Schedule for March 2021                              IHC home page

Sunday     March 7, 2021            Otter Hole               Moderately Strenuous

This back-door approach to the network of trails of Norvin Green crosses Post Brook and leads to several high points. Wyanokie High Point will be included. Come and see which of the various routes the leader takes.

Leader:     T.J. Rubino    862-222-5002    [email protected]

Meet: 8:00 AM     Norvin Green S.F, Otter Hole Parking Lot, 528 Glenwild Ave, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403

From I-287 Exit 53: Turn West (left) onto Hamburg Turnpike (Rt-694 W) and drive 1 mi thru town of Bloomingdale, continuing on Hamburg Tpk. by taking the right fork at the split at end of town. Just 0.1 mi later Glenwild Rd (Rt-700) is on the right, up a steep slope. Drive 2.9 mi on Glenwild Ave, past Lake Communities to the parking area on the right.   GPS (41.0457, -74.3505)


March 14, 2021 Note! Daylight Savings Resumes Saturday Night/Sunday AM—Spring Forward & Lose 1 hr.


Sunday     March 14, 2021          Stokes State Forest Ramble         Strenuous

Starting at Stony Lake we will take the Blue Mountain Loop outbound, and make the climb up Sunrise Mountain to the AT & Bird Watch Pavilion. Next its over to the Culver Fire Tower then back down to the parking area. 8 miles total.

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

                  Jill Wilson      973-879-0531     [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Stony Lake Parking, Stokes State Forest, Coursen Rd, Sandyston, NJ 07826

From I-80 West Exit 34B: Take Rt-15 north about 17 mi. to Rt-206 (Rt-15 ends). Continue straight on Rt-206 north 6+ mi. towards Culvers Gap and AT trail crossing sign. Proceed an additional mi. and the Park Entrance is on the right off Rt-206. Drive by the Ranger Station (Warm John’s) on Coursen Rd about 2 mi, bear sharp right at T intersection to Stoney Lake. Then continue mi to parking lot on left.

                  Park Entrance: 30 Rt-206, Branchville, NJ 07826                GPS Park Entrance (41.1843, -74.7974)

                  Stony Lake Parking: Coursen Rd, Sandyston, NJ 07826      GPS Meeting Place (41.2031, -74.7732)


(No Meetup posting)

Sunday     March 21, 2021          Kakiat Circular Hike                           Strenuous

The hike starts in Kakiat County Park by taking Kakiat trail until it intersects with Suffern-Bear Mountain trail (SBM).  The hike continues by taking a right on the SBM and remaining on the trail until it hits the Pine Meadow (PM) trail – we make a left.  Once on the PM tail, the hike continues on the PM trail until it hits Pine Meadow Road.  Pine Meadow Road goes along Pine Meadow Lake; we make a right onto Poached Egg trail. We continue on Poached Egg to Raccoon Brook Hill trail (Black) the trail splits to the right and straight but we take the straight route.  We remain on Raccoon Brook Hill trail until the trail intersects with Kakiat trail.  We take a left on Kakiat trail and head back to Kakiat County Park.  The Kakiat trail intersects with Mountain trail (Orange) and we take a left and back to the parking lot. The approximate distance is 10 to 11 miles and elevation gain 2200 feet.  It will take 5 or 6 hours to complete.

Leaders:    Jerry Giordano     [email protected]

                  T.J. Rubino     862-222-5002     [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Kakiat County Park, 590 Haverstraw Rd (Rt-202), Montebello, NY 10901,

From Suffern @ I-287 & I-87N Interchange Exit 15A: Take I-287 North - merging briefly onto the NYS Thruway but immediately exiting at 15A onto Rt-17 & Orange Turnpike. At the exit light turn right towards Suffern. Drive about 1.6 mi East on Orange Turnpike. After passing under the Thruway overpass upon reaching Suffern at the traffic light, turn left onto Rt-202 North. Kakiat Park is 3.2 mi north of Suffern on the left side of Rt-202 (opposite Viola School entrance). Go left downhill to parking.    GPS (41.1439, -74.1124)


Saturday  March 27, 2021          Old Croton Aqueduct              Strenuous

This is about an 11-mile mostly flat hike: 8 miles northbound along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail to the Old Croton Dam and about 3 miles through the suburbs to the Croton-Harmon Train Station. The hike ends with a short train ride back to the cars. The full Croton Aqueduct trail runs from the Bronx to the New Croton Reservoir and once supplied drinking water to New York City. The New Croton Dam is spectacular, especially when there is a lot of water in the spring time. Wiki “New Croton Dam”. We will get views of the dam from the park below and by walking across its top. Much of the trail looks like a rail trail and is flat. Some portions have been diverted onto public streets. There will be a few shortish steep places. If you like to hike with polls, you might want to bring them. The final three miles includes about 0.1 mile of moderately steep trail. Bring water and a light lunch. A joint walk with Freewalkers and Shorewalkers.

Leader:     Brian Coan    862-222-6471    B[email protected]

Meet: 10:00 AM   Scarborough Train Station Parking, 230 Scarborough Station Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

From Suffern: @ I-287 & I-87N Interchange Exit 15A: Take I-287N for 17.5 mi across the Hudson on New Tappan Br. (Toll). Take Exit #9 for Rt-9 and go North for 5.2 mi to Scarborough Station Rd. on the left. Turn left onto Scarborough Station Rd. and continue for 0.2 mi to River Rd. Turn right and drive 0.1 mi to RR Parking.     GPS (41.1370, -73.8659)


Sunday March 28 - Deadline to submit new hike ideas for Summer Schedule. June 2021 thru Nov. 2021


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