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Hackensack Riverfront South Hike!

 This hike will trace as closely as possible the ease side of the mighty Hackensack between Jersey City and Bayonne. Some of the parks are in segments, but participants will be surprised at how much very nice waterfront we can actually walk on manicured paved and crushed stone paths as well as lovely boardwalks.
Distance will be about 16 miles.

We will be meeting at 8:30 am at the Hudson Bergen Light Rail station at Liberty State Park located on the corner of Communipaw Ave and Johnston Ave at the following GPS coordintates:
Lattitude:  40°42'39.47"N
Longitude:  74° 3'22.81"W
No car shuttling will be necessary because we will utilize the train for our return.

We will continue from here, following some of the JC route of the Liberty-Water Gap Trail across Jersey City to Lincoln Park. Once at Lincoln Park, we'll take to some of the other paved paths and explore the waterfront. We will have to cross Truck Rts 1 and 9, pass some retail stores, and then get back out onto the waterfront, which follows paved or crushed stone paths, as well as outstanding boardwalks. Hikers will be amazing at just how much of the Hackensack River/Newark Bay waterfront is walkable!

Despite heavy development, great urban hiking is possible along this section. We'll be walking directly along Rt 440 for a time, but it's well worth it for the incredible sections we'll hike in Richard A. Rutkowski Park, Bayonne Park, Veterans Park, City Park, and Mayor Dennis P. Collins Park.

We will also never be too far from food, so we will probably stop for some at some point along the way.

After reaching the waterfront at the south end of Bayonne, we'll walk a few blocks to the north to reach the light rail station and catch a ride back to our staring point. It only costs a couple of dollars to get back.
When we return, we have the option of continuing walking back into town for food, and/or heading to the Liberty SP waterfront for views of Manhattan at night.

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  • Betty F.

    I had a great time...came home wet and happy as well.
    Thanks much. See you soon.

    January 21, 2014

  • Michael H.

    It was great! The west side waterfront and the new sections were far nicer than I'd thought they'd be!

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • Jenene

      Thanks for the tour Mike it was truly awesome. You sir are an excellent guide don't let anyone tell you different. -color me grateful

      January 21, 2014

  • Gregg H.

    Came home wet and happy !

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Like always, it is a pleasure to hike with you guys...A genuine camaraderie...Thanks to Mike for bringing such a fun, friendly and crazy bunch of wonderful people together...Until the next hike... :-))

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Edward D.

    The first time I felt like a walking Snowman

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Jenene

    I have never been so glad to be at home in my life! Thanks for giving me a new found appreciation :) warmth....

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Jenene

    Very interesting trip...fun group of people. Glad to have met you all.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Only 30% chance of precipitation

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Jenene

      Hi I'm in a local park near you I think :-/

      January 18, 2014

  • Jenene

    I'll be on my way shortly.

    January 18, 2014

  • Jenene

    Rumor has it we are expecting snow showers tomorrow...has anyone checked the weather for JC?

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from NYC wants to meet at the World Trade Center Path train?

    January 14, 2014

    • Nadia

      What time are you planning on being there?

      January 17, 2014

  • Gregg H.

    Carla,

    need a ride ?

    Gregg

    January 17, 2014

    • Carla

      I will be coming from my mothers in nutley. Is that on the way for you? Carla

      January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already planed the itinerary...Will take me, give or take, about 1.5 hours to get to Liberty Park light rail station...The worst part was coordinating time tables for all 3 trains, so I added 20 minutes extra to make sure I will make it on time...See you guys tomorrow...Wait for me... :-)))

    January 17, 2014

  • Carla

    Hi Mike, I checked my train schedule and there is only one an hour with an estimated arrival of 8:42 at liberty state park. Will that be ok? also, im assuming that there will be access to the light rail along the way? I will have to leave early to catch a train into the city. Thanks Carla

    January 17, 2014

  • Susie D

    Ah maybe ... but its not dog friendly

    January 2, 2014

    • Daniel

      What the hell is that; Klingon?!?!

      1 · January 10, 2014

    • Susie D

      If I come I'll do a short out and back.

      January 14, 2014

  • Kay

    I have never hiked in the winter, can someone tell me about winter hiking? I'm not a fan of the cold q

    January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I find some hiking shoes to be too heavy, shoes with cushion shoes are good. It's always moving so you probably wont be cold but have chemical warmers on hand (which are sold in most drug stores for 2.00)

      January 14, 2014

    • Michael H.

      I really hate wearing boots. Even for 100 mile backpacking trips for a week, I will only do it in sneakers. Especially for a hike like this you're better off with sneakers. In an urban area it's more about comfort than support especially

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should I take the Path Train (33rd Street and 6th avenue) or the (NJ Transit) from Penn Station??? Little info would be appreciated...

    January 11, 2014

    • Kay

      Take the WTC path downtown by world trade center to exchange place and when you get out of the station, the lightrail is right there and you take that to liberty state park

      January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks...See you at the hike...

      January 11, 2014

  • Robert R.

    Sadly I cannot make this although it sounds like an amazing hike. Have fun!

    January 5, 2014

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