Schedule for July 2018                                                         IHC home page

Sunday     July 1, 2018               Somerville and the Nevius Bridge                                     Moderately Strenuous

This 8 mi hike in Somerville is new to us. We start eastward from the parking spot and go first across the Raritan on the Nevius Pedestrian Bridge. The route goes under Rt-206 via a new path Somerville is installing. There are very pretty views of the Raritan and lots of bird life on the way. Once in Somerville we will use Peters Brook Trail to get us onto the streets of Somerville. Then farm paths over to the Derrick Van Veghten House. We are likely to see sheep in Somerville! Return by same route, but we will be careful of mule that looks sullen.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM       Duke Island Park Bikeway, 1128 Old York Road, Raritan, NJ 08869

From 1-287 South Exit 17, (Rt-202/206 South): Drive South 1.5 mi on Rt-202/206 to split of Rts-202 & 206. Take Rt-206 South  mi to right lane exit at light for E Somerset St. Turning right, follow E Somerset westward (No Turns) 1.3 mi to parking for the Duke Island Park Bikeway. The road name changes to W. Somerset and then to Old York Rd. GPS (40.5610, -74.6479)


Sunday     July 8, 2018               Sterling Valley Loop                                                                       Strenuous

We are going to hike a section of Sterling Forest that we seldom visit. We will look at the route using the light up map at the Sterling Center before embarking. That way you know what you are getting into! Come see two pretty swamps and old roads along the Sterling Valley loop 9 miles, reasonably flat with good views of Sterling Lake.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM      Sterling Forest Visitor Center, 119 Old Forge Rd, Tuxedo, NY 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)


Saturday   July 14, 2018             Bike the Lehigh Canal to Jim Thorpe   Moderately Strenuous

 The connection from Weissport to Jim Thorpe will be open for this trip. We will ride 30 miles on the Lehigh

Canal towpath from Slatington PA, 15 miles north and return. You will need a bike with wider tires and a helmet. Slatington trailhead has bathrooms.

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

Meet: 10:00 AM    Slatington, PA Trail Head, 50 Main St; Slatington, PA 18080

From I-78 Tolls just west of the Delaware R Crossing: Continue 22 mi on I-78 to Rt-309. Take the exit and drive 7 mi north to Rt‑873 in Schnecksville. Take Rt-873 northward 6 mi to Main St, Slatington. Stay on Main St (Rt-873 turns off) about  mi after the bend to Slatington Trailhead on right side, just before the river. Look for gravel lot with former railway station. GPS (40.7527, -75.6047)


Sunday        July 15, 2018                  Annual Hike/Picnic on Pompton Lake                                                            Easy

IHC Members and Families only Please. First we will hike along the Pompton Feeder Canal, observe the Old Locks and Feeder Dam. Afterwards we drive back to Kientzler’s house for a swim in the lake, no pool anymore, (don’t forget a bathing suit & swim fins) and then a picnic. Bring a dish to share and/or something to cook. Charlie will have the grill going. If you wish, bring a door prize contribution.   Rain does not cancel the Picnic!   

Leader: Charlie Kientzler                 973-835-1060              Cell 973-906-9325 – Sunday Only

Meet: 9:30 AM       Pompton Plains Shopping Ct; Rt-23 (Northbound) &/or 190 Jackson Ave, Pequannock, NJ 07444

From the I-80, Rt-46 & Rt-23 Interchange: Take Rt-23 north 5.5 miles to Jackson Avenue (Right turn).  Enter from either Rt-23 or Jackson Ave.  Meet at north side of lot along Jackson Ave.   GPS (40.9689,-74.2839)

From I-287 Exit 52: Take Rt-23 Southbound 2 mi (4th light) to Jackson Ave. From right lane, make a jug handle (left) turn onto Jackson Ave eastbound toward Pompton Plains Shopping Ct. Entering from Jackson Ave, meet at north side of lot along Jackson Ave.


Sunday     July 22, 2018             Elk Pen Circular                      Moderately Strenuous

We will start from the Elk Pen on the ASB trail. Then hike the Dunning Trail to the RD and then head North on the RD trail to the Lichen Trail. After lunch which ever trails that will lead us back to the Elk Pen to end the day.                                        

Rain or Foul Weather cancels this hike.

Leader: Roy Williams                 [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM      Elk Pen Parking Area, Arden Valley Road, Arden, NY 10910

From I-87 & I-287 Interchange Exit 15A: Take Rt-17 north about 13 miles to the Arden Valley Road entrance to Harriman State

Park, on the right. Turn right and proceed mile to parking area on right. GPS (41.2654, -74.1535)


Sunday     July 29, 2018             Ramapo Ridge Ramble                                                        Moderately Strenuous

We will be doing the Millstone Trail, and parts of the yellow/ Old Guard Trail. This is a loop hike that traverses several historic scout trails (Camps Todd, Glen Gray and Cannonball), climbs to panoramic viewpoints and follows a picturesque stream. The hike is about 8 miles in length. 

Leader: Mike Roulier                  [email protected]            

Meet: 9:00 A.M.    Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Upper Parking Lot, 265 Skyline Dr, Oakland, NJ 07436

From I-287 Exit 57: Take Skyline Drive north 1.3 miles towards Ringwood. Parking area is on the left at the top of the mountain almost opposite the entrance to Camp Tamarack. GPS (41.0475, -74.2513)


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