6 miles: George Washington Bridge

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

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  • Bill

    Event comments are to be used when discussing the event in question only. Any post to this event goes to all 35 people who came, whether they like it or not. Peter, if you want to broadcast something like that, do it on twitter or facebook - then people can unsubscribe from you if they don't want to listen. You didn't even come to the event. I'm banning you.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just loved crossing the bridge. A cool breeze all along the way made the heat tolerable, and terrific conversation didn't hurt!

    July 2, 2012

  • danny

    Great hike on a hot day. Fun, interesting people with an enjoyable ending at a delicious Indian restaurant.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. It was a really nice hike with some very friendly, interesting people. Thanks for organizing the hike. It was well worth it in spite of the temperature!

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    Hi...im at the southwalk on the NJ side. Where are you?

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    Peter, ill be on the south cross walk on the NJ side

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    I'll be wearing a pink top and yellow shorts, with black backpack.

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    Bill, should I wait on the north side of the path or the south side of the path. My cl is[masked]

    July 1, 2012

  • Bill

    @Susan: I'll be wearing sneakers, but I expect them to get a little muddy.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As hot as it will be, we couldn't ask for better viewing weather today.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Getting ready to leave soon. For the wooded cliff portion of hike, is it advisable to wear proper hiking boots w/ankle support, or can I get away with a lower cut, Gortex breathable/waterproof hiking shoe instead? I meant to post earlier, but forgot. And for the record, I always hike with a backpack.

    July 1, 2012

  • Bill

    If you're waiting, be waiting on the NJ end of the bridge itself so we don't miss you.

    July 1, 2012

  • Bill

    Grace, I'm not sure how long it will take us to cross the bridge, but we could easily be in NJ by 2:45pm, so I suggest you be waiting for us by then. I'll have on a black "Burton" backpack, but most of us won't have backpacks.

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    I'll just wait on the Fort Lee side on the bridge around 2:15 pm until I spot a group with backpacks

    July 1, 2012

  • Grace

    After crossing the bridge, where can I meet the group in the NJ side?

    July 1, 2012

  • Christina

    It will be my first time crossing also ..can't wait!

    June 26, 2012

  • Grace

    Have a great time!! It will be my first time crossing the GWB by foot.

    June 26, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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