Lets hope for a nice summer day in the Hudson Highlands, where we will see many Hudson River views on the Arden Point and Glenclyffe loop trails by the river, which face West Point on the other side, and also have a climb up to Sugarloaf Mountain, where we there will be lots of cactus on the summit, as well as small bamboo forests on the trail. We should have plenty of time afterwards to relax on the historic Garrison Landing by the river and visit the Garrison Art Center and annual crafts fair. Another treat on the Landing is the newly opened Dolly's Restaurant and Cafe, offering gourmet food and deserts.
Our hike begins right from the train station, where we proceed to walk along the trails to the scenic Arden Point. From there we hike along the ridge on the Sugarloaf trail, and ascend the mountain for our scenic lunch spot. On the way back to the train station, we hike along trails on the Glenclyffe loop, which has a few gazebos and benches to enjoy the scenery. Trains along the Hudson Line return to Manhattan at least hourly.
We will hike at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 7.5 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails in the forest and on rocky terrain. Hikers should wear hiking boots, have 2-3 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch, and be in good condition to complete a strenuous hike on a summer day(Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise).
Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as very wet and slippery rocks, may cancel or modify; check Meetup website for latest updates. We meet at 10:10 AM in the Garrison train station parking lot. The transportation information for both public transportation leaving from Grand Central and cars (AMC Trans code: 5C on the AMC New York-North Jersey website; https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/114765 )is indicated below. Please purchase a one way ticket since there may be rides back to the city offered, and arrive a bit early to allow time to purchase tickets, and getting to the proper gate.
5. 8:32 a.m. METRO-NORTH RR [masked]http://www.mta.info/schedules) Poughkeepsie train from GCT.
C. Garrison, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 9:53. ¼-mi. W of Rts. 9D & 403.