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NOTE: Hudson Valley Hikers Events are by RSVP only on events posted to the calendar. Any other activity with members that is organized offline, in Meetup Discussions, or private messages; is not sanctioned by Hudson Valley Hikers and participation is at your own risk. Please contact Meetup directly if you have any questions or concerns.

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Outdoors enthusiasts!!! The purpose of this group is to bring people together. People who like being outside, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, cycling, mountaineering, skiing/riding, rock/ice climbing, caving, etc. This is an extremely active group with a full calendar and over 34,000 members!

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Stissing Firetower Spring Equinox Hike

Stissing Firetower

Zoroastrian tradition states what you do during the spring equinox sets the pattern for your life for the upcoming year. Spring arrives at 5:58 PM, and we are going to climb up this wonderful treasure in Dutchess County for some sweeping views. Children welcome, as this is also considered a Children's Adventure event. Stissing Firetower is a great 'short and sweet' hike and a perfect hike to set the intentions for the upcoming season. We will be ascending apx 800 vertical to the summit before climbing up to great views in the firetower, how exciting. The climb up does pass by and though a small stream, have some steep sections, but nothing considered a rock scramble, though still with plenty of fun, along with some views on the way up Use the following link for driving directions: https://goo.gl/maps/6Gd8k2e8TQu The summit is at about 1400 feet and has views of our Hudson Valley, Catskills and South Taconic Mountains and more on a clear day. We will be taking a gentler, but slightly longer way down. Total distance about 3 miles. We can expect the hike to end about 7pm. Children/teens Welcome: Always (if they are capable, if event is appropriate). Children, including underage teenagers, should be RSVP'ed as a guest their parent, guardian or responsible adult; drop me a message and I will put your child (or underage teenager) in as your guest if guest function is disabled. This does not mean the event is at a child’s level (exception Children’s Adventure events - see below), or a event well suited for some children, such as meditative events. You have to make the determination if it is appropriate for your child(ren). Children's Adventure events: If the words 'Children's Adventure' appears in the title or in the first paragraph this applies: Children's Adventure hikes and events are geared to the way that children need to hike, explore and have fun. It will involve frequent breaks including rest, snack and regrouping stops. Distance will usually be shorter and pace slower than 'adult' level hikes and we will try to incorporate fun games such as the 'dirt is lava' game for younger children as we try to make our way on the rocks instead. Hikes also will be more towards the quick reward (easier to get to fun stuff or places of great beauty). Be aware that during these events pictures are often taken and posted to share with other participants and will be viewable by others, it’s part of the social aspect of these get togethers and is often encouraged. Adults not bringing a child must realize that this event is geared towards the needs and enjoyment of children, not adults, and thus can not complain or whine or throw a tantrum, if they do they will get a time out and will be required to leave 5 stars for this event - you were fairly warned Guests: Adults need to sign up directly and may not go as guests. Guest function, if enabled for this hike, is only for children (and teens who have not reached the age of majority). No Shows/ short notice canceling/waitlisted/ not helping out such as with car shuttles: Known 'No shows' may be waitlisted, and / or excluded from the event if there is a max number of hikers set. Repeat short notice canceling will also be noted for consideration for this as well as things like bypassing the car shuttle location. No-showing / short notice canceling prevents others from attending if the event is full. Bypassing the car shuttle start location is taking advantage of others (also see 'Arriving Late: Don't do that' section). Make sure you sign in, you would not want to be accidentally marked as a no-show, additionally frequently a spots are reserved for those who are known to attend and be on time. Arriving Late: Don't do that, you may be on your own. If you are late, we can only wait if it would be advantageous for the group to wait, so don't be late. We will try to get you back on track, but those mornings are very hectic and my first responsibility would need to be to those hikers that have arrived. You may not get to hike with us, additionally we may not have room to get you back to your vehicle at the end if that is required. End of Hike Time: Ignore the Meetup end time, that is my suggestion for every meetup you attend, not just mine, that is unless you know the event host uses that. The reason is that Meetup assumes a end time and if the event organizer does not change it it just gives out a standard one. Hikes normally move at 2mph, bushwack sections and scrambles at 1 to 1.5 mph, and any car shuttle set up time if needed for this event. so if the millage is specified one can easily figure out a rough estimate. Larger groups sometimes move slower. Dogs: I request No Dogs. 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. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

Breakneck Ridge Hike!

Breakneck Ridge

***FAST AFTER WORK HIKE! CURE FOR THE COMMON WORK WEEK! FLEXIBLE START TIME! *** ***READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE ATTENDING! Note to first-timers, if you have never attended this hike before please sit this one out and join us on one of the times we do it on a weekend.*** Use this link for directions to the trailhead: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.445686,-73.979446&num=1&t=h&z=17 Make sure you have a copy of the map, a headlamp, a charged cellphone, and 1 liter of water, minimum. Going up the white trail (BR), then left on red (BB) and left on yellow (WM). https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/HudsonHighlandsTrailMapNorth.pdf We will spend some time socializing at a lookout point just before the junction of the Red trail before our descent. Please start earlier if you think you will take longer. Note that the park closes at sunset so our goal is to get back to our cars well before it becomes dark. That said, you MUST bring a headlamp just in case. If you run into any trouble, call me immediately on my cell which is listed in the description. Total distance is 3.1 miles approx. and we expect to finish in around 1.5-2 hours. The elevation gain is almost 1400' so be prepared to climb, especially in the steep beginning. Though a short hike, this is widely considered to be one of the most strenuous hikes in the lower Hudson valley, hence why it takes so long to complete. Park in the large lot 0.2 miles NORTH of the tunnel.

Palisades Sunrise Hike

9W Pedestrian Bridge Overpass Pulloff South of Palisades Parkway Exit 3

The Hike: Please read the entire description before signing up. Not recommended as a "first-ever" hike. The first half mile is easy, but then we will descend and climb back up a steep set of stairs, which are in poor condition in some places. I'll bring coffee. You bring a cup and your favorite breakfast snacks. (bring milk and sugar if you like that sort of thing in your coffee!) We will start hiking from the parking pull-off at 7:10 am. If arriving late, just catch up (blue+white trail). This will be a moderately-paced hike (not slow.) Starting at the pull-off on 9W. We’ll hike out to the Women's Federation Monument on the Forest View Trail (blue + white)), then continue from their down to the river. After arriving at the river, we'll turn around and come back up the way we came down. Meetup Coordinates:[masked], [masked] Distance: 1.5 Miles / 528 Feet of Gain Duration: 1 Hour Difficulty: Moderate; climbing down and up the stairs may be strenuous - its almost straight up! Gear: Headlamp + microspikes; Clothing for changing temps/wind; water; snacks Map: NY/NJ Trail Conference Maps 108 and 109 Note: You cannot park at the pull-off before 7:00 AM. ********** HUDSON VALLEY HIKER LEGAL DISCLAIMER & WAIVER OF LIABILITY 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. The Hudson Valley Hikers Club does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers. This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability. Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK. Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and hike together as friends. There are no leaders on these hikes, you are your own leader - This is YOUR hike

Nuclear Lake Evening Hike - Welcome Back, Daylight Saving Time!

Trailhead Parking for Nuclear Lake

Nuclear Lake - hike to and around a beautiful lake along the AT! Thursday 3/21 - 5:30 pm - Daylight Saving Time will have begun! Distance: ~4 miles, Time: ~2 hours, Elevation gain:[masked] feet ***We will be finishing after sunset, so bring a headlamp.*** Gear: Water, snacks if you wish, hiking boots, cold-weather wicking clothing, headlamp A hike from Route 55 in Poughquag/Pawling leads us along the Appalachian Trail and around Nuclear Lake. Many thru-hikers say that Nuclear Lake is the most beautiful lake along the entire trail. In 1972, a chemical explosion blew out two windows in the experimental nuclear research lab that used to sit on the shore of the lake, blasting an unspecified amount of bomb-grade plutonium across the lake and surrounding woods. The trails around the lake were extensively tested, cleaned and declared safe many years ago. http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/nuclear-lake/ Photos are of our Nuclear Lake hikes on 8/3/16 and 3/13/17 - summer and winter. --- 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. Full waiver can be found on the ABOUT page.

Past Events

Mt. Beacon Fire Tower Sunrise hike ~ 4 miles

Mt. Beacon Trail Head

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