Not So Urban Athletics: Fall Foliage Hike in Harriman State Park

  • October 14, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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As the days grow shorter and the temperature slowly drops, let's get out and see the color change before our eyes while hiking in one of New York's most beautiful forests -- Harriman State Park. From bright reds to deep yellows, the leaves of maple, dogwood, and oak trees transform, displaying a rainbow spectrum of Fall hues.

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 ascend to the ridge line and hike to several overlooks that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Hudson County peaks and valleys. Make sure you bring your camera for this one as well as extra batteries because you're going to want to share the beauty you'll be seeing with your friends and family.

The Important Stuff ...

  • This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 8.5 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in good physical shape as this is one of the more challenging treks in area with a bit of elevation gain and more than a few rock scrambles. 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, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • 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 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 ...

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 Evenings and Weekends in NYC, be sure to check there for drivers/passengers when trying to coordinate carpooling. http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/74803362/

 

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  • Emmy

    Beautiful and peaceful

    April 14, 2013

  • Kevin

    Excellent day for a hike out in the forest. Thanks to all you fab people for making the day so enjoyable. Not as much foliage color as I had anticipated but that just means we'll need to do this again very soon and that's a consequence I like!

    October 15, 2012

  • Jitesh

    Another excellent hike with a great group of people

    October 14, 2012

  • Kevin

    I have sent my contact info via email to the confirmed RSVPs, do not leave home without it. Let me know if you didn't receive it. Note, if you have your privacy settings configured not to receive email from this meetup group, you will not get the email. Please change that for future communications.

    October 13, 2012

  • Raquel S.

    Just given up my spot, please feel free to take it and enjoy the hike. I have quite a lot on my plate this weekend. Very sad I will not be able to go.

    October 12, 2012

  • Liz

    it seems like everyone is settled but in case anyone still needs a ride and is willing to take the metro north to westchester I have a car.

    October 12, 2012

  • Jitesh

    I have space for 3 from Hoboken/Jersey City

    October 5, 2012

    • Jason

      Hi Jitesh, Apologies, but I actually cannot go either anymore. I'll let Nathan know to contact you for a ride.

      October 11, 2012

    • Jitesh

      Also giving Alpha and Sheba a ride too. Looking to pick you up between 8 and 8.15, I'll call later to firm up the arrangements.

      October 12, 2012

  • mary

    Have an open spot if anyone still needs a ride from Manhattan (Port Authority @42nd St & 8th Ave).

    October 12, 2012

  • Roberto

    A big thanks to Kim for offering me a ride. Maybe next time :( enjoy guys.

    October 11, 2012

  • mary

    Posting this to everyone for clarity. Hopefully automatically cross-lists to people other groups. Roberto, Dee, and Isaac you're welcome to ride w/ me. Let's meet at the Port Authority (42nd st & 8th ave)? But flexible if have better idea. If yes, please send me your cell number and we can finalize details. Sorry can't always access email, but find txting works great!

    October 10, 2012

    • Dee D.

      Hi Mary - thanks in advance. Meeting @ 42nd & 8th is fine w/ me. I'll email my cell # to you. Noted you can't always access email but will follow up on Friday to make sure you have my #

      October 10, 2012

    • Isaac L.

      Hi Mary, The Port Authority meeting spot works fine with me as well.

      October 10, 2012

  • Dee D.

    Mary can I ride w/ you?

    October 10, 2012

  • Roberto

    I can go either with Kim or Mary now Kim it might be more convenience for me since I live in Brooklyn but I'll do whatever the group decides. :)

    October 9, 2012

    • Kevin

      That is up to you and the two drivers. Please contact them directly to continue coordinating your carpool.

      October 9, 2012

  • Kevin

    We are in need of drivers leaving from NYC. If you are on the wait list and can drive others from Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens please post up or send me a message and you will be given preference.

    October 9, 2012

    • Charishma

      Mary, can I get a ride from you please? I am in the UWS and I can meet you wherever is convenient for you!

      October 9, 2012

    • Kim B.

      I'm in Brooklyn and fit 3 people in my car.

      1 · October 9, 2012

  • Roberto

    I also need a ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn please help....!!!!

    October 9, 2012

    • Isaac L.

      Myself as well, please keep me in the loop if someone replies.

      October 9, 2012

  • Dee D.

    I still need a ride. Is anyone leaving from Brooklyn, Manhattan or Queens that I can ride with?

    October 9, 2012

  • Charishma

    Is anyone driving from Manhattan or nearby?

    October 9, 2012

  • Kevin

    @Everyone, if your plans have changed and you can't make this meetup, please be courteous and change your RSVP to "not attending" NOW to allow somebody from the wait list to take your place. Last minute cancellations and no shows will not be looked upon kindly. Thanks.

    October 8, 2012

    • Jen

      Hey Kevin,

      October 9, 2012

    • Jen

      What is the liklihood of spots opening for 2? Is there the possibility of the # allowed to attend increasing?

      October 9, 2012

  • Roberto

    Same here, need a ride from the city will share gas and expenses. Thank you

    October 6, 2012

  • Raquel S.

    Need to carpool from Manhattan please.

    October 6, 2012

  • Salim

    Also looking to carpool from Manhattan.

    October 5, 2012

  • Silvia

    Hi, Need a ride as well. I'm in Manhattan and of course will meet available ride where needed. :))

    October 4, 2012

  • Liz

    Same situation as Nicole. If people were willing to take the metro north to Hastings I could drive up to four people to Harriman, but I'm on the waitlist also!

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need someone to carpool with :(

    September 30, 2012

  • Nicole

    Hey guys! I can drive! Leaving from Manhattan-- 26th & Lex area. Although I am on the waiting list!! lol

    September 30, 2012

    • Andrea

      Hi Nicole, can I please grab a ride with you. Naturally, I will pay expenses. Thanks. Please feel free to call me @[masked]

      September 30, 2012

    • Andrea

      Hi Nicole, may I please hitch a ride with you. Naturally, I will pay for expenses. Please feel free to call me @ 9175875432. Thanks

      September 30, 2012

  • Dee D.

    Hi - Does anyone have room in their car for me? Can you in BK, Queens or Manhattan. Will help w/ gas

    September 25, 2012

  • Anna

    Hi all I just joined this event on the evenings and weekends meet-up. I'm really looking forward to this hike I LOVE Harriman. BUT... I'll need a ride from the city. More than willing to chip in for gas/tolls etc.. I'm also a great driver if you have a vehicle, but aren't feeling up to the drive!

    September 17, 2012

  • Shyla

    I won't be here that weekend, otherwise I'd definitely go and get my nature on :)

    September 17, 2012

  • Patricia

    Need a ride. Can meet in Queens or Manhattan. Thank you!

    September 17, 2012

  • Andrea

    I will need a ride. Will chip in for gas and tolls. Beer too!!

    September 17, 2012

  • Tara

    Do you imagine we'd be back by 5pm?

    September 11, 2012

    • Kevin

      It is a likely possibility but I wouldn't count on it. I always tell people coming to my events to leave your day open because my meetups can go on and on depending on how much fun we are having.

      1 · September 11, 2012

  • Jen

    Please count me in!

    August 25, 2012

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