Have a most enjoyable autumn. See you on the trail!

And Speaking of 100th Birthdays... WTA will be 100 years young in 2023 and we have some special plans in mind. Stay tuned for details!

A 100th Birthday Hike! Ellie Carren, longtime WTA member and hike leader, celebrated her 100th birthday by leading a hike on the Old Croton Aqueduct. The walk, a 5 mile round trip, went from Memorial Park in Irvington to the Keepers House in Dobbs Ferry and back. About 40 of Ellie’s family, hike participants and friends received a hearty welcome at the Keepers House, had lunch on the porch, and returned to Memorial Park for a birthday dessert. Ellie was radiant that day - a better advertisement for hiking than Ellie at 100 does not exist!

Fall Hiking Tips. Fall is hunting season - wear bright orange when hiking in areas where hunting is allowed. Make plenty of noise to alert hunters and wildlife to your presence. And dress for the season - warm days can turn brisk and chilly towards evening. Bring a windbreaker, and a wool or fleece top or sweater to wear under it. Toss a pair of gloves and a hat in your pack just in case. Falling leaves are beautiful but they mask rocks, roots and nuts that can make you trip or slip, so as you take in the colors around you keep an eye on the ground as well. This is the season to observe nature’s glorious display - enjoy every moment of it.

Each year we host a Hiking Week to a more distant location, and for this year's adventure we went to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and then stopped for a few days at the Delaware Water Gap on the way back. While in Harpers Ferry we hiked on the Appalachian and other trails in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, visited the historical center of town, explored rocky outcrops on the ridges and in fields of battle from the Civil War, and strolled on paths near the C&O Canal and on the shores of nearby Virginius Island. At the Delaware Water Gap we hiked on trails along and above the Gap and enjoyed lots of other activities, including fishing, archery lessons, golf cart tours, and nightly campfires with s’mores. Here are some photos from the trip (you’ll find more on our Facebook page):

 Westchester Trails Association

WTA Welcomes its New Members: Carl Baldassarre, Judy Birdsall, Evelyn Bodden, Hewie Bodden, David Brody, Steve Chu, Beatrice Cremieux, Sam Del Rowe, Sam Dimon, Carole Ehleben, Andrew Fader, Susan Feinstein, Rob Friedman, Ida Fields, Wendy Holtzman, Nori Jaffer, Abha Kaistha, Jamerry Kim, Andrea Kretchmer, Jorge Lange, Nancy Lange, Margo Moss, Amy Oggel, Carla Palacios, Dominic Robertson, Reshma Shindi, Debbie Silverman, Karyn Slutsky, Aurora Toporoff, Donald Toporoff, Cheryl Weekes.

And Welcome Back: Laura Newman.

+ + + + + + +

Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the publication of the "Walkable Westchester" book by Jane and Walt Daniels. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, and the most recent (third) edition details more than 635 miles of trails in over 200 parks, preserves and sanctuaries.

We launched our Westchester 100 project in the fall of 2009, shortly after the first edition of the book was published. It consists of a list of local hiking areas and trails featuring 91 “regular” hikes and 18 “half hikes” throughout the county. We've been sponsoring guided hikes to the locations on the list since its inception, with those who complete the list (either on our hikes or on their own) being rewarded with a certificate, a patch, and unlimited bragging rights.

To see our updated Westchester 100 list, please click here. We invite you to join us in exploring the many places to walk or hike that Westchester County has to offer.