Have a most enjoyable winter. See you on the trail!
Winter Hiking Tips: Dress in layers so you can add and remove items as your exertion levels change. Wear a synthetic base layer such as polyester or nylon to wick moisture away from your skin; one or more 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 or wool blend 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, ever wear jeans - if you get a little snow or water on them, they turn into icy boards around your legs for the rest of the hike. Bring plenty of food and water and a hot beverage to warm you. Be sure to carry microspikes, stabilicers or other traction aids in your pack in case you need them, and remember that snow and ice on the ground increases the difficulty of any hike. Having said all that... winter hiking can be lots of fun as long as you’re prepared for the weather!
WTA Welcomes its New Members: Angela Day, Howard Friedberg, Rebecca Kornblatt, Susan Laliberte, Dennis Lee, Helen Mangini, Michelle Minguez, John Mucciolo, David Oliver, Frances O’Sullivan, Barbara Pfuhl, Israel Richardson, Adeniz Rivera, Miok Salz, Rich Salz, Amy Schneider, Nancy Spiro, June Svetlovsky, Richard Tse, Patricia Viger, Ann Williamson.
And Welcome Back: Leslie Brill, Gary Eisenkraft.
Westchester Trails Association
It's our 100th Anniversary! WTA is celebrating its centennial in 2023! Each quarter we'll be featuring some "history hikes," inspired by outings from schedules past (see our "Hikes" page for details); we've compiled an Anniversary Booklet which has some great photos and lots of information about the club's history which you can see by clicking here; and there are many other exciting things in store, so stay tuned!
Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the "Walkable Westchester" book written 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, by compiling a list of local hiking areas and trails featuring 91 “regular” hikes and 18 “half hikes” throughout the county. Since then we've sponsored guided hikes to all the places on the list, with those who complete the challenge (either with our club 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.