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 hudsonhikers.org, and some hikes and announcements are also posted on our Facebook page.
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.
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.
A = Fast - 2.5 mph or faster
B = Moderate - about 2 mph
C = Easy - 1.5 mph or less
Distance: Noted in miles
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 email@example.com or post on our message board.
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.
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.