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Butler Sanctuary Moderate

Fun, moderate 5 mile morning hike. We will hike most of the perimeter of Butler Sanctuary, about 2.5-3 hours total.

Plan to meet up at the Butler parking lot by 9:00am and we will commence hiking promptly at 9:15am. Please plan to bring something delicious to share, and we'll have a quick picnic at the hike's conclusion at high noon.








About Butler: Many rolling hills with a wide selection of well-maintained trails. Many interesting rock outcroppings. Multitude of deer, squirrels, chipmunks and various raptor species. An occasional fox sighting as well. 

Since it is fall season we will enjoy the foliage. Also hawk season is in effect. Possible sightings of the bald eagle. Bring binoculars!!!

Difficulty: Beginner hiker level: strenuous / intermediate hiker level: moderate

Distance: Approximately 5 miles.



Butler Sanctuary map:

Google Map directions:,-73.686529&hl=en&sll=41.180398,-73.682771&sspn=0.013889,0.033023&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16

Best navigation bet: From the north: Take 684 to Rte 172 west. Go one-half mile, make a left turn onto Chestnut Ridge Road and follow road to the Lake Bridge Road junction. Turn right on Lake Bridge Road and follow to end. From the south: Take 684 to Rte 22 north. Make a left turn onto Chestnut Ridge Road and follow road to the Lake Bridge Road junction. on Lake Bridge Road and follow to end.

Probable hike route: Parking Lot -> Red -> Yellow (L) -> Red (R) -> Orange (L) -> White (R) -> Red (L) -> Blue (R) -> Red (R) -> Parking Lot

Weather: Rain cancels.

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Plenty of water. Binoculars. Hiking poles if needed. Insect repellent. 

Guests: No guests. Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join!

Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.


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  • Lois

    Very enjoyable, both on and off the trail! Thanks, Liz, for organizing it. And thanks, Robi, for the must delicious curried chicken salad I've ever had!

    November 3, 2013

  • barbara the map l.

    Great location. Hike was just as described. Great group too!

    November 2, 2013

  • Liz

    It was a lovely bunch of coconuts, I mean people! Thanks
    to all who helped navigate the squiggley trails. I have a new map lady Barbara and caterer Robi. Special thanks to Robi for preparing lunch for the group ... it was delicious! The grapes and chocolates were much appreciated too!

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time even tho I slipped out at the red trail! I did some major huffing and puffing but it was worth it. Clipper is sleeping it off this afternoon!
    Thanks to Liz for organizing and thanks, especially, to Lois who stayed with me while I was doing the huffing and puffing!!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Ingrid

    A beautiful day spent with lots of great company!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • barbara the map l.

    It was great! Those of you who signed up and didn't show up missed a fun time. Thanks for organizing Liz.

    November 2, 2013

  • ovral

    Notice that I got moved to the list. This happened too late for me to attend. Would not be able to get organize and get there on time.
    Hopefully RSVPs will be changed much earlier to accommodate those waiting.
    Have fun everyone . It's great weather for hiking!!

    November 2, 2013

  • danuta

    Sorry I have to cancel! Have fun though!

    November 2, 2013

  • David B.

    Sorry. Will be unable to make hike. Helping a friend move, and hurt left calf playing football last week. I want to hike again soon, but I want to be full strength. Hopefully soon!

    November 2, 2013

  • Cristina

    Looking to get more active and get in touch with nature. i love to be outdoors

    November 2, 2013

  • John M. F.

    Sorry,I have to cancel.Have a good hike.

    November 1, 2013

  • Annmarie

    not feeling well, sorry, best to cancel and let someone else take my spot..enjoy!

    November 1, 2013

  • Audrey D.

    Sorry I have to cancel. Audrey

    November 1, 2013

  • nelly

    Sorry I chance my RSVP since I was at waiting list for this and Macedonia , I decided to go to Macedonia .... Thanks any way

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad a space opened up....looking forward to joining on this hike. I think I'll take one of my dogs with me, too!

    October 31, 2013

  • Carmen C.

    Hi this is the first time I am going hiking. Looking forward to being outside and taking it all in.

    October 30, 2013

  • Amit

    Had to cancel...I will be travelling that day, now.

    October 28, 2013

  • Debbie G

    Unfortunately I can't make this date.

    October 11, 2013

  • Audrey D.

    Looking forward to first hike with this meet up group. Love the outdoors especially this time of year, Audrey

    October 1, 2013

  • Charles B.

    This will be my first hike as a group... spent most of my life in the Adirondacks! Looking forward to exploring with some new friends;)

    September 29, 2013

  • Rhonda D.

    I am looking forward to my first hike with this group; and meeting people who love the outdoors

    September 29, 2013

  • Mimi

    I enjoy hiking and outdoor activities

    September 27, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm looking forward to another hike. I've only been on one, but as softball season is about over (the finals are this Sunday), I'm looking for something athletic and challenging, that's not softball, and I'm ready to get into hiking.

    September 25, 2013

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