Full Moon Hike at the Pinebush

Come join us for a full moon hike and see what the Pinebush has to offer by the light of the moon.  The Albany Pine Bush is a unique inland pine barrens environment. This sandy area is home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The trails are mostly flat with only a few small hills - making it ideal for easy hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.

We will be leaving from Trailhead #7 at the end of Madison Avenue Ext., NOT the Discovery Center.  The hike will be 3 + miles round trip with an elevation gain of 100 feet.  This is an easy hike and will take approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

This hike is a big loop following the Yellow, white, red, and blue trails.

Appropriate hiking footwear is recommended.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

  • please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine
  • headlamps or flashlight
  • wear appropriate hiking footwear
  • please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as rain gear, day pack and bug repellant

We will be meeting at Trailhead # 7.

Directions to the trailhead area: At the intersection of NY Rte 155 and Washington Avenue Extension will be a blue water tank.  Turn at the water tank onto Madison Avenue Ext. Follow this road to the end.

From I-90: Take I-90 East or West to I-87 (Northway) North, follow directions for I-87.

From I-87 North or South: Take I-87 to exit 2W (Route 5 West).  Travel west approximately 2 miles and turn left at light onto Route 155 South (New Karner Road).  Travel approximately 1 mile to a second light. Trailhead #7 (Madison Ave. Pinelands) is another 0.25 mile at the third light where you turn right to the end of Madison Avenue Extension.

If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text

If your plans change please change your RSVP to NO to give someone from the waiting list a fair chance to attend the event. Please be considerate in regards to your attendance and RSVP's.

Thank you!



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  • carol

    Dorothy and Vinnie thanks for such an informative fun evening. It was such a pleasant evening with great people,great conversations with all- even the birds thought we were talking to them!!
    Can't wait until the next outing!!!

    April 29, 2013

  • Doug M.

    Thanks yo Dorothy and Vinnie for a beautiful and informative walk in the woods under the full moon. Vinnie, you are a very skilled and informative naturalist with a real talent for finding birds in the dark. It was exciting to spot an American Woodcock for the first time, and the full moon was spectacular. I've uploaded a few photos. I'm looking forward to the next LL Bean hike!

    April 29, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Joe Hart on April 26,[masked]:17 PM
    Thanks, Dorothy and Vinnie, for a beautiful moon and lots of nature pointers. Seeing a real woodcock was a thrill. Couldn't resist looking up the spelling of "serotinous." Found out some additional and more detailed info and botanical terms. Serotinous means seeds are late or delayed in their release and are released by a specific environmental stimulus, not necessarily fire. I guess, technically, the pitch-pine cones (and sequoias, e.g.) exhibit "pyriscence" in the event of fire. A resin normally seals the cone and melts in the heat of the fire, opening it for release of the seeds. Enough --- or more than enough --- from the guy who you all now know can mimic a mourning dove pretty well. Joe

    1 · April 27, 2013

  • Sharon

    Amazing evening of trees, birds(real and impersonators), peepers, stars and fun loving friends. Thanks, Vinny and Dorothy!

    April 27, 2013

  • Cindy

    Thanks for a wonderful adventure.

    April 26, 2013

  • Rick

    Thanks Dorothy and Vinny for leading a great hike. Nice full moon views, lots of good conversation and info.

    April 26, 2013

  • Dorothy

    I regret that I was already involved in other plans when the late spot opened up; sorry I couldn't make the hike.

    April 26, 2013

  • Marisol

    vinney was great.

    April 26, 2013

  • Sharon

    I recorded a 12 second video of MY peepers when I pulled in my driveway last night.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH88qz0PdG0&feature=youtu.be

    April 26, 2013

  • Rose B.

    Excellent hike! Thank you Vinnie and Dorothy for a lovely evening learning new bird calls and other fun outdoor facts! Nice peeps and gorgeous night to view that big spot light above us!

    April 26, 2013

  • Eva P.

    I received the confirmation that I made the list, too late. Sorry!

    April 25, 2013

    • Rose B.

      Boo hoo Eva~I was looking forward to seeing you IF I get released from work!!!!

      April 25, 2013

    • Eva P.

      I know!! I was looking forward to making it to the list SOONER. I would have been able to make other arrangements for my normal Thursday night commitment. But, with only an hour's notice, I just couldn't do it. I miss talking with you! And, what a gorgeous moon this time! It had to have been an awesome hike.

      April 26, 2013

  • Dennise

    Educational & fun. Thanks Dorothy and Vinnie!

    April 25, 2013

  • Debbi

    Can't make the hike now. I hope someone else can use my spot.

    April 25, 2013

  • Colleen

    Sore from yesterdays hike...sand

    April 25, 2013

  • Laura P.

    Perhaps next time.

    April 24, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I get out of work and can do a run, but I will be done with that at 5. Long wait and I have gotten home late the last three nights. I was really looking forward to this outing.

    April 24, 2013

  • Luann

    2 if you can.

    April 10, 2013

  • Debbi

    My friend Joan wants to come along too. Can you add me + 1 on the waiting list?

    April 6, 2013

  • Nancy M.

    Hi all.
    I have become skiddish with the recent major accidents on the highways as of late. Would anyone feel comfortable offering a ride to me?

    March 21, 2013

  • Doug M.

    I've hiked this section of the Pine Bush quite a few times, and it's really nice to hike at night under the full moon. It is a longer and more challenging hike than the section near the Discovery Center though, especially if we are going all the way to the blue and yellow trails. The total distance with those loops will be about 5.5 miles, and there are a lot of rolling hills and several short steep sections with tricky footing. This section of the Pine Bush is heavily infested with deer ticks that will be waking up from their long winter's nap in April, so it would be a good idea to wear long clothing and bring some tick repellant to spray on your pant legs.

    The directions need a correction - the blue water tank is not at the intersection of Karner Road and Washington/Madison Extension, it's part way down Madison Extension and it's hard to see from Karner if you're approaching from the south.

    I'm looking forward to the hike!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Please sign me up for one guest also. Thanks

    March 17, 2013

  • Dominique G.

    this is fabulous!

    March 17, 2013

  • Carol

    + 1 guest

    March 17, 2013

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