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Ward Pound Ridge -- Leatherman's Cave and the Rocks Trail

  • Oct 6, 2013 · 8:30 AM

Join us for a  local Westchester moderate early autumn hike at the beautiful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. We'll plan to hike for about about four to five hours, covering the southern portion of the area, which has some very beautiful rock outcroppings.









Difficulty: Moderate but long. Several long sustained hill climbs.

Distance: Approximately eight or nine miles.

Time: About four to five hours.

Trail map:

Directions: From I-684, turn east and follow Route 35 east for 3.7 miles, then turn right onto Route 121 south. After crossing a bridge, immediately turn left into Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Continue for 0.7 mile to the tollbooth (there is a parking fee on weekends, daily in summer, commencing at 9am, hence the early start time). Let's plan to meet at the parking area at the end of Michigan Road.

Google Map directions link:,-73.594286&hl=en&sll=41.240351,-73.597283&sspn=0.025719,0.038581&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=15&safe=strict&t=m&z=15

Trivia: The low stone walls that crisscross the forest floor remind the visitor that more than thirty farms once existed within the park's boundaries. These farms were gradually purchased by Westchester County and the park was dedicated in 1938 as Pound Ridge Reservation. Later it was renamed to honor William Ward, former County Parks Commissioner, who was instrumental in creating the county's park system. The "Pound" in Pound Ridge refers to the enclosure or pound used by Native Americans to capture their prey. It is the largest park in Westchester County.


Weather: Rain cancels.

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles recommended. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

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

Guests: No guests for this hike. All hikers must be members of WHMG.

Important Note: Be certain to check this webpage and your email prior to the hike for any last-minute changes or cancellations.

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  • Kathy L.

    Had a great time on my first hike with this group!

    October 8, 2013

  • Mike

    It turned out to be a great hike. The 7.5ish miles was the perfect distance and got me home in time for football....

    October 7, 2013

  • Ilia

    Sorry I missed out on this!
    I was looking for an interesting hiking club to join
    and found this.
    I will look again soon.

    October 6, 2013

  • Steve

    A little fog, a little drizzle, and lots of rocks. Thank you Peter for a great hike!

    October 6, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Misty, foggy and rainy. Buy we all had a good hike anyway! Thanks Peter.

    October 6, 2013

  • Graciela l.

    we're so excited to finally be able to go on a hike. Do we meet by the gatehouse?

    October 2, 2013

    • Peter

      No. We meet at the end of Michigan Road. Follow the Google Map link directions provided in the writeup.

      October 3, 2013

  • Rhonda D.

    I can't wait, Sunday should be a beautiful day for a hike!!

    October 2, 2013

  • Aaron

    Looking forward to exploring this new area. I will be joined by Max, my 7.5 years old young, very friendly black lab.

    October 2, 2013

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