Schedule for April 2020                                            IHC home page

Sunday April 5, 2020      Pyramid Mountain County Park Excursion      Strenuous

This hike starts at the Visitor center & we will do 12 miles in scenic Pyramid Mountain Park. You will get to see it all including Bear Rock, Tripod Rock, Turkey Mtn. and the 100 steps. Rain cancels this hike.

Leader: TJ Rubino                                                        [email protected]COM

Meet: 9:00 A.M.   Pyramid Mt. Visitors Center, 472 Boonton Ave, (Rt-511), Boonton Township NJ 07005

From the South: I-287 Exit 45 Wootton Avenue (Boonton): Take first left and go under I-287. Follow Wootton Ave straight up the hill to blinker light. Turn right on Boonton Ave (Rt-511) and continue about 3 miles to Morris County Park parking lot on the left.

From the North: I-287 Exit 52, to Rt-23 north: Go 2 miles north on Rt-23 to Boonton Ave (Rt-511 south). Exit is a right-hand jug-handle turn. Follow Rt-511 south 4 miles to Morris County Park parking lot on the right.   GPS Meeting Place (40.9472, -74.3873)


Saturday        April 11, 2020         AT #16—Rt-9/Graymoor to Dennytown Rd.         Moderately Strenuous

This section is about 9 miles of mostly just short up and downs. We pass Graymoor Monastery which has been kind to AT hikers in the past. Views of the Hudson may be had along the trail. From Denning Hill, on a clear day, it’s possible to see NYC skyline some 40 mi south. We end up at the Group Campsites in Fahnestock Park.

Rain cancels this hike.  Shuttle Required.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     AT Parking, Dennytown Rd; Putnam Valley, NY 10579

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway: North to Rt-9W traffic circle near Bear Mountain Bridge (about 18 miles north of NY State Thruway). At the Rotary go around following Rt 202 to Bear Mt Bridge. After paying toll drive across to intersection with Rt-9D & Rt-202. Turn right and follow the winding scenic Rt-202 south for 3 mi to the junction with Rt-9. Take Rt-9 north 10 mi to Rt-301. Turn right and drive eastward 2.6 mi to Dennytown Rd on the right. Turn right heading south for 1 mi to AT Parking on left. Park on south side of lot.   GPS Meeting Place (41.4206, -73.8689)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle cars to Rt-9/Graymoor AT Parking, Jct Rt-9 & Rt-403, Philipstown NY 10524    GPS Shuttle (41.3508, -73.9262)

Directions for shuttle: From AT Parking, Dennytown Rd go north on Dennytown Rd 1 mi to Rt-301. turn left and drive 2.6 mi westward on Rt-301 to junction of Rt-9 at light. Go southward on Rt-9 6 mi to intersection at light with Rt-403. Turn onto Rt-403 for AT Parking along Rt-403 in two places: 1) At west side of Rt-403 by trail crossing, 2) Just past gas Station on east side of Rt-403.


Easter is April 12, 2020


Sunday          April 19, 2020    Fairmount Preserve                     Moderately Strenuous

Post-Easter Day hike. Please bring a snack to share with others. 6 miles hilly. Nice country views and farms.

Leader: Guy & Jen Percival        973-590-7437           [email protected]

Meet: 9:30 AM     Fairmount Preserve, Old Turnpike Road (RT-517), Tewksbury NJ 07830

From I-80 Exit 27 (Rt-206 South): Continue southward 7+ mi to the Chester area at the intersection of Rt-513. Turn right (west) and continue 4 mi to Long Valley. At the light turn left onto Fairmount Rd (Rt-517), name changes to Old Turnpike Rd, and drive 3.8 mi to the Tewksbury Open-Space parking area on left, just after the cemetery.   GPS Meeting Place (40.7323, -74.7755)


Sunday     April 26, 2020       South Sterling Ridge Trail Maintenance  Moderately Strenuous

Sterling Ridge needs some extra help on its southern section. Sara has obtained parking passes so we will start from the north and work south. We will car shuttle to the Visitor center. The hike is 2 miles to the fire tower and then 5.5 miles of clipping to the cars. Tools will be provided, however please bring work gloves.    Shuttle Required

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     South end of the Sterling Ridge Trail, 1561 Greenwood Lake Tpk (Rt-511), Hewitt NJ 07421

From I-287 Exit 55: Take Rt-511 (Ringwood Ave.) (becomes Greenwood Lake Tpk.) north about 11 miles to junction of Greenwood Lake Turnpike and East Shore Drive.) Parking is on the left side of the Road.   GPS Meeting Place (41.1400, -74.3280)


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