What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in hiking (most of our members are 50 years old and older). All skills levels are welcome. We started this group to meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody.

Every weekend we offer hikes of varying degrees of difficulty. Hike are free for members (membership only $10) and $2 per hike for non-members. Sometimes we stop at a restaurant for supper after the hike.

"C" hikes are the easiest with minimal elevation and duration (2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours). "B" hikes are more challenging in terms of elevation & duration (2 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours). "A" hikes are the most challenging (4 to 6 1/2 hours).

Hiking boots or sturdy footwear & a backpack are strongly recommended. Bring liquids and a trail lunch. Children are welcome. It's up to the hike leader if dogs are allowed.

Please give yourself plenty of time, to find us, since we only wait an extra 10 minutes, before starting an event, to be fair to everyone. You are responsible, for your own safety and we cannot be held liable.

The leader normally goes to the "meet" rather than the "carpool" site. People are expected to "self-assemble" and leave the "carpool" site to arrive at the "Meet" site on time.

All questions concerning a particular hike can and should be addressed with the leader for that hike.

To learn more about us go to http://thehikinggroup.com/

Upcoming events (5+)

Fahnestock 8 - 8.5 mile Hiking Adventure: Round Hill & East Mt.

HIKING Friends take note: If you are not interested in this hike, you DO NOT need to RSVP "NO". The "NO" feature is reserved for those hikers that need to cancel. This hike is rated A for distance and plenty of ups and downs. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE! We plan to cover about 8 - 8.5 miles at a good pace. If you have not hiked this distance before or prefer a slower, relaxed pace, please join us on another hike. I am placing everyone on the wait list, but I will move you over quickly, if you have hiked with me before and can keep the pace. I try to maintain a group of similar abilities/speed so that I ensure we all stay together on trail. If you have not hiked with me, please check in with me via messenger to see if this is a hike for you. Remember to come prepared with PLENTY of water (hydrating PRIOR to the hike is important and so is eating!), snacks, hiking poles , lightweight clothes (no cotton), tick spray, sun screen and a first aid kit. I also suggest that you make sure you have an EMERGENCY CONTACT "sheet/index card" tucked away in a convenient, easily accessible location in your pack. Information should not only include a contact, but other pertinent information like: first and last name, list of meds, allergies, doctor, your address and even your birth date. This might seem silly to some, but it could be life-saving for someone! Directions/Parking: Please DO NOT rely on google maps. Our parking location is on Campbell Road. Campbell Road is .2 miles north of the intersection of Route 9 and Route 301 in Cold Spring. If you are traveling north on Route 9, you will make a right on Campbell Road. You drive a short distance and will see the Hubbard lodge on your right. Parking is along the dirt road. Below is a link to a map that will show the trail, but the trail names may be "outdated". On your way to our parking location(if you are traveling along Route 301) you will see a few trail heads where you can stop and pick up a trail map. Also note that the alltrails app or maplets app are very helpful to have on your phone. I plan to hike a loop counterclockwise which goes from white to blue to yellow to red to white which takes us back to the cars. https://parks.ny.gov/inside-our-agency/documents/MasterPlans/ClarenceFahnestockHudsonHighlandsStatePark/CFHHStateParkFahnestockTrailsMap.pdf In the event of bad weather, this hike might be modified, changed or canceled. Always check back before the event for updates as I post updates in the comments section. As always, please understand that I am not an expert hiker and neither is Dale. If you choose to hike with us, you understand that there are risks involved in hiking and you join this group knowing that you are hiking at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety and you do not hold the hike leaders or organizer responsible for any injuries. Rain or stormy weather will cancel this hike. While I do not collect a meetup fee, there is a suggested donation of $10 a year that you can give Dennis or send it via Venmo or Paypal. He does so much for the group so I encourage you to support his efforts. ~Thanks

Take a Hike to Dunne's Pub, White Plains, NY

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Join us for an evening of live Irish Music, as we celebrate the beginning of this year’s Summer season!! Starts At 7 PM. Bring your friends... The more the merrier ☺️☘️🎻

Hike Storm King with TWO summits and 20+ views!

Storm King Mountain Parking Lot

HIKING Friends take note: If you are not interested in this hike, you DO NOT need to RSVP "NO". The "NO" feature is reserved for those hikers that need to cancel. Please READ the entire write-up before making a decision. This hike is rated STRENUOUS, FAST PACED! Distance will be about 8- 8.5 miles. Elevation gain over 2,000! THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE! If you have not hiked trails with STEEP climbs, or prefer a slower, relaxed pace, please join us on another hike. You will certainly be rewarded with MANY, MANY views, a bit of a scramble and a sweaty workout! Bring your camera! I am placing everyone on the wait list, but I will move you over quickly, if you have hiked with me before and can keep the pace. I try to maintain a group of similar abilities/speed so that I ensure we all stay together on trail. If you have not hiked with me, please check in with me via messenger to see if this is a hike for you. Remember to come prepared with PLENTY of water (hydrating PRIOR to the hike is important and so is eating!), snacks, hiking poles , lightweight clothes (no cotton), tick spray, sun screen and a first aid kit. I also suggest that you make sure you have an EMERGENCY CONTACT "sheet/index card" tucked away in a convenient, easily accessible location in your pack. Information should not only include a contact, but other pertinent information like: first and last name, list of meds, allergies, doctor, your address and even your birth date. This might seem silly to some, but it could be life-saving for someone! Directions/Parking: Please DO NOT rely on google maps, WAZE or GPS. The address is an approximation. Take Route 9W North from Bear Mountain circle for about 8.5 miles until you see a large (unpaved) parking area on the right. It is on a sharp left curve. It is the second parking area traveling north. You will see two historical markers in the parking area, one is titled "Freedom Road". NOTE: If you are traveling south on 9W, you cannot access the parking lot. You MUST drive down to the bottom of the mountain and make a U-Turn to take Route 9W back up the mountain North to the parking lot. Allow yourself plenty of time to find us and please be ready to go at 8:30am. It is hard to find a trail map online that gives exact trail route we will take. I will have the official trail map with me. Please note that the alltrails app or maplets app are very helpful to have on your phone as you can usually find the trail may and alltrails allows you to record your hike using GPS. In the event of bad weather, this hike might be modified, changed or canceled. Always check back before the event for updates as I post updates in the comments section. As always, please understand that I am not an expert hiker and neither is Dale. If you choose to hike with us, you understand that there are risks involved in hiking and you join this group knowing that you are hiking at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety and you do not hold the hike leaders or organizer responsible for any injuries. Rain or stormy weather will cancel this hike. While I do not collect a meetup fee, there is a suggested donation of $10 a year that you can give Dennis or send it via Venmo or Paypal. He does so much for the group so I encourage you to support his efforts. ~Thanks

Explore Bonticou Crag & Table Rocks: with winery visit apres hike!

HIKING Friends take note: If you are not interested in this hike, you DO NOT need to RSVP "NO". The "NO" feature is reserved for those hikers that need to cancel. Please READ the entire write-up before making a decision. This hike is rated moderate FAST PACED, unless you plan to scramble then it is rated STRENUOUS! We hope to cover between 5-6 miles. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE! If you have not hiked trails with STEEP climbs, or prefer a slower, relaxed pace, please join us on another hike. I am placing everyone on the wait list, but I will move you over quickly, if you have hiked with me before and can keep the pace. I try to maintain a group of similar abilities/speed so that I ensure we all stay together on trail. Also, those that commit to participating in the HIKE AND WINERY will get preference. DO NOT IGNORE THE QUESTIONS WHEN SIGNING UP. If you have not hiked with me, please check in with me via messenger to see if this is a hike for you. I will NOT be scrambling. I will lead those who choose to join me up a different trail where we will still take in the same beautiful views. Dale, the Shawangunk Hikers leader will be co-leading with me. He will lead those who want to scramble! Remember to come prepared with plenty of water (hydrating PRIOR to the hike is important and so is eating!), snacks, hiking poles (those who scramble may want to bring climbing gloves!), lightweight clothes (no cotton), tick spray, sun screen and a first aid kit. I also suggest that you make sure you have an EMERGENCY CONTACT "sheet/index card" tucked away in a convenient, easily accessible location in your pack. Information should not only include a contact, but other pertinent information like: first and last name, list of meds, allergies, doctor, your address and even your birth date. This might seem silly to some, but it could be life-saving for someone! FEES: There is a $15 per person fee. Winery: There will be live music (free), drinks and food. Bring your own picnic/snacks too. A chair, a change of clothes along with your smiles and laughter...and maybe even your dancing shoes too! Robibero Winery ~ 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz. http://robiberofamilyvineyards.com/Events.php Directions/Parking: Please DO NOT rely on google maps. Allow yourself plenty of time to find us and please be ready to go at 9am. http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/spring-farm-trailhead The Hiking Plan is: Start with the Bonticou scramble and then we will hike to table rocks. We hope to be off trail by 1:30pm and then we will head to the winery. Below are links some links that will provide some information about the trail. Also note that the alltrails app or maplets app are very helpful to have on your phone as you can usually find the trail and alltrails allows you to record your hike using GPS. I am not sure how the service is in this area though. http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/bonticou-crag-table-rocks/ https://www.njhiking.com/bonticou-crag-and-table-rocks/ In the event of bad weather, this hike might be modified, changed or canceled. Always check back before the event for updates as I post updates in the comments section. As always, please understand that I am not an expert hiker and neither is Dale. If you choose to hike with us, you understand that there are risks involved in hiking and you join this group knowing that you are hiking at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety and you do not hold the hike leaders or organizer responsible for any injuries. Rain or stormy weather will cancel this hike. While I do not collect a meetup fee, there is a suggested donation of $10 a year that you can give Dennis or send it via Venmo or Paypal. He does so much for the group so I encourage you to support his efforts. ~Thanks

Past events (519)

Fishkill Ridge Hike. 8-9 miles. Rated A.

Fishkill Ridge Trailhead Parking

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