Not So Urban Athletics: Hike Island Pond and the Lemon Squeezer

  • December 1, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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Combining the turkey dinner, appetizers and other snacks, the average American consumes about 4,500 to 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving. In one day you’ve gained 1 to 2 pounds. Yeah. Don't become a fattie, let's burn off some of those calories with an autumn post-Thanksgiving hike in nearby Harriman State Park.

This loop hike climbs to the summits of Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains, goes through the narrow rock formation Lemon Squeezer, and passes the historic Boston Mine, a long abandoned and flooded iron excavation.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup. While everyone else is running in the other direction, I'll be the first one to jump in front of that bear when he tries to eat you.

The Important Stuff ...

•  This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 7.5 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape. We will be out all day so leave your afternoon/evening open.

•  This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. 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, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat and gloves, bring 3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks.

•  Rain cancels the hike. No guests allowed, sorry. 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.

How To Get There ...

Bus: Take the 8:30 AM Shortline bus from Port Authority. Buy tickets to Southfield, but ask the bus driver to let you off at Arden Valley Road in Arden next to a "Welcome to Harriman State Park" sign (a couple of miles north of Southfields). Return bus stops across the street -- wave the driver down.  After you get off the bus, make a right onto Arden Valley Rd., walk across the bridge over the NY State Thruway, then make your first right into the parking lot. Round trip bus fare is $28.50.

Driving: Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen. [masked], [masked])

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.

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  • wiola

    what a great day, wonderful people and so much fun fun fun ;)

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • David T

    Great times. Thanks Kevin

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    : ) ! xxx ooo

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I had a great time today, guys. Thanks. Nice to meet you all

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Sarah

    Fabulous

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Sarah

    Had a great time between the rock climbing, Tarzan antics on trees and Maguyvering backpacks. Good times good people.

    5 · December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time. It was nice meeting everyone in the group!

    5 · December 1, 2013

  • Chris

    Me thinks we have to go do this again...except on a saturday.

    5 · December 1, 2013

  • Lizbet

    Thanks for the awesome time.

    4 · December 1, 2013

  • Amel W.

    Hey guys we are on the bus!! Great to meet you all. Kevin thanks again for an awesome day hiking :-)

    3 · December 1, 2013

  • Tameka

    I hope you guys have a good time. Maybe, I will join on another trip one of these days!

    December 1, 2013

  • Chris

    So, I just signed up into this meetup. And I'd like to go hiking with you all on sunday. I'm from Jersey City and have my own ride that can fit 3 extras if you wanna car pool with me? Other than that...can I come?

    November 27, 2013

    • Chris

      For everyone that's coming with me. Meet up at 830am at hoboken station.

      1 · November 30, 2013

    • Chris

      Good morning. Im waiting for all of you.

      December 1, 2013

  • Lonnie

    I am driving from Brooklyn if anyone need a ride. I have 2 open spots.

    November 29, 2013

    • Maria M.

      Okay

      November 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No prob. We'll see u over there. Thanks for getting back to group.

      November 30, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, my mobile number is[masked]-9034. Contact me if you have problems. Drivers, please be on time as I will not wait for latecomers. As usual ...

    1) This is cold weather hiking, dress accordingly in NON-COTTON LAYERS so you can strip as you warm up and not die of hypothermia. Hiking boots or trail shoes are recommended.
    2) Have enough WATER and FOOD for a day on the trail. At least 2 liters of water will suffice.
    3) Carry your HEADLAMP in case we are caught on trail after sunset. I don't plan on this becoming a night hike but best be prepared.
    4) Bring small bills for the meetup fee.

    Thanks!

    November 30, 2013

    • Kevin

      Bump

      November 30, 2013

  • Maria M.

    Hi there, anyone else driving from NYC?

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!

    November 30, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I'm still thinking on this. Are anyone taking the bus?

    November 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll also be riding the bus, looking forward!

      1 · November 30, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Awesome. See you there!!

      1 · November 30, 2013

  • Kevin

    Since a few people are riding the bus the the meeting time stands at 9:45. Please be on time.

    November 30, 2013

  • Rachel

    I'm unfortunately going to have to change my RSVP since something came up, hope to see you all at the next one! Enjoy!

    November 29, 2013

  • Eddie

    I'm a maybe

    November 29, 2013

  • Sarah

    I am also willing to take the train into Manhattan from Brooklyn if anyone is carpooling from there

    November 28, 2013

  • Anas

    Driving from Englewood, if anyone is interested.

    November 28, 2013

  • Kaylee S.

    I could also chip in from Manhattan! Let me know if anyone wants to drive:)

    November 27, 2013

    • Chris

      Still need a ride?

      November 28, 2013

  • Kevin

    Does anyone plan on taking the bus to the hike? Let me know because if nobody is I will start this event at an earlier time.

    November 28, 2013

  • Sarah

    Also, I live in Brooklyn...that info might help

    November 27, 2013

  • swati

    Anyone riding from Manhattan or Queens, will chip in for toll and gas

    November 27, 2013

  • Sarah

    Hi. I would appreciate a ride. Of course gas+toll+road snacks will be chipped in. :)

    November 27, 2013

  • David T

    Looking for a ride .

    November 26, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    Id loved to attend. Anyone driving from midtown or LIC? Give a holler pls. Pretty pumpkin please.

    November 26, 2013

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