What we’re about
We charge $8 monthly for this group. Hike leaders are exempt as long as they run at least two hikes monthly. This group does moderate hikes usually about 4-6 miles unless we happen to miss a turn. This is mainly a socialization group. Harder Hikes and challenging events can be found on Trail Shrinks EXTREME meetup https://www.meetup.com/trailshrinksextreme-com/
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 November 10, 2023 there have been 68 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/.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- New date Fahnestock 3 Lakes Trail Appalachian Loop 8 mi + post hike meal/drinkCanopus Beach, Carmel, NY
Hello, our hike is a figure eight loop starting from Canopus Lake and following the Three Lakes Trail in its entirety until we reach Dennytown at which time we return via the Appalachian Trail. The trail terrain is a mix of relatively flat and nice steep climbs and descents with the return being more strenuous. Much If it is very rocky. Total electricrion gain is approx 1400 and there will be plenty of nice lake views, some streams, a small waterfall and we will stop along the way for short breaks and photo opportunities.
Please note we are parking in the lot directly across from Canopus Lake. Address is not entirely accurate, it gets you close.
Please read and make sure this hike is for you. This is not a main hike for Trail Shrinks, this is a “Side Hike”, hence the earlier start time. Its also a bit longer being its 8 miles. It’s not intended as a hike for slow and relaxed hikers. I f course we leave nobody behind and we wait 15 minutes if need be for anyone arriving behind schedule.
Fahnestock is a fabulous state park and recreation area easy to reach right off and west of the Taconic State Parkway just 3 miles south of I-84.
We will have the opportunity to meet up afterwards for a nice bite and beverage. Closest to the trail is Round Up BBQ, Tutto Pizza (BYO alcohol I believe) or we can head into a Cold Spring which is a beautiful town and not too far away. I will be taking recommendations on the chat and we can discuss on the hike.
If you are an existing member of Trail Shrinks you should be aware you can message on the app or call the hike leader if you are running late. We don’t leave anyone behind however if you are a considerably slower hiker this one might not be for you.
Please dress in layers as the colder weather is here, wear orange as it is hunting season, bring appropriate gear and wear proper footwear for hiking,. Rain cancels or else I may move the date to Sunday.
Max # participants for this event: No limit Distance: approx 5-6 miles Duration: 3-4 hours approx Pace: moderate Newcomers always welcome. •Disclaimer• Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group
- Holiday walk, Central Park, Times Sq , Rock Cntr, 5th Ave, Dinner Tavern GreenTick Tock Diner, New York City, NY
We will Meet in front of Tic TockDiner outside of Penn Station and walk up through New York City to Central Park. We will walk Up 7th Ave through Times Square and then cut Over to 5th Ave through Rockefeller Center then onward to Central Park destination Tavern on the Green for a cocktail and then dinner there or at another restaurant.
This should be a long walk and we will want to stick together.
Happy Holidays. We will find a restaurant that we can all enjoy after a potential cocktail at Tavern on the Green.
- Public Art show and Sale ARTISTS WANTEDAmerican legion hall , Piscataway, NJ$25.00
This event is the highlight the talent of artists that are within our group or relatives or friends of our group. Please come show your art make it sellable and hopefully will do a good job bringing people in to see your art and hopefully buy your art. Those displaying and selling their art will be charged $25 for your space and others just visiting free