**Please review the 'Getting There' section further down**
February 3rd marks the mid-winter point - halfway to Spring!
So, as my assistant organizer recommended that NoMO branch out a little, This is part of the
'NoMO Explores the Other Boros' series of walks.
A winter nature walk at Orchard Beach - Hunter's Island, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx, that great Northern Wilderness!
At the end of the hike we may explore the smaller Twin Island - just across the lagoon from Hunter Island.
Did you know that one quarter of The Bronx is actually parkland, and that Gotham's largest park, at 2,766 acres, is Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx?
A nature walk of about 4 1/2 miles through old growth forest, by salt marshes and near the shoreline at Orchard Beach and on Hunter Island, Pelham Bay Park. It is an easy trail with low hills that have a maximum elevation of 90 feet. Hunter Island was once a true island but sunken barges and dredged sand joined it, and Twin Island, to Orchard Beach. You can easily walk to Hunter and Twin from Orchard Beach.
This hike is usually a longer one - plan on at least 5 hours for that Sunday
Please note - This will be a winter walk - nothing strenuous (almost all walking will be on flat land, with a few small hills to climb), but we will be outside for at least 3 1/2 to 4 hours - DRESS ACCORDINGLY. Feel free to bring lunch, water, a thermos with hot coffee/tea is recommended if you have one. Wear warm socks/shoes/boots - waterproof if you have them. I will send an update as we get closer to the hike day. we will walk in light snow or if there is light snow on the ground.
GETTING THERE - you will need a metro card with at least $4.50 on it or have an unlimited weekly or monthly card.
2 options -
1) Meet between 10:45am and 11:00 am in front of Piper's Kilt (East side on Broadway, just north of 207th St. in Inwood) to catch the BX-12 SelectBus to Pelham Bay Subway Station. We will catch the bus at approximately 11:15am. Travel time is roughly 40 minutes to Pelham Bay - assuming there are no delays along the way. You must buy the ticket for the bus at the Select Bus ticket machine at the bus stop. Your metro card will have a transfer on it that's good to get on the local bus to City Island in the Bronx. (getting to Piper's Kilt - A train or 1 train to 207th St.)
2) Travel to Pelham Bay Subway Station (either by car - I don't know of parking availability in the area, local bus or #6 subway to Pelham Bay). Wait for the group at 11:50am in front of the CVS on Bruckner Blvd (just a few stores down from Dunkin Donuts), to meet the group coming by BX-12 bus from Inwood. Please note that the BX-12 bus may have a unforseen delay, so please wait past 11:50am (Again, you will need a Metro Card for round trip travel by local bus).
***If you will meet the group in Pelham Bay -please email me so we can exchange cell #s to coordinate***
Once the group is together at the Pelham Bay Subway Station, we will catch the local bus (BX-29) to City Island. It's about a mile to a mile and a half walk from the bus stop in City Island over to the beginning of the nature trail on Hunter Island, along the way we will cross over the City Island bridge, walk through woods and along the Orchard Beach boardwalk - nice and scenic!
We won't stop for lunch, but will snack on the way. After exploring Hunter, we may take a quick walk over to Twin Island and after that walk along the beach back to the bus stop to travel back to Pelham Bay Subway Station.
Remember your camera for this unique winter walk.
Once back at the Pelham Bay Subway Station you can catch your mode of transport back.
We will walk in light snow, or if there is a few inches on the ground. I will send an update a few days before the hike.
Please note - I reserve the option to cancel the hike a few days before Feb. 3rd if there are only a few RSVPs (around 5 or so). No shows are always a problem with meetup events. I may cancel if I expect low RSVPs will result if no one showing up! Hopefully though, many troopies will sign up. :)
$4 fee to cover meetup and organizing costs.
Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. Make yourself aware of your surroundings and trail conditions at all times. It is your responsibility to follow the group so you do not get detached. When walking or hiking in the outdoors, at anytime of year, can bring unforeseen encounters, including by not limited to downed trees, overgrown trails or other unsafe trail conditions. You must evaluate your fitness for coping with unforeseen encounters. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being. You must ensure that your guests are fully made aware of the risks and you must take full responsibility of your guests.