Not So Urban Athletics: Hike the Giant Stairs

  • September 28, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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It has been a minute since I've done one of my favorite local hikes. I need to fix that. The Giant Stairs is a unique intermediate hiking experience in the Palisades Interstate Park, the natural area just North of the George Washington Bridge. This very scenic 3.5 mile loop hike descends the Palisades cliffs, follows a challenging, rocky path along the Hudson River, passes a scenic waterfall, and climbs to reach a panoramic viewpoint over the river. I estimate the hike will take about 4 hours depending on the length of our stops.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.

The important stuff ...

• You should dress for physical activity and for the weather but in layers, preferably in non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion).

• Bring 1 or 2 liters of fluid and have a packed lunch and/or snacks with you prior.

• This is an intermediate-level hike and I recommend that attendees be in decent cardiovascular shape -- being a triathlete isn't necessary but "exercise" shouldn't be a four-letter word to you.

• Rain cancels the hike. Check your email the morning of the meetup for any last minute updates.

• No guests allowed, sorry.

Directions ...

You can get there via public transportation or private vehicle.

1) Bus -- Rockland Coach’s Number 9 bus, which departs from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street, Gate 18) 9:15 AM, stops at Bridge Plaza in Fort Lee (a number of other bus lines connect at the Bridge Plaza stop from points in New Jersey), then travels up U.S. Route 9W to the state line lookout and on to Rockland County. Fare is $7.80 one way (cash only) and you can pay on the bus. Get off at the state line lookout @ approximately 9:55 AM (ask/tell the driver to announce the exact stop when you board the bus), which is also the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a research facility run by Columbia University. From here, simply follow the old concrete highway east. After about an easy 1.5 mile walk you will arrive at Lookout Inn (a refreshment stand and gift shop) and “Point Lookout,” the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey (elevation 532 feet), with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley north, east, and south. We will all meet at 10:30 AM in front of the Lookout Inn refreshment stand to begin the hike (see photo below).

Bus schedule: http://www.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAssets/files/97/route09.pdf

2) Drive -- Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway North from the George Washington Bridge. Continue for 1.7 miles beyond Exit 2, and turn right at a sign for the State Line Lookout. Follow the access road for about half a mile until it ends at a large parking lot near the lookout. (If you are coming from the North on the Parkway, bear left just beyond Exit 3 and follow the signs for the lookout). We will all meet at 10:30 AM in front of the Lookout Inn refreshment stand to begin the hike (see photo below).  Please post if you will be driving and can give a ride to how many passengers, and from where in the comments box when you RSVP. Passengers, please contact your driver beforehand to work out the details and as a courtesy should pick up the tabs for gas/tolls.

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  • Tracey

    Kevin, please tell me it's not the last hike of the season....

    October 12, 2013

  • Lalit S.

    Question.. who said it was easier then Breakneck...I still can't feel some parts of my body...chitchat as always was fun but most of the time i was short of breath to say anything :) hope we top it up on the one on Kevin's birthday.. :)

    September 29, 2013

  • Leigh

    I m driving from jersey side....can intercept 3 at GWB or shuttle people the 1.5 mile loop...car can fit 3 .... Black Volvo s60 .... Tight backseat

    September 18, 2013

    • Tarun

      Hi. I live next to Grove St. Path (JC). can meet you nearby if there are any spots still left in your car.

      September 27, 2013

    • Leigh

      Because I come so far out in jersey I will not be anywhere near jersey city or path... I can intercept rockland bus people by GWB ...get to Hoboken station and head up with John wu....contact him first to be sure there is room

      September 28, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Caught a cold, so I won't be able to make it!

    September 27, 2013

  • Maryana

    Sorry for last minute change. Hopefully someone on the wait list can grab my spot. Have a great hike!!

    September 27, 2013

  • Victor

    Hi ! I'm Victor . I guess I'm late for this one , correct ?

    September 27, 2013

  • John W.

    i have 2 more spots leaving from hoboken path station in nj at 10am, let me know if you want it!

    it's easy to get there from manhattan (33rd st., 23rd, 14th, 9th, & christopher)

    September 25, 2013

    • Lalit S.

      Hi John... I need a ride with a friend of mine to palisades...since we live in jersey city pick up from Hoboken path station is perfect for us... My number is 2016801228...please let me know

      September 25, 2013

    • John W.

      awesome so i got sheba and lalit+1 in hoboken path at 10am. i drive a 97 white toyota camry and my number is[masked]

      September 26, 2013

  • John W.

    I live in Hoboken so I can drive and fit 3 more people. I've done this hike 3 times so I know how to get there :)

    September 7, 2013

    • John W.

      ok i got one confirmed, and i can take 2 more. i'm leaving from hoboken so you'd have to meet me at the path station there. please reply on this thread

      September 24, 2013

    • Sheba K

      Yes I can meet you at the Hoboken path station. I will email you separately to confirm the time.

      September 24, 2013

  • Robin

    Is anyone driving through Manhattan and can scoop me up?

    September 24, 2013

  • April

    Looking forward to catching up... it has been far too long since I have been on a Kevin hike

    September 23, 2013

  • Charles "George" R.

    I'm driving from Astoria. I am up by the Astoria Ditmars train station and David I can stop and pick you up if you need a ride still

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin sorry, just confirmed rock climbing for me on the same day! Ugh I miss your group. looking into joing a hike soon!

    September 23, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi Kevin - looking forward to seeing you and attending this event! :)

    September 18, 2013

  • Tara

    I'm considering taking the bus. All bus riders should make sure to meet up so that we can walk the 1.5 mile together :).

    September 10, 2013

    • Andrei

      Sounds good. I think we should do that

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Andrei

    Hi guys, anyone driving from Brooklyn or Manhattan?
    Thanks

    September 11, 2013

  • Fatima

    Driving from Yonkers, can pick up at Fort Washington & 179th street. Room for 3

    September 10, 2013

  • Jitendra

    John, I can meet you at Hoboken path station if you could pick me up from there? I'm willing to chip in gas and toll. Please let me know if it's possible? Appreciate it.

    September 10, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Looking for a ride from Manhattan. Will chip in for gas and toll.

    September 10, 2013

  • Jitendra

    I need a ride as well, I'll chip in gas and toll money.

    Thanks
    JD

    September 4, 2013

  • Gorgeous F.

    Anyone carpooling? I can chip in for gas money

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need a ride and can meet you on either side of GWB. Will chip in for expenses. Thanks

    August 21, 2013

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