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This group is operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc. (April 15, 2021).
ABOUT US: 
The North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, an outdoor recreation and conservation group founded in 1922 in New York City, sponsors hikes of different levels and other events on weekends and Thursdays throughout the year. Hike destinations in the scenic and historic Hudson Highlands region of New York and New Jersey include Sterling Forest, Ramapo Reservation, Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park, Jockey Hollow, and the West/East Hudson trails. Special outings may involve trips to other destinations, such as the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains. 
A full hike schedule can be viewed on our website at adknjr.org, and some hikes and announcements are also posted on our Facebook page.
Note that this hike is part of a larger group, the NJR ADK. Most hikers sign up via our printed schedule at adknjr.org and not through Meetup, so though the number of attendees may appear small, we generally have a group of 10-20 on any given hike.
MEMBERS: 
Members are a diverse group of men and women of all ages, families and outdoor enthusiasts, those interested in a workout, and people who want to enjoy beautiful vistas in good company. After attending two hikes/events, please consider joining the **Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) **to support our outdoor recreation and conservation activities. 
Membership comes with a variety of benefits including, among other things: a 10% discount at Ramsey Outdoor; our annual holiday party and social; special events such as our traditional day-outing to the Mohonk Mountain House; a subscription to ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac; the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and extension of hiking lands and viewsheds in our region. To join as a member, visit the ADK website
OUR HIKES:
New hikers are strongly encouraged to select hikes appropriate to their capabilities. North Jersey Ramapo Chapter hikes are rated for pace (A, B or C), mileage, and terrain (A, B or C), with "C" designating easier hikes and "A" more challenging ones. We recommend that new hikers should first try a "C" or short "B" hike before undertaking a more difficult one; otherwise, you may not fully enjoy the hiking experience. If you have any doubts, please contact the hike leader in advance.
Pace Ratings: 
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less 
Distance: Noted in miles
Terrain Ratings: 
A = Strenuous, long/steep climbs and descents, possible rock scrambling
B = Moderate climbs and descents
C = Generally flat with little elevation change 
For example, a hike rated “B-7-A” is a moderately paced hike of approximately 7 miles with steep climbs and/or descents and possible rock scrambling. 
If you join us for a hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness, including ensuring that the hike is appropriate for your level of fitness, that you wear the proper clothing (moisture wicking, extra layers, no jeans/sneakers) and bring the proper gear (see the ADK's recommended Hiking Essentials), food and at least two liters of water. 
Leaders have the right, responsibility and sole discretion to refuse any hiker he/she deems to be not properly attired, prepared, or otherwise fit to safely complete the hike. 
If you have any questions about our hikes or other North Jersey Ramapo chapter activities, please send us an e-mail at info@adknjr.org or post on our message board.
HIKERS' GUIDELINES:
Risks: As with all physical activities, hiking involves hazards. Persons participate at their own risk and will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that fact before starting the hike. Prior to the hike please advise the leader of any medical condition or physical impairment that could affect you during the hike.
Footwear and Clothing: Wear clothing suited to the weather and carry extra garments for unexpected weather conditions. Dress in thin layers so that you can adjust the number of layers as required to maintain comfort. In winter carry a wool cap and wool or polypropylene gloves or mitts and a windproof shell. Be prepared for rain. Bring a rain jacket and rain pants, preferably of the type that permits venting body moisture. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots. Do not wear cotton garments in winter.
Drink and Food: Adequate hydration is important year round. Drink frequently during the hike. Carry food to enjoy during the midday lunch stop.
Other responsibilities: Hikers with children under 16 and new hikers are required to contact the hike leader in advance to determine if the hike is suitable for them. Minors under 16 are welcome on day hikes when accompanied by a parent or guardian. No person under 18 shall participate in overnight outings unless accompanied by a parent or adult sponsor over 21. The hike leader may refuse to allow a person to hike who is judged to be poorly equipped or unable to do the published hike. Participants should get to the hike at least 10 minutes prior to the starting time. Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
Maps:  The TC number indicates a NY-NJ Trail Conference map for the area of the hike. For example: TC-118 refers to the Southern Harriman Park map.
Abbreviations:  NCA-No Calls After . . . , Pref.- Leader’s contact preference.
Expense Sharing: When car-pooling, passengers are expected to offer the driver funds sufficient to cover the cost of fuel, tolls and parking fees. A $3.00 minimum per person is recommended. Most hike trailhead meeting locations can be found on NY-NJ Trail Conference maps.
Dog-Friendly Hikes: Pets are not permitted on hikes unless the hike description clearly states that it is "dog friendly." If it is, all hikers with dogs must abide by park leash regulations.
NO SHOW/LATE CANCELLATION POLICY:
Please be considerate of event hosts/organizers and others who may want to attend an event by not being a "NO SHOW" (failing to show up when you've RSVP'd "yes") or a "LATE CANCEL" (changing RSVP to a "no" within 24 hours of an event). If you have a history of No Shows and/or Late Cancels, we may have to bump you to the waiting list for meetups with limited space, in favor of those with a positive attendance history.

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Mt. Taurus - STRENUOUS (B+ 8-11 A- / CEG 2200')

Washburn Trailhead

LEADER: Mary Gelber [masked] or [masked])

RATING: B+ 8-11 A- / CEG 2200' (STRENUOUS)

MUST HAVE TRACTION DEVICES AND LIABILITY FORM EMAILED OR COMPLETELY FILLED OUT AND READY TO GIVE TO LEADER. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HIKE WITHOUT THE TRACTION DEVICES OR THE LIABILITY FORM.

Experienced hikers only. Start 9:00 am at Washburn Trailhead (7357 Louisiana 57, Cold Spring, NY). Hike Washburn Trail to Mt. Taurus to Notch Trail, north on Breakneck Ridge Trail, south on Notch Trail and east on Undercliff back to Washburn to cars. Route adjusted according to trail conditions. Optional additional mile around Little Stony Point Park. TC Map 102. Bring traction devices. Must show proof of vaccination or exemption; bring PPE including face mask (for if/when distancing is not possible), gloves and hand sanitizer; and answer Covid screening questions at the trailhead. Advance registration and answers to the RSVP questions are REQUIRED.

Note that most signups are via our printed schedule at adknjr.org and we typically have 10-20 people on any given hike. If you show up without receiving advance confirmation of your registration, you'll be removed from our Meetup group. If you missed the registration cutoff, you can try contacting the hike leader at the phone and/or email above (no calls after 9 pm).

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Our full hike schedule can be viewed at www.adknjr.org, and some hikes are posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/North-Jersey-Ramapo-ADK/[masked].

Non-members are welcome on two hikes after which membership with the North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org/membership/join) is required. Membership comes with a variety of benefits including a 10% discount at Ramsey Outdoor; our annual holiday party and social; special events such as our traditional day-outing in the Fall; a subscription to ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac; and the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and extension of hiking lands and viewsheds in our region.

New hikers should select hikes appropriate to their capabilities. NJR Chapter hikes are rated for pace (A, B or C), mileage, and terrain (A, B or C), with "C" designating easier hikes and "A" more challenging ones. New hikers should first try a "C" or short "B" hike before undertaking a more difficult one. If you have any doubts, please contact the hike leader in advance.

Pace Ratings:
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less

Distance: Noted in miles

Terrain Ratings:
A = Strenuous, long/steep climbs and descents,
possible rock scrambling
B = Moderate climbs and descents
C = Generally flat with little elevation change

You are responsible for your own preparedness, including ensuring that the hike is appropriate for your level of fitness, that you wear the proper clothing, and bring the proper gear, food and water. See the ADK's recommended Hiking Essentials (www.adk.org/play/hiking-information/hiking-essentials) and guidelines, below.

Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Leaders have the right, responsibility and sole discretion to refuse any hiker he/she deems to be not properly attired, prepared, or otherwise fit to safely complete the hike.

PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES:

Risks: As with all physical activities, hiking involves hazards. Persons participate at their own risk and will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that before starting the hike. Please advise the leader of any medical or physical condition that could affect you during the hike.

Footwear and Clothing: Wear clothing suited to the weather and carry extra garments for unexpected conditions. Dress in thin layers so you can adjust to maintain comfort. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes. In the winter, wear non-cotton garments and TRACTION DEVICES ARE REQUIRED.

Drink and Food: Adequate hydration is important year round. Drink frequently during the hike. Carry food to enjoy during the midday lunch stop.

Dog Hikes: Pets are not permitted on hikes unless the hike description clearly states that it is "dog friendly." If so, all hikers with dogs must abide by park leash regulations.

Ramapo Reservation Loops (B 6 B)

Ramapo Valley County Reservation

LEADER: Chris Connolly ([masked] OR[masked])

RATING: B 6 B

Meet 9:15 at Ramapo Reservation’s Rt 202 parking lot. TC Map 115, or new map 150. Must bring traction devices. Must also show proof of vaccination or exemption; bring PPE including face mask (for if/when distancing is not possible), gloves and hand sanitizer; and answer Covid screening questions at the trailhead. Advance registration and answers to the RSVP questions are REQUIRED.

Note that most signups are via our printed schedule at adknjr.org and we typically have 10-20 people on any given hike. If you show up without receiving advance confirmation of your registration, you'll be removed from our Meetup group. If you missed the registration cutoff, you can try contacting the hike leader at the phone and/or email above (no calls after 9 pm).

* * * * * *

Our full hike schedule can be viewed at www.adknjr.org, and some hikes are posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/North-Jersey-Ramapo-ADK/[masked].

Non-members are welcome on two hikes after which membership with the North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org/membership/join) is required. Membership comes with a variety of benefits including a 10% discount at Ramsey Outdoor; our annual holiday party and social; special events such as our traditional day-outing in the Fall; a subscription to ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac; and the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and extension of hiking lands and viewsheds in our region.

New hikers should select hikes appropriate to their capabilities. NJR Chapter hikes are rated for pace (A, B or C), mileage, and terrain (A, B or C), with "C" designating easier hikes and "A" more challenging ones. New hikers should first try a "C" or short "B" hike before undertaking a more difficult one. If you have any doubts, please contact the hike leader in advance.

Pace Ratings:
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less

Distance: Noted in miles

Terrain Ratings:
A = Strenuous, long/steep climbs and descents,
possible rock scrambling
B = Moderate climbs and descents
C = Generally flat with little elevation change

You are responsible for your own preparedness, including ensuring that the hike is appropriate for your level of fitness, that you wear the proper clothing, and bring the proper gear, food and water. See the ADK's recommended Hiking Essentials (www.adk.org/play/hiking-information/hiking-essentials) and guidelines, below.

Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Leaders have the right, responsibility and sole discretion to refuse any hiker he/she deems to be not properly attired, prepared, or otherwise fit to safely complete the hike.

PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES:

Risks: As with all physical activities, hiking involves hazards. Persons participate at their own risk and will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that before starting the hike. Please advise the leader of any medical or physical condition that could affect you during the hike.

Footwear and Clothing: Wear clothing suited to the weather and carry extra garments for unexpected conditions. Dress in thin layers so you can adjust to maintain comfort. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes. In the winter, wear non-cotton garments and TRACTION DEVICES ARE REQUIRED.

Drink and Food: Adequate hydration is important year round. Drink frequently during the hike. Carry food to enjoy during the midday lunch stop.

Dog Hikes: Pets are not permitted on hikes unless the hike description clearly states that it is "dog friendly." If so, all hikers with dogs must abide by park leash regulations.

Ramapo Mt. State Forest and Camp Glen Gray (B 6 B / CEG 1000')

Upper Skyline Drive Parking Area

LEADER: Henry Barkhorn ([masked] OR[masked])

RATING: B 6 B / CEG 1000'

Meet 9:15 at upper parking on Skyline Drive. We'll hike a loop on the Tamarack Loop, Yellow and Schuber trails. Expansive view over Bergen County toward the NYC skyline. This is the hike described in Chapter 33 of Hike of the Week. Steady rain cancels. Bring traction devices. TC Map 115, or new map 150. Must show proof of vaccination or exemption; bring PPE including face mask (for if/when distancing is not possible), gloves and hand sanitizer; and answer Covid screening questions at the trailhead. Advance registration and answers to the RSVP questions are REQUIRED.

Note that most signups are via our printed schedule at adknjr.org and we typically have 10-20 people on any given hike. If you show up without receiving advance confirmation of your registration, you'll be removed from our Meetup group. If you missed the registration cutoff, you can try contacting the hike leader at the phone and/or email above (no calls after 9 pm).

* * * * * *

Our full hike schedule can be viewed at www.adknjr.org, and some hikes are posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/North-Jersey-Ramapo-ADK/[masked].

Non-members are welcome on two hikes after which membership with the North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org/membership/join) is required. Membership comes with a variety of benefits including a 10% discount at Ramsey Outdoor; our annual holiday party and social; special events such as our traditional day-outing in the Fall; a subscription to ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac; and the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and extension of hiking lands and viewsheds in our region.

New hikers should select hikes appropriate to their capabilities. NJR Chapter hikes are rated for pace (A, B or C), mileage, and terrain (A, B or C), with "C" designating easier hikes and "A" more challenging ones. New hikers should first try a "C" or short "B" hike before undertaking a more difficult one. If you have any doubts, please contact the hike leader in advance.

Pace Ratings:
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less

Distance: Noted in miles

Terrain Ratings:
A = Strenuous, long/steep climbs and descents,
possible rock scrambling
B = Moderate climbs and descents
C = Generally flat with little elevation change

You are responsible for your own preparedness, including ensuring that the hike is appropriate for your level of fitness, that you wear the proper clothing, and bring the proper gear, food and water. See the ADK's recommended Hiking Essentials (www.adk.org/play/hiking-information/hiking-essentials) and guidelines, below.

Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Leaders have the right, responsibility and sole discretion to refuse any hiker he/she deems to be not properly attired, prepared, or otherwise fit to safely complete the hike.

PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES:

Risks: As with all physical activities, hiking involves hazards. Persons participate at their own risk and will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that before starting the hike. Please advise the leader of any medical or physical condition that could affect you during the hike.

Footwear and Clothing: Wear clothing suited to the weather and carry extra garments for unexpected conditions. Dress in thin layers so you can adjust to maintain comfort. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes. In the winter, wear non-cotton garments and TRACTION DEVICES ARE REQUIRED.

Drink and Food: Adequate hydration is important year round. Drink frequently during the hike. Carry food to enjoy during the midday lunch stop.

Dog Hikes: Pets are not permitted on hikes unless the hike description clearly states that it is "dog friendly." If so, all hikers with dogs must abide by park leash regulations.

Dunderberg Spiral Railway/The Timp/Bald Mt. - STRENUOUS (B+ 9 B+ / CEG 2100')

LEADER: Mary Gelber [masked] or [masked])

RATING: B+ 9 B+ / CEG 2200' (STRENUOUS)

MUST HAVE TRACTION DEVICES AND LIABILITY FORM EMAILED OR COMPLETELY FILLED OUT AND READY TO GIVE TO LEADER. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HIKE WITHOUT THE TRACTION DEVICES OR THE LIABILITY FORM.

Experienced hikers only. Meet 8:45 am at trailhead parking 4 miles south of the Bear Mt. traffic circle on Rt 9W (GPS[masked],[masked]). Timp Torne Trail up Dunderberg and over to the Timp, then loop back on RD to Bald Mt. and back to cars. Beautiful expansive views of the Hudson, and a rewarding, tough climb. TC Map 119. Bring traction devices. Must show proof of vaccination or exemption; bring PPE including face mask (for if/when distancing is not possible), gloves and hand sanitizer; and answer Covid screening questions at the trailhead. Advance registration and answers to the RSVP questions are REQUIRED.

Note that most signups are via our printed schedule at adknjr.org and we typically have 10-20 people on any given hike. If you show up without receiving advance confirmation of your registration, you'll be removed from our Meetup group. If you missed the registration cutoff, you can try contacting the hike leader at the phone and/or email above (no calls after 9 pm).

* * * * * *

Our full hike schedule can be viewed at www.adknjr.org, and some hikes are posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/North-Jersey-Ramapo-ADK/[masked].

Non-members are welcome on two hikes after which membership with the North Jersey Ramapo Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org/membership/join) is required. Membership comes with a variety of benefits including a 10% discount at Ramsey Outdoor; our annual holiday party and social; special events such as our traditional day-outing in the Fall; a subscription to ADK’s bi-monthly magazine, Adirondac; and the opportunity to contribute to the preservation and extension of hiking lands and viewsheds in our region.

New hikers should select hikes appropriate to their capabilities. NJR Chapter hikes are rated for pace (A, B or C), mileage, and terrain (A, B or C), with "C" designating easier hikes and "A" more challenging ones. New hikers should first try a "C" or short "B" hike before undertaking a more difficult one. If you have any doubts, please contact the hike leader in advance.

Pace Ratings:
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less

Distance: Noted in miles

Terrain Ratings:
A = Strenuous, long/steep climbs and descents,
possible rock scrambling
B = Moderate climbs and descents
C = Generally flat with little elevation change

You are responsible for your own preparedness, including ensuring that the hike is appropriate for your level of fitness, that you wear the proper clothing, and bring the proper gear, food and water. See the ADK's recommended Hiking Essentials (www.adk.org/play/hiking-information/hiking-essentials) and guidelines, below.

Smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

Leaders have the right, responsibility and sole discretion to refuse any hiker he/she deems to be not properly attired, prepared, or otherwise fit to safely complete the hike.

PREPAREDNESS GUIDELINES:

Risks: As with all physical activities, hiking involves hazards. Persons participate at their own risk and will be asked to sign a statement acknowledging that before starting the hike. Please advise the leader of any medical or physical condition that could affect you during the hike.

Footwear and Clothing: Wear clothing suited to the weather and carry extra garments for unexpected conditions. Dress in thin layers so you can adjust to maintain comfort. Wear comfortable, sturdy boots/shoes. In the winter, wear non-cotton garments and TRACTION DEVICES ARE REQUIRED.

Drink and Food: Adequate hydration is important year round. Drink frequently during the hike. Carry food to enjoy during the midday lunch stop.

Dog Hikes: Pets are not permitted on hikes unless the hike description clearly states that it is "dog friendly." If so, all hikers with dogs must abide by park leash regulations.

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