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The German-American Hiking Club (GAHC)is an organization of people who share an interest in a German language and culture combined with an appreciation of hiking in the surroundings of metropolitan New York and New Jersey. If you would like to brush up on your German or speak English with hikers of German background, the Club welcomes you.

Since being founded in 1958, the club has scheduled one-day hikes and occasional 3-4 day weekend trips or longer excursions throughout the year. The hikes are mostly easy or moderately difficult. The Club schedules other outdoor activities such as canoe , or kayak trips or cross-country skiing from time to time.

German Language Initiative: Certain activities are so designated to give people a chance to chat in German. Please try to speak in German on these activities, if possible.

The printed Hiking Schedule is published two times a year, April – September , October - March and is available below and at


There is no guest fee for participation in the first two activities and the fee thereafter is $5 per hike. A guest must participate in two hikes before becoming a member.

Membership dues are $25 annually for individuals, $35 for families.

Hiking club activities involve varying degrees of danger. When you participate in an activity, you should be both physically and mentally prepared and equipped with the appropriate gear. You should always be aware of the risks involved in outdoor activities and conduct yourself accordingly. The trip leader or the German-American Hiking Club is not responsible for your safety. You are. Prior to registering for any activity, you are encouraged to discuss your capabilities with the trip leader.

Hiking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing are required. It is strongly suggested to bring food and drink to the one-day hikes. In case of inclement weather, the hike leader can cancel the hike and may reschedule it for a following weekend at his or her discretion. Registration for all hikes by 6 PM the evening before is required and hikers are strongly urged to check with the hike leader if the weather looks doubtful or the weather forecast is poor.

Suggested car-pooling fee is recommended at $. 40 per mile, plus tolls, to be shared equally between all passengers and the driver.

Upcoming Activities:

SAT, 27 APR, 10:00, GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, B/C. Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY. German Language Initiative. Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. R Train to 25th Street. Option to dine at Schnitzel Haus, 7319 5 AVE, Brooklyn, NY. Cash only. Brian Kassenbrock, 718-748-0624, c. 917-865-2250.

SAT, 18 MAY, 10:00. NORMAN LEVY PRESERVE, Merrill Long Island C hike two loops 1 or 3 miles with a hilltop view of Nassau County Jitney available to reserve. take Merrill Road just past Meadowbrook overpass, make first right. Meet at ranger house. Larry Forni 516-791-7169. 35 mi.

SUN, 2 JUNE, ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Kolping on Hudson. Get together 11 AM followed by Lunch and Business Meeting immediately thereafter, about 2 PM. KOLPING ON HUDSON, 95 Montrose Point Road, Montrose, New York

SAT, 15 JUN, 10:00, TRAIL CLEANING, C, Oakland, NJ on our part of the Bill Hoeferlin Trail. Parking lot west on Skyline Drive across from Camp Tamarack entrance. Nb: Our section has changed. Brian Kassenbrock, 718-748-0624, c. 917-865-2250. 50 mi.

SAT – SUN, 13 - 14 JULY, CATSKILL HIKING. Based from Crystal Brook Lodge, Round Top, NY. 430 Winter Clove Road, Round Top, New York 12473, 800-999-7376. Make your reservations early since this facility books up.

THURS, 1 AUG. 10:00, BEAR MOUNTAIN B/C. German Language Initiative. Options to go up Bear Mtn or to visit Doodletown. Brian Kassenbrock, 718-748-0624, c. 917-865-2250. 50 mi.

SAT, 10 AUG, 10:00, FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE/ SUNKEN FOREST with Ferry, Sayville, L.I., NY. C+. Ferry from Sayville to Sunken Forest, hike to Cherry Grove and ferry from there back to Sayville possible. Swim options at Fire Island Pines beach: lifeguard, changing cabins, restrooms and shower. Meet at ferry terminal, Sayville. Gunter Georgi. 516-883-2336. 65 mi.

25 AUG, 11:00. BATTLE OF BROOKLYN COMMENORATION AT GREENWOOD CEMETERY, C. 5th AVE & 25 ST, Brooklyn. NY. Revolutionary history programs and re-enactors plus parade to and ceremony atop Battle Hill. BQE Gowanus or R Train to 25th Street. Option to dine at Chadwick’s, 8822 3rd Ave, Brooklyn. Larry Forni, 516-791-7169, Brooklyn, NY.

SAT, 21 SEP, STEUBEN PARADE. To all hikers a friendly call: march with us! Equipment: Backpack, boots, hats, trekking poles, etc. Details t.b.a. Gunter Georgi, 516-883-2336.

THURS, 17 OCT, HIGH LINE TRAIL and HUDSON YARDS, B/C. German Language Initiative. Meet at Gansevoort St. and Washington St. / 11 Ave. Brian Kassenbrock, 718-748-0624 or c. 917-865-2250 and Larry Forni 516-791-7169.

SAT, 2 OCT, TRAIL CLEANING, B/C, Oakland, NJ on our part of the Bill Hoeferlin Trail. Parking lot west on Skyline Drive across from Camp Tamarack entrance. Nb: Our section has changed. Brian Kassenbrock, 718-748-0624, c. 917-865-2250. 50 mi.

Board of Directors

Gunter Georgi, President 73 Irma Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050, 516-883-2336, gunter.georgi@nyu.edu

Brian Kassenbrock, Vice President, 718-748-0624, 917-865-5520, bwk224@nyu.edu

Larry Forni, Secretary, 516-791-7169, forni378@gmail.com

Mathias Wütrich, Treasurer, 908-210-9771, mathiaswuethrich@gmail.com

Claude Khordoc, Board Member, 718-779-1886, claudenkhordoc@gmail.com

Monika Lutz, Board Member, 718-969-3540, wallutz@aol.com

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Steuben Day Parade

East 70th Street & Park Avenue

This year, the 64th Annual Steuben Parade will take place in a scaled back format on Saturday, 18 SEP 21.
At 9 AM, a mass will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
We will be marching in the Metropolitan Division and will assemble at 70th Street between Madison and Park at 11:30 AM.
After the Parade, members may gather at Kolping House, 165 E 88 ST (between Lexington and 3rd) for festivities.

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