Schedule for January 2020                                    IHC home page

Sunday January 5, 2020 TBA IHC Meetup

Meet: TBA via IHC E-MAIL NETWORK or IHC Meetup one week before the event.


Sunday     January 12, 2020       Institute Woods Princeton                                           Moderately Strenuous

Pleasant walk through Institute woods. We will intersect with the D&R Canal and hike north and then into Princeton for a campus tour. Return via Springdale road and back into Institute woods. About 8 miles total. Mostly level.

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

Meet: 9:30 AM     Princeton Battlefield Park, 450 Mercer St (Rt-583), Princeton NJ 08540

From 1-287 South Exit 17, (Rt-202/206 South): Drive 1.5 mi to split of Rts-202/206. Take Rt-206 south 17 miles into Princeton. In the center of Princeton make a right at intersection with Rt-27. This is Stockton street and still Rt-206. Go 0.3 mi and turn left onto Edgehill St and next right onto Mercer Street. Go 0.9 mi south until you reach an open park. At the PEDX-ing sign, there will be a large siding along what is now Rt-583.   GPS Meeting Place (40.3331, -74.6752)


Sunday January 19, 2020                        Wawayanda in Winter    Moderately Strenuous

Its winter and the lake will be frozen with perhaps Ice Fishermen on it. We’ll hike taking the Blue and Orange trails around the lake with a side trip out to Lake Lookout and the Pickle Trail. About 8 miles. In case of ice on the trails, bring micro spikes if you have them!

Leaders:    Mike Roulier               201-522-0259           [email protected]

                  Jill Wilson                   973-879-0531           [email protected]

Meet 8:30 – Hike Starts 9:00 AM                                 Wawayanda State Park, Wawayanda Rd, Beach Parking, Hewitt NJ 07421

From I-287 Exit 55: Go north on Ringwood Ave. (Rt-511) (name changes to Greenwood Lake Tpk.) about 13 miles to Warwick Tpk. at south end of Greenwood Lake. Continue straight-ahead 5 mi. on Warwick Turnpike past Upper Greenwood Lake. Turn left at park entrance. Continue past the Ranger Station 2 mi. to the entrance to Beach Parking on the left at the north end of Wawayanda Lake. GPS Meeting Place (41.1927, -74.4289)       GPS Park Entrance (41.1993, -74.3920)


Sunday January 26, 2020                        D&R Canal #1—New Brunswick to S. Bound Brook                                                   Moderate

This is the first is a series of canal walks from New Brunswick to Bulls Island. With its 19th-century bridges, bridgetender houses, past and present locks, cobblestone spillways and hand-built stone-arched culverts, the canal is a tremendous attraction. The upper reach of the feeder canal starts at Bull Island, and wanders through quaint New Jersey towns along the Delaware River such as Stockton and Lambertville. There were three points (we will see 2 of them) to cross the Delaware River in order to connect with the Delaware Canal (Pennsylvania side) for Coal from the North or Iron from the Furnaces near Philadelphia. The main canal, now underground in Trenton, passes the Port Mercer canal house, through the charming villages of Griggstown and Blackwells Mills, ending up in New Brunswick. The canal is now used to supply water to New Brunswick and municipalities along the canal.

This hike of 7 miles length toward New Brunswick, will take us to start of the existing canal at the New Brunswick Spillway where unused water is returned to the Raritan. The original Terminus was 1 mi downstream to where Rutgers Boat House is now situated. On the way, we will pass Five Mile Lock, which is now used as a flow control of the water.  

Shuttle Required.      Rain or bad weather cancels this hike.

Leader:     Guy Percival               973-590-7427           [email protected]

Meet: 9:30 AM     Johnson Park Grove #1, Johnson Park Rd (Rt-807) Highland Park NJ 08904

From I-287 Exit 9 (River Rd toward Highland Park): Take River road (Rt-622) 4.6 mi towards Highland Park, NJ. Make a right when you reach Light at Cedar Lane into Johnson Park Road which is Rt-807. Proceed clockwise to the second parking lot (Grove #1) and use second entrance. [Close to toilets.]   GPS Meeting Place (40.5077, -74.4473)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle some cars to D& R Canal Parking,169 Canal Rd, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880   GPS Shuttle (40.5584, -74.5311)

From the parking lot: Continue mi north on JOHNSON PARK RD. and bear left at Y fork onto JOHNSON DR. Continue mi to the junction with Landing Rd, turn left and drive mi to Easton Rd. Turning Right proceed 5 mi to the Junction with S. Main St. and Canal Rd Continue straight on Canal Rd. 0.1 mi to D&R Canal Parking Lot on the Right.

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