Club Fit | Class Hiking Club

Hiking Club

Jefferson Valley
Member: FREE!
Non-member: FREE!
Child of member: FREE!

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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 25th 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.

UPCOMING HIKES


Sunday, November 14th
Mt. Taurus

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein | Phone: 914-788-4678
“A Birds Eye View Beyond Belief”

A – “Difficult” Steep Inclines    Hike length: About 5 miles.    Hike time: 4-5 hours

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.

Meeting Place: Wood Avenue parking area Cold Spring 10am

Go out of club onto Rt. 6 go right Take 1st left onto Taconic Parkway North Go for about 12-15 minutes Take 2nd Rt. 301 exit (West) (beware, very sharp turn) Follow Rt. 301 for about 3 miles- Pass the traffic light at Rt. 9. Go another 1.5 miles, and after the store at the bottom of the hill, go RIGHT onto WOOD AVE. Take Wood Ave. straight for about 1 mile, and you will see the trailhead parking lot on your right.

Comfortable boots a must. Rain cancels.


Saturday, December 4th

Croton Point Park

Hike Leader: Michael Capsuto | Phone: 914-523-4958
“A walk in the park with beautiful views of the Hudson”

C –  “Easy”    Hike Length: about 3.5 miles     Hike Time: 3 hours

A walk through Croton Point Park past the landfill and through the camping area. We will pass the RV parking area, the lodges and the tent area. We will take a lunch break near the Hudson River with scenic views of the river and Rockland County. Please dress warmly as the winds off the river can be chilly. We will be parking in a dirt parking lot on the left right after entering the park. The address is 1 Croton Point Avenue, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520.

Meeting time and place is 10:00 am at the Club Fit Jefferson Valley parking lot opposite Toys “R” Us. If you want to meet at the hike location, please contact the hike leader.
Comfortable boots a must.  Rain cancels.  Driving time about 20 minutes


Sunday, December 19th
WING AND WING IN THE HUDSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK

Hike Leader: Andrew Stein | Phone: 914-788-4678

B – “Moderate” Steep Inclines    Hike length: About 4-5 miles.    Hike time: 3-4 hours depending on trail conditions

Located along the Hudson River close to the Osborn Castle the hike features incredible views of the Hudson River Valley and West Point.  The hike starts off gaining altitude as you rise above the fields and the river comes into view. A couple of years ago there was a tornado that happened to cross the trail and created an open area with a breathtaking view.

The rest of the hike enters the trail system that is part of the Osborn loop and we will have lunch by a quaint pond nestled in the woods.

The conditions could be muddy and slippery with wet leaves, so please wear good waterproof boots if possible. To stay warm but not overheat, it’s best to wear layers of clothing. Wicking clothing is best!

Meeting Place: 10am Wing & Wing Parking area off of 9D in Garrison

Directions to Wing & Wing:

(From the Annsville circle)

Take Rt. 9 North from the Ansville circle

At the next traffic light; go LEFT onto Rt. 403

At the next traffic light, go LEFT onto Rt. 9D south; Go 1/2 of a mile;

shortly after you pass the Garrison Institute of the right, you will be going left in the entrance which has 2 stone pillars with Wing & Wing engraved on it

Follow the dirt road until you reach the small parking area.

GPS: Wing and Wing in Phillipstown NY 

Comfortable boots a must. Rain cancels.


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 is a list of some of the hikes we have done in the past

Candlewood Hill in Fahnestock Park  |  Castle Rock Loop  |  Cornell Mine Trail

Croton Point Park  |  Doodletown  |  Fahnestock Park Appalachian Trail

George’s Island Park  |  Granite Knolls  |  Hilltop Hanover Farm

Hubbard Perkins Trail in Fahnestock Park  |  Hudson Highlands in the Garrison School Forest

Innisfree Gardens  |  Lasdon Park  |  Mianus River Gorge  |  Mount Taurus  |  Muscoot Farm

Rockefeller State Park  |  Sprout Brook Park  |  Sylvan Glen

Twin Lakes Trail in Teatown Lake Reservation  |  Woodlands Legacy Fields

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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.)

We recommend that you register for the hikes at the Reception Desk (914) 245-4040, ext. 0.

Contact us if you have questions.

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