Urban Athletics: Palisades Park Beginner Night Hike

  • June 21, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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*** No need to RSVP "No" if not attending ***

A few weeks ago I led you guys on a spectacular night hike through Harriman State Park and I know there were those of you out there that wanted to go but were a bit intimidated with the thought of trekking through the dark forest at midnight. Here is your chance to dip your toe in the water and get an introduction to the excitement of what a night hike is like on this beginner-friendly trek. And the best part -- you can get there with a single swipe of your metrocard.

The Plan ...

This will be a relatively easy night hike, taking us across the George Washington Bridge (GWB) and through part of the Palisades Interstate Park.

We'll start out on 178th street and walk over the bridge on the pedestrian pathway – it's a great walk with fabulous views of Manhattan and New Jersey, made even better at dusk. This is a bit of a different experience than crossing over other urban bridges as the walkway is at the edge of the span and you can look straight down at the Hudson river.

Once over the bridge we'll turn North and head up the Long Path in the Palisades Interstate Park. This is the beginning of the Long Path hiking trail which begins near the GWB in Fort Lee and continues 350 miles north to Albany. We'll walk about 4 miles up the path through Allison Park and descend to riverside where we will break for dinner. There are great views here of the Hudson River, GWB, and the Washington Heights and Inwood sections of Manhattan. By now it will be completely dark as we make our way back to the GWB and Manhattan, with only our headlamps and the soft glow of the distant city lights to guide us.

A $2.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.

The Important Stuff …

  • Distance traveled will be about 8 miles. This is a beginner night hike but that doesn't mean come unprepared! Wear clothing appropriate for the activity and sneakers/hiking shoes are a must. Also do not forget your headlamp/flashlight and insect repellent.
  • Bring water and dinner/snacks, we'll be stopping about halfway through the walk to eat.
  • Bathroom opportunities will be limited along the walk, so please coordinate your fluid intake accordingly.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • Rain cancels the hike.

Meeting Point/Mass Transit Directions ...

We'll be meeting at the entrance to the GWB pedestrian walkway on the corner of 178th Street and Cabrini Boulevard. Take the A subway train to 175th Street and walk three blocks north, turn left, and walk two blocks to Cabrini Boulevard. We'll be starting the walk promptly at 6:45 PM, please don't be late.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Kevin -- that was a great urban hike and way to spend a Friday night!!

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Kevin

      You're welcome. Be sure and check out some of my cycling events.

      June 24, 2013

  • Cindy D.

    After embarking on my first meetup with this group, I can say this trip was well organized and fun.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots a wonderful people, very well organized and fun!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    Fantastic! Let's do it again

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Kevin

      I think I will, but I also have a few more ideas in mind for you guys. Keep an eye out.

      1 · June 22, 2013

    • Kate

      I think a repeat of this in the Fall would be wonderful!!

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Kevin

    Super! Outstanding! Magnificent! Can you tell I enjoyed last night's walk? Thank you all for coming out and spending the evening with me, I enjoyed you all. It was great to see so many new faces, I hope you all become regulars.

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Janet

    super solstice hike! thanks, Kevin!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Maria D.

    Lots of fun!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Louis C. H.

    Just officially joined the group (I'd signed up for the hike through "I wanted to do that"). Great time! Thanks, Kevin, for making it happen!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Megan H.

    Sorry for the late notice. I have to work later than expected.

    June 21, 2013

  • Andrew

    Does anyone know if there is parking in Fort Lee, near the bridge?

    June 21, 2013

  • Kate

    only 1 more person

    June 20, 2013

  • Kate

    +1 more

    June 20, 2013

  • Andrew

    I may meet the group on the NJ side of the bridge (since I'll be coming from NJ).

    June 20, 2013

  • Cindy D.

    Hello! This will be my first outing with the Evening and Weekend crew. As I have never hiked the Palisades...will sneakers and a water bottle be enough?

    June 20, 2013

    • Kevin

      Sneakers are fine. I would bring a couple of liters of water though, especially if you tend to get thirsty.

      June 20, 2013

  • Stuart

    Should be a great walk; have to attend a less interesting family obligation.

    June 20, 2013

  • Kevin

    My friends, if your plans have changed and you can't make this event, please change your RSVP to not attending. I have the memory of an elephant and if you "no show" or cancel last minute, you will earn a not so coveted place on the black list. That means you will forever be prohibited from attending my future events. Yeah, you don't want that.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Mike

    overbooked - next time -thx.

    June 19, 2013

  • Kevin

    My friends, an added bonus for this hike -- Friday is the summer solstice. The first day of summer as well as the longest day of the year. Feel free to bring an adult beverage to celebrate.

    2 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lisa, you're going to by my neck of the woods on Friday. I'm like 5 mins away from the meetup area. Let me know if you want to hang out after wards.

    June 16, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hey JCE, I'm sure Lisa is a lovely woman but please refrain from using the comment boards for non-event related discussions as it generates excess spam for everyone. Shoot Lisa a personal message, thanks.!

      June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is so awesome - I will be out of town, but I definitely want to come on the next one yall do like this! Had no idea there was hiking out here. I'm too new. Sigh.

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Kevin

      It looks like there is lot of interest in this kind of event. I'll definitely plan a few more night hikes.

      1 · June 16, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yes, I like the idea of some local exploration.

      June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry! Just signed up for a hike on Saturday AM, so I'm going to save up my energy for that! :O)

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I would be interested in this but will only be available in NY 11-20 July. Would love to do it between those dates.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's hope for clear sky's

    1 · June 14, 2013

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