Schedule for December 2020                                     IHC home page

THIS HIKE CANCELLED: Saturday             December 5, 2020               Christmas Hike in NYC       Moderately Strenuous

Enjoy the Christmas season in NYC with a morning and early afternoon hike. Naughty & Nice Persons only!

Awful weather cancels.  Contact a leader after 7:00 AM morning of hike if uncertain.

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

                Guy Percival         973-590-7437      [email protected]

Meet: Penn Station NY-NJ Transit Waiting Area [Near Men’s Room]

Additional details will be announced via IHC E-MAIL NETWORK one week before the event.



Sunday December 6, 2020            Merrrill Creek           Moderate

Merrill Creek has about 7-8 miles of trails. It is 50% flat, 50% hilly. I think we will be done early, so there will be an optional extra hike at Bread Lock which is a historical Morris Canal park that is quite instructive and on the way back to 78.

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

                Guy Percival         973-590-7437      [email protected]

Meet: 8:30 AM at the boat launch area which has porto-potties. Please come down to the boat launch if you park at the visitor’s center that is closed.

Directions - take 78 West and get off at exit 4. Go North on South Main Street to Stewartsville. Then right on Washington Street under a single lane railway tunnel and the road becomes Stewartsville road and intersects 57 after 7 miles of driving. Right and then jog left off 57 onto Montana Road. Steep uphill for 2 miles and left on Richline Road for 0.3 miles and left on Merrill Creek straight ahead for 0.6 mile for boat launch. Please park and avoid diving right into the reservoir. GPS is 40.7352268, -75.0932623


Sunday     December 13, 2020    Farny Highlands                    Strenuous

We will hike over to Splitrock Reservoir see the remains of two iron furnaces, then follow the Righter Mine trail out to Meridian road. There will be a short section on road before we re-enter the park to follow the Beach Glen back. The Hike is 10 miles and hilly.

Leaders:    Guy Percival               973-590-7437           [email protected]

Meet:  9:00 AM    Wildcat Ridge (Four Birds South) Parking, 401 Green Pond Rd, (Rt-513) Rockaway, NJ 07866

From I-80 West, Exit 37: Turn left at bottom of ramp onto Rt-513 North (Green Pond Rd.). Go about 2.75 miles to Lower Hibernia Rd on right. Turn in and entrance to parking lot is 100 ft on left. GPS (40.9444, -74.4930)


Sunday     December 20, 2020    AT #16A—Rt-9/Graymoor to Canopus Hill          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. Sections of the Old Albany Post Road are crossed, before we ascend Canopus Hill for the views. Return is by the same route.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     AT Parking, Jct Rt-9 & Rt-403, Philipstown NY 10524

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 bridge 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 4 mi to Rt-403 and AT Parking nearby at the intersection. GPS Meeting Place (41.3508, -73.9262)


Sunday     December 27, 2020    Watchung Reservation Historical                            Moderately Strenuous

We'll hike part of the Sierra Trail and lots of connecting trails perhaps visiting the Stables, Surprise Lake, Ancient Cemetery, Deserted Village, Seely's Pond, and end at the Nature Center.  

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     Watchung Reservation, Trailside Museum, 462 New Providence Rd, Mountainside NJ 07092

From Eastbound I-78, Exit 44 toward New Providence/Berkeley Heights: Turn left onto Glenside Ave. Continue 1.3 mi and turn right onto Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. Continue 1.3 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Summit Lane. Continue 0.4 mi and turn right onto New Providence Rd, then Continue 0.2 mi to the parking lot of Trailside Nature & Science Center.

From West bound I-78, Exit 43: Proceed right on Diamond Hill Rd. to Traffic Light and turn right onto McMane Ave. Go on mi to intersection of Glenside Ave. and turn left. Continue mi to Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. on right. Continue to the first circle and take first right onto Summit Lane. Go mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking is on right.

From Garden State Parkway Exit 140 (Rt-22): Take Rt-22 west about 4.3 mi to Summit Rd turn right and continue 1.2 mi to Summit Lane. Go 0.7 mi and at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Summit Lane (Boro of Mountainside). Continue 0.5 mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking Area is on right.   GPS Meeting Place (40.6826, -74.3728)


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