Meet at the corner of 178th St. and Fort Washington Ave.
(take the A train to 175th St. station)
i might be 10 minutes late wait for me - Peter A Fall walk in our neighbor, New Jersey!
George Washington Bridge and Palisades/Long Path Walk.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:30am.
An easy walk across the George Washington Bridge and up the Palisades on the Long Path.
This will be a round trip walk, about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
We'll start out at 178th St. and Fort Washington Ave. and walk over the George Washington Bridge. It's actually a great walk with amazing views of the city and Jersey. The walkway is wide, and there are heavy railings on both sides of you. If you've never done the walk, and are a little apprehensive because of the heights, please email me (Peter) I can send a few photos that will give an idea of what it's like to walk across.
Once over the Bridge we'll turn north and head up the Long Path. The Long Path is a hiking trail which begins right near the GWB in Fort Lee Historic Park, and heads 350 miles north to Albany.
We'll walk about 1 1/4 miles north to Allison Park, stop for lunch and then head back. (The walk to Allison Park is fairly short - the distance is like walking from the GWB to the Cloisters)
The walk takes us on the Long Path, through woods in New Jersey along an easy trail. It's easy walking, no hills and just some stairs at the beginning of the walk. Running shoes (with warm socks) are fine for the walk.
It's a great trail through the woods, with occasional views out on the Hudson along the trail. Lots of birds and chipmunks, and maybe a glimpse of a peregrine falcon over the Hudson or deer and turkey on the trail.
We'll stop for a few a little while at Allison Park(bring a light lunch if you feel like). At the Park there are great views of the Hudson, the Bridge, the Heights and Inwood across the River.
After lunch we'll head back down the Long Path and back over the GWB. You can catch the A at 175th St.
Dress for the weather. Bring along a hat, a bottle of water and lunch(or snack if you like). Part of the Long Path parallels the Palisades Parkway, so at one point you can leave the trail and stop at a Sunoco station to pick up another bottle of water or snacks if you like.
**high wind or bad weather will reschedule or cancel the hike. I'll send out updates a few days before the hike**
$3 fee to cover organizing costs