Schedule for December 2018                                     IHC home page

Sunday          December 2, 2018             Sterling Forest Bare Rock Loop                        Strenuous

This 9-mile hike on the Orange or Bare Rock Loop has great view points of both Greenwood and Sterling lakes, a section of rock scrambling, beaver dams, and beautiful patches of ferns and hemlocks.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM       Sterling Forest Visitor Center, 119 Old Forge Rd, Tuxedo, New York 10987

From Suffern @ I-87 & I-287 Interchange Exit 15: Take Rt-17 north 2 mi to Sterling Mine Rd (CR-72). Proceed west on Sterling Mine Rd about 3 miles to traffic light. Turn right at traffic light onto Long Meadow Rd (CR-84). Go north 3 miles to Sterling Lake Rd (Old Forge Road) on left. Turn left and go mi taking the next right toward the Visitor's Center which is mi ahead. The Parking will be opposite the Visitor Center, in the hiker parking lot on right side of road. GPS (41.1983, -74.2562)


Sunday     December 9, 2018      Appalachian Trail      Moderately Strenuous

AT#6 – Rt-519, Wantage to Wallkill R.

This 10-mile section is mostly flat passing farms and using puncheons thru boggy area. As we approach the Wallkill River we pass the site of the only standing pumping station [of 11] of the 1890 oil pipeline that ran from the Olean, NY oil fields to the Bayonne, NJ Refineries. The pipeline passed thru watershed of the Wanaque and as a result had to be moved in 1930!

In previous years there were several old pipes, fabricated by the spiral welding technique, lying alongside the road.

Google — NJSKYLANDS.COM/HSOIL        Shuttle Required

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

Meet: 8:30 AM       Burger King, 1506 Rt-23 North, Butler, NJ 07405

From I-287 Exit 52: Take Rt-23 North 3 miles to Kinnelon Avenue. Continue through traffic light to first entrance on right into Burger King parking lot. Park in front near the highway.   GPS (41.0031, -74.3570)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will be leaving some cars at AT Trail Oil City Parking, 25 State Line Rd, Westtown, NY   GPS (41.2876, -74.5342)

After the Shuttle we will start at AT Parking, 980 Rt-519, Wantage NJ 07461   GPS (41.3290, -74.6432)


Sunday          December 16, 2018           Great Swamp Hike              Moderately Strenuous

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in Morris County, New Jersey. Established in 1960, it is one of more than 550 refugees in the National Wildlife Refuge System. We will be hiking for about 7 miles. We’ll enjoy its rich wildlife and we’re lucky, we’ll see some eagles or hawks. Shuttle is required.

Leaders: Udi & Neli Cohen     732-543-4624                [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM East/ South Parking Lot, Orange Trail, 646 Whitebridge Road, Gillette NJ, 07933

From I-287 Exit 30: Take North Maple Ave. Southbound 2.7 mi to Lord Sterling Rd on left. Drive East 3.4 mi on Lord Sterling Rd. to intersection with New Vernon Rd. (Rt-604) Note! [The road just past Somerset Co. Environmental Center is unpaved for a short distance and name changes to Whitebridge Rd.] At the intersection with Rt-604 / New Vernon Rd., continue straight 0.5 mi to South Orange Trail Parking Lot at the end of road.    GPS (40.7062, -74.4681)


Saturday       December 22, 2018           NYC XMAS Hike           Moderately Strenuous

This 8-mile meander will start at the northern end of Broadway after an initial subway ride from Penn Station. We will take in the sights of the city as we wonder south to midtown at which point everyone will be free to explore on their own or in groups. Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue Stores and many famous churches will be decorated for the holidays.

Leaders: Jim Schlenker           908-295-8178               [email protected]

               Craig Nunn              551-206-6823               [email protected]

Meet: 11:00 Penn Station NYC     [Jim is will be taking the 9:42 train from Summit.]

Gather by the NJ trains waiting area; on the Men’s Restroom side. [Woman’s RR is nearby]


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