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 2 1/2 to 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.
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