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


Upcoming events (5+)

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, 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 dogs on leash hiking scenic driving trail running walking beach cave forest lake hot springs river views waterfall wild flowers wildlife Description Getting There Contact my number is[masked] Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation is a 8.52 mile loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, scenic driving & walking. Winter start is 1 pm

Sterling Forest

Sterling Forest P 8 Lot

Sterling Forest State Park is comprised of over 20,000 acres in New York and New Jersey. Home to 18.2 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the park hosts over 10 blazed trails. The parkland was originally owned by the Sterling Iron and Railway Company, which mined and shipped iron ore from a number of sites within the park. The last of the mines were closed in the 1920s. Remains of an iron mine still exist at the property and will be seen on this hike. This is about a 6.5 mile loop hike that begins and ends at the Lautenberg visitor center, taking the Bare Rock and Fire Tower trails. We'll stop at the Bare Rock viewpoint over Greenwood Lake and for an optional climb up the Sterling Forest fire tower. The trails are rocky and rolling with some steep sections making this 'moderately strenuous'. There are three climbs of about 600 feet in elevation gain. There may also be some muddy sections depending on the weather. It should take about 4 hours to complete the loop. Restrooms are available at the visitors center and there is a portajohn by the parking area. As with all our hikes, this is for people only, no dogs. Directions to the Visitors Center: Take I-287 North - merging briefly onto the NYS Thruway (toward Albany) but immediately exiting at 15A onto Rte 17 north (turn left at light). About 1.5 miles later, exit right onto County 72 (Sterling Mine Road). Follow this road west for about 3 miles to County 84 (Long Meadow Road) and make a right turn. Follow Long Meadow Road past IBM for 3.5 miles until you see signs to the visitor center (Sterling Lake Road), a left turn. After a short distance, turn right on Old Forge Rd. Parking lot will be on the right side of Old Forge Rd. Walk across the road to the Visitor Center which has several displays, a ranger and maps. We'll meet in front of the center. We'll stop at Rhodes Tavern in Sloatsburg (http://rhodesnorth.com/) ; after the hike for lunch and libation.

Jockey Hollow walk

Jockey Hollow Visitor Center

Easy trails on wide footpaths, along gurgling streams and rolling hills in a very beautiful area that is part of Morristown National Historical Park. Hike with history here, as the area served as quarters for the Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during the winter of[masked]. Mileage: 7.4 miles round trip, easy, well-marked trail, gentle elevation changes and a few slightly steeper hills. Shorter options: the RED trail is 1.13 mile, YELLOW is 2.25 miles, BLUE is 3 miles, and WHITE is 6.5 miles.Variations: Check the bottom of this page for route/distance options.Hike Info: –Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/upload/Jockey-Hollow-Trail-Map-Oct-2014-website.pdf) –Park Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/upload/MORRmap-2.pdf) –Park info (http://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm) –Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=40.768257,-74.549618&spn=0.058309,0.107117&z=14&msid=100669985122335639090.000468f690f9646b62ca6) –Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/jockey-hollow-grand-loop-GPX.zip) Update 1/10/17 – minor updates, fall photos added, notes added for BLUE and driving directions. Update 5/8/14 – hike description, GPX, and photos updated. Trail Map: Print ahead, or get a trail map and info on the history of the area from the visitor center. Also, at most trail junctions there are numbered signs with a trail map and “you are here” notations. The trail network crosses the park from two central trail parking areas as well some near the Visitor Center, and it’s easy to make loops of various lengths. A portion of the Patriot’s Path runs through the center. The park is also popular with joggers and dog walkers. Books: A 5.6 mile variation is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), a 9.7 mile variation in Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and a 5.5 mile variation in Hike of the Week (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775786/?tag=njhiking-20). Trail descriptions are in The New Jersey Walk Book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

Pyramid Mountain 8 miles

Pyramid Mountain Visitors Center

We will stick together. We will wait till 11:20 for the laggards or lost. So if you are always on time get there at 11:10 because the "let's go" whining is so ... People are on their day off so chill out We will not split up as the purpose is more social than hiking. If you are on a tight schedule best to not come. We wait for slow or struggling people. Be aware that laughter and joking is permitted. The more difficult week you just had the better. This is a very nice place to hike the trails are well marked and this is easy enough for just about everyone. We can do lunch afterward. Bring water and we can eat lunch in the woods. Hike at your own risk. Easy for one person is not easy to another person You can always reach me at[masked]

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Hike Norvin Green then drinks/food 4 to 5 miles

Norvin Green State Forest

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