What we're about
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.
The printed Hiking Schedule is published two times a year, April – September , October - March and is available 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.