9 miles: Woodlawn Cemetery & Van Cortlandt Park

MTA Alert!!! The number '4' train is not running to Woodlawn this weekend.  To find how to get to the cemetery, use hopstop.com and tell it you will be traveling Sunday afternoon, that you're willing to take train or bus (you can't get there by train alone), and it will calculate an MTA route for you, taking service interruptions into account.

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 6pm.

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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  • Lise

    This was a great walk! Perfect temp, perfect weather and great conversation!

    June 4, 2012

  • Felicia

    What a great way to spend an afternoon. It was great to meet so many new people who love hiking as much as I do.

    June 4, 2012

  • Cheryl

    Thanks to Bill and the attendees for making this hike-my first with this group-thoroughly enjoyable! I look forward to joining you all again for other hikes.

    June 3, 2012

  • danny

    John- please call if we can exchange rides or if anybody else wants to do it. I can give a ride from the #1 train in exchange for a ride back to the woodlawn train at the end of the hike. Danny

    June 3, 2012

  • Nataly M

    I pulled my calf muscle today playing tennis and can't even walk to the front door. Changing my RSVP, I hope to join you guys very soon on a future hike!

    June 3, 2012

  • John

    I am planning on driving to #1train (finishing point) to park my car before the hike. I need a ride to the #4 train (Woodlawn Cemetery) starting point. When the hike is over I will drive the person who gave me a ride back to the #4 train (starting point) so they can get their car. Is any body available or interested?

    June 2, 2012

  • Bill

    I think a lot of people will get the 'rail or bus' selection wrong, so I've put a picture on the web of the hopstop site with "Rail or Bus" selection circled in red.

    http://bluejacket7.com/quotes/hopstop.png

    June 2, 2012

  • Bill

    Eric, I wish you'd asked that a few days ago, I could have emailed them and checked for you. Their office is now closed and will be closed tomorrow. However, their website says dogs are OK but must be on a leash and you must remove their waste. But this cemetery is really nitpicky about a lot of things, and there's at least a 20% chance the guard will turn your dog down at the gate.

    June 2, 2012

  • Eric K.

    I'm planning to drive from Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and I have two extra seats available if you are interested in joining me and sharing tolls/gas. Also, a question for the organizer: can I bring my golden retriever?

    June 2, 2012

  • Bill

    Hi Sayani, It sounds like you told hopstop you wanted to get there by "rail only" (the default). The stop on the 2 and 5 train is a LOOOONG way away, but it's the best it could do. Tell hopstop you're willing to take "Rail or Bus" and it will do a lot better.

    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - It's not near - thats the 2 and 5 train

    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found out the metro north stop is only 3 blocks away from the 4 train stop

    1 · June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    hopstop told me to take metronorth to woodlawn stop- is that right? -seems right

    June 2, 2012

  • Bill

    Thanks for the heads up, Ron, way to go!

    I just calculated that, taking buses, it will only take me an extra 10 minutes to get there. I recommend people use http://www.hopstop.com -- tell it you're willing to use rail OR BUS, and put in the time of travel as Sunday afternoon, and it will tell you which trains / buses to take to get there. The website knows all about service interruptions.

    June 1, 2012

  • Ron

    There's no subway service to Woodlawn this weekend, the MTA says:
    "No 4 Line trains between Woodlawn and 161 St — Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx. Nearby D Line trains, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service." (Metro North also stops at Woodlawn.)
    Bill: Is the hike still on or will you reschedule?

    June 1, 2012

  • Yvonne

    A lot of people. Wow! I can't wait! ;)

    1 · May 30, 2012

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