Westchester Trails Association

Hiking Tips - End of Summer into Early Fall. The sun is still strong - keep using sunscreen, wear a hat with a brim, and synthetic base layers to wick moisture away from your body. Warm days can turn brisk and chilly towards evening. Bring a windbreaker, and a wool or fleece top or sweater to wear under it if temperatures drop. As the leaves begin to fall they can mask rocks, roots and nuts that can make you trip or slip, so watch your footing as you take in the changing colors around you. And don’t forget that hunting season begins in October in most areas - wear bright orange when hiking where hunting is allowed. For a list of hunting season dates, check out the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website at: https://www.nynjtc.org/news/hunting-seasons.

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.

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.

Annual Meeting Election Results. Below are the results from our June 2018 election of officers and board members:

Officers: President: Debbie Farrell; Vice President: Minu Chaudhuri; Secretary: Catharine Raffaele; Treasurer: Mike Doehring. Board Members elected for two year terms are: Art Adelman, Alice Benash and Nancy Vincent. Board members who will be serving the second year of their two year term are: Diana Catz, Steve Klepner and Joe Rodriguez.

A heartfelt “thank you” to outgoing board member Carolyn Hoffman for her past service on the board and her continuing service to the club in multiple capacities. Thank you also to our Nominating Committee: Sue Soni (Chair), Asha Chauhan, Toby Garfinkel, Vivian Odorizzi, Sheila Sarkar and Lillian Wolfe-Brown.

WTA Welcomes its New Members: Regina Baldwin, Roberta Billington, Shari Mason, Jody Meyer, Andrea Natalie, Beth Neilsen, Sara Sheer, Anna Treiller, Rochelle Yankwitt.

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