-788-4678


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Here are some GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS to read if you are thinking of bringing your child on one of our hikes:
1. We enjoy having children on hikes but they must stay close to you throughout the entire hike.  You — not the Hike Leader — are responsible for them.
2. You have to determine by reading the full hike description and/or calling the Hike Leader a few days before the hike if your child has both the interest and the stamina to keep up with the group and to complete the hike.
3. Children need to be wearing hiking boots or sturdy sneakers.
4. Bring extra food, water and your child’s favorite snacks for “motivation.”
5. Not required, but a good idea is to have them carry a small backpack with a few items for a sense of responsibility and to feel part of the group.
6. No electronic devices of any kind on hikes!  (Adult cellphones on “vibrate” but use not encouraged except in emergencies.)

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