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

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]

South Mountain-Hemlock Falls

South Mountain Reservation

Moderate hike that takes in a viewpoint from historic Washington Rock, Hemlock Falls, and the Rahway River. Historic Fun Fact:Washington Rock is where a signal beacon warned the Army at Morristown of the British Army’s approach. Fairy Fun Fact: There are whimsical, tiny “fairy houses” along parts of the Rahway trail, made entirely of natural materials to fit in with the landscape. The creator of these was revealed in an article in July 2016, “Thumbelina’s Secret Architect, Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/18/nyregion/thumbelinas-secret-architect-creating-fairy-houses-on-a-new-jersey-trail.html?_r=1)“. Please take only photographs and leave them as is for others to enjoy! Trail surface: Moderate, somewhat rocky trails. A few easy stream crossings, and one over the Rayway River that may be tricky depending on water level/rock shifting. This route: 6.0 miles.Shorter: There multiple parking areas, trails, and woods roads to create shorter routes. The woods roads also tend to be easier and more level.Longer: Use the Lenape and Oakdale Trails to add in the other half of the park or extend the route with the Turtle Back trail.Hike Info: –Park info 1 (http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation) –Park info 2 (http://www.somocon.org/) –Trail Map () –Google Map (https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202558560008585567507.0004b63239a700c6c950d&msa=0) Update 12/11/15 – Minor revisions to the description. Map: There was a overview map at the trail kiosk which is more detailed than the map online. There were no paper maps at the park the time we went, print the map beforehand. A more detailed laminated trail map can be purchased from the conservancy (http://www.somocon.org/purchase-a-map/). Books: A similar route with detailed instructions and a trail map can be found in Hiking New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20). A moderate and a longer option is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20). The park trails are described in the The New Jersey Walk Book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).

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South Mountain-Hemlock Falls

South Mountain Reservation

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