What we're about

Every Saturday morning, we meet up for a friendly hike through the nature trails of Forest Park in Queens. We also hike to other locations for which we'll give ample notice.

Who:

Anyone who wants to escape into nature for a little while. Our hikes will take us over dirt paths, over fallen logs, and up and down easy hills. We average around 3 miles. Our highest hill is equal to about 3 to 4 flights of subway stairs in elevation. If you commute every day, you will be fine. No one will be left behind. One of the organizers or regular hikers will act as a "sweeper" for the group.

When:

Every Saturday morning (weather permitting) at 10:30 am. We wait 15 minutes for late comers and start the hike PROMPTLY at 10:45 am. Organizers will email hikers that morning if the hike is cancelled for any reason.

RSVP:

1. Please RSVP to our hikes. If your plans change, kindly remove yourself from the RSVP list, so that those waiting get bumped up.

2. Please arrive on time.

3. Please do not attend if you did not RSVP or if your name is still on the waiting list. There will always be another hike in the near future, so be sure to RSVP to the next available one.

How Long:

Our hikes range from 1 to 1.5 hours. It varies depending on the trails chosen that day, the weather conditions, and the members who are hiking.

What:

Bring a bottle of water and wear sturdy walking shoes.

DIRECTIONS: We do not offer phoned directions. The information listed below is enough for anyone with a computer to find our meetup location.

By Car:

The nearest highway exit is Metropolitan Avenue (east) from the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Wallenberg Square is 2 blocks from the exit. Input 116-40 Park Lane South, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 into Mapquest.com for specific directions from your location.

Parking:

Street parking is available on Metropolitan Ave. and Park Lane South by Wallenberg Square. Please give yourself time to find a spot.

By Mass Transit:

Wallenberg Square is located on the southwest corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South. It's across the street from the building at 116-40 Park Lane South, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. We meet by the benches of the square. Take the E or F train to Union Turnpike and exit on the south side of Queens Boulevard. Take the Q37 bus at Duane Reade for a 5 minute ride to Metropolitan Avenue. It will leave you at Wallenberg Square. Alternatively, take the LIRR to Kew Gardens and walk south on 83rd Ave. for 3 blocks and make a right onto Metropolitan Ave. and go for 2 blocks to Park Lane South.

Subway: Union Turnpike - South side exit. Then take the bus is Q37 at subway exit in front of Duane Reed drugstore. It is about a 5 min ride and stops at Metropolitan ave exactly across the street from our meetup point at Wallenberg square. If you feel ambitious, you can walk from the subway station which will take about 10 minutes.

Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on our hikes but they must be on leash at all times per NYC leash laws, and owners are responsible for all behavior/actions of their dogs.

Sign In:

We require that all Hikers sign a waiver (called the Acknowledgment of Participant Responsibility, Express Assumption of Risk, and Release of Liability) at the start of each event. You can read the waiver on the “About” page.

Legal:

By joining this group or attending a meeting, you agree that you participate in our events at your own risk and agree that the organizers are not responsible for anything unfortunate that may happen during the meetings.

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Google Virtual Hangouts Hike

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Oh no! I overslept through my own meetup on Saturday. I hope the meeting still happened without me. The copy event feature on Meetup is not good at noticing a pattern. I have to be careful about making sure the day and time are correct. A few of us have been meeting to chat about various topics. If you are at the in person event please use your smart phone for a moment to say hello to the online group. https://hangouts.google.com/call/AxkBe6I4YBnFuk72e991ACEE **If you do not want to receive messages from this group please go to https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/ Look for Kew Gardens Hiking. There is a checkbox near the top. You can toggle the check box to show the X or be empty. There are other settings that you can adjust here as well. Thanks, Kevin

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cafe du monde

I changed this event into a place holder for future events when Kevin the Founder is available. Here are some things that I'd like to EVENTUALLY do. Trip to New Orleans Hike to Helen Keller's location of her non existent house. Connection to All in the family. https://www.qchron.com/qboro/i_have_often_walked/the-queens-man-whose-son-played-archie-bunker/article_c695df12-70b3-5cb3-9eda-dce6e1c9f21b.html Cold Springs Harbor -47 min drive on Long Island Scott's pizza tour Marx Brothers house ’ family home at[masked] St., Richmond Hill, as it appeared in the 1930s.

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Google Virtual Hangouts Hike

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