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

  • July 12, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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I've led you guys on amazing daytime adventures all over the tri-state area but it is my night hikes that you seem to enjoy the most. 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.

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 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.

• I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs.

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.



 

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  • Lizbet

    Viewing the reflexion of the moon over the lake...priceless. Thanks for the good night.

    3 · July 14

  • Jane

    Good times! It was fun spending my Sat. Night with you folks. Bear sighting and a Super Moon----Kevin, you are awesomeee!

    3 · July 14

  • Kevin

    You people rock! Thanks for coming out to play in the forest with me on a Saturday night, I enjoyed you all. Hopefully you folks had a bit of fun and got to experience something a little bit outside your daily routine. Coming nose-to-nose with a bear in the wild probably qualifies. Until the next adventure!

    Oh, most memorable line of the evening; being asked "Where did you guys get the sticks to roast the marshmallows?"...as I look around at the hundreds of trees surrounding us and reply, "Um, the forest?"

    6 · July 14

  • Derrick T.

    For my first time Hiking I had a good time. It was a very Good Experience for me.

    3 · July 14

  • David T

    Thanks for saving us from the bear.

    5 · July 13

  • David T

    Awesome!

    2 · July 13

  • Megan

    Soooo much fun!

    5 · July 13

  • Michael

    Running 10 mins late but I'll be there

    July 12

  • Heather

    Hey - I'm a little confused! Last night it said I was on the wait list but I just got a reminder...??

    July 12

    • Kevin

      You were moved up. You should have gotten an email saying as such.

      1 · July 12

  • David

    totally last minute so understand it can't happen, just in case number is[masked]

    July 12

  • David

    Hey guys, sorry I am late to this. Is anyone leaving at about 5:45 from manhattan, be great to go on this. Will def chip in with everything.

    July 12

  • Dianne

    Kevin, I thought I could do back-to-back hikes but unfortunately I still need to recover from last night's hike :/

    July 12

  • Sarah D.

    Not sure if there are any spontaneous NYers in midtown west that want to join tonight?! A spot opened up in my car!! Message me if you still want to come and need a ride. We are leaving @5:30

    July 12

    • Megan

      sarah, my number[masked]

      July 12

  • Megan

    sara, just seeing your post. can i join u??

    July 12

  • paul

    Hi, sorry for the very late offer, but I'm driving up tonight and have room. Leaving from Astoria at 5:00.

    July 12

  • S K.

    Anyone needs ride from Brooklyn?

    July 12

  • Jitesh

    I have one more space, leaving from Hoboken Path at 5pm

    July 12

  • Julie Ann L.

    Hi, can I get a ride to this hike,please

    July 12

    • Toni

      I don't have a car, but there's a guy leaving Union City & another leading from Hoboken (right across the Hudson, 20 min by PATH, from NYC) about 5/5:30 pm. They're both on this comment section...

      July 12

    • Jitesh

      Julie, I can give you a ride from Hoboken at 5pm

      1 · July 12

  • Sarah D.

    Coming from manhattan by Columbus circle and am happy to drive others! Shoot me a note if interested!

    June 19

    • Julie Ann L.

      Hi Sarah....got an extra seat I can meet you in NYC

      July 12

    • Megan

      Hi, do you still have an available seat? I'd love to join you!!!

      July 12

  • Wilson

    I have two seats available departing from Union City, NJ
    Email me at [masked] for details of how to get to Union City from Port Authority (15 minutes commute)

    July 12

  • Megan

    hi everyone! does anyone driving have room for one more, leaving from the city?

    July 12

  • Trisha

    Sorry had to cancel, having an issue with my left eye. Next time!

    July 12

  • Trisha

    Coming from queens. Will be driving. Have room for 2-3 other people who are willing to split the costs.

    1 · June 30

    • Anne

      Sorry, I'm also cancelling. Hope to see you on another meet up.

      July 12

    • Mary

      Trisha, I'd love to grab one of these spots? Please let me know.

      July 12

  • Robin

    Hey all, does anyone else have free space in their car leaving somewhere from Manhattan? If not, I guess I'm gonna change my rsvp.

    July 11

    • Robin

      Jitesh! You rock! But I think I'm just going to skip out. Don't really feel like taking the PATH home at 1:30AM and getting back to my place around 3AM. Thanks though Brotha! I'll take you up on that offer for the next day hike :)

      July 11

    • Jitesh

      No worries, you'll be missed.

      July 11

  • Conor H.

    Coming from Putnam county /Westchester if anyone wants to car pool

    July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Sorry guys, I don't think I'll be back in time to make this. Hopefully I'll get to go on the next one.

    July 11

  • Megan

    Hi, I'm looking for a ride from the UWS, but willing to meet up anywhere in the city. Will split the costs for sure. Let me know if you have room? Megan

    July 11

  • Kevin

    Hikers, my mobile number is[masked]-9034. We start at 7:00 PM; please try and arrive a little bit early—I WON’T wait for latecomers and do not answer my phone after we begin hiking. If your plans have changed and you can’t make the event, NOW would be a good time to change your RSVP. Please note:

    1) Bring a headlamp and extra batteries, food/snacks and 2 liters of water, and insect repellent. Wear hiking shoes/boots; there are ticks and poison ivy around so you may want to wear long pants.

    2) We’ll be building a bonfire at our lake stop so feel free to bring marshmallows or other snacks you can cook on a stick over an open fire.

    3) If you’re adventurous you can go for a night swim at the lake, at your own risk of course. Bring your bathing suit—please, I don’t care to see any bare behinds on this trip.

    4) When you get to the meeting point, please come see me so I can sign you in. Also, please bring small bills or exact change for the meetup fee.

    1 · July 11

  • Katie C

    Personal emergency came up. Just changed my RSVP to no. Sorry to miss it :(

    July 10

  • mary

    Drat, I have to work! But a new spot for someone else.

    July 10

  • Parisa

    I'm moved up to the list now from waiting list.
    Anyone's car has room to share the ride? will split expenses.

    July 9

  • Shayna

    when will the people on the waitlist know if they can attend?

    July 9

  • Ryan M.

    I'm coming from Ridgewood, Queens. I still have one seat available. Meet near where my friend is picking me up and split the costs.

    1 · July 3

    • Ryan M.

      OK. We seem to be full now so anyone else that needs a ride can get on the waiting list.

      July 9

    • Ryoko S.

      am i on the ride? I haven't received your message to know where and when to meet so. if so, let me know. ;) Thanks!

      July 9

  • dennis s.

    i wont be able to go take me off the waiting list,have fun ,dennis

    July 7

  • Eddie

    What time would we be heading back? This isn't an overnight hike is it?

    July 7

    • Kevin

      No, the hike should end about 12 - 12:30AM.

      1 · July 7

  • Robin

    Looking for a ride as well. Will split tolls, gas, and partake in car sing- alongs!

    July 7

  • Anabella

    Hi! Can I join anyone who is driving? I can meet you anywhere. Will split all costs!

    July 6

  • Lonnie

    Leaving from Brooklyn, I may have either 2 or 3 open spots.

    1 · June 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lonnie, I'll be coming from Brooklyn (Fort Greene) let me know if you're able to fit 1 more in.

      July 2

    • Lonnie

      Sure Jessica

      July 2

  • Anna

    Looking for a ride from BK, but can meet anywhere by subway. :)

    June 29

  • Marilyn (.

    Need a ride from the UWS.

    June 14

  • David T

    Looking for a ride. On manhattan side of GWB. Will chip in for all expenses.

    June 10

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