Westchester Trails Association
Berkshire Delight. 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 we decided that it was time to return to the Berkshires for our 2017 Hiking Week. Thirty-nine people joined us in Williamstown, MA in May. We hiked to the summit of Mount Greylock, explored sections of the Appalachian Trail near Dalton and Cheshire, visited local trails and preserves including the Hopkins Memorial Forest, Field Farm, the Pine Cobble and Natural Bridge State Park, and ventured further afield to climb Mt. Equinox in Manchester, VT and check out the trails and sculptures at the Southern Vermont Art Center. There was good food, good hiking and good friendship, and now that we're back we're planning next year's trip - this time to a more distant location.
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.
Summer Hiking Tips. Use sunscreen, and a hat with a brim. Wear a synthetic base layer to wick moisture away from your body. Bring a wool sweater, fleece jacket or similar item to put on if temperatures drop. Never wear cotton - it retains moisture and contributes to hypothermia. Heavy exertion in hot or humid weather requires plenty of water. Drink frequently - if you wait till you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Replenish electrolytes with potassium rich food and salty snacks. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer. If you hear thunder, descend immediately to lower terrain and seek shelter in a low stand of trees, avoiding high points, single trees, or other lone objects. Remember - “take it slow” and enjoy the season’s gifts.
WTA Welcomes its New Members: Ying Chen, Sally Cohen, Richard Grayson, Jason Greif, Leanne Hamovich, Ruth Harris, Abigail Hartley, Ben Jones, Marcia Lewis, Mel Lewis, Allison Rhoads, Ann Rolett, Rod Rolett, Diane Schube, Ed Schube, Mina Tang, Nancy Velazquez, Alma Villacorte, Jianhua Zou.
And Welcome Back: Aliza Fante, Ireneo Fante, Andrea Minoff, Joyce Morrone, Christos Tsoukalas.
Have a most enjoyable summer. See you on the trail!