West 178th St & Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY
We'll be going across the George Washington Bridge and the north along the wooded cliffs above the Hudson and back. The hike will be about 6 miles, and should take about 3 hours.
We will be meeting at the south west corner of 178th St and Fort Washington. On the diagonally opposite corner is a huge bus / subway station with public restrooms available.
Crossing this bridge is very different from the Brooklyn Bridge -- the walkway is right at the edge, with nothing between you and the abyss but a waist-high railing. So there is a much stronger feeling of the height. Also, if your hat blows off, it will fly right off the edge.
Once across the bridge in New Jersey, we will walk north through the woods along the cliffs overlooking the river. The last time I was there, I saw two deer. They didn't run away, just let me walk up quite blatantly through the deep leaves to within 30 feet of them -- obviously they were quite used to people.
We'll go a mile or two along there river, there will be a convenience store and rest room, then we'll rest at the endpoint with a panoramic view and head back.
Once back in Manhattan, we'll return to the point where the hike started, then those interested will continue on another 9 blocks to an Indian restaurant for dinner.
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/legal/WalkingWaiver.doc