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Meet other local hiking enthusiasts. Make a new friend or three. Burn a few calories. Enjoy nature in our fabulously beautiful Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and beyond!!

This is a hiking group with a wide range of hikes, with some that include rock scrambles. You hike at your own risk. Please wear hiking shoes/boots (this is an absolute must). Always bring at least two liters of water and snacks depending on length of hike.

Dogs are welcome to come with us when the event writeup says it's a dog friendly hike.

Upcoming events (5+)

HwF Bear Mountain Evening hike

Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge

We will meet near the inn on the bench near the inn facing the lawn. We will be ascending the Major Welch (red hollow circle), taking in the sunset & socializing at Perkins Tower, then descending on the AT (white vertical rectangle). This is not a beginner/first timer hike. You should have some hiking experience and be getting regular exercise. While it is only four miles, there is significant elevation gain on the Major Welch. Make sure you have a copy of the map, a headlamp, and minimum 2 liter of water.

Westchester Hike: Butler Sanctuary

Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

Join us for a fun, intermediate local Westchester hike. Quick pace with some steep climbs. We will hike most of the perimeter of Butler Sanctuary, about 3 miles, 1.5 hours total. Plan to meet up at the Butler parking lot by 10:45 am, we leave on time. Heavy rain cancels. Make sure you DON'T go to Westmorland Sanctuary across the road. Participation is at your own risk. ***This is not a hike for beginners. Please make sure your fitness level is up to the many sustained climbs on this hike. Bring plenty of water. Please don't be a no show. About Butler: Many rolling hills with a wide selection of well-maintained trails. Many interesting rock outcroppings. Multitude of deer, squirrels, chipmunks and various raptor species. An occasional fox sighting as well. Difficulty: intermediate hike Distance: Approximately 3 miles Butler Sanctuary map: http://files.meetup.com/654743/ArthurButler_map.pdf Google Map directions: http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=41.182433,-73.686529&hl=en&sll=41.180398,-73.682771&sspn=0.013889,0.033023&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16 Best navigation bet: From the north: Take 684 to Rte 172 west. Go one-half mile, make a left turn onto Chestnut Ridge Road and follow road to the Lake Bridge Road junction. Turn right on Lake Bridge Road and follow to end. From the south: Take 684 to Rte 22 north. Make a left turn onto Chestnut Ridge Road and follow road to the Lake Bridge Road junction. on Lake Bridge Road and follow to end. Weather: Heavy rain cancels. Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Plenty of water. Hiking poles if needed. Insect repellent. Guests: Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join! Dog policy: Well behaved dogs and badly behaved owners are most welcome.

HwF Antony's Nose rock scramble near Bear Mountain Bridge

Purple Heart Memorial Bridge

Details Meeting point (https://www.google.com/maps/@41.3200795,-73.978543,17z) - In the shoulder of route 9D immediately where it begins off of the bridge. Parking is on the shoulder of 9D. We will ascend up the face (rock scramble) of Anthony's Nose, reconvene at the peak to take in the views and descend on the blue trail going North then Left and down to the white trail (AT) which takes us back to 9D. This is a short hike, however it is a steep rock scramble with significant elevation gain in a short distance. The descent is on a hiking trail. --- Distance: About 3 miles Gain: About 700 feet - rock scramble Map: NYNJTC East Hudson Trails set Working headlamp, map, gloves for the scramble, minimum 2 liters hydration, snacks as needed. Layers and sturdy hiking shoes recommended. --- NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas. 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), 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, Assistant Organizers, or any other members 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.

HwF Bear Mountain Evening hike

Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge

We will meet near the inn on the bench near the inn facing the lawn. We will be ascending the Major Welch (red hollow circle), taking in the sunset & socializing at Perkins Tower, then descending on the AT (white vertical rectangle). This is not a beginner/first timer hike. You should have some hiking experience and be getting regular exercise. While it is only four miles, there is significant elevation gain on the Major Welch. Make sure you have a copy of the map, a headlamp, and minimum 2 liter of water.

Past events (894)

Westchester Hike: Butler Sanctuary

Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

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