Schedule for September 2015                                                          IHC home page

Friday         September 4, 2015    Canoe — Split Rock Reservoir

     A reservoir recently opened to boating and canoeing.  Very pretty and quiet.

   See Canoeing General Instructions.  Must call and register the day before.     Joint with UCHC

Leader: Bob Bodenstein              908-204-0321             Cell 908-883-0921 Friday Only

Meet: 10:00 AM  Split Rock Reservoir Parking Lot, 345 Split Rock Road, Boonton Twp, NJ 07005

From I-287N Exit 44: At the top of the ramp, turn right over I-287 onto Main St. (Rt-511) in Boonton. Drive 0.3 mile to Boonton Rd. (Rt-511) Turn right and go 2.5 miles to Rockaway Valley Rd. Turn left and drive 2.2 miles to Split Rock Rd, a 150 degree turn on the right. (Stone Rd. is the street 0.1 mile before Split Rock Rd.) Follow Split Rock Rd. 2.8 miles (Stay to the right at Decker Rd. and to the left at Charlottesburg Rd.) to the parking lot and launch area. (The last 0.8 mile is gravel.)          

From I-80 Exit 37 Rockaway/Hibernia: Go north on Green Pond Rd. (Rt-513) toward Hibernia. At about 6.5 miles turn right at the Marcella Firehouse sign. This is Upper Hibernia Rd. Continue 2 mi. to fork in the road. Bear left onto Split Rock Rd. After the pavement ends keep going over the dam. The new fisherman's boat launch parking lot is about 1/8 mile on the left after the dam. (GPS 40.9625, -74.4575)

Sunday        September 6, 2015    Patriots Path – Frelinghuysen to Heisteins Park                        Strenuous

This hike will begin at Frelinghuysen Arboretum and travel through Morristown, Morris Township, Mendham and Randolph. Most of the hike will be on hiking trails and old railroad beds. It travels by Speedwell Lake, Clyde Potts Reservoir, and through Dismay Harmony Natural Area and Heisteins Park. 10-15 miles

Shuttle Required -Heisteins Park to Frelinghuysen Arboretum parking lot.

Leader:      AL Dicianni               973 455-7262             Cell  973 462-5583 Day of hike only

Meet: 9:00 a.m.    Heisteins Park, 21 Doby Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945 ‎

From I-287 Exit 39: Take Rt-10 west 8.9 to Dover-Chester rd (Rt- 513) exit. Turn left (south) on Dover-Chester Rd and travel 2.8 mi. Make a left on South Rd and 0.1 mile later, a left on Doby Rd. Make a right on Heistein Park Rd and meet at building parking lot. (GPS Park Entrance 40.8249,-74.6137)

Week of      Sept 13-17, 2015       Hike Baxter State Park Mt Katahdin and Travelers Peaks          Strenuous

Baxter State Park is a wilderness area. It should have peak foliage this week. I am planning 3 days hiking in the vicinity of Mt Katahdin doing the Knife edge, and two days hiking to the north on the Travelers peaks. The park road is dirt with a 20 MPH limit. Accommodations will be in lean-tos or tents. You will need to bring a winter sleeping & ensolite pad and light weight food like dehydrated meals for two dinners. Along with three days heavier food/toilet paper/soap that can be kept in a car trunk.  The group will have water filters, two extra 6 person tents and three stoves. If you have your own tent, water filter or stove please let me know when you register. Maine does not allow me to book camp sites until May 17th. So I do not now know the sequence of the trip, where we will be staying if tent or lean to or the exact cost.  May 1st 2015 is the deadline for registration. If you want me to book a site for you send me a check for $45 by May 1st. Camping is $15 a day. We will share sites when possible. It will be difficult to get out of the park and resupply. Think about how to bring everything you will need except water (all water needs to be treated) for 5 days.

Leader:      Guy Percival              973-590-7437             [email protected]

Friday         September 18, 2015 Canoe —Lake Hopatcong

PatCanoe        This canoe trip puts in on the North End of Lake Hopatcong, to explore the many quiet coves in this area. Serious rain cancels. See Canoeing           General Instructions.  Must call and register the day before. Joint with UCHC

Leader: Jean Fletcher            973-285-5263  Cell 973-452-1567–Friday only       [email protected] 

Meet:  9:30           AM                  Gatwyns II Restaurant & Bar, 900 Rt-15 North, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 

From I-80 West Exit 34B: Take Rt-15 North 4.7 mi, passing thru the Jefferson Diner area. Just after Bowling Green Parkway light look for “Lake Shawnee take next exit” sign, and exit onto Lake Shawnee ramp. Follow ramp to the end (Gatwyns Restaurant is visible) and turn right, and right again into Gatwyns parking lot. Pass through the parking lot onto the unpaved area.  Outflow of the Lake Shawnee Dam is beyond the line of trees.  Choose best launch area.  Wade or paddle ~50 yards to Lake Hopatcong cove depending on water level.

From the North: Proceed South on R-15, at mile marker 7 take Exit Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, Milton. Go to top of ramp and turn left, passing over R-15. Just past end of the bridge, turn right onto Mallard Road. Turn right on West Shawnee Trail Turn right on Hurdtown Trail (see Lake Shawnee Club on the left) Turn left into Gatwyns parking lot, proceed to the unpaved lot. (GPS 40.9702,-74.5988)

Sunday        September 20, 2015      A Different Reeves Meadow Circular                  Moderately Strenuous

We will start out on the Pine Meadow trail going towards Pine Meadow Lake. The Kakiat & the Seven Hills Trail over Diamond Mountain are next. After lunch by Pine Meadow Lake we start heading back to Reeves Meadow Visitor Center by some other wood roads & trails.                                                             Rain or Foul Weather cancels this hike.

Leader: Roy Williams                                                     [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 a.m.    Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, Seven Lakes Drive, Harriman State Park, NY 10974

From Suffern @ I-87N & I-287 Interchange Exit 15A: Take Rt-17 North 4 miles to traffic light for Seven Lakes Dr. just north of Sloatsburg, NY. Turn right and proceed east on Seven Lakes Dr. 1 miles to Reeves Meadow Visitor Center on right, or park across the street.   (GPS 41.1742, -74.1689)

Saturday       September 26, 2015  Trail Clearing - Sterling Ridge     Moderately Strenuous

We need every ones help for this cleanup on the Sterling Ridge Trail the trail from the Fire Tower to the south end. Total walking distance is about 8 miles.  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:  Jim Canfield      973-728-9774  [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 a.m. at the Beech Road parking lot coordinates: N41 08.53 W74 18.04 (intersection of Greenwood Lake Tpk and Beech Road, in Ringwood, NJ), just east of the Monksville Reservoir causeway.

From I-287 North to Exit 55, Ringwood Ave (511 North). Go north on Ringwood Ave (becomes Greenwood Lake Tpk) for about 9.5 miles. Pass Margaret King Ave on the right. Proceed 0.4 miles and turn into Beech Road on the right. A large parking lot is on the left.

ALTERNATIVE : I-287 to Exit 57 (Skyline Dr.). Turn left and go north on Skyline Drive to end. Turn right on CR 511/Ringwood Ave North and go about 4.1 miles.  As above, pass Margaret King Ave on the right. Proceed 0.4 miles and turn into Beech Road on the right. A large parking lot is on the left. 

The turn onto Beech Road is before reaching the Monksville Reservoir causeway and bridge and Long Pond Ironworks Visitors Center.


Sunday        September 27, 2015  High Point Circular                                                 Moderate

A 6-7 mile hike at a moderate pace on the AT, Monument, and Cedar Swamp trails.  Great views at the monument for lunch and along the trail; the Cedar Swamp is a unique, rare and disappearing natural environment.  One short steep incline to Monument (the highest Point in NJ). 

Leader: Alan Breach                    973-875-4376   cell 973-875-4376 -- day of hike only     [email protected]

Meet:10:00 a.m.   High Point State Park AT Parking Lot, Rt-23, Wantage, NJ 07461

From I-287 Exit 52: Take Rt-23 North 34 mi to High Point State Park. Almost to the Top of Rt-23 hill, on the left is the AT Parking Lot (just past mile marker 48), immediately after large stone piers on both sides of Rt-23. (GPS 41.3035,-74.6667)  (good place for a bathroom stop)    

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