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Enjoy the outdoors, exercise and socialize. Good physical condition and hiking boots are the only prerequisites. Bring lunch and something to drink. FREE to members and their guests.

Our Club Fit Hiking Club is celebrating its 28th anniversary! Hikes take place in the local area on marked, wooded paths through nature centers, forests and occasionally mountains. Members are encouraged to bring along their family and friends. Hikes are labeled easy, medium and rugged. Come discover the natural beauty we have here in Westchester and the surrounding area. Look for flyers on the racks and find the Hiking Club Schedule under “Wellness” on the website. You can always call your Hiking Leaders: Peter, Andrew and Michael, with any thoughts or questions.

Sylvan Glen
Saturday, August 6th

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Sylvan Glen
“It’s Hard to Believe This 343-Acre Quarry Was Here All Along!” One of Yorktown’s best-kept secrets

Did you know that right here in Yorktown, we have the 2nd largest municipal park in Westchester? Opened in October of 1999, this former rock quarry is now a hikers’ paradise right in our midst. Mohegan Golden Granite from Sylvan Glen Park Preserve was used in many famous buildings and bridges throughout NYC, White Plains and Washington, D.C. There are currently fifteen marked trails of varying lengths. The quarry itself with its cut stones and abandoned equipment are all waiting for you to discover. Many new impressive educational signs. Expect some hills. Discover our own gem of a nature preserve. Comfortable boots a must. Rain cancels.

Hike Length: 4 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 3 hours
Meeting Place: 9:00am Sylvan Glen Parking Lot Mohegan Lake, NY 10547 >>From Rte 6, Go 1.3 miles South on Lexington Ave LEFT on Morris Lane, Straight Downhill into Parking Lot<<

Hike Leader: Peter Meskin (914) 715-4068

Arden Point
Sunday, August 21st

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Arden Point
“THE RIVERS EDGE OF PARADISE!”

This is a wonderful hike that loops and follows the Hudson River south of the Garrison train station. The trail winds around the bank of the Hudson River. There are several viewpoints to enjoy, some with comfortable benches. There is a lovely gazebo right behind the Garrison institute. You can see the Thayer Hotel, the hills, West Point, and mile long freight trains right across the river. There is also an old bridge that barely clears the Metro North trains as they diesel by. The trail winds down some zig zaggy trails, some lined with bamboo, and exotic plants. You pass an eerie looking abandoned haunted house. You also pass a historic area that Benedict Arnold made famous. Please bring plenty of water, & snack/lunch.

Hike Length: 3 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 3-4 hours depending on weather & conditions
Meeting Place: 9am at the Garrison Train Station Trail is on the south east section of the parking lot. Parking is free on the weekends

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein (914) 788-4678 (Mobile) andrewsteinvideography@gmail.com

Kitchawan Preserve
Saturday, August 27th

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“Winding Trails Leading to the Croton Reservoir”

The Kitchawan Preserve is located on grounds formally used by the Botanical Gardens and are connected to Teatown via the Teatown Kitchawan Trail, which the hike will take part of. The hike starts in the parking lot of the Kitchawan Preserve and takes a hilly trail before we stop for lunch next to the Croton Reservoir. Bring lunch, water and insect repellant.

Hike Length: 3 miles | B “Moderate” Hike time: 3 hours
Meeting place: Kitchawan Nature Preserve, 712 Kitchawan Road, Ossining, NY 10562
Meeting Time: 9:00am

Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto H: (914) 528-9110 C: (914) 523-4958

Hilltop Hanover
Saturday, September 10th

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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. Bring lunch and water

Hike Length: 3 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 3 hours
Meeting Place: 9am at the parking lot across from the farm, 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto (914) 523-4958 (Mobile) 

Wonder Lake
Sunday, September 18th

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Wonder Lake, located off of Ludingtonville Road in Carmel is a beautiful area tucked away in the mountains right by Rt. 84. The trail winds up a hill overlooking Wonder Lake. The trails continues downhill as you loop around the lake. We will stop by a scenic spot along the water to enjoy lunch and the view! The conditions will most likely be muddy and slippery, so please wear good waterproof boots if possible.

Hike Length: 5-6 miles | B+ Moderate leaning towards difficult
Hike Time: Approx 4 hours depending on trail conditions
Meeting Place: Wonder Lake State Parking area on Ludingtonville Rd Carmel NY (off of Rt. 84)

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein (914) 788-4678 (Mobile) andrewsteinvideography@gmail.com

Mianus River Gorge
Saturday, September 24th

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MIANUS RIVER GORGE
“Our Own Mini-Grand Canyon”

Can’t visit the Grand Canyon this year? Discover one of the most scenic outdoor areas in Westchester County as we hike along the Mianus River banks. This Mini-Colorado River carved out the gorge from the rushing waters of a glacier ten to fifteen thousand years ago. This is the first property preserved by The Nature Conservancy, a nationwide philanthropic group that protects our environment. It is their showpiece. Come and enjoy! Comfortable boots a must.

Hike Length: 5 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 3-4 hours with lunch
Meeting Place: 9:00am Mianus Parking Lot 167 Mianus River Rd., Bedford, NY

Hike Leader: Peter Meskin (914) 715-4068

Southern Fahnestock Park
Sunday, October 2nd

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Southern Fahnstock Park by the Chimney
“Rolling Hills, Mountain Views, & Valleys”

The hike begins along a winding trail that follows a stream. The trail takes you up rolling hills through pine forests, and crosses the stream a few times. The first summit brings you up to a beautiful overlook facing west, where you can see other Hudson Valley peaks such as Beacon Mountain, Bear Mountain and the backside of Breakneck. Many years ago, there was a house on this site, but all that remains now is the stone fireplace chimney.

We will follow the red trail and will take a loop that intersects with the Appalachian Trail. Most of the trail is moderate with a couple of rocky sections that could be slippery if wet, so please wear appropriate hiking boots. Please bring plenty of water. We will have a picnic lunch when we reach the midpoint of the hike on a huge rock formed by the glaciers.

B+-“Moderate with Rolling Hills” Hike Time: 4 hours depending on weather & conditions
Meeting Place: 10am South Highland Road across from the Garrison Fish & Game Club (use for good GPS location)

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein (914) 788-4678 (Mobile) andrewsteinvideography@gmail.com

Candlewood Hill in the Fahnestock State Park
Saturday, October 15th

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CANDLEWOOD HILL IN FAHNESTOCK STATE PARK
“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. Come and enjoy! Comfortable boots a must.

Hike Length: 5 miles | B+ “Moderate / Strenuous” Hike Time: 4 hours with lunch
Meeting Place: 9:00am Sunken Mine Rd, Putnam Valley, NY 10579 DIRECTIONS FROM JV CLUB FIT RIGHT on Rte. 6N Left UPHILL on Wood Street LEFT on Bryant Pond Road GO OVER the Taconic Parkway on Bryant Pond Road Bryant Pond Road makes a sharp right…stay on it LEFT on Peekskill Hollow Road, at the Soccer Academy RIGHT UPHILL on Tinker Hill Road RIGHT on Oscanawa Lake Road LEFT on North Shore Road RIGHT onto dirt road, Sunken Mine Road Go all the way straight in and PARK

Hike Leader: Peter Meskin (914) 715-4068

Mt. Taurus
Sunday, November 6th

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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 to enjoy on the summit.

Hike Length: 5 miles | A- “Steep Inclines- Difficult” Hike Time: 5 hours
Meeting Place: 10am Wood Avenue Nelsonville (Cold spring Area)

Directions: Use GPS to Homestyle Deserts Bakery in Cold spring (not Peekskill location) When you pass Homestyle bakery on your left on Rt. 301, take the next RIGHT Turn on to Wood Avenue
Take Wood Avenue about 1 mile to trailhead; bear left up hill and parking lot is on the right

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein (914) 788-4678 (Mobile) andrewsteinvideography@gmail.com

Teatown to Croton Dam
Sunday, December 4th

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TEATOWN TO CROTON DAM
“THE TRAIL TO THE DAM”

So close to home, yet so secluded! Come join the hiking club in a moderate hike through the trails of Teatown Park! Hikers will visit sections of the park such as the beautiful Teatown Lake. But after the lake, hikers will follow the stream down to the Croton Reservoir. From there, it’s a short walk to the Croton Dam. We will spend a short time at the dam having lunch, and then we will begin the trek back through the woods of Teatown. The conditions will most likely be muddy and slippery, so please wear good waterproof boots if possible. Please bring plenty of water, & snack/lunch.

Hike Length: 5-6 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 4 hours depending on weather & conditions
Meeting Place: 10am Teatown Lake Parking area

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein (914) 788-4678 (Mobile) andrewsteinvideography@gmail.com

HIKE LEADERS

Andrew Stein

Andrew Stein

Hike Leader

LEARN ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew Stein brings over 30 years of hiking experience to the local trails in our area.

Andrew has hiked all over the country, from Alaska, to Montana and to the Rockies. These days you can find him almost daily on the trails with his faithful 4 footed companion Molly, a retriever, who is loved by all Club fit hiking members! Molly has been hiking with the club since she was literally a few months old!

Andrew is a filmmaker, and the owner of his video production company, Andrew Stein Videography. His work includes documentaries, event videos, non-profit promotional work, musical and theatrical presentations, plus much more! The New York Yankees, CNN, NBC, Con Edison, IBM, were just some of his projects.

The Hudson Valley has been his favorite area to hike, especially on the Appalachian Trail. Andrew’s goal is to introduce the many trails that run in the vicinity of the Hudson Valley so that others can experience the beauty of the region, and improve your mental and physical health. As a hiking leader for Club Fit for over 20 years he has led numerous hikes throughout the region exposing local residents of the beauty and the rich history the Hudson River Valley has to offer.

Some of Andrew’s favorite hikes in the area are the Hudson Highlands State Park, which runs along both sides of the Hudson River in Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Anthony’s Nose, Cornell Mine, Doodletown, and Mt. Taurus are just some of the scenic hikes the club enjoys. Fahnstock Park, Harriman Park, Bear Mountain, and Teatown are also favorites with a lifetime worth of trails to explore and enjoy.

Michael Capsuto

Michael Capsuto

Hike Leader

LEARN ABOUT MICHAEL

Michael has been hiking trails in the Hudson Valley since he was a young boy. He has been hiking with the hiking club for the past 10 years. Michael is Red Cross certified in adult first aid/CPR/AED and has been living in Yorktown since 1996 with his daughters.

Peter Meskin

Peter Meskin

Hike Leader

LEARN ABOUT PETER

Peter enjoys sharing his love of the forest trails with Club Fit members. His friends have always known where to look for him: “Outdoors!” First as a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and then as a trained hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Peter has hiked and camped throughout the United States, parts of Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Capt. Peter is also a professional sailing instructor, having taught for the New York Sailing School on City Island, The Appalachian Mountain Club, and for the Croton Sailing School and Ferry Sloops right here on the Hudson River.

After attaining his Masters License as a US Coast Guard Sailing Captain, Peter ran a charterboat business, “Caribbean Dream Charters,” out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands taking guests out for week long, live aboard cruises. Each cruise was a week in paradise.

Peter Meskin and Andrew Stein started the Club Fit Hiking Club over 20 years ago and are both very proud to still be leading the hikes.

Please remember hikes are canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call the appropriate Hike Leader if weather is questionable.

Peter Meskin at (914) 245-7693
Andrew Stein at (914) 788-4678
Michael Capsuto (914) 523-4958

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.)