Important: This is an advanced trip suitable only for experienced hikers, and your safety will be your own responsibility. Temperatures will be in the 90s and we will be walking on exposed ridge.
Hike should be about 10 miles with a lot of elevation (!!!) - numerous up and downhills. We will do a loop starting at the Casino Trail, switch to Wilkinson Memorial along the ridge then come back on the Fishkill. Note that IT WILL BE 90 DEGREES ON SATURDAY! Hike is strenuous, and will be even more so due to weather conditions.
Getting a Spot:
RSVP with your level of certainty and update your RSVP as plans change.
The RSVP deadline is Friday at 5pm before the hike.
Public Transportation Meeting Location & Return Time:
MEETING AT 10AM AT BEACON TRAINSTATION. Please post if you can offer someone a ride.
Purchase Metro-North Tickets (East Harlem Line) at Grand Central to Beacon ($14 each way). Take the 8:47 train to Beacon, arriving around 10:10am. We will carpool or walk from there to the trailhead, and drop people off at the station in the evening. Trains run approximately once an hour. What time we return will depend on how fast we hike. If you are driving to this meetup, please meet us at the Beacon train station at 10AM.
Please be sure to read the summer gear guide ( http://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Hiking/pages/Proper_Equipment_for_a_Day_Hike/), and note that the following gear is required for this hike:
1) AT LEAST 3 liters of water/gatorade or something with electrolites, snacks and lunch
2) Sun Hat / sunblock
3) A headlamp - not sure how long trail will take in the heat