What we're about

Hello everyone!

This group can do anything that we choose as long as it is outdoors. We predominantly do hiking. Since we have multiple leaders, each will focus on areas of personal interest. Activities will range from beginner level to moderate.

Hikes will be 2-6 miles in length with various terrains. Some hikes may be as long as 8 miles.

Beginner hikes really are beginner hikes. We take our time and ensure that you have a good experience and are not "left behind" or put into a "forced march" pace.

When dogs are allowed to participate in various activities, we'll make it known.

For all activities, please wear appropriate gear and only participate if you are confident that you can maintain the stride of the group. If a lunch or snack should be carried, we'll let you know.

Before we can approve your membership, we request that you post an actual first name as part of your profile with a photo of your face on your profile page. This is for the safety and security of the hike leaders and other members.

Cost: We request donations to help in paying the costs of Meetup which amount to $180 per year. This is only requested if you attend for one of our events. We charge $3.00 per year ($3.79 if you pay via the Meetup payment method or $3.00 via PayPal to cmlepone@gmail.com). Feel free to browse our outings without paying and only chip in when you feel ready.

Suggestions of places to go are always welcome.

Disclaimer: **All members participate at their own risk** By joining this group, you acknowledge and assume full responsibility for your well-being during any scheduled events.

We'll see you 'out there'.

Upcoming events (2)

India Brook Park Waterfall and Historic Sites High Side of Beginner Hike

This hike brings us to a high side of beginner / low side of intermediate trail in India Brook Park (Mendham, NJ) on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The hike is a 5 mile round-trip loop hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash. The hike goes near the beautiful and cascading waterfall Buttermilk Falls. It also passes historical features, such as an old stone fireplace. For those coming, I suggest wearing clothes you will be comfortable in (if it is cold, you may want to wear layers that you can take off as we get moving). Also, it's recommended to bring a backpack, 2 liters of water, chapstick, sunscreen (especially if you burn easily), bug/tick spray, and a small trail sandwich/lunch to enjoy at our resting spot. I also strongly suggest that you bring good footwear. In addition, if you have a hiking stick, I would suggest bringing it. We'll meet at 10:30 AM (you must arrive on time because we will leave exactly at 10:30 AM to begin the hike) at the India Brook Park parking area. I estimate we will be back at the car three and a half hours after we start. My cell phone number is[masked]. Please note that there is bad reception at the parking area. Please note: This is a multi-group event, so more people may attend than those that RSVP here. If anyone wants to carpool, I'll be coming from Garfield, NJ. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event or post-hike events), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Co-Organizers, Assistant Organizers, Event Organizers, or any other members of the Westchester County Beginner Hikers responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

New Date - Harriman State Park Waterfall and Civil War Cemetery Hike

This is the same hike that had to be rescheduled because of rain. This hike brings us to a high side of moderate / low side of advanced trail in Harriman State Park (Orange County, Southfields, NY) on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The hike is a 6.4 mile round-trip loop hike (I know some of you may be scared because of the 6.4 mile distance, but the distance will not feel as bad because there is only one hill at the very beginning and the rest is easygoing with just a couple of gradual ups and downs). Dogs are allowed on a leash. The hike goes near the beautiful and cascading waterfall Athur's Falls (if there has been rain in the days before) and includes beautiful viewpoints. It also passes historical features, such as the remains of an old mine (which is basically a big pit today) and a cemetery from the Civil War. For those coming, I suggest wearing clothes you will be comfortable in (if it is cold, you may want to wear layers that you can take off as we get moving). Also, it's recommended to bring a backpack, 2 liters of water, chapstick, sunscreen (especially if you burn easily), bug/tick spray, and a small trail sandwich/lunch to enjoy at our resting spot. I also strongly suggest that you bring good footwear. In addition, if you have a hiking stick, I would suggest bringing it. We'll meet at 11:00 AM (you must arrive on time because we will leave exactly at 11:00 AM to begin the hike) at the Lake Skannatati parking area. Driving directions are below. I estimate we will be back at the car five and a half hours after we start. My cell phone number is[masked]. Please note that there is bad reception at the parking area. Please note: This is a multi-group event, so more people may attend than those that RSVP here. If anyone wants to carpool, I'll be coming from Garfield, NJ. I also can pick people up from the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY so that we can all carpool. Driving Directions from the Westchester Area via the Tappan Zee Bridge: After crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge into New Jersey, continue North on I-287 West/I-87 North for approximately 5 miles. Take Exit 13N for Palisades Parkway North toward Bear Mountain. At the end of the ramp, merge onto Palisades Interstate Parkway North and take that for 8.4 miles. Take Exit 14 for Willow Grove Road toward Letchworth Village. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto County Road 98 West/Willow Grove Road and take that for 5 miles (after 1.5 miles, the road name will change to County Road 106/Gate Hill Road/Kanawauke Road). At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Seven Lakes Drive and take that for 0.8 miles. You will make a sharp left turn into the parking area just after you see the first lake, Lake Askoti, appear on your right. Driving Directions from the Westchester Area via the Bear Mountain Bridge: After crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge, continue West on US-202 West/US-6 West. At the traffic circle, take the second exit, continuing straight onto US-6 West for 2.6 miles. Take Exit 18 for US-6 toward NY-17/I-87/Central Valley/Seven Lakes Drive. At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto Seven Lakes Drive. Go 3.7 miles until you hit another traffic circle. At this traffic circle, take the second exit to continue straight on Seven Lakes Drive and take that for 2.5 miles. You will make a slight right turn into the parking area. Driving Directions from New Jersey: Go North on NJ-17 North or go Northeast on I-287 North to the New York State Thruway (I-87 North)/NY-17 North/Albany. Take I-87 North for 1.5 miles to Exit 15A/Sloatsburg. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto NY-17 North/Orange Turnpike. After traveling for 2.5 miles (and obeying the speed limits because there are officers everywhere and the speed limit quickly drops from 55 to 25!), turn right at a traffic light onto Seven Lakes Drive/Harriman State Park and take that for 7 miles until you hit a traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto Seven Lakes Drive and take that for 0.8 miles. You will make a sharp left turn into the parking area just after you see the first lake, Lake Askoti, appear on your right. You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below. If you join us for a hike (or any other event or post-hike events), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Co-Organizers, Assistant Organizers, Event Organizers, or any other members of the Westchester County Beginner Hikers responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

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