Westchester Trails Association

WTA Welcomes its New Members: Pankaj Aurora, Rozy Aurora, Carol  Dowd, Suzanne Evans, Cathy Garcia, Bobbie Morris, Jane Pedreira, Erika Reinhart, Mary Robinson, Amy Schneider, Albert Sicignano, Dick  Simmermacher, Pat Simmermacher, Julie Simoncic.

Have a most enjoyable spring. 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.

Early Spring Hiking Tips. Trails may still be icy this time of year, so be sure to carry traction aids such as Microspikes or Stabilicers, which make for a slip-free day in the woods. Dress in layers, bring a hat and gloves, and leave the cotton clothing home - cotton retains moisture and may cause hypothermia. Be aware of seasonal conditions: melting snow and spring rains mean muddy trails and swollen streams. To avoid eroding trails, look for established routes in sunny areas, on rocky surfaces, or with well-drained soils. Use common sense when encountering a swollen stream. Poles or sticks will help with balance, and wet feet can be tended to with a fresh pair of socks, but fast running water can be dangerous. If you don’t feel that you can safely cross a stream, turn back.

Congratulations to Lisa Weismiller, who recently completed hiking all of the trails on our Westchester 100 list. Way to go, Lisa!

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

Acadia Magic. Twenty-nine people joined us this September at our annual Hiking Week in Acadia National Park. We climbed almost every peak in the Park, enjoyed constant views of the Atlantic, ate lobster, watched the sun rise one morning from the Bar Harbor shore and the next morning watched it rise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, biked on the Park’s carriage roads, went kayaking, traversed the Bar Harbor “bar” at low tide to explore Bar Island, ate lobster, hiked along the shore, visited the Jordan Pond House, had tea and popovers and climbed the Bubbles overlooking Jordan Pond, strolled through several formal gardens (and wild gardens too), and ascended steep and rocky paths leading always to 360-degree views. It was a wonderful trip, and plans for our 2017 Hiking Week are in the works.