Schedule for April 2018                                            IHC home page

Sunday, April 1, 2018                Appalachian Tr. #2—Mohican Rd. / Flatbrookville Rd.           Moderately Strenuous

This section affords some fine views along the ridge both from the trail and from Catfish Tower. Heavy growth of mountain laurel and rhododendron are found on both sides of the path. There is a section where beavers and maintainers may be at odds. Distance 7.1 mi.

Leader:  Paul Ferlazzo                973-979-2010                  [email protected]                 

Meet: 9:00 AM       A.T. Trail head parking, Flatbrookville Stillwater Rd, Newton NJ

From I-80 West to Delaware Water Gap: Exit for River Rd. This is the last exit before bridge to Pa. Drive north on River Rd. about 11 miles to Millbrook Village. Continue north on River Rd 1.5 mi to Flatbrookville-Stillwater Rd on the right. Turning right follow the road 2.8 mi to its end and then turn left into the AT parking. (GPS 41.0731,-74.9637)

ALTERNATE (Complicated & Slower but Shorter) I-80 West to Exit 12: Right on Rt-521 for about 4 mi to Blairstown. Turn left onto Rt-94; go 0.2 mi to light then turn right onto Rt-602 (Bridge St) (becomes Millbrook Rd)), which goes between Ace Hardware and a red building on the left. Continue 0.15 mi to stop sign. Turn right onto Millbrook Rd. (Rt-602), and 200 ft up the hill bear left following Millbrook Rd (Rt-602) about 7 mi to River Rd and Millbrook Village. Follow River Rd North (right) 1.5 mi to Flatbrookville-Stillwater Rd on the right. Turning right follow the road 2.8 mi to its end and then turn left to the AT parking.


Sunday, April 8, 2018                      Kakiat Circular Hike                                 Strenuous

The hike starts in Kakiat County Park by taking Kakiat trail until it intersects with Suffern-Bear Mountain trail (SBM).  The hike continues by taking a right on the SBM and remaining on the trail until it hits the Pine Meadow (PM) trail – we make a left.  Once on the PM tail, the hike continues on the PM trail until it hits Pine Meadow Road.  Pine Meadow Road goes along Pine Meadow Lake; we make a right onto Poached Egg trail. We continue on Poached Egg to Raccoon Brook Hill trail (Black) the trail splits to the right and straight but we take the straight route.  We remain on Raccoon Brook Hill trail until the trail intersects with Kakiat trail.  We take a left on Kakiat trail and head back to Kakiat County Park.  The Kakiat trail intersects with Mountain trail (Orange) and we take a left and back to the parking lot. The approximate distance is 10 to 11 miles and elevation gain 2200 feet.  It will take 5 or 6 hours to complete.

Leader: Jerry Giordano              [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM       Kakiat County Park, 590 Haverstraw Rd (Rt-202), Montebello, NY 10901,

From Suffern @ I-287 & I-87N Interchange Exit 15A: Take I-287 North - merging briefly onto the NYS Thruway but immediately exiting at 15A onto Rt-17 & Orange Turnpike. Turn right at the light towards Suffern. Drive about 1.6 mi East on Orange Turnpike. After passing under the Thruway overpass upon reaching Suffern at the traffic light, turn left onto Rt-202 North. Kakiat Park is 3.2 mi north of Suffern on the left side of Rt-202 (opposite Viola School entrance). Go left downhill to parking. GPS (41.1439, -74.1124)


Sunday, April 15, 2018                    Sterling Ridge Trail Maintenance                                 Moderately Strenuous

Come help the club with Spring Trail maintenance on the North End. We clipped our way over the South this Fall. 

Leader: Sara Van Niekerk          973-489-6442                  [email protected]

Meet:  9:00 a.m.     North End Sterling Ridge Trail Parking, Rt-17A, Sterling Forest, NY 10987

From Suffern @I-87 & I-287 Interchange Exit 15A: Take Rt-17 about 8 miles north to Rt-17A at light. Turn left (west) on

Rt-17A and continue for about 5 mi. (look for hikers crossing sign). The access road to the Parking Area is on the left side of Rt-17A.

From Greenwood Lake, NY: Travel 3 miles east on Rt-17A to the parking area access road on the right. GPS (41.2466,-74.2474)


Sunday, April 22, 2018                            Jones Point                                                  Moderately Strenuous

The hike will start at Jones Pt., up the RD (with a shortcut to the old RD trail) and then bushwhacking to the rail bed on the Myles Trail which goes around the outside (north side) of Dunderberg with great views of Iona Island. Then we cross the RD (with a possible side trip to Stalter Springs) to Jones Rd. Then it’s up the escalator to the TT and then either continue to the Timp or back to Jones Pt. Lunch is at the top of the escalator. In addition, there is an option to continue from the TT along the RR bed back to the RD.

Leader: Ken Dolsky                    973-335-8542                  K[email protected]                                                                          

Meet: 9:00 AM       Jones Point Parking, Rt-9W, Rt-202, (Jones Point) Tomkins Cove, NY 10986

From Palisades Parkway northbound: Take Parkway to its end at the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle and Rt-9W. (about 18 miles north of New York State Thruway) Go south (right) on Rt-9W for about 4 miles to the parking area along southbound side of Rt-9W, opposite the old road to Jones Point. GPS (41.2811,-73.9627)


Sunday, April 29, 2018                        Stoke State Forest Blue Mountain Loop #2                     Moderately Strenuous

Today we will hike the middle section of the new Blue Mountain Loop. This will be a moderate to moderately strenuous hike. No big hills.                      Rain or Foul Weather cancels this hike

Leader: Roy Williams                 [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM       Kittle Field Parking Lot, Stokes State Forest, 13 Kittle Road, Sandyston, NJ 07826

From I-80 West Exit 34B: Take Rt-15 north about 17 mi. to Rt-206 (Rt-15 ends). Continue straight on Rt-206 north 6+ mi. towards Culvers Gap and AT trail crossing sign. Proceed an additional mi. and the Park Entrance is on the right off Rt-206. Drive by the Ranger Station (Warm John’s) on Coursen Rd about 2 mi, at intersection turn left and continue 100 feet to parking lot on left. Heated Rest Rooms are available at Kittle Field!   

Park Entrance: 30 Rt-206, Branchville, NJ 07826  GPS (41.1843, -74.7974)                      Kittle Field Parking: 13 Kittle Road Sandyston, NJ 07826     GPS (41.2062, -74.7746)

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