What we're about

This group is moving to http://www.trailshrinks.com . For the meantime, you can find us here on meetup until further notice and Details.

Trails Shrinks are people that like exercise, want to meet people, and believe in fairness. Trail Shrinks always have their hand out to help and never ostracize or ridicule others. In this complicated world where people have strong beliefs and deep fears, Trail Shrinks come to you to help you participate in the absolutely fake world of hiking. No one in this group will ever get a badge that says, Hiker! No, You will be considered a Trail Shrink because you are a really nice person possibly with colorful hiking clothing and enough energy to climb up mountains or to walk through cities. Occasionally there will be other events like parties, concerts, theatre, travel and THE Hikers Ball which will indeed be held yearly. This group is for everyone, all genders, whether single, divorced, married, or just not interested. Our goal as Trail Shrinks is to listen, on each hike and to also share what we may want to discuss. Every hike we cover some sort of current event or news. I like intellectuals even pseudo-intellectuals like me. The purpose is to stimulate important conversations and to elevate the differences between people that have formed holding just one opinion. Yes, Trail Shrinks is about relationships and everyone's relationship with the rest of the world. There will be many people you like that come to the Trail Shrink Hikes and some that you do not like but that is just life and we ask that you refrain from insulting or gathering around them to burn them at the stake. That just smells really bad.

Now I am going to tell you that we will meet at the time announced but we will always wait as a courtesy up to 10 or 15 minutes if we know someone is on their way. If no one is coming and they have not informed us in some way we will start promptly.

All subjects may be discussed and these include. Religion, politics, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Lighten up if you hear something you do not like. This group is for everyone to remember and it's even okay to disagree with everyone because that is what makes the world go around.

You agree to hold Trail Shrinks harmless by joining this group. You also take full responsibility for your own safety. Please be sure that you practice common sense when traveling or dining after events. Please do not ask how to prepare for an event. That is your responsibility. You can find reviews from other hikers online regarding the difficulty of a hike and there is plenty of advice about how to prepare and what gear to wear. One thing we will say is to bring plenty of water always and aspirin and a first aid kit are definitely helpful. Good luck with our group. Be ready to be nice and we hope you make some true friends and meaningful connections.

I have seen how Trail Shrinks transform some peoples lives. I want to do more of that. I will be reaching out to therapists, marriage counselors, and more. Married couples and newly divorced. I am glad to report that as of April 10, 2019 there have been 20 couples formed here at trail shrinks and I hope I never see them again. :)

Always a rule with Trail Shrinks if you are married please no cheating. Safety in relationships is always a concern and you can bring all concerns to the organizers. I think Trails Shrinks is one of the best things I have done in my life. I hope you will move this effort forward with me. This ain't your mommas' hiking group/.


Mark Nejmeh


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Beaver Brooke and Chavez Trail

Chavez and Beaver Brook Trail Loop

Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop is a 8.8.mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Golden, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This trail features a nice mix of elevation change as well as a creek for more than half of the loop. It's especially great during summer time, as you can take a swim along the way Trail Map: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/beaver-brook-trail?ref=sidebar-static-map&u=m Trail Info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/beaver-brook-chavez-trail-loop?u=m Parking: Parking at the trailhead. Getting there: Genesee Park is 20 miles west of Denver on I-70 to Exit 254 (Genesee Park Exit) or Exit 253 (Chief Hosa Exit).

Sourlands Reserve 6 miles cutoffs available for the weary

Sourland Mountain Preserve

This is a wonderful place to hike and lunch afterwards. Water and snacks recommended. GENERAL INFORMATION The 4,000 acre Sourland Mountain Preserve is county owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission. The Preserve provides passive recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting. The Preserve occupies a portion of the northeast “point” of the Sourland Region, which stretches southwest across Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships through southern Hunterdon and northern Mercer counties to the Delaware River. The Sourland Mountain Preserve offers several recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting, including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, bouldering, and horseback riding. It is extremely rich in natural resources, and an area that boasts a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species. The Sourlands is especially known for its nesting birds on the edges of their breeding areas including Summer Tanager, Winter Wren, and Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees. Whether you are a person seeking solitude, or someone who is bringing their friends and family for a day of fun, Sourland Mountain Preserve has something for the outdoors person in all of us.

Botana Trail

Wharton State Forest

Hike the Batona Trail from the Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill and climb the fire tower for a panoramic view. There is not much of a view from the “hill” itself without going up the tower at least a bit. Once up top, the view is of an endless sea of pine trees – very unlike most views in Jersey. On clear days, the Atlantic City and Philly skylines may be visible. Climb 60’ up the tower for a panoramic view from the highest point in the Pine Barrens (a whopping 209 feet above sea level!) and one of the most unique vistas in the state. Hike Info: –Trail Map 1 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonAreaMapFinal_reduced.pdf) –Trail Map 2 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/WhartonTrailMapFinalDraft.pdf) –Trail Map 3 (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/docs/batona14web.pdf) –Trail Map (Old) (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/wharton-state-forest/batona-trail.pdf) –Park info (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html) 8.4 miles. Trail surface is sand/pine, mostly easy except for a little deep sand in spots, negligible elevation; moderate length. Trail is dry with 3 small boardwalk crossings over minor wet areas. Map: Print a map ahead or use a map diagram from a book. A little later into the hike is an overview map sign at the Batona Camp, but there were no paper maps in the parking lot. Books: This hike can be found in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1934028339/?tag=njhiking-20). Our two cents: The main focus of this hike is the view from the fire tower. It’s quite stable and not nearly as rickety as some we’ve climbed, but anyone with a fear of heights may not enjoy the metal-grid see-through steps and the general feeling of openness. The view is quite distinctive and worth giving it a shot. Ticks can be bad in the pine barrens, and there is a decent amount sun exposure on this route. Bonus in August: Wild blueberry bushes are along most of the trail. Parking: N[masked] W[masked] (https://www.google.com/maps?q=N39+46.615+W74+37.964&hl=en&sll=40.962517,-74.458&sspn=0.014988,0.021265&t=h&z=17) Turnpike to Exit 7 for Rt 206 South; about a mile south of the Red Lion Circle (206 and 70 meet) turn left on Carranza Road (there’s a sign). Go straight at the stop sign in Tabernacle (cross rt 532). Continue on Carranza Rd for about 7 miles, parking and the Carranza Memorial is on the right; there are two entrances but there are easy to miss and there is no signage really, until you are driving past it and see the sign for the memorial. The stone monument is pretty easy to spot from the road, however. Restrooms: Composting toilet in the lot; it’s set back a ways and you may not see it at first. There are also outhouses at the Batona Camp, a short ways into the hike.

Hike 4-6 miles Ramapo Reservation

Ramapo Reservation

No one gets left behind, this hike is perfect for the late sleeper. We discuss and have fun with many subjects. Ramapo Reservation Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, beach, cave, forest, lake hot springs, river views, waterfall, wild flowers, wildlife and scenic driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash . 7.2 miles 1145 feet Loop Getting There Contact: my number is[masked] Park Info: https://www.njhiking.com/nj-hikes-ramapo-valley-county/ Map: North Jersey Trails. Be sure to use a current map as many of the trail names/routes were changed in 2016. Books: A longer variation is in Take a Hike New York City. Trails are described in the The New Jersey Walk Book. Parking: N[masked]° W[masked]° Winter start is 1 pm

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Mole Gap Trail hike and The Harp Pub Stop

Leatherhead Train Station - Southern Railway

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