What we're about

The New York-North Jersey Chapter of AMC was the first chapter formed by the club back in 1912. For over 100 years the NYNJ chapter has been protecting the precious natural resources of our region, providing skills and leadership training, and hosting 100's of outdoor activities every year for the public through our professional and dedicated volunteer trip leaders.

Beginner or expert the AMC NYNJ chapter has something for everyone. With activities that include hiking, biking, paddling, backpacking, skiing, climbing, and more we're sure you will find something you love. And since we know living in and around the NYC area can be difficult without a car, many of our activities are accessible through public transportation.

Beyond just the trips, training, and conservation advocacy we are a group that encourages community and camaraderie among it's members. Open and welcoming to anyone with an interest in the outdoors we hope that the shared knowledge and experiences between all of us will help you to grow within the outdoor community and create connections and friendships for a lifetime.

What sets us apart the other Meetup groups?

• Professionally trained volunteer leaders (https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/leadership-skills/) means our trips are well organized, safe AND fun!

• Easy access on public transportation to many of our activities (https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list).

• Activities are open to anyone, no membership dues are required, but your support helps (https://www.outdoors.org/get-involved).

• Your support helps us continue to protect more than 100,000 acres of land and 2,000 miles of trails (https://www.outdoors.org/conservation) under the care of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

• Beyond our volunteer led activities AMC provides opportunities for tens of thousands of youth to experience the outdoors each year through our Youth Opportunities Program (https://www.outdoors.org/youth-programs/youth-opportunities-program).

While this Meetup Group showcases some of our best activities they don't all make it to this page and often you will only see a small fraction of what is available! If you would like to see the full assortment of upcoming activities offered by the NYNJ chapter please click here (https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?grp=9&mode=list).

Also, if you would like to be part of the community and join in the conversation please consider following us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/amcnynj/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYNJAMC/):

Upcoming events (5+)

5Point Adventure Film Festival 2019

SVA Theatre

2019 Trailer: https://vimeo.com/326676607 Now, the tickets are on sale at: https://www.teamsierra.org/filmfestival/Donate/Tickets Early Bird General ($20) until 10/21/[masked]:59... after that, the ticket will cost $25.

Kakiat park hike

suffern park and ride

Not suitable for beginners, slow hikers, and runners. No dogs, drones or smoking. Let’s have some fun this Sat. by going hiking in Kakiat Park which we don’t go very often. The hike will be 8-10 miles long depending on temperature. This hike will be a typical Harriman hike with the usual assortment of hills, lakes, valleys, woods roads, etc. This hike won’t be run at a fast pace, but won’t be slow either. It will be at a brisk pace, and we will stop as needed. It could be a demanding hike for some, and is not suitable for slow hikers. We will stop a reasonable number of times. If you are looking for a high intensity workout or a slow stroll this is the wrong hike. Leader determines the route, pace, Number of stops, and the duration of stops. Bring at least 2 quarts of water, your lunch and wear hiking boots. Bring traction devices for ice, and if there is deep snow snowshoes. We will start the hike by taking a car shuttle to Kakiat Park. If all goes well we will take the K to the SBM, the SBM to the CC, the CC to the PM, the PM to the WR, the WR to the PE, the PE to the RBH, the RBH to the K, and the K to the parking lot. Rain, snow or ice storms cancel. Trans. 13A Suffern NY. Bus Riders are always welcome. There is no need to let me know you are coming by bus., but if you have any questions about the hike feel free to call or e-mail me. Bus riders take the 8:15 Short Line bus to Suffern from PABT NY which Arr. 9:00. Drivers meet in Meet pkg. near Jct. Rtes. 59 202 in business district. L: Joe Nigro[masked] (7:30-9:30 PM) [masked]

Historic Northern Bronx Urban Hike with Two University Art Gallery Visits

On this 4 mile urban hike, we will make brief visits to the Fordham University Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art, as well as the Lehman College Art Gallery (both free and open Saturday). But there is much more to enjoy. Among other things, we will pass the Bronx High School of Science, the historic Valentine-Varian House, the spot where the first Belmont Stakes were run, and hear the story of the man behind it, Leonard W. Jerome, whose daughter was the mother of Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister during World War II. On our way to Fordham University, we will see other historic sites, including the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage (though we will not have time to visit) and walk along the vibrant shopping area on Fordham Road which has one of the oldest Metro-North stations, built in 1841. After the end of the official hike at the Fordham art gallery, you can go to the Pizza Studio across the street for a custom made pizza, or to the Starbucks next door. We then take a short walk over to the Grand Concourse at Fordham Road, where you can catch the D train back to wherever you are going. We will walk at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 4 miles. There will be no lunch stop, so bring some snacks along if you wish (Per AMC policy, our hikes are intended for adults 18 years and older and please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as potentially unsafe ground conditions from ice or snow, may cancel or modify; check Meetup website for latest updates. We meet at 1 PM in front of Capital One Bank and leave promptly at 1:15. Take the D train to 205th Street in the Bronx, exit at the middle of the station, take the escalator up, go through the turnstiles, turn left and walk up to the street. The meeting spot is right across the street at 3159 Bainbridge Avenue.

Hike at Ramapo Mountain State Forest (New Jersey Highlands)

Ringwood Park & Ride

See full listing on the AMC web site for full details. https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/116333 Meet at Ringwood Park and Ride at 9.02 a.m. Google Plus code (for GPS) is 3PQM+H8 Ringwood, New Jersey Hike will take in the Todd, Schuber, Tamarack Lake, Millstone and Yellow trails to the Twin Hill overlook. Back on the Old Guard and Cannonball Trails in the afternoon. Total distance will be 9 miles and approximately 1300 feet in elevation gain. Twin Hill is one of the closest hilltop views of NYC in the NJ Highlands, just 30 miles distant. Bus departs Port Authority Bus Terminal a 7.45 a.m. (Transportation code 3B) The Park and Ride is on Cannici Drive which is near the Ringwood end of Skyline Drive. Trans 3B: NJ TRANSIT Bus # 197; Use 7:45 a.m. departure; Bus departs from PABT Gate 233. https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1196.pdf

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