June 21, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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A few weeks ago I led you guys on a spectacular night hike through Harriman State Park and I know there were those of you out there that wanted to go but were a bit intimidated with the thought of trekking through the dark forest at midnight. Here is your chance to dip your toe in the water and get an introduction to the excitement of what a night hike is like on this beginner-friendly trek. And the best part -- you can get there with a single swipe of your metrocard.
The Plan ...
This will be a relatively easy night hike, taking us across the George Washington Bridge (GWB) and through part of the Palisades Interstate Park.
We'll start out on 178th street and walk over the bridge on the pedestrian pathway – it's a great walk with fabulous views of Manhattan and New Jersey, made even better at dusk. This is a bit of a different experience than crossing over other urban bridges as the walkway is at the edge of the span and you can look straight down at the Hudson river.
Once over the bridge we'll turn North and head up the Long Path in the Palisades Interstate Park. This is the beginning of the Long Path hiking trail which begins near the GWB in Fort Lee and continues 350 miles north to Albany. We'll walk about 4 miles up the path through Allison Park and descend to riverside where we will break for dinner. There are great views here of the Hudson River, GWB, and the Washington Heights and Inwood sections of Manhattan. By now it will be completely dark as we make our way back to the GWB and Manhattan, with only our headlamps and the soft glow of the distant city lights to guide us.
A $2.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.
The Important Stuff …
- Distance traveled will be about 8 miles. This is a beginner night hike but that doesn't mean come unprepared! Wear clothing appropriate for the activity and sneakers/hiking shoes are a must. Also do not forget your headlamp/flashlight and insect repellent.
- Bring water and dinner/snacks, we'll be stopping about halfway through the walk to eat.
- Bathroom opportunities will be limited along the walk, so please coordinate your fluid intake accordingly.
- RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
- Rain cancels the hike.
Meeting Point/Mass Transit Directions ...
We'll be meeting at the entrance to the GWB pedestrian walkway on the corner of 178th Street and Cabrini Boulevard. Take the A subway train to 175th Street and walk three blocks north, turn left, and walk two blocks to Cabrini Boulevard. We'll be starting the walk promptly at 6:45 PM, please don't be late.