Schedule for May 2020                                                        IHC home page

Saturday May 2, 2020    Rain Date—South Sterling Ridge Trail Maintenance            See April 26, 2020


Sunday May 3, 2020       AT #17—Dennytown Rd to RPH Cabin                     Strenuous

The first part of this AT hike of 10 miles takes us thru part of Fahnestock Park with its section of old mine roads and some views from the ridge. Arriving at Canopus Lake we hike up the ridge along the Lake with several excellent views of the lake. Leaving the lake, we have some serious ups and downs. Shenandoah Mt (1,282 ft.) affords more views. and then it’s one more up & down until we reach Ralph’s Peak Hikers Cabin. The Cabin is used by Thru Hikers as a mail/food drop and rest stop (real bunks). Its location has been moved from its original spot and it is now a sturdy masonry structure.

Hiking the AT, it is only 1,429 mi from the start at Springer Mt, and 744 mi to Katahdin Mt.

Rain cancels this hike.  Shuttle Required.

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

Meet: 9:00 A.M.   AT/RPH Parking, 760 Hortontown Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

From Suffern: @ I-287 & I-87N Interchange Exit 15A: Drive North on I-87N for 29 mi to Exit 17 for I-84 Eastbound. After the Tolls continue on I-84 across the Hudson for 15 mi to Exit 52A for Taconic State Pkwy Southbound toward New York City. Drive south 1 mi to Exit #35 Miller Hill Rd. and exit. At the bottom of exit ramp is Miller Hill Rd. Turn right and drive 0.3 mi to intersection with Hortontown Rd. Turn left and go 0.1 mi to AT Parking on left side at curve in road. (About 50 mi from NJ line. ~1 hr.)

GPS Meeting Place (41.5142, -73.7912)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle cars to AT Parking, Dennytown Rd; Putnam Valley, NY 10579    GPS Shuttle (41.4206, -73.8689)

Directions for Shuttle: From Hortontown Rd, AT/RPH Parking. Go back 0.1 mi on Hortontown Rd to Miller Hill Rd. Turn Right and drive to Junction with of the Taconic State Parkway (Exit #35). Turning right onto the entrance ramp, take the Parkway south for 3 mi to Rt-301 at Exit 31B. At the end of the exit ramp at Stop Sign turn Right toward Cold Spring (West) on Rt-301 and drive 3 mi to Dennytown Rd. on left. (No light) Turn left heading south for 1 mi to AT Parking on left. Park on south side of lot.


Sunday May 10, 2020     Van Slyke Castle and Cannonball Trail      Moderately Strenuous

Hike will be about 8+ miles of hilly terrain. Parts of the trail are rocky with a few short steep climbs. Hike starts at Back Beach Park and will hike along Ramapo Lake (maybe the water lilies will be blooming) to the Van Slyke Castle and then retuning via the Wanaque Ridge.

Rain cancels this hike.

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

                  Jill Wilson                                                    [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 A.M.   Back Beach Park, 4th Ave, Haskell NJ 07420

From I-287, Exit 55: Go north on Ringwood Ave (Rt-511) about 0.8 miles to 2nd Ave. (light) on the right. Follow 2nd Ave. eastward

4 blocks to T intersection with Boulevard Ave. Turn left and drive north bearing right, now continuing onto 4th Ave, about mile to Back Beach Park large parking area.   GPS Meeting Place (41.0346, -74.2860)


Sunday May 17, 2020     Sourland & Devils Half Acre                   Moderately Strenuous

Come enjoy an 8 mile hike in the Sourland Mountain preserve. Scale the valley of rocks and see the Devils half acre.     Be prepared for a great view of NYC. We will see waterfalls and streams along the way

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     Sourland Mountain Preserve Parking Area, 380 East Mountain Rd, Hillsborough NJ 08844

From I-287 Exit onto Rt-206 southbound: Follow Rt-206 south to Somerville Circle (Junction of Rt-202 & Rt-206). Continue south on Rt-206 5.9 mi, then turn right on Rt-514 (Amwell Rd). Precede West 2.8 mi to East Mountain Rd. Turn left onto East Mountain Rd. Travel for two mi, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the right.

From Rt-206 Northbound: Follow Rt-206 through Princeton and Montgomery. Traveling up a small ramp, make a left onto Rt-601. Follow Rt-601 for a 1.1 mi, and make a right turn onto East Mountain Road by Carrier Foundation. Travel for 1.1 mi, and you will see the Sourland Mountain Preserve entrance sign on the left.   GPS Meeting Place (40.4751, -74.6926)


FRIDAY        MAY 22, 2020                    Canoe—Monksville Reservoir, Hewitt, NJ

Monksville Reservoir has a surface area of 505 acres and spans about three miles from end to end. Route 511/Greenwood Lake Road crosses the reservoir on a long bridge. South of the bridge is the main part of the reservoir. This large area curves all the way down to the Monksville Dam. North of the bridge, near Beech Road, the remains of submerged trees are in the water. On Beach Rd. there are launches in both directions: the south for cars with boat trailers; the north for kayaks, from a grassy lawn. We will use the Northern most Launch on Beech Road. Actual route of the paddle will depend on the weather and the group. Bring lunch. A portable sanitary facility is available.

See Canoeing General Instructions.    You MUST REGISTER with the leader by 6 PM the day before the event.


Leader:     Jean Fletcher              973-285-5263, cell 973-452-1567      [email protected]

Meet: 10:00 AM   North Boat Launch (On Northern Beech Rd.), Monksville Reservoir, 121 Beech Rd., Hewitt, NJ. 07456

From I-287, Exit 55: Take Rt-511 (Ringwood Ave.) north about 10 mi. Pass the Wanaque Reservoir, the Monksville Dam and South Boat Launch at 9 mi. Continue 1 mi and look for a sign on the left “Long Pond Ironworks State Park/ North Boat Launch”. Turn RIGHT (North) as we will be using the Kayak Launch on Northern Beech Rd. and follow signs to the boat launch. GPS Meeting Place (41.1423, -74.2999)


Sunday May 24, 2020     Lewis Morris & Jockey Hollow Exploration        Moderately Strenuous

On this 8 mi. loop around and thru the various historic places, we shall revisit in our minds the hardships of the Continental Army during the winter of 1779-80. It was during this “cruelest winter” that twelve men often shared one of over one thousand simple huts built in Jockey Hollow to house the army.

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

Meet: 9:30 AM     Morristown National Historical Pk. Visitors Ctr. (Jockey Hollow), Morristown NJ 07960

From: I-287 Exit 30: Go north on Rt-202 for 1.8 miles to traffic light at Tempe Wick Rd. Go left (West) 1.4 miles to Park Entrance on right. Proceed mile to parking lot. GPS Park Entrance.   (40.7622, -74.5457)   GPS Meeting Place (40.7619, -74.5428)


Sunday May 31, 2020     Trail Maintenance—Sterling Ridge North           Moderately Strenuous

Come help the club with Spring Trail maintenance.  Tools will be provided, however please bring work gloves.

Leader:     Sara Van Niekerk       973-489-6442           [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 a.m.    North End Sterling Ridge Trail Parking, 798 Minturn Bridge Rd (Rt-17A), Monroe NY 10950

From Suffern @I-87 & I-287 Interchange Exit 15A: Take Rt-17 about 8 miles north to Rt-17A at light. Turn left (west) on Rt-17A and continue for about 5 mi. (look for hikers crossing sign). The access road to the Parking Area is on the left side of Rt-17A. Turn in and drive 300 ft to parking.

From Greenwood Lake, NY: Travel 3 mi east on Rt-17A to the parking area access road on the right. Turn in and drive 300 ft to parking. Enter slowly and carefully. There are large potholes in the access road.   GPS Rt-17A turnoff (41.2306, -74.2608) Lot (41.2297, -74.2606)


Saturday      June 6, 2020         Rain Date—North Sterling Ridge Trail Maintenance       See May 31, 2020



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