Not So Urban Athletics: Fall Foliage Hike in Harriman State Park

  • October 14, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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As the days grow shorter and the temperature slowly drops, let's get out and see the color change before our eyes while hiking in one of New York's most beautiful forests -- Harriman State Park. From bright reds to deep yellows, the leaves of maple, dogwood, and oak trees transform, displaying a rainbow spectrum of Fall hues.

Starting at the Reeves Visitor Center trailheads in the Southern section of the park, we'll trek through the forest along the Seven Hills trail, follow a bubbling brook for a bit, then ascend to the ridge line and hike to several overlooks that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Hudson County peaks and valleys. Make sure you bring your camera for this one as well as extra batteries because you're going to want to share the beauty you'll be seeing with your friends and family.

The Important Stuff ...

  • This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 8.5 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in good physical shape as this is one of the more challenging treks in area with a bit of elevation gain and more than a few rock scrambles. We will be out all day so leave your afternoon/evening open.
  • This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you.
  • Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Rain cancels the hike.
  • No guests allowed, sorry.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Do not leave home without it.

How To Get There ...

There is no mass transit option for this hike so drivers are needed.

Take NJ Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along the Seven Lakes Drive, passing under the Thruway overpass, and soon entering Harriman State Park. Proceed for another mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Park in the Visitor Center's parking lot (SEE PHOTO BELOW). If the lot is full, parking is allowed in certain roadside areas.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where). If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

This meetup is cross-posted over in I wanted to do that ... Just not alone, be sure to check there for drivers/passengers when trying to coordinate carpooling. http://www.meetup.com/justnotalone/events/74807172/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent day for a hike out in the forest. Thanks to all you fab people for making the day so enjoyable. Not as much foliage color as I had anticipated but that just means we'll need to do this again very soon and that's a consequence I like!

    October 15, 2012

  • Dee D.

    Groovy

    October 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great workout but half crippled today! It was a really nice day with some great people.

    October 15, 2012

  • Silvia

    Beautiful day and fab company and great lead. Discovered the mountain goat in myself :)

    October 15, 2012

  • mary

    My car is now full (took the first person who contacted me). Apologies for not responding more quickly, best I can do w/ email.

    October 12, 2012

    • Dee D.

      Hi Mary - I sent you an email & left you a vm on your phone confirming that I will still attend the hike. If anything changes pls contact me asap.

      October 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Katherine, are we still good for tomorrow? I emailed you but haven't heard back yet.

    October 13, 2012

    • katherine C

      Hi Patricia, I did not get your email. Can you meet me tomorrow at Main street and Northern Blvd at 7:30 am. Please text me to confirm[masked]-9189. Thanks Katherine

      October 13, 2012

  • Shirmeena

    I NEED TO KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS A LIFT FOR ME FOR SUNDAY. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IT COULD BE FROM NY OR NJ. THANKS.

    October 11, 2012

    • Dee D.

      Hi Shirmeena - I know Raza & Mary have spots open you should check w/ them if you still need a ride.

      October 12, 2012

    • Shirmeena

      Thanks very much, i am trying hard. :-( I think Raza is full. I am trying with Mary.

      October 12, 2012

  • Emmy

    Does anyone have an extra spot in their car? Im coming from upper east 120th

    October 12, 2012

    • Shirmeena

      I am looking too. :-(((

      October 12, 2012

  • mary

    Have an open spot if anyone still needs a ride from Manhattan (Port Authority @42nd St & 8th Ave).

    October 12, 2012

    • Manuel Z.

      Hi Mary, can I get a ride with you? Thanks, Manuel

      October 12, 2012

    • Shirmeena

      ME, me,me me, Do you have a spot? PLEAAAAAAAAAAAASE RESPOND.

      October 12, 2012

  • Raza

    Silvia, I can definitely give you a ride. Dee Dee, you're the third person to ask. So, please let me know if you still need a ride. If not, Alpha is next on the list. Charishma, Silvia, Dee Dee, and Alpha, please give me your e-mail addresses and I'll provide more info. about Sun.

    October 11, 2012

    • alpha

      Hello Raza

      October 12, 2012

    • alpha

      My email is:[masked] !

      October 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Raza,

    Can I hitch a ride with you? I'm in midtown, will meet you near 110th St. Thanks so much,

    Christine

    October 10, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi Raza, I'm on 110th so if I can ride with you great. For sure share any expenses. Best. S

    October 10, 2012

  • Raza

    I'm leaving from Manhattan. I'm near 110th St. on the B,C line. I have room for 3 people.

    October 9, 2012

    • Raza

      Sure. I haven't map quested it yet, but I expect to leave around 8am. I'll let you know either tomorrow or later in the week.

      October 9, 2012

    • Charishma

      great, thanks!

      October 9, 2012

  • Raza

    By the by, I drive a hoop-tie so whoever is in the front passenger seat will hear wind.

    October 9, 2012

  • katherine C

    I am driving and can pick up at Flushing 7 train. I have 2 spots or 3 if don't mind to squeeze.

    October 9, 2012

    • katherine C

      Shirmeena, Patricia and Lia are riding with me. I have no spot left. Please give me your contact number and I will give you exact location and time to meet on Sunday.

      October 9, 2012

    • Shirmeena

      email me at [masked]

      October 9, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Sorry everyone, I forgot about the date change. I cannot make it this Sunday! I was really looking forward to it, I never did a hike before. Oh well, next time. Sorry for the inconvenience as well.

    October 9, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Oh I didn't get that memo lol. Thanks. And Kevin, what shod I bring and expect, ummm, I never went hiking before :-)

    October 9, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    I am WAITLISTED, I am a driver! I do not mind transporting any one. I am coming from Brooklyn.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Katherine. Can I get a spot in your car? I'm in qns and can meet in Flushing. Thank you!

    October 9, 2012

  • Shirmeena

    I need a ride for the hike. Is there anyone available ? I will help with expense. It could be either from NJ or NY.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have an open carpool spot driving from Manhattan,Brooklyn or Queens? Happy to share expenses. Thanks

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone have an open carpool spot driving from Manhattan,Brooklyn or Queens? Happy to share expenses. Thanks

    October 9, 2012

  • Charishma

    Hi! Is anyone driving from Manhattan or nearby?

    October 9, 2012

  • Dee D.

    I still need a ride. Is anyone leaving from Brooklyn, Manhattan or Queens that I can ride with?

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kevin,

    How long do you think the hike will take and how many miles do you plan to cover?

    Christine

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, anyone driving from Queens or Manhattan?

    October 7, 2012

  • Shirmeena

    Hello, i need a ride for the hike. i live in North Bergen NJ, but i can meet someone in new york if available. I will contribute for gas. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP. Thanks.

    October 6, 2012

  • Karen

    need a ride. From manhattan.will meet & chip in for gas. Thanks

    October 5, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Wow! I do not think the Hike is a good idea. Is there another activity we can do? That is safe for all :-)

    October 5, 2012

  • Kelly L

    Just FYI : I read from a hiking meetup group that there is a killer loose with a gun in this park so you might want to check first with the authority of the park before you go. The hiking meetup group has already cancelled the event. It might be safe by the time you do this event since this is on Oct 20 but just verify it.

    October 5, 2012

  • Lucy M

    Hello, I need a ride as well. I can meet in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Thanks!

    October 5, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi,
    Need a ride as well and of course will contribute.

    October 4, 2012

  • Heather

    I need a ride, too. Will chip in for gas etc

    October 3, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Hey Dee Dee, okay I will. I still would love to go :-)

    October 3, 2012

  • Dee D.

    I still need a ride. Does anyone have room leaving from Brooklyn, Manhattan or Queens?
    **Naima I know you are still on the waiting list but let me know if that changes**

    October 3, 2012

  • Eva

    Yed

    July 27, 2012

    • Eva

      Hi Katherine, I sent you greeting reply last week..I hav to reconfirm my RSVP the week of the event so I can only let you know then. Eva

      September 24, 2012

    • katherine C

      Hi Eva, Sure, awaiting your reconfirmation. Thanks

      October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Eva, would you have room for one in your car? Im coming from queens too.

    October 3, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Me too Dee Dee, thanks. If it does, you are more than welcome to ride with me to the park.

    September 25, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    That would be fine, except I'm wait listed on the meet up. You think I can still go any way? I would be leaving from Brooklyn and I don't mind.

    September 25, 2012

    • Dee D.

      So sorry did realize that but I hope a spot opens up for you.

      September 25, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    I would love to make it to this event, I know I'm wait listed, however, I have my own car, if drivers/transportation is still needed.

    September 25, 2012

    • Dee D.

      Hi Naima can I ride w/ you if you still have room? Are you leaving from BK, Queens or Manhattan?

      September 25, 2012

  • Naima Yetunde I.

    Oh and I never been hiking before, so I'm open for tips on what to bring & expect lol. :-)

    September 25, 2012

  • Melanie G.

    Hi, I'm live in Leonia, which is near Fort Lee. Anyone wants to car pool?

    September 18, 2012

    • Shirmeena

      Hi Melaine. I live in North Bergen. would you mind if i get a ride with you?

      September 19, 2012

    • Melanie G.

      Sure. Can you contact me ([masked]) so we can set a time and a place to meet?

      September 19, 2012

  • Shirmeena

    Kevin, it would be great if you can include me. I will def need a ride. ( if i am in ) :-)

    September 18, 2012

  • Anna

    Been dying to get in the woods for some hiking, but I'll definitely need a ride anyone driving from the Brooklyn area?

    September 17, 2012

  • luciana

    Thanks, looking online now, I'm so excited.

    September 17, 2012

  • luciana

    I've always wanted to take a hike, just not by myself, now I have to see if I should invest in a good hiking shoe/sneaker.

    September 17, 2012

  • Liza

    Hope to make this one. Fingers crossed!

    August 9, 2012

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