Hook Mountain Hike

This will be a moderate 6 mile hike with about 1000' of total climbing. There will be some ups and downs along the ridge as we enjoy excellent views of Hudson River and Croton Point. Enjoy 360-degree views from one of highest points on the Palisades, the summit of Hook Mountain, a famous hawk watch point. We will then visit the old community of Rockland Lake and learn some history of the defunct ice industry. We will have an approximately 20 minute lunch stop. You may bring your own lunch although we may go out for pizza afterwards. There is one fairly step descent. Hiking boots will prove very useful. The hike should be over around 3:30 PM. Due to State Park Regulations, pets are not permitted on this hike.

Expect this hike to be at a moderate 2.5 mph moving pace. It is a 3 paced hike.

Rain or adverse conditions will cancel or modify this hike. I will post updates as they become available.

Drivers to meet in the south parking lot (Parking Lot 4) of Rockland Lake State Park off of Route 9W in Congers, NY. We will meet near the entrance booth. Good driving directions and other information can be found at:


Public transportation from the city and points south is available on the 9:15 AM Rockland Coaches 9A bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to meet us at Rockland Lake by 10:35. Tell the driver you are going to Rockland Lake. The bus will drop you off right in front of the State Park entrance on the corner of Route 9W and Lake Road where you can then walk directly to the parking lot where we will be waiting. The bus also leaves at 9:40 from The George Washington Bridge Bus Station. The George Washington Bridge Bus Station is located at 4211 Broadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, between 178th and 179th streets and Fort Washington and Wadsworth avenues. The station is atop the Manhattan side of the George Washington Bridge, directly above the 12-lane GWB Trans-Manhattan Expressway. A pedestrian passageway connects travelers with the 175th Street A line subway station. The M4, M5, M100, BX7, BX3, BX11, BX13, BX35 and BX36 buses stop at or near the station.

Leader: John P. Jurasek:[masked] (no calls after 10pm) or [masked].

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  • David

    Great hike. Thanks for organizing, John.

    Nice to make new friends, too!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Angel

    I can see why you're a magnet for hikers, John. Thanks so much for a great day! Cheers!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • John J.

    We hiked 5.5 miles and over 100 feet of elevation gain. It was a great group and we all had a good time. We saw wonderful views of the Hudson River, Manhattan, Newark, Harriman and even the Catskills. We even went out to the Pie Man after for good food, drinks and company. Thank you all for coming and hope to see you on the next one.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Prissy

    Thank you, John! It was a great hike.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Sam

    It was a beautiful day . Nice to see familiar friendly faces and nice new hikers too. Beautiful scenery and great info from leader John.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Patti

    That was a really great hike! Thanks everyone!

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • David

    Bringing my overnight gear. Small in and out hike on the AT by Bear Mtn after this hike. Looking forward to meeting you guys.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Megan

    missed the bus : ( maybe next time!

    April 5, 2014

  • David

    Is it too late to join?

    April 5, 2014

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