9 miles: Woodlawn Cemetery & Van Cortlandt Park

WARNING: There are no easy exits to drop out. Once we have gone a few miles, we are in the wilderness, and your only choices are to find your way back out the way we came (good luck -- you'll probably get lost) or continue on forward to the end.  Also, you MUST keep up with the group! If you straggle behind and get lost, it will be very hard to navigate and you could easily wind up walking 15 miles before you find a subway.  If you think you'll find a cab, be serious -- this is the boroughs.

The hike will end at a restaurant, which we should reach around 5pm.

Bear in mind that if I want to meet you, I'm stuck at the front so I'm powerless to talk with you unless you come up front with me.  So by all means, come up and join in the conversation.

We'll start at the Northmost stop on the "4" train ("Woodlawn Station"), at the bottom of the East stairwell. We'll start out with a swing through Woodlawn cemetery, then most of the walk will be through the beautiful wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park. Note that NO PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed in the cemetery, and we should keep off the grass.  We'll end near the northernmost stop on the "1" train at 6pm.

At one point we will be going 7 miles between bathroom breaks.

If you arrive by car, make plans for how you're going to get from the end back to the finish.  Hopstop recommends taking the BX9 bus from 242nd St & Broadway toward "West Farms", getting off at Jerome Ave, then taking the 4 subway North three stations back to Woodlawn.

WEAR LONG PANTS!!! One of the first trails we'll take in Van Cortlandt is totally overgrown with weeds, some of which are stinging plants. You really won't want to walk through there without your legs covered.

Attendance at this event is free, and all participants attend at their own risk. Everyone will be required to sign a release waiver that basically gives up any right whatsoever to sue, to the fullest extent possible by law. You can read the current draft of this waiver at http://bluejacket7.com/...

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  • derek

    A beautiful day, a long bracing walk up and down hills, delightful people, interesting conversations.

    March 3, 2013

  • Fran

    It was a great afternoon -- we lucked out with good weather, and with good companions to share the afternoon with, the time and distance flew by.

    March 3, 2013

  • derek

    2 train to the 4 train out of service north of 96th looks like I'll be very late don't wait..

    March 3, 2013

  • Peggy A.

    hi Bill, is there any phone number to reach you ?

    March 3, 2013

  • Laura P.

    sorry for the last minute cancellation Bill

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's just so cold, and the up town trains are all messed up this weekend :(

    March 3, 2013

  • Douglas A.

    Good damn cold! I'm sick of being sick...should be well by xmas

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Woodlawn, the cemetery?

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bill, I will be coming from the east side of the Bronx, can I meet you guys at Woodlawn? Thanks

    March 2, 2013

  • Ildi

    Not feeling well hope to attend the next time.

    March 2, 2013

  • cardel

    What train stopds at Woodlawn Cemetary?

    March 2, 2013

    • Bill

      Cardel, read the announcement. We start at the northmost stop on the "4" train and finish at the "1" train.

      March 2, 2013

  • Rise

    Something has come up and I have to give up my spot. I hope you do this walk again.

    March 2, 2013

  • Chuck J.

    My friend is not coming, so one more spot open.

    March 2, 2013

  • Pat D.

    i'm sorry, have an unexpected event i have to attend on sunday am looking forward to other hikes

    March 1, 2013

  • John S.

    Decided to be local and give someone else a chance

    March 1, 2013

  • Dita A.

    have to attend a sudden meeting on saturday, please give my space to the waitinglist

    March 1, 2013

  • carol

    please give our spaces to those who are waiting.

    March 1, 2013

  • John

    I'll be interested if you do this walk again in the future.

    March 1, 2013

  • Joy

    Ugh, deadline at work came up. Enjoy!

    February 28, 2013

  • Laura P.

    thanks for getting back to me Bill

    February 21, 2013

  • Pat D.

    are directions available? I live in Westchester

    February 20, 2013

  • Bill

    @Laura, yes, there's a bathroom at the gates of the Cemetery, and we will have bathroom breaks when we enter and leave the cemetery. But once we're out of the cemetery, we then go 7 miles with no bathroom breaks.

    February 19, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Bill will there be a bathroom nearby at the beginning of the walk?

    February 19, 2013

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