Ward Pound Ridge Southwest Loop to Leatherman's Cave

Ward Pound Ridge Loop to Leatherman's Cave


Join me and I will tell you the story of the Leatherman as we hike to one of the caves he slept in .

Overview

This loop hike traverses the hills of this Westchester County park, climbing to a panoramic lookout over the Cross River Reservoir and the interesting Leatherman’s Cave, and passing a number of other features of interest.

 

Details Time:4.5 hours Difficulty:Moderate Length:6.5 miles

 

Bring snack / lunch / plenty of water : )


There is a $10.00 parking fee - try to carpool -

Trailhead GPS Coordinates[masked],[masked]
Driving Directions

From the George Washington Bridge, proceed north on the Henry Hudson Parkway, which becomes the Saw Mill River Parkway. Take Exit 4 and continue on the Cross County Parkway, which becomes the Hutchinson River Parkway. Just beyond Exit 26 (the exit for I-287) bear left and continue on I-684 towards Brewster. Take Exit 6 (Cross River), which briefly joins the Saw Mill River Parkway, then exits to N.Y. Route 35. Turn right and follow Route 35 east for 3.7 miles to N.Y. Route 121. Turn right onto Route 121, cross a bridge over the Cross River, then immediately turn left and enter Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Continue for 0.7 mile to the tollbooth ( $10 parking fee is charged on weekends, daily in the summer). Make the first right beyond the tollbooth onto Michigan Road, and continue for 0.7 mile to a parking area just before a turnaround circle at the end of the road (if this parking area is full, additional parking is available uphill to the left).



**Rain will cancel this event.**

 

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  • Bill P.

    Thanks for a good time with good company.

    August 31, 2013

  • Amit

    The hike was fantastic and Adam was a great guide. I think we all had a wonderful time.

    August 31, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Absolutely fabulous day (pre/during/and post hike) with a fantastic group of people!! Thank you Adam and David for showing HVH Ward Pound Ridge!!

    August 31, 2013

  • Tom G.

    I'm glad the wait list moved fast ( big thanks to my benefactor- who know you are ) because I really enjoyed this hike. I learned about the Leather man, meet some really nice people as well as spending time with some old ones .Thanks Adam for putting this all together.

    August 31, 2013

  • Adam C.

    WOW 27 out of 27 show up !! That is was makes HVH special , all of you made this an amazing event , thanks so much for turning out today ! And the after party was also one of the best , 3 hours of chillaxing on the couch with good friends : )

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • kevin S.

    You people are awesome, really enjoyed myself. Thanks Adam for the lead.

    August 31, 2013

  • Patricia

    Thanks, Adam and David! What a fun day with such a great group of people!

    August 31, 2013

  • Rob

    Super hike with some fine people. Thank you Adam for organizing, leading and filling us in on the details of your great grandfather.

    3 · August 31, 2013

  • Gary

    Thanks Adam! Great day, great hike, enjoyed the story of Leatherman!!

    August 31, 2013

  • tova

    Excellent......

    August 31, 2013

  • Amit

    Gonna be 10 mins late

    August 31, 2013

  • Molly B.

    I'm so sorry, not feeling well this morning :(

    August 31, 2013

  • Steve

    Hi all - I am driving from Putnam county (Carmel) and can pick up folks at the train stations in Katonah or Brewster. Steve
    (917)[masked]

    August 30, 2013

  • tova

    Driving from south east LI around 8 am. Will pick in queens

    August 30, 2013

  • Fiona

    Driving from Park Slope, BK, at 8:30am. If you can get to my place, I have room for 3 (not driving into Manhattan--sorry!).

    August 29, 2013

    • Fiona

      Sure, Wendy. Just PM me and I'll give you my address: feemur@gmail

      August 30, 2013

    • Wendy W

      Hi Fiona, just saw your reply and sent you an email

      August 30, 2013

  • Molly B.

    Any rides from Nyc available?

    1 · August 28, 2013

    • Rob

      @ Molly. OK...I will send you my phone via email. Please text or leave voice message in the morning to confirm you are on your way.

      August 30, 2013

    • Molly B.

      Sure!

      August 30, 2013

  • Adam C.

    I have received emails asking to start the hike early and also to start the hike later .I understand people have things to do before and after the hike so I'm sticking to the original 10 o'clock start time please don't be late I will be starting on time. : )

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Gary

    Leaving Riverdale 8:45-9:00 have room for 3 anyone need a ride?

    August 30, 2013

  • kevin S.

    Please refrain from doing the rain-dance. Thank you.

    August 30, 2013

    • Amit

      Only a 30% chance of rain tomorrow, and primarily after noon. Hopefully that is not sufficient grounds to cancel.

      August 30, 2013

  • Amit

    Adam, will it be OK to leave at 10:15 AM for the hike to accommodate Metro-Northers? I am picking up at least one person from Katonah, and 10:15 AM would be the conservative estimate for our arrival at Ward Pound Ridge. Thanks!

    August 30, 2013

  • francisco

    Adam I hope you repeat this one...

    August 29, 2013

  • john

    A friend and I are holding up the end of the waiting list, no shoving please. Driving from the bronx & White plains.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • kevin S.

    see yas there.

    August 29, 2013

  • francisco

    Oh no waiting list!!!!

    August 28, 2013

  • Nicole

    Anyone from Harlem going and willing to carpool??

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • mae

    by Friday ill let u know

    August 28, 2013

  • Adam C.

    Please update your status if you are signed up and will not be able to make this event ( and try to not to do it the last day) , there is a long waiting list and its not fair for the other people who want to come and make their plans.

    3 · August 28, 2013

  • Rob

    Adam, 'Story of the Leatherman' is really your autobiography, yes? Could offer ride to/from a Metro North station.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Amit

    Driving from Clifton, NJ if I get off the waitlist

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this! Ride needed from BK/Manhattan/etc. Will share in driving expenses :-) Thanks!

    August 25, 2013

    • Amy

      Hi I'd be driving from Manhattan and will drive providing I get off the waiting list.

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will cross my fingers for you! lol

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Molly B.

    Can anyone offer a ride from Manhattan? I'll contribute gas $ :-)

    August 26, 2013

  • tova

    Is Mae I am Israeli

    August 26, 2013

    • mae

      Good me too

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • mae

    hi there im driving from LI if someone needs a ride let me know

    August 26, 2013

    • tova

      I just emailed Adam as he is the host and asked if it is ok. what part of LI you come from I am from oceanside

      August 26, 2013

    • mae

      i come from central islip, but originally from long beach.. are u Israeli?

      August 26, 2013

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    :) ok Kim keep me updated!

    August 26, 2013

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    !! Yeah Kim Chi you'll have to meet me at a train station. [masked] .

    August 25, 2013

  • Raymond R.

    Try parking at john jay high school on 121 just up hill on 35 take left at lite school on 121 to carpool from

    August 25, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Adam, you can avoid the fee entering the park before 9:00am.. :)

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Patrizia

      You are very right, Adam. I just thought I would let you know... :)

      August 25, 2013

    • kevin S.

      11:30am start time? that would be great.

      August 25, 2013

  • Lhanna S.

    I would need a ride. I can share the costs and bring breakfast :)

    August 25, 2013

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