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Old Putnam St. Patrick's Day Hike!

Join us for an interesting point to point hike, using public transportation, on the Old Putnam line, most of which is now the South and North County Greenways in Westchester County, as well as a few lesser developed parks both along the Hudson, through little towns, and in the Bronx!

We will be meeting at 9 am at Hastings-On-Hudson train station, located at 134 South Side Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson. That is actually the address of the station cafe, obviously we'll be meeting at the station. Those coming from the city using public transportation can obviously meet us at the start of the hike, which is at Riverdale which is where the train is scheduled to drop us at 9:36.

It doesn't really matter which we meet at for the hike, but the participant is responsible for finding the group upon arrival, which brings me to the next item:

This hike is St. Patricks Day Theme! Let's celebrate by dressing in all green for this hike! Most of the route will be very easy, and much of the Old Putnam line is now a paved trail. We will never be very far from civilization.

The hike is between 15 and 16 miles (The short trails near the end are not to scale, so an approximation must be accepted. The park is very small, and so it should certainly be under 16 total).

The hike will start by following the Hudson south, then heading east through the Bronx and small pocket parks to Van Cortland Park. Here, we pick up the Old Putnam Trail, a surprisingly secluded and beautiful rail trail with original cinder surface much like the ones further to the west. It is surprising such a place exists within the confines of NY City.

When the trail leaves the Bronx, it becomes a more developed, paved trail. We'll continue on it north until we must follow a few roads to reach Hillside Park, a lesser used park with several trails leading down into Hastings-On-Hudson. We'll remain in parks until we reach a short section of Old Croton Aqueduct, then descend from it to the station, and admire the views along the Hudson before completing our hike.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike! Lots of Fun.

    March 17, 2013

  • manasi

    damn fun! who had the peppermint schnapps idea? turned cool into AWESOME.

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • Michael H.

      That was from me :)
      It was St. Patricks Day after all!

      March 18, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Had to do a little waiting around at the beginning, but from Van Cortland Park on it was fantastic! Can't wait to cover the next section!

    March 18, 2013

  • Julie

    gonna be awesome!!

    March 15, 2013

  • manasi

    mike whats your number?

    March 16, 2013

  • Michael H.

    The following map details some of the beginning of tomorrow's hike!
    Here's the first leg of tomorrow's hike: I haven't printed a copy, so feel free if anyone needs one!
    http://www.lehman.edu/deannss/geography/Projects_Spring_08/AHunter_A%20GIS%20Trail%20Assessment%20Inventory%20of%20Northern%20Riverdale.2.jpg

    March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      abstinence? I'm hoping you mean sustenance.

      1 · March 16, 2013

    • Michael H.

      LOL! Yes, I wrote this with my phone and it auto corrects things! That's pretty funny.

      March 16, 2013

  • Lisa

    I can't believe I can't make it...sinusitis!!!

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to make it!

    March 16, 2013

  • Daina

    Hi. I am new to this group and looking at meet ups near me in Mahwah, NJ. I haven't been super active in a while and I think the longest hike I ever did was 3 to 4 hours (usually I go for 1 or maybe 2 hours)...so I was wondering how many hours a 15-16 mile hike averages? Gotta see if I have the stamina! Lol. :-) Thanks in advance! :-)

    March 9, 2013

    • Michael H.

      I didn't see the message! Did you send it to my regular e mail, [masked]
      Might want to try again!

      1 · March 11, 2013

    • Michael H.

      Im doing anotther in Harriman/Bear Mt on sat the 330th, little closer for you!

      1 · March 12, 2013

  • Michael H.

    The vast majority of this hike is totally flat, and therefore great for thos who have wanted to try long distance hikes, but have concerns about difficult terrain. Only the beginning and end are not on the rail trail. Proximity to NYC make taxis readily available.

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sure its my poor reading skills at fault, but the hike ends where exactly?

    February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK. You said point to point and I wasn't sure.

      February 21, 2013

    • Michael H.

      Sort of. For those coming by train, they won't come to Hastings on Hudson, they'll go to Riverdale instead for a slightly later meeting time, and just take the train back from Hastings at the end.

      February 23, 2013

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