Schedule for October 2021                                               IHC home page

Sunday, October 3, 2021            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 ChairSara Van Niekerk   973-489-6442    [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Otterkill Parking Lot, 340 Otterkill Rd, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577 (Also known as New Windsor)

From I-87 Exit 16 Harriman/Woodbury Commons: After tollbooths continue straight westward 3 mi to Exit 130 (Rt- 208). Turning right drive 2.8 mi following Rt-208 Northward, then at mini-mall, turn right onto Clove Rd. Continue on Clove Rd. 4.4 miles, then turn right onto Otterkill Rd. Drive 0.8 mi, the parking lot is on the left.     GPS (41.4256 -74.1015)


Sunday, October 10, 2021            Shirley Chisolm State Park, NY                                 Moderate

Shirley Chisholm State Park is New York's newest state park, and has also been called "New York City’s nicest park built on top of a toxic waste dump.” (It rests atop the former Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue landfills, operated by NYC from 1956 to 1983.) The park is named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer who was the first African American Congresswoman, and the first woman and African American to run for President. Rising up 130 feet above sea level, the park occupies some of the highest ground in New York City and offers panoramic views of the Empire State Building to the northwest, the Verrazano Bridge and New York Harbor to the west, and Jamaica Bay to the south. This will be somewhat of a city hike, with either paved or gravel/cinder paths, and few trees to obstruct the scenery around us. We will have a relaxing day exploring the park and enjoying the waterfront. The hike is about 6-7 mi long.

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

Meet 9:30 AM      Shirley Chisolm St. Park, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Brooklyn, NY  11229

From I-95 (NJ-Tpk) Exit 13 (I-278): Take I-278 East (Staten Island Expressway) toward the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After crossing the Hudson, use the left lane to take Exit 16, that loops around, toward Belt Parkway Eastbound. Drive eastward 12 mi on Belt Parkway to Exit 14, Pennsylvania Ave. At light, at end of exit ramp, make an immediate right turn off the exit ramp into the park. Tolls at bridge etc.

About 25 mi ( hr.) from I-95.   GPS (40.6430, -73.8754)

Note! Covid-19 Ride sharing may be allowed. If it allowed, it will be announced via IHC e-mail Network


Sunday, October 16 to 22, 2021        AT Hikes—North Carolina—Hiking Week               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]

You Must register with leaders to attend hikes.


Sunday, October 24, 2021            Prospect Park to Coney Island             Moderately Strenuous

This hike will be entirely in Brooklyn and is 9-mile trip to Coney Island with return via NYC MTA subway. We start near scenic Prospect Park, where we will have lovely view of Coney Island & its Parachute ride before we make our way there via Ocean Parkway. At Coney Island, we will pass "Nathan's Famous", Steeple Chase, The Cyclone, Carousel, Sea Gate, etc. We return via the "F", at its Coney Island, Stillwell Ave. stop, to Jay St. where we change to the "A" & return to the 34th St./Penn Station.

Leader:     Chris Davis                 718-633-0928           [email protected]

Meet: **    Penn Station NY-NJ Transit Waiting Area [Near Men’s Room]

Then: Take the "A" train and transfer to the "F" (or "G") at Jay St., Brooklyn. Get off at its Ft. Hamilton Parkway stop (exit via its Greenwood Ave. stairs).

** Please register with Guy at [email protected] for start time


Sunday, October 31, 2021            Andover Loop Trail – Kittatinny State Park                  Moderate

This is a mostly flat, approximately 7-mile hike on rail trails and some trails in the woods. It circumnavigates Kittatinny Valley State Park and Lake Aeroflex incorporating pieces of the Sussex Branch Trail, Hillside Park/Goodale Trail, old Lehigh and Hudson River RR right of way, and trails in Kittatinny Valley State Park.

Meet 9:00 AM      Kittatinny Valley State Park, 303 Goodale Rd, Newton, NJ 07860

Leader      Sue Bennett                 732-735-8895           [email protected]

From I-80 W Exit 25: Follow Rt-206N about 8 miles through Andover to Goodale Rd. on the right. (The road is about mile north of Limecrest Rd.) Drive on narrow Goodale Rd. for 1 mile. Parking is on right side. (GPS 41.0163, -74.7440)

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