Spring Hiking Tips: If you’re getting back into hiking after a winter’s rest, start with shorter and easier hikes until you feel in shape for something more strenuous. Be aware of seasonal conditions - melting snow and spring rains mean muddy trails and swollen streams. Give your boots a good waterproof treatment, and consider wearing gaiters. To avoid eroding muddy trails, look for established routes in sunny areas, on rocky surfaces, or with well-drained soils. If you find yourself on a muddy stretch of trail, don’t walk off-trail to avoid it - that will only increase erosion. Use common sense when encountering a swollen stream. Poles or sticks will help with balance, and wet feet can easily be tended to with a fresh pair of socks, but fast running water can also be dangerous. If you don’t feel that you can safely cross a stream, turn back.
Have a most enjoyable spring. See you on the trail!
SnowStorm King Circular. It was mid-February and over a foot of snow had been dumped upon us, but that didn’t stop our intrepid hikers from ascending Storm King Mountain. The weather was brisk but sunny, and even though the trek had to be shortened due to the ground conditions everyone felt a justifiable sense of accomplishment at the end of the hike. On the other hand, we bet that Storm King will look even better with spring buds on the trees and a little greenery in the background!
WTA Welcomes its New and Returning Members: Steven Aigner, Judith Arrison, Brenda Behan, Bob Belson, Stephanie Carroll, Gary Eisenkraft, Nina Forrest, Dean Gallea, Judy Gordon, Jeanne Gribbin, Hannah Gross, Laura Kososki, Christina Lange, Boris Laptev, Marina Laptev, Veronica O’Neil, Lisa Rehm, Raya Schuldenrein, Julie Sootin, Essie Steckler, Jason Stone.
Westchester Trails Association
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. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, and the newly released third edition now describes 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. It consists of a list of local hiking areas and trails featuring 91 “regular” hikes and 18 “half hikes” throughout the county. We've been sponsoring guided hikes to the locations on the list since its inception, with those who complete the list (either on our hikes 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.