This group is for people who want to get out into nature and onto the trails, hike the beautiful wilderness of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, make new friends and new hiking buddies and become/stay physically fit in a natural environment. The hikes will range from about 4 miles to 8 miles, with varying degrees of ease and difficulty. The pace will be relaxed to moderate, but not terribly slow, with up hill climbs being taken at a slower pace and rest stops for breath catching. No one will be left behind. Our group will be a great way for you to build up your strength and stamina without injury in a welcoming and supportive environment. Typically the time for the hike, from start to end, will be about 4-5 hours. I'll expect the group to stay together, and no one will be left behind. Occasionally the group may be asked to hike in silence for awhile in order to fully appreciate the beauty of our magnificent area. The terrain for the hikes will typically NOT BE EASY. There will be rocks in the trail, rock-hopping across small streams, occasional short clambers up over some rocks, and significant climbs. The reward will be beautiful scenery, wild flowers, waterfalls, etc. and some great exercise. From time to time there will be longer hikes on less traveled trails I’ve never done and opportunities for more challenging hikes for the more adventurous, but still taking it at a slow pace. I am not hike "leader." I am an organizer. I want this to be a group effort and to establish a intimate hub of regulars who get to know and look forward to seeing each other. I appreciate your input and requests for any hikes you'd like to do.
If all this appeals to you, join up and welcome to you!