Winter Hiking Tips: Dress in layers so you can add and remove items as your exertion levels change. Wear a synthetic base layer of polyester or nylon to wick moisture away from your skin; middle layers of fleece or wool; and an insulated outer layer to protect you from rain, wind and snow. Wear a fleece or wool hat; and fleece, wool or insulated gloves or mittens. Wool socks are great natural insulators, even when wet; wear them over synthetic liners for wicking. Leave the cotton clothing home - cotton retains moisture and contributes to hypothermia. Never wear jeans: get a little snow or water on them and they become icy boards around your legs for the rest of the hike. Bring plenty of food and water and be sure to bring microspikes, stabilicers or other traction aids with you just in case. Remember, hiking in winter can be lots of fun as long as you’re prepared for the weather.
2018 Hiking Week: The Adirondacks High Peaks. Our annual Hiking Week is a club tradition that began with yearly trips to the Berkshires in northern Massachusetts, and then branched out to other destinations. We've been to the Catskills, the Delaware Water Gap, Shenendoah and Acadia National Parks and elsewhere, and this year's adventure took us to the Adirondacks. Thirty-two people joined us in Lake Placid this September. We hiked up 4,000 footers such as Wright, Phelps, Cascade and Porter, summited small but beautiful Mt. Jo, explored paths along the Ausable River, and did a few touristy things as well, like visiting The Wild Center and Whiteface Mountain. There was good food, good hiking and good friendship, and the makings of some very good memories.
WTA Welcomes its New Members: Peter Bogin, Susan Chavez, Annette Coulter, Donna DeEsso, Felicia Gaglio, Lou Goldstein, Nancy Goldstein, Hatice Gursoy, Fiona Guthrie, Cynthia Hamil, James Hannon, Ann Hintermeister, Taylor Michael, Andrea Natalie, Maura Newman, Michael Pellet, Heena Rajdeo, Nancy Ross, Usha Shah, Anna Trieller, Dee VanEyck, Nancy Wolin.
Have a most enjoyable winter. See you on the trail!
Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the publication of the "Walkable Westchester" book written by WTA members Jane and Walt Daniels.
When the first edition of the book was published, we compiled a list of 100 local hiking areas and trails and have been sponsoring guided hikes to these locations since the fall of 2009. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, describing over 180 parks and about 600 miles of trail. The second edition, which came out in April of 2014, added another 26 places to walk or hike and 42 more miles of trail to its inventory. To incorporate the updates contained in the second edition, we revised our Westchester 100 List, which now includes several of the newly referenced locations.
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.
Westchester Trails Association