Schedule for October 2020                                               IHC home page

FRIDAY   October 2, 2020          Canoe—Monksville Reservoir, Hewitt, NJ

CanoeMonksville Reservoir has a surface area of 505 acres and spans about three miles from end to end. Rt 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 Rd, 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 Rd. 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 (41.1423, -74.2999)


Sunday      October 4, 2020          Trail Maintenance Schunemunk                       Moderately Strenuous

The club maintains this section of the Western Ridge trail (the previous Long Path), as well as the Lower Jessup Trail. Please come and help us maintain these trails! Bring your lunch, water, clippers and good working gloves. If you do not have clippers you can use the tools provided by the club.

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     Schunemunk Parking, 17 Taylor Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553

From I-87 Exit 16 Harriman/Woodbury Commons: After tollbooths stay to right for first exit, Woodbury & Rt-32. Take Rt-32 north about 7 miles to Pleasant Hill Road, (Black Rock Hunting Club sign on left), Mountainville, NY. Turn left, go to first road (Taylor Road) turn left again, and proceed to parking lot on right side of road after crossing over thruway. GPS (41.4076, -74.0818)

From Rt-17: Travel north on Rt-17 to Rt-32 in Harriman, NY. Take Rt-32 north 7 miles to Pleasant Hill Road. See above.


Saturday   October 10, 2020        Rain Date—Trail Maintenance Schunemunk         See October 4, 2020


Sunday      October 11, 2020        AT #18—RPH Cabin to Depot Hill Rd. NY                        Strenuous

This AT hike of about 10 mi starts at the Ralph’s Peak Hikers Cabin parking (at elevation 500 ft). We soon ascend a ridge with excellent views over the Hudson R. Valley. After passing old farms we soon have wide views northward of the Shawangunk and Catskill mountains. Ducking under I-84 we start a serious ascent of Mt. Egbert (1,329 Ft). A shelter is located on a side trail near the summit. From here its slightly downhill to our cars on Depot Hill Rd. Shuttle Required

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

Meet: 9:00 AM     AT Parking, 301 Depot Hill Rd, Poughquag, NY 12570

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 16 mi to Exit 52A Taconic Parkway Northbound. Drive north for 1.4 miles and take Exit-38 for Rt-52 East. Drive 1.1 mi to NY-216 on left turn left and continue thru Stormville (sharp left) for 5.3 mi to Depot Hill Rd on right. Turn in and drive 1.9 mi (Steep Rd.) to small Multiple Use Aera Parking. GPS (41.5732, -73.6807)       Trail crossing GPS (41.57123, -73.6806)

Note! If late or lost see below!

We will shuttle cars to AT/RPH Parking, 760 Hortontown Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533    GPS Shuttle (41.5142, -73.7912)

Go Back 1.9 mi on Depot Hill Rd to NY-216 and turn Left. Follow NT-216 eastward for 5.3 to Rt-52. Turning right follow Rt-52 eastward 1 mi to Taconic Parkway Southbound. Drive south 3.7 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.


markus-wanderer[1]Sunday      October 18 to 24, 2020      AT Hikes—North Carolina                                                  Strenuous

Picking up from Indian Grave Gap we will hike the Roan Mountain section North on the AT as 5 separate day hikes. Much of the time we will be on high balds with beautiful views. The group will either camp at Roan Mtn State Park or stay in two cabins that have been reserved. There is lots of revolutionary war history nearby. The Over the mountain men marched through and stayed overnight at a historic barn next to Roan Mtn State Park. Contact leader for more information, mileages and the date of the hike.

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

Must register with leaders to attend hikes.


Saturday   October 31, 2020        Sleepy Hollow Halloween—Croton Aqueduct Walk                   Strenuous

The Fifth annual Festive Sleepy Hollow Cemetery / Westchester River / and Old Croton Aqueduct walk. We start by taking a lengthy walk thru the historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and then continue our walk along the Aqueduct Pathway and we will have lunch at a Hudson river park. Some hills walking from and to train stations Train stations are in every town for opt outs! Many clean bathrooms along the way. About 10 miles total. We return by RR from Hasting on Hudson and finish about 5 pm. Train fare back to cars: Regular fare $3.00/Sr $1.50 at Ticket Machines. For train from NYC/Grand Central: Senior one way $7.25 /. Regular fare off peak $17.00 Returning to GC from Hasting on Hudson, senior $6.25 off peak / reg fare $16.00 A joint walk with Freewalkers and Shorewalkers.

Leader: Rick Mohovich               Cell :201-675 6304   [email protected] for 2.1 mi to Pierson Ave.

Meet: 10:15 AM   Philipse Manor Train Station, 300 Riverside Dr, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

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 2.1 mi to Pierson Ave on the left. Turn left onto Pierson Ave and continue for 0.3 mi to Palmer Ave. Turn left and drive 0.1 mi to Riverside Dr. Go north 0.1 mi to station and parking. Free parking at the Philipse Manor train station. Drivers please arrive extra early as roads possibly could be closed for a 10 K run. Parking also close by at Devries baseball field or Kings Land Point County Park. GPS (41.0946, -73.8694)


Daylight Savings Ends Saturday Night/Sunday Morning—November 1, 2020. (Fall Back Gain 1 hr.)


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