Hike Ratings - Ratings are based on terrain (mileage is indicated in the hike description). An easy hike has relatively flat terrain while easy to moderate also has rolling hills (for example, Rockefeller Preserve). A moderate hike has steeper grades, possibly going up and down all day, and may involve some bushwhacking or short rock scrambles (like much of Harriman Park). A strenuous hike has steep ascents, often with rough terrain on much of the hike (like most Schunemunk trails, Breakneck Ridge, etc.). These ratings apply during good weather. Bad weather may lead to poor footing and increase the difficulty of any hike.
What to Know Before You Go - Hiking boots and sufficient drinking water (1-2 liters) are required on all hikes. A trail lunch should be carried unless otherwise indicated. Hikers with improper footwear, without sufficient water, or who are otherwise unprepared, may be refused by the leader. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome on hikes listed as "dog friendly", but please do not bring your dog on hikes that do not have this listing. New hikers are asked to contact leaders in advance of hikes. In fairness to yourself and to the rest of the group, please choose a hike that is within your abilities - contact the leader if you have any questions. All who participate in the activities of Westchester Trails Association do so at their own risk.
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Where to Meet - A hike listing with an "NWP" designation means that the group meets in the parking lot of the North White Plains train station at the stated time. (Otherwise, contact the leader for information about meeting times and places and whether public transportation is available). To reach the NWP lot, take the Bronx River Parkway to Fisher Lane in North White Plains and follow the train station sign. The parking lot is on the right, before you reach the underpass. There is no charge in this lot on weekends. If coming by train please notify the leader. Walk down the stairs from the train platform to the parking lot on the NYC bound side, then walk north toward the toll booth. Hikers usually carpool to the hike site. This arrangement is entirely voluntary and entails no obligation on the part of the drivers. When carpooling, passengers should reimburse drivers for a share of the expenses (see the hike schedule for details).
Hikes - Day hikes of varying levels of difficulty are held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Most hikes are in nearby locations in Westchester county parks and preserves and in New York state parks including Harriman, Fahnestock, Storm King/Black Rock and other popular destinations. There are also hikes to other nearby areas, such as northern New Jersey, Connecticut, or wherever our volunteer leaders know an interesting route.
Check out our Spring and Summerhiking schedules for details about each of our hikes. Also read our "News" page to learn more about WTA's "Westchester 100" and other projects.
Trail Etiquette - While hiking, please follow the leader, keep in sight of the person ahead of you, carry water and lunch, wear sturdy footgear. Restrict cellphone use to emergencies only. Remember that the woods are for all to enjoy - collect no souvenirs or plants, take home all trash, and leave nothing but footprints. For more information, please click here.