Not So Urban Athletics: Full Moon Night Hike in Harriman State Park

  • May 26, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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I've led you guys on amazing daytime adventures all over the tri-state area but the one thing we haven't done together is a night hike. Why in the world would you want to hike in the dark? With your vision reduced your other senses become hyper aware and you'll experience the forest in a whole new way. You'll be able to smell and hear that bear about to eat you rather than just see him!

We're going to have a nocturnal adventure at Harriman State Park, one of my favorite local playgrounds. Starting at the Reeves Visitor Center trailheads in the Southern section of the park, we'll trek through the forest along the Seven Hills trail, follow a bubbling brook for a bit, then trek through the night forest, ascending to our destination -- Pine Meadow Lake. We'll hang out lakeside for a bit under the full moon, enjoying the stars and serenity of night, and if the mood strikes -- and we can find dry wood -- we'll make a campfire to toast some marshmallows.

A little heads up, if you are afraid of things that go bump in the night then you might want to sit this hike out.

The Important Stuff ...

  • This is going to be a BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE hike of about 7 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape.
  • This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you.
  • Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing -- remember it is chillier at night, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed dinner and/or snacks, and insect repellent. Also pack a pocket poncho in case of showers.
  • Bring a headlamp and spare batteries. You may want to bring an additional handheld flashlight as well.
  • Heavy rain cancels the hike.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Do not leave home without it.

How To Get There ... Carpool!

There is no mass transit option for this hike so drivers are needed.

Take NJ Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along the Seven Lakes Drive, passing under the Thruway overpass, and soon entering Harriman State Park. Proceed for another mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Park in the Visitor Center's parking lot (SEE PHOTO BELOW). If the lot is full, parking is allowed in certain roadside areas.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where). If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

This meetup is cross-posted over in I wanted to do that ... Just not alone, http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/106573042/ and in Life out Loud ... http://www.meetup.com/LOL-MNF/events/114835832/, be sure to check there for drivers/passengers when trying to coordinate carpooling.

 

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  • Anas

    Stupendous!!! This hike was one of its kind .. I always wanted to enjoy the moon away from the lights and city noise. Last night was the best setting to fulfill this dream .. Thanks everyone for creating such a great memory. Thanks Kevin.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Playing in the woods in the dark has never been so much fun! Thank you to everyone that ventured out and thank you for being such good company.

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • george b.

    wow, what an amazing hike!!! thank you kevin for leading this and making it a great experience. truly unforgettable. i'll always have memories of that moon rising over pine meadow lake in the dark with the reflection off the lake in the company of some great people. spectacular. it was great to meet all of you folks. please feel free to keep in touch, and hopefully we'll see each other real soon.

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Wow, the weather today is pretty nice. If anyone wants to bring some marshmallows we'll see if we can't find some dry wood and make a fire for a marshmallow roast lake side.

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am offering a ride if you can meet me at the Staten Island Ferry area pr Hoboken New Jersey Transit station. I can fit 3 more people. My contact is[masked]

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello guys please let me know if you guys are still going.

      May 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Vlad it would be the Staten Island side.

      May 26, 2013

  • Kevin

    All my hikers that are still with me, my mobile number is[masked]-9034. Contact me tomorrow if you have any issues. Please try and be on time.

    It is going to be chilly tomorrow night so dress appropriately, a hat and gloves wouldn't be overkill. You may also want to bring something warm to drink in a thermos. Water, a snack, and insect repellent should also be on your to bring list.

    Most important thing to remember to bring is your headlamp/flashlight and spare batteries. I am hoping there will be enough moonlight that we won't have to use them though. See you all tomorrow!

    May 25, 2013

    • Peter

      I am still with you Kevin! :) I am leaving from Jersey City and now I have 3 spots open in my car if anyone needs a ride!

      May 26, 2013

  • teresa

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend...have to work the following morning. Please have another one in the future!!

    May 25, 2013

  • Sheba K

    Have got plans for tomorrow. Bummed that I will miss the hike. Have fun!

    May 25, 2013

  • Sandra

    Hi Uncle Kevin & All,

    Sorry about Ma Nature.
    Anyone want to see the movie Kon Tiki tonight instead?
    It's playing at 9:30pm near Lincoln Center at The Paris Theater. Also in White Plains! My direct e-mail: [masked]

    Had some plans for tomorrow so not sure if I can make it! : (

    May 25, 2013

  • Alizabeth R.

    Sorry, have tickets to a play tomorrow night.

    May 25, 2013

  • Cora H.

    :( tomorrow have to head to CT for a wedding so very sad I won't make this...sun is out now but guess tomorrow's weather is more promising. Everyone enjoy!

    May 25, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, mother nature has made me cry uncle! I am postponing this hike until tomorrow evening when it will be much more pleasant outside and still nearly a full moon. If you can't make the new date please change your RSVP.

    May 25, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sorry, it's too cold & wet for my bones : (
    The day snuck up so quickly!!!

    May 25, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    Sorry to have to cancel because of the weather. Hope to make the next one.

    May 25, 2013

  • Vishal

    I can give ride from Jersey city /Hoboken but can't sign-up for this event , Kevin is there place for 1 more

    May 25, 2013

  • Theresa

    Hi. I will be joining this trip. I need a ride. I can meet anyone who can give me a ride in Jersey City/Hoboken/Manhattan :)

    May 14, 2013

    • Jason

      Hi Peter, I'm actually not going anymore. Sorry about canceling so late. I don't have a raincoat or any rain stuff so I don't really want to risk getting sick. Thanks anyway.

      May 24, 2013

    • Theresa

      Hi Peter. I am canceling too due to bad weather tomorrow in Harriman. I am not comfortable hiking in wet trails. Thanks for the ride. Hope to join the same event next time if there will be another one.

      May 24, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, I am watching tomorrow's weather closely. I will make the decision to cancel this thing or not in the early afternoon, say around 1PM. Stay tuned ...

    May 24, 2013

  • Natalie L.

    Does anyone still need need a ride? If so, please contact me at[masked]

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. Since I've got a ride for this meetup with the "Life Out Loud w/ My New Friends" group, I got confirmed and RVSP'ed there by one of the organizers today. So I'm changing my RSVP here so someone can take my spot in this group. Looking forward to do this and meeting everyone.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RVSP'ed with another meet up group (http://www.meetup.com/LOL-MNF/events/114835832/)

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • mary

    Alpha can't make it, so I have 1 additional spot available for anyone who'd like a ride (pickup @port authority). just send me an email w/ your txt/phone info. thanks!

    May 23, 2013

  • Kevin

    My friends, the weather forecast for Saturday night at this point is a bit unsettled. I'll be monitoring things closely the next few days but unless things are truly ugly this hike will continue as planned. But if you need perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors please change your RSVP now rather than later so someone can take your place. Stay tuned ...

    May 22, 2013

  • Kevin

    While I appreciate the enthusiasm, if you are not a confirmed RSVP please refrain from offering or accepting carpools from people. It just makes things a little confusing. Thanks.

    May 22, 2013

  • Tori K.

    It pains me to do this but I have to change my RSVP. I sprained my ankle today, and the knot is already the size of a kiwi. Please take pictures if possible, and schedule another full moon hike soon.

    May 22, 2013

  • mary

    fyi have 1 spot available for anyone who would like a ride (pickup @port authority). just send me an email w/ your txt/phone info. thanks!

    May 22, 2013

  • Natalie L.

    I have 3 spots in my car and am coming from Brooklyn if anyone needs a ride!

    May 20, 2013

    • Natalie L.

      No prob, Mike! Tori, I have room in my car if you still need a ride.

      May 22, 2013

    • Robin

      Hi Natalie. I found a ride yesterday with another group. Thanks for offering :) See you on the hike!

      May 22, 2013

  • Sheba K

    Will be coming with Thea.

    May 21, 2013

  • Kevin

    Friends, if your plans have changed and you can't make this meetup, please be courteous and change your RSVP to not attending to allow someone from the wait list to take your place -- DON'T BE A NO SHOW! Attendance is taken seriously, so if you RSVP and cancel at the last minute or are MIA you'll earn a spot on that special list. You don't want to be on that special list. :)

    May 20, 2013

  • Katie

    Hi All, Just found out I can come! Does anyone still have room in their car? I am coming from UES Manhattan, but can meet elsewhere!

    Katie

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need a ride too. I hope someone has space in their car. I live in Queens but can meet in Brooklyn or Manhattan as well.

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Manuel

      Rumana, thanks. I am truly sorry but I have a full car now. If anyone cancels in the next couple of days you will be the first one to know. Ok? Apologize for that and hope some of our fellow members can offer you a ride. Regards

      1 · May 14, 2013

    • Kevin C.

      Thanks so much, Manuel! Where should I meet up for the pick-up. I live in Mid-Town west, but can meet you wherever is convenient for you. Thank again and really looking forward to this meetup.

      May 19, 2013

  • Sheba K

    Looking for a ride from jersey city or manhattan.

    May 14, 2013

  • Cora H.

    Out-of-Towner (literally, visiting from overseas so unfamiliar with these locales) who needs a ride please! :) staying lower manhattan but can travel to wherever is needed for the ride if it's near some easy form of public transportation I can easily navigate. Thx in advance!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Kevin

    Peeps, this event is drawing near, let's get working on those carpools! If you're driving and can take passengers, please indicate where you're coming from and how many people you can take. Passengers, speak up if you are seeking a ride and don't hesitate to contact drivers directly. Also be flexible in traveling somewhere convenient for a pick up. Everyone, don't forget to look at the other two listings for my event linked to above for drivers and passengers.

    Also, if your plans have changed and you can't make this meetup, please be courteous and change your RSVP to not attending to allow someone from the wait list to take your place -- DON'T BE A NO SHOW! Attendance is taken seriously if you RSVP and being MIA will affect your ability to join my events in the future.

    May 13, 2013

  • Kevin C.

    I need a ride as well. Thanks in advance to the good Samaritan who steps up to the plate. (or the steering wheel)

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Tori K.

    I need to car pool...if anyone has space. I live in Brooklyn but can travel to Queens / Manhattan if need be...and I'm happy to contribute to gas/tolls...please and thanks...!

    May 7, 2013

  • Katie

    +1 guest. Is that okay?

    March 21, 2013

    • Kevin

      For this meetup, yes.

      March 22, 2013

  • Alizabeth R.

    So Excited! This sounds like awesome! I'm going to need to carpool...

    March 21, 2013

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