What we're about

The Interstate Hiking Club i (http://interstatehikingclub.org/)s a medium sized hiking club that is affiliated with the NY/NJ Trail Conference and has been a trail maintaining club since 1931. Most of our activities are centered in the NY/NJ area. Some hikes, bicycle rides and canoe trips are farther away. Trips or events may just be for the day, or are sometimes for a week. Events seldom end at 12 Noon. You will almost always be hiking until after lunch. The end time is flexible. It depends on conditions and the speed of the group. Guests may attend 3 events before becoming members. IHC rules apply to participants that attend through meetup. Membership in IHC is $21 a year. Ask your leader about membership!

Hikes, bicycle rides and canoe trips generally are scheduled for every Sunday, and some Fridays and Saturdays, as day-long outings. They are graded by difficulty of terrain, distance and pace. The Hiking grades are: Easy: These hikes are 3 to 5 miles in length and should have no significant hills. Moderate: These hikes are 5 to 8 miles and may take up to 5 hours, including time for trail lunch. They should not generally have multiple long steep hills, and should be at a moderate pace. Moderately Strenuous: These hikes are 5 to 8 miles with multiple steep hills or 8 miles or more which are mostly flat walking. They can last up to 6 hours, including trail lunch. Pace to be moderate. Strenuous: Not for novices. Hikes are 8 miles or more and last 6 hours or more, including time for trail lunch. These may have many long steep hills and may be at a brisk pace. Most hikes get back about 3:30 in the afternoon. But that is not a certainty. Conditions may force an early end, or hikers may be slower than expected.

Be sure to bring enough water and a lunch too. Sturdy footwear is required. Contact the leader if in doubt. The leader may refuse any member or guest who the leader thinks is ill prepared for the trip. Dogs are not allowed on any IHC events. Sorry!

Upcoming events (4)

South Sterling Ridge Hike & Trail Maint

Needs a location

Sterling Ridge needs some extra help on its southern section. Sara has obtained parking passes so we will start from the north and work south. We will car shuttle to the Visitor center. The hike is 2 miles to the fire tower and then 5.5 miles of clipping to the cars. Tools will be provided, however please bring work gloves. Meet: 9:00 AM South end of the Sterling Ridge Trail, 1561 Greenwood Lake Tpk. (Rt-511), Hewitt NJ 07421 From I-287 Exit 55: Take Rt-511 (Ringwood Ave.) (becomes Greenwood Lake Tpk.) north about 11 miles to junction of Greenwood Lake Turnpike and East Shore Drive.) Parking is on the left side of the Road. GPS Meeting Place [masked], [masked]) Shuttle Required

Ward Pound Ridge Southwest Loop

Needs a location

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is the largest park in Westchester County, and was opened in 1938. Over thirty farms were acquired for the park, and old stone walls, which once marked the boundaries between the various farms, crisscross the reservation. We will explore the southern end of the reservation, including views of the Cross River Reservoir and Stone Hill River valley, and Leatherman's Cave. Distance is about 8 miles.

Meet: 10:00 AM Ward Pound Ridge, Michigan Rd. Parking Area, Cross River, NY 10518
From Suffern @ I-287 & I-87N Interchange: Take I-287 East cross the Tappan Bridge (Toll) about 24 mi to Exit 9A (I-684) Take
I-684 north 17 mi to exit for NY-35. (Cross River Rd) At the intersection turn right and drive east 3.8 mi to NY-121S. Turning south drive 0.1 mi to Reservation Rd. (Park Sign) Turn in and continue ¾ mi to Park Entrance gate. Pass thru and a short distance will be Michigan Rd on the right. Turning right continue 0.8 mi to parking area.
Park Entrance GPS [masked], [masked]) Michigan Rd. Parking Area. GPS [masked], [masked])

Minnewaska Rainbow Falls

Needs a location

Get your water fix! We'll start with Awosting Falls before taking the Mossy Glen and Blueberry Run Trails out to Castle Point. Then we'll visit Rainbow Falls before looping back to the parking lot. This hike is approximately 10 miles.

Meet: 9:00 AM Minnewaska SP Rt-55 Lower Awosting Lot, Old Minnewaska Trail, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
From I-87 North (New York State Thruway) Exit 18: Turn left onto NY 299 (Main St) and follow through New Paltz about 7.5 miles to right turn onto US 44/ 55 up the ridge. Proceed 4.4 miles to Park entrance on left. Proceed to the toll booth and then make an immediate right and proceed 0.1 mi to lower parking lot.) Do not go up hill to lake parking. Parking fee ~$10
Park opens @ 9:00 Hike starts 9:30! GPS Gate [masked], [masked]) GPS Parking [masked], [masked])

Hugh Force to Roxbury

Needs a location

Will meet at Horseshoe Lake Soccer Fields and do a shuttle to Hugh Force Park in Wharton. Hugh Force has a Morris Canal lock and Lock tenders house that are being restored to working condition. We will then hike over Irondale Mountain. through Mine Hill and along Iron Mountain Road. Cross Rt-46 into Dickerson Mine Reserve and then under Route 10 into the West Morris Greenway. The hike is abouts 8 miles and needs a shuttle.

Meet: 9:00 AM Horse Shoe Lake Soccer Fields, 18 Righter Rd, Succasunna, NJ 07876
From I-287 N Exit 39 (Rt-10): Drive 11 mi westbound on Rt-10 to intersection with Eyland Avenue light. From the right lane just after the light make a Jug handle onto Eyland southbound and drive ¾ mi, past Horse Shoe Lake and then make a left on the next road, Righter Road. Go ¼ mi, first past parking exit, then make a left at entrance to Soccer Parking. “Porto Potty” available.
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Past events (280)

Mahlon Dickerson Hike

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