Hike Ratings - Ratings are based on terrain (mileage is indicated in the hike description). An easy hike has relatively flat terrain. 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.
It’s Worth Quoting: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.” Walt Whitman
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.
Group Hiking Etiquette - While hiking, please follow the leader, keep the person ahead of you in sight, 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.
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. Please do not bring your dog on a hike unless it is listed as "dog friendly". New hikers: please contact the leader in advance of the hike; all hikers: please choose a hike that is within your abilities. Check with the leader if you have any questions about the hike. If you register for a hike but can't attend, please notify the leader as soon as possible; if you are registering for more than one person, please tell the leader who else is attending. All who participate in the activities of Westchester Trails Association do so at their own risk.
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Group hikes have resumed on a limited basis, with a maximum of 10 participants and other restrictions, including social distancing and the wearing of masks where distancing is not possible. You can find our most recent hiking schedule here; but please note that because of the restrictions, particularly on the number of people allowed on a hike, advance registration is required and priority is being given to club members. If you are interested in becoming a member, more information can be found on our "Join/Contact" page.