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Hiking Club

Jefferson Valley
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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.


Saturday, July 2nd, 2022
Hilltop Hanover Farm
“Established in 1790 and Still Going Strong!”

The 187 acre Hanover Farm has about four miles of marked trails plus the farm itself. Originally owned by the Underhill family and then by the owner of the Eagle Pencil Company, today it is a demonstration farm and an Environmental Center. During harvest season they run a farm stand and on Saturdays you can pick (and pay for) your own produce. There are many classes and special events for both children and adults. The trails are moderate and pleasant with some ups and downs. As you drive by just south of Yorktown Heights Center on Hanover St, everything visually about the farm is quite picturesque and idyllic. Sunsets are especially dramatic setting behind the barns. Come and enjoy! Comfortable boots a must. Rain cancels.

Hike Length: 4-5 miles | B Moderate Hike Time: 3 hours with lunch
Meeting Place: 9:00am Parking Lot off Hanover St. Across the Street From the Farm (If coming from the North, it’s on your LEFT) 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Hike Leader: Peter Meskin (914) 715-4068


Saturday, July 9th, 2022
Woodlands Legacy Fields
“A picturesque stream surrounded by trails”

Next to the Woodlands Legacy Ball Fields are trails that weave in and out of a picturesque stream. An excellent hike for the summer, it is not very long and it is not near a lake so the insects are tolerable. There are some inclines and a quaint bridge to cross.We will meet at the kiosk next to the gas line at the far end of the parking lot. PLEASE NOTE, STRANG BOULEVARD HAS 2 SECTIONS THAT ARE NOT CONNECTED. THIS PARKING LOT IS NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH NY 132, NOT ON THE SECTION FROM US 202 AND MERCY COLLEGE. Please bring plenty of water, & snack/lunch.

Hike Length: 3 miles | B “Moderate” Hike Time: 3 hours
Meeting Place: 9am Woodlands Legacy Ball Fields 3100 Strang Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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


Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Hudson Highlands History Hike in the Garrison School Forest
“Where the Past Meets the Present”

The Garrison School Forest is only a 3-4 mile hike, but it’s really cool to see. This area contains the ruins of two Revolutionary War Forts, North & South Redoubt. George Washington was at this area when Benedict Arnold received the news of Major André’s capture. The fort was used to protect West Point, and secure the river. You can see quite a bit of the remnants on this hike! This is a good hike for children as they can learn about the history of the area! Please bring plenty of water, & snack/lunch.

Hike Length: 3-4 miles | B- Moderate Hike Time: 4 hours
Meeting Place: 9am on Snake hill road Rd in Garrison

Directions: from Annsville circle
Take Rt. 9 North
At the traffic light at Rt. 403 go left
At the traffic light on Rt. 9D go Right
About 1 mile take the right onto snake Hill Rd.
Trail Parking area is about ¼ mile on the right.

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


Saturday, August 6th, 2022
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


Sunday, August 21st, 2022
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.comcreate new email


Saturday, August 27th
Kitchawan Preserve

“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


Sunday, September 18th, 2022
Wonder Lake

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.comcreate new email


Saturday, September 24th, 2022
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


Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
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.comcreate new email


Saturday, October 15th, 2022
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


Sunday, November 6th, 2022
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.comcreate new email


Sunday, December 4th, 2022
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.comcreate new email


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.)

Next Class:
July 2, 2022
09:00AM - 02:00PM
Hiking Club, Jefferson Valley

Contact us if you have questions.

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