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Whitehorse and Black Rock Mountains from Reservoir Road 2C+6(H)

Date: Tuesday, October 23

This 6 mile "moderate to strenuous" circuit route can be seen on the nynjtc.org website. It is located in Black Rock Forest with plenty of steep hills and numerous views. The route will include the Stillman Trail, Highlands Trail, The Scenic Trail, The Bog Meadow and White Oak Roads. Meet 9:45 am at the trailhead with food, fluids and boots. Dress in layers. No email or texts on day of hike (can't respond if driving). Please email richiam@aol.com to let us know if you are coming. Check your email by 7am to confirm hike. Directions to trailhead from TC: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge and continue north on US 9W for 8.8 miles. About half a mile after passing a parking area marked with a blue sign, turn right onto Mountain Road. Immediately, turn right again and proceed through a very narrow underpass beneath US 9W (large vehicles may not fit in this underpass). Continue ahead for 0.2 mile to a parking area on the right side of the road, just before a gate. GPS: 41.41857, -74.01014 Map 113

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Black Rock Forest Reservoir Road
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Irv Reich 917-913-2742
Trip Difficulty: 2C+6

Rockefeller Ramble, 3B8(H)

Date: Thursday, October 25

Autumn in central Westchester is on brilliant display in the rolling hills and farmlands of Rockefeller State Preserve. This will be a brisk walk on horse trails and carriage roads, doable in sneakers if enough care is exercised. The outdoor café at the Stone Barns is our lunch site, where you can purchase food and coffee and/or enjoy your own. Soon before the hike ends, we'll stop by the landmark 20-ft. tall Glacial Erratic, whose front face could invite an impromptu scramble on a hike rated higher than B. (Sorry!) Please email by 10pm Wednesday if you plan to join. NYS seniors 62+ qualify for free parking. Otherwise $6. No public transportation. ANY inclement weather, such as rain, sleet or biting cold would cancel.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Mike Handelsman (hikermike7@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3B8

Lake George Wild Forest Backpack - 2C28

Date: Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, October 28

Spend 3 days exploring the Lake George Wild Forest. This area has a mix of mountains, ponds, pleasant forests and the scenic shoreline of Lake George. We'll utilize a backcountry base camp and spend half our time hiking w/day packs. Limited to 6 participants. Strong beginners w/recent day hiking and backpacking experience are encouraged to register. Participants are encouraged to share rides and arrive in Fort Ann Thursday night to join locals at " Grumbellies Eatery " for good food, open mic and dancing. Then car camp near the trailhead at nearby Shelving Rock Road so the group can start hiking 8 AM Friday morning 10/19/2018. Option to stay at hotel/motel in Queensbury, NY. Mileage = Day #1 hike 4 miles to basecamp. Then hike 7.5 miles to the shores of Lake George and Shelving Rock Falls. Day #2 hike 11 miles over Black Mtn and explore several picturesque ponds. Day #3 hike 5.5 miles out over Sleeping Beauty Mtn to end the trip. Please preregister using the "Register Now" button below. Don't hesitate to sign up for a trip that is wait listed. More often than not, there are cancellations. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Lake George Wild Forest
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Christopher Bickford
Co-Leader: Keith Maitland , Dean Witman (witmand@gmail.com) 920-948-2516 (NCA 9:00 PM)
Trip Difficulty: 2C26
Link: Shelving Rock Camping Area Info/Map

Lost City Exploratory 2F6(H)

Date: Friday, October 26

Scouting for the next Mohonk scramble hike.There will be exposure & some dark crevices/talus caves.A headlamp is required.Knee sleeves,& long loose fitting pants a good idea.The first scramble is the absolutely fantastic Tito`s Escape Route--so named by military historian Joe Harris in 1954. Meet in Mohonk Preserve's Coxing parking lot 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. martymcarp@gmail.com 845-214-8520

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Mohonk Preserve Coxing parking
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Marty Carp (martymcarp@gmail.com) 845-214-8520
Trip Difficulty: 2F6

Depew-Blue Mt. Bike Trails 3C12(H)

Date: Friday, October 26

Explore the convoluted bike trails in these adjacent parks, winding up and around numerous rock outcrops. Expect a moderate, but steady pace. Find a map of Depew Park here: https://www.cityofpeekskill.com/sites/peekskillny/files/file/file/2010_03_11_14_45_56_1.pdf Find a map of Blue Mountain here: https://parks.westchestergov.com/images/stories/pdfs/blue_mtn.pdf Meet on the inland side of Peekskill Rail Station at 8:50, for shuttle to start. Trans 5A-but earlier train. Train riders take the 7:39 from GCT, arriving Peekskill at 8:46.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Peekskill Metro North Station
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: John Graham (mahargbnhoj@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3C12

Prospect Park & Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood 2A6(W)

Date: Saturday, October 27

Enjoy the winding paths, sweeping meadow, mature trees and the scenic lake in Prospect Park. Then, explore the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. We'll visit the block that was voted the "Greenest in Brooklyn". Please pack a lunch. Meet outside the front entrance of the Grand Army Plaza Library at the bottom of the stairs at 10:30 located near the Brooklyn Museum or Grand Army Plaza subway stops on the 2/3 lines.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Grand Army Plaza Library (outside at bottom of stairs), Brooklyn
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Triple Crown: Oktoberfest/Fall Foliage/Halloween Hike 3B7.5(H)

Date: Saturday, October 27

The return of the triple crown: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, Fall Foliage and Halloween costume/make-up hike all in one day! This year, we will meet directly at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and take a 7.5-mile circular hike to The Timp and West Mountain back to the Oktoberfest site in search of the beautiful fall foliage in the Halloween costumes/make-up, instead of our traditional route of Bear Mountain Inn to Bear Mountain to Anthony Wayne. We are completing the hike in about 4 hours or so, including the breaks, depending on the pace of the group. Take the 8:45 a.m. Shortline bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. Arrive at the bus terminal well in advance (8:00~8:15 suggested) to allow yourself enough time to purchase the round-trip tickets and navigate yourself to the gate; the queue at the ticket booth during the special event like this could be very long and time-consuming in my experience. Or better yet, buy the round trip tickets in advance by visiting the Shortline window on the very back of the ground floor of PABT. Note: The booth is no longer on the 2nd floor!! Shortline website does not seem to sell the Oktoberfest tickets online, as far as I checked its site. The leader will meet the group of participants at the bus stop at Anthony Wayne parking lot at 10:00 when the bus is scheduled for an arrival. We will start hiking shortly thereafter. After the 7.5-mile hike, you have the options of enjoying the Oktoberfest with other participants over food, drinks and live entertainment, or taking the bus back to PABT at your convenience. Dress in the spookiest, funkiest, funniest (and just as importantly warm-enough) Halloween costumes, wear the wickedest makeup and bring enough water to stay hydrated or wash off your make-up before returning to the city, lunch and snacks though you may also consider purchasing some small bites at the Oktoberfest site after the hike if you choose to do so. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled even though Oktoberfest event is rain or shine. The leader will make the decision by 19:00 on Friday, October 26 based on the up-to-date forecast, and notify the registrants via Email, Facebook and Meetup. Email the leader with any questions you might have.

Activity Categories: Cultural, Hiking, Music, Social Events
Location: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Hidetoshi Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Registrar: Heeday Nakahashi (nakahashi@hotmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3B7.5
Link: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest

Multipitch Trad Climbing at The Gunks

Date: Saturday, October 27 - Saturday, October 27

The Climbing Committee of the NY-North NJ Chapter will gather this weekend to pair off for multi-pitch trad climbing at the Gunks, just outside of New Paltz, NY. As the safety of every participant is paramount, an extensive skill set is required. This is not an event for beginners or for those that want to try out rock climbing. To be eligible, one must have completed the Climbing Course offered by the Committee every Spring OR have a long history of lead trad climbing with an in depth understanding of: building gear anchors, protecting your second throughout a climb and some basic self-rescue techniques. These skills will have to be evaluated by another established leader before you can join these events. Please contact amcclimbing@gmail.com with any questions or information on the class offered in the Spring. You can also check out the committee's website listed below.

Activity Categories: Rock Climbing
Location: Mohonk Preserve West Trapps
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Adetokunbo Ajadi (amcclimbing@gmail.com)
Link: NY/NoJ Climbing Committee website

Trail Maintenance workshop and co-maintainer search 1B5(H)

Date: Saturday, October 27 - Saturday, October 27

Rated: 1 B < 5 hike. All ages are welcome. Parent must completely manage any underage family member. The maintainer of the 1779 trial in Harriman Park New York, Debra, is searching for a partner with a car who drives from Brooklyn or  Manhattan,  to co-maintain with her  a section near the Anthony Wayne Recreation Center.  There is no public transportation.  This  trails for C's and higher hikers it is but a stroll up a gently sloped hill,  surrounded by a lovely opens forest. For the much larger public community this easy grade is perfect for relaxing and contemplation.  Todays event is to do the bi-annual  shave and haircut aka pruning,  and assure that the plastic trail markers used to mark the 1779 are strategically placed for visibility and readable.  All are welcome, to come only for the gab or to learn by doing actual trail maintenance and to meet your potential future partner/maintainer Debra.  Bonus: I am downsizing my water bottle collection and will have some to give away, first come first serve. Please contact,  Bill Hladky. 914. 874. 4640 wehladky@yahoo.com. or Hope Rogers, 917.414.6681 hrogers10@hotmail.com. Let us know  your interest and from whence you come.  Once we know who is coming, I will generate a dope sheet of information and reference. 

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Harriman Anthony Wayne Recreation meeting place
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Bill Hladky (wehladky@yahoo.com) 914-874-4640 (no calls after 10:00 PM) , Hope Rogers (hrogers10@hotmail.com) 917-414-6681
Registrar: Bill or Hope as given in the description
Trip Difficulty: 1B5

Peak Fall Foliage on 6 Mile Hike Up Bear Mountain on New Appalachian Trail 3D6(H)

Date: Saturday, October 27 - Saturday, October 27

Registration is requested (but not absolutely required) in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to many last minute cancellations and no shows. With the days growing shorter, we will do a hike with a bit fewer miles, but with the opportunity to view the peak fall foliage in this region, while climbing up Bear Mountain on the newly rebuilt Appalachian trail, which was the first section of this iconic trail originally opened in October 1923. We have lunch at a scenic viewpoint overlooking the surrounding mountains, and then take the historic revolutionary woods roads trails back to the Bear Mountain Inn. There we can top off the hike with mouthwatering Panda Paws ice cream, and visit the Bear Mountain Traders Post and other fun places on the grounds. There will be easy access back to Manhattan by bus from the Inn. We will hike at a steady, intermediate 3 level (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 6 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails with varied terrain. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 1500 feet.  There are no special skills or equipment required, other than to wear hiking boots, and have at least 2 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch.  However, hikers should be in good condition to complete a fairly strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates. We meet at 10:15 at the Bear Mountain Inn. The transportation information for both public transportation leaving from Port Authority and cars (AMC Trans code: 4F on the AMC New York-North Jersey website) is indicated below. Please purchase a one way ticket since there may be rides back to the city offered, and arrive a bit early to allow time to purchase tickets, and getting to the proper gate (usually gate 408 but check at ticket counter). There is a $10 Bear Mountain State Park parking fee per vehicle for those driving. 4. 8:45 a.m. COACHUSA/Short Line. (www.coachusa/shortline). Purchase ticket at Short Line Ticket Windows (North Wing). F. Bear Mtn. Inn. Rockland CO., NY. Route 9W S of Bear Mtn. Bridge. Arr. 10:15.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3D6
Link: Transportation Codes

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, October 28

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Mongaup, class II, II+

Date: Sunday, October 28

Paddle this last scheduled release of this year. See the fall colors. At this level there will be plenty of rocks to dodge and play with. Leader and registrar: neilgrossman@mindspring.com

Activity Categories: Paddling - Whitewater
Region: New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap
Leader: Neil Grossman (neilgrossman@mindspring.com)

Annual Doodletown Halloween 2C7(H)

Date: Sunday, October 28

We will visit 3 cemeteries, 2 mines, 1 lake and discuss 300 years of American history associated with this area. Costumes are fine. Meet at 9:45AM for a 10AM departure. Park on Rt 9W about 1.5 miles south of Bear Mountain Bridge (on West side of Hudson) where a small stream crosses under road and there is a sign for Iona Island.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Iona Island Rt. 9W
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Tom Parliment (tparliment@verizon.net) 845-634-4116 (NCA 10:30 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 2C7

Halloween Decor, Central Park and Twilight Pumpkin Flotilla 2A6(H)

Date: Sunday, October 28

About 6 miles at a solid moderate pace between selected stops to enjoy UES Halloween decor, fall foliage, thousands of Korean Chrysanthemums, and the annual twilight sail of 50 pumpkins (the "Pumpkin Flotilla") on the Harlem Meer in north Central Park. Be sure to bring your picnic supper for sitting by the shoreline and watching the flotilla which ends by 7PM. Sneakers are OK and have layers for breezes and supper by the lake. Bring water as some fountains are now turned off. Meet at 2PM on the north side of east 96th street between Lexington Ave and 3rd Ave in a sunken plaza with benches and some BIG pumpkins in beds of straw. Nearby subway stop is IRT local #6 at Lexington/96th St. The 96th St. crosstown bus comes from #1 and C westside subways also. The Pumpkin Sail ends before 7PM at Harlem Meer (110th St between 5th Ave and Lenox Ave,) Bus & subway stops at the end are between a few blocks and further away depending on choice. L walks down 5th Ave to 96th St. then Madison or Park to 90th. Rain may cancel ; contact L if unsure. L. Jane Levenson leventree@gmail.com Note: This is a hybrid hike and event. The "middle" 4 miles or so in Central Park will move at a normal pace. We start on UES streets to enjoy witches, pumpkins, special items,etc with stops for photos and enjoyment. We end at the Harlem Meer for a picnic supper and to watch the Flotilla.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 96th Street between Lexington Ave. and 3rd Ave.
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Jane Levenson (leventree@gmail.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2A6

Fall Foliage Bear Mountain Hike + Doodletown Ghost Town (Young Members) 2C6(H)

Date: Sunday, October 28 - Sunday, October 28

Beginner & Intermediate Hike (6 miles, 1,300ft elevation gain) Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors and amazing views from one of the most scenic trails in the Hudson Valley. This trail offers many scenic views of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain Bridge and Harriman Park. With Halloween just around the corner, we'll also visit the ruins of Dooletown. Optional after hike food & drinks @ Restaurant 1916 and Blue Roof Bar. Public Transit Directions: 8:45am Short Line Bus from Port Authority. Enter Port Authority from the entrance between 40th & 41st street. Purchase round trip tickets to Bear Mountain from the Short Line ticket counter on the first floor (Booths 11-15 next to NJ Transit ticketing). I recommend getting to the gate 30 min before departure. Meeting spot will be at the gate. Driving Directions: Drivers can park at the main parking lot by Bear Mountain Inn (GPS: 41.312821, -73.988926). There is a $10/car (cash only) parking fee. Meeting spot will be in front of Bear Mountain Inn at 10:15 a.m.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Bear Mountain
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Vlad Rud (vraod98@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 2C6 - moderate

Early November section hike on the AT in NY

Date: Saturday, November 3 - Sunday, November 4

Nothing like shoulder season in NY along the AT. Join this moderately paced 1 night backpack along the AT. We will be hiking a total of 20 miles over two days. This trip is open to experienced backpackers. limited to 10 participants. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Facebook Backpackers Group

Norvin Green Circular 4D10(H)

Date: Saturday, November 3

Hilly, scenic hike including Buck Mountain, Carris Hill, and High Point. Fast pace. Heavy rain cancels. Trans. 3B NJ Transit bus 197 leaves PABT 7:30 arrives Ringwood Park and Ride 8:51. One Cannici Dr. (off of Skyline Drive, 1500 ft. from its T junction with Rt. 511).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Ringwood Park and Ride
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: Rich Siegelman (rsiegelm@optonline.net) 973-398-9207 (NCA 9 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 4D10

Brilliant Fall Colors in the Hudson Highlands on 6 Mile Mt. Taurus Hike 3D6(H)

Date: Saturday, November 3 - Saturday, November 3

Registration is requested (but not absolutely required) in order to help manage group size and ensure a safe and fun hike. A YES RSVP can be changed to NO at any time. Even if you are on the waitlist you will likely be able to attend due to many last minute cancellations and no shows. This weekend will likely be the last to see the fall foliage in this area, after which the leaves will mostly be on the trails. Our hike up Mt. Taurus will have a few less miles than usual to ensure that we comfortably get out of the woods as the days become shorter, and will enable those who wish afterwards to explore the ruins of the Cornish Estate, visit Little Stony Point Park by the river, spend some time by the scenic waterfront promenade in Cold Spring, or walk along the quaint Main Street to visit some of the new galleries, bookstores and cafes. On our hike we do all of our uphills in the morning as we ascend Mt. Taurus to the top on the Washburn trail, with a few detours to some scenic viewpoints overlooking the Hudson River. After lunch on the summit, we descend on the Notch trail and then on to the Brook and Cornish woods roads trails back to the starting point in Cold Spring. There are trains back to Manhattan at least every hour on the scenic Metro North Hudson line. We will hike at a steady, intermediate 3 level (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 6 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails with varied terrain. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 1500 feet. There are no special skills or equipment required, other than to wear hiking boots, and have at least 2 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch. However, hikers should be in good condition to complete a fairly strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast may cancel or modify; check website for latest updates.  We meet at 10:15 in Cold Spring.  The transportation information for both public transportation leaving from Grand Central and cars (AMC Trans code: 5D on the AMC New York-North Jersey website) is indicated below. Please purchase a one way ticket since there may be rides back to the city offered. 5 8:45 a.m. METRO-NORTH RR http://www.mta.info/schedules) Poughkeepsie train from GCT. D. Cold Spring, Putnam CO., NY. Arr. 10:07. Meet at foot of Main St. (near Cold Spring Depot Restaurant).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: 1 Depot Square, Cold Spring, NY 10516
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Lamb
Trip Difficulty: 3D6
Link: Transportation Codes

Breakneck Ridge to Beacon - Peak Fall Foliage Hike + Ice Cream & Beer (Young Members) 3E6.5(H)

Date: Saturday, November 3 - Saturday, November 3

Intermediate Difficulty Hike (6.5 miles, 2200ft elevation gain) Breakneck Ridge is the most popular hiking destination for a reason. This incredible hike begins with a mile of near vertical rock scrambling. As you ascend the trail the views get more and more breathtaking. This trail offers views of Bannerman's Castle, West Point, Storm King, Mount Taurus and the Hudson Valley. From there we'll follow the wooded ridge trail to the Mt. Beacon fire tower where you'll have an amazing 360 view of the Hudson Highlands. On a clear day you can see as far south as NYC and as far north as the Catskills! Optional drinks at the Hudson Valley Brewery and ice cream at the famous Beacon Creamery. Public Transit Directions: Purchase a one way off-peak ticket to Breakneck. Take the 8:45 a.m. train from Grand Central to Breakneck Ridge (Trans. 5E). Exit the train between the last two train cars at the Breakneck Ridge station. Follow the road to the right to the Breakneck parking lot. Meeting spot will be at the parking lot. Driving Directions: Park at the main lot on Route 9D (GPS: 41.445712, -73.979431). Meeting spot will be at the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. The hike will finish in a different location so you'll need to take a taxi/uber back to your car.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Breakneck Ridge Parking Lot
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Vlad Rud (vraod98@yahoo.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3E6.5

Canceled: Hike to the Northern Terminus - Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath 3B9(H)

Date: Saturday, November 3 - Saturday, November 3

Join us on the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath to hike, connect with nature, stay fit, and meet up with friends or make new ones. This will be a nine-mile hike through a wooded area along the Delaware and Raritan Canal and Raritan River. It will also include a shorter, five-mile option. Join us afterwards to socialize in a college-town atmosphere and sample Harvest Moon Brewery & Café's delicious Buffalo wings. Harvest Moon is next to the convenient New Brunswick train station. Meet at 10:15 AM at the Boyd Park parking lot between the river and Route 18/Memorial Park, next to the Route 27/Raritan Avenue bridge. Note: Participants who prefer the five-mile option should park at the Dermott Lane parking lot at GPS coordinates 40°31'25.8"N 74°29'33.7"W and physical address 1298 Easton Avenue in Somerset. Carpool to the trailhead from there. Contact the leaders if you need directions or carpooling assistance. Also note: The leaders invite participants who are arriving by public transportation to contact them about train and bus schedules. The trailhead is within easy walking distance of New Brunswick Station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Northern Terminus of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in New Brunswick, NJ
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Dean Witman (witmand@gmail.com) 920-948-2516 (9 AM-5 PM) , Stefan Erwin
Trip Difficulty: 3B9 - Moderate due to length

Pyramid Mountain Hike 3C9(H)

Date: Sunday, November 4 - Sunday, November 4

Brisk hike In Pyramid Mtn. Natural Historical Area on a variety of trails, and will include Tripod Rock, Turkey Mtn., Valhalla Vista, and a waterfall if in season. Meeting place is the Meadetown Shopping Center on Rte 23 . There will be a short car shuttle to the trail head. Carry a day pack with water and lunch. Hiking boots are essential. Available bus from NYC Transportation code 8C 8:10 a.m. NJ TRANSIT (212-564-8484, 973-762-5100 www.njtransit.com). Bus #194 Meadetown NJ Shopping Center, Rt. 23, in Butler. Arr. 9:23 . Stops only on request. To get an update of hike status (in case of cancellation) check listing after 8.pm the evening before the hike in case this has been changed from Active to Canceled. Note about hike rating: see also https://www.amc-ny.org/hike_codes/#.W51OSPlRd2E. This hike is rated 3C9 which means a brisk pace and rolling hills for 9 miles. There will rest stops at places with good views/rock formations and at trail junctions. If you are unsure of your abilities to complete this hike (for example of you have previously been on Level 2 hikes only) please call so we can discuss if it is suitable.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Meadetown NJ shopping center
Region: New Jersey, Highlands Region
Leader: David Hartree (hikerdavid@verizon.net)
Trip Difficulty: 3C9 (Brisk pace rolling hills 9 mi)
Link: Bus times to and from NYC

Fall Backpacking Committee Meeting & Leader Gathering

Date: Sunday, November 4 - Sunday, November 4

Please join us for our fall committee meeting and leader gathering. This event is open to all current and former backpacking leaders and leader trainees. If you are a part of the AMC in another committee and might consider also becoming a backpacking committee leader, we welcome you to attend. The committee meeting portion of the event will be from 10:30 to 12:00 with the pot luck dinner and gathering from 12:00 to 3:00. The meeting location is not far from Harriman State Park. We will disclose this new meeting address only to those registered. The meeting is open to all who wish to attend or you can wait till noon for the social part of the event. Mass transit options are available for this event. We encourage carpooling and the use of mass transit. Please let us know when you register if you can provide transportation or need transportation and as with our backpacking trips we will try and match you up with someone else in the group to make transit to and from the meeting as easy as possible. Please note our policy that driving costs should be shared and passengers should be told up front what their likely share of the cost will be. Passengers should not assume they will be picked up at their home. Please find a meeting point convenient for the driver. Please bring a dinner contribution and when you register please note what you are likely to bring so we can make sure all needs are covered. Agenda items will be announced to meeting participants after they register and shortly before the meeting date. If you have items you think should be discussed please let the leaders know about it so we can add it to the list. As we did after the last meeting we will announce to the whole backpacking leader community the decisions we made on any policy changes. We are using the AMC Registration form for this event. There have been improvements we hope you will like. We will be moving to this form at some point for our trips. No need to answer the experience question on the form. The main purpose of the gathering is to let our trainees meet other leaders and network to facilitate their final trips to help them become approved leaders. It is also to thank those who have led trips for the great job they are doing. We hope you will join us. Thanks! Dave Mong Backpacking Chair

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Near Harriman State Park
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com) , John Hilley (johnfhilley@yahoo.com) 845-988-6173 (NCA 9PM)

Delaware Water Gap 4D10(H)

Date: Saturday, November 10

A 1200 foot climb up Mount Tammany, then on to Sunfish Pond. Steady rain cancels. Please register with leader (email preferred).

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Dunfield Creek/AT
Region: New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap
Leader: Rich Siegelman (rsiegelm@optonline.net) 973-398-9207 (NCA 9 p.m.)
Trip Difficulty: 4D10

Central Catskills Backpack - Veteran's Day Weekend - 2C19.7

Date: Saturday, November 10 - Monday, November 12

Spend Veteran's Day Weekend on the Dry Brook Ridge and Mill Brook Ridge trails in the central Catskills. We'll start by climbing Pakatakan Mtn, (2430 ft.) in Margaretville, and camp at a lean-to on the Dry Brook Ridge (7.25 mi.). Next day, we'll climb Balsam Lake Mtn. (3723 ft.) and take in the fabulous 360-degree view from its fire tower, then camp at the lean-to and tent site on the mountain (4.7 mi.). We might be able to tour the fire watchmen's museum if it's open. The more energetic might want to take a side hike. There are 3 directions to go. On Veteran's Day, we'll travel down Mill Brook Ridge to Alder Lake and our cars (7.8 mi.) This is a point-to-point hike with a 30-min. car shuttle. We'll need to start early on Sat. morning, so you'll need to to arrive at Alder Lake (near Turnwood) on Fri. evening to camp on the lake. A rainy weekend might cancel this backpack. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Margaretville, NY
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Russ Faller (RussOutdoors@yahoo.com) 845-297-5126
Trip Difficulty: strenuous - need recent backpacking experience
Link: AMC Facebook Backpackers Group

Otter Creek Wilderness WV Beginner Backpack

Date: Saturday, November 10 - Sunday, November 11

Easy to moderate out and back hike along scenic stream. One night out. Total distance 10 miles along the Otter Creek Trail. Please be aware that due to the time of the year it may be cold in the woods. Leader will discuss proper clothing and gear for the predicted temperatures. Think of the low temperature being in the high 30's at night and in the 50's during the day. Under other comments, please let the leader know what kind of sleeping bag you have along with the kind of pads you typically use. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Hendricks WV
Region: West Virginia
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Dean Witman
Trip Difficulty: 2C10
Link: Otter Creek Map

Many Textures of Newark-Walk & Museum 2A5(W)

Date: Saturday, November 17

Art Deco skyscrapers, downtown parks, monumental structures many made new and others have been left to deteriorate or replaced with new construction. Come and see the changes-especially at the Newark Museum where the atrium has been enlivened with a site-specific wall drawing. Textile exhibits feature exquisite Japanese inspired fashion and gift cloths. Please bring your lunch. Meet at 9:45 am in the waiting room of Newark Penn Station. From NY Penn Station take the NJ Transit 9:07 (North Jersey Coast line train) or the 9:14 (NE Corridor line train) to Newark Penn Station.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Newark Penn Station, New Jersey
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A5
Link: Newark Museum

So. Beacon Fire Tower to Taurus 4D12(H)

Date: Friday, November 23 - Friday, November 23

We'll traverse most of the Notch trail, ascending the Fire Tower at So. Beacon Mtn, and the backside of Breaneck, then Mt. Taurus (from the back), with an optional loop via the Undercliff trail at the end. All day hike, with car shuttle (provided we have enough drivers). Trans 5D, BUT take early train departing GCT at 7.45am; drivers meet train at Cold Spring at 9:07am.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Depot Cold Spring
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Nicholas Reitter 914-478-1975 (NCA 11p)
Trip Difficulty: 4D12 - strenuous

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, November 25

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Westchester Walk 3C10(H)

Date: Sunday, December 2 - Sunday, December 2

Twin loop hikes of approximately of 4 to 5 miles through the Butler Sanctuary and 5 to 6 miles through the Westmoreland Sanctuary in pastoral northern Westchester County. Both loop hike circles its respective sanctuary, passing fascinating rock formations, many old stone walls, swamps, woodlands and several kettle ponds. Lots of small ups and downs should keep us warm. Option to hike one of the two preserves. No go in rain. Rain date Sun Dec 2. Register by Thu Nov 29. Public transportation available. Metro North to Mount Kisco. Contact leader for meeting time. Joint with Adirondack Mountain Club and Mosaic Outdoor Mountain Club.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Lanny Wexler (highpt44@optimum.net)
Trip Difficulty: 3C10 - Moderate

Holiday Lights Revisited, 2018 2A5(W)

Date: Wednesday, December 5

Always the same; always different; glittering holiday illuminations are bright, colorful, creative and monumental. A time to see old friends, meet new people; stay together as we dodge the holiday crowds in Midtown Manhattan. Crazy, special and always a surprise! Come after you have eaten; bring a snack & water--there won't be time for a dinner break or to make a purchase along the way. Meet at 6:30 pm outside the entrance to Avery Fisher Hall opposite the Lincoln Center Fountain.

Activity Categories: Walks
Location: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Rita Cohen (ritagarden@gmail.com) 908-303-4726
Trip Difficulty: 2A5

Canceled: AT in Maryland Beginner Winter Backpack

Date: Saturday, December 8 - Sunday, December 9

A 4.3 mile one night backpack on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland from the Route 40 Trailhead to Pogo Memorial Campsite. The hike out Sunday will pass by the equally spectacular vista at Black Rock. The trip will end at the Thurston Griggs Trailhead. The pace will be slow to allow time to enjoy the outdoors. Depending on the weather conditions, winter gear and microspikes may be required. Trip is suitable for 3 season backpackers who want to ease in to winter camping. Leader will take the time to assist beginners to the activity. Please note that while Annapolis Rock has great views and year round water, it is not well protected from wind and weather. Conditions may be challenging. Campfires are not allowed and there is no shelter. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Location: Annapolis Rock in Maryland
Region: Maryland, Central
Leader: David Mong (davidcmong@gmail.com)
Co-Leader: Dean Witman
Trip Difficulty: easy to moderate
Link: Annapolis Rock Trip Report

Canoe&Kayaking, NY-NoJ Paddlers' Holiday Party: Hike, Happy Hour & Dessert!

Date: Saturday, December 8 - Saturday, December 8

It's time for our Holiday Paddlers' Party--and "Pub Crawl" Celebrate the season with good friends, good cheer, good food. This year it's FREE if you register online by Dec. 3. $5 afterward or walk-in at the door. Ample parking in this area! * Hikers meet at 1:30 pm at Le Cheile pub 839 W. 181st St. (Right by the express A train 181st St. stop.) We'll toast and hike then meet the rest for more fun. *4pm-7pm Happy Hour & Dessert at Buddha Bar, 4476 Broadway, in Washington Heights (Right at the express A train 190th St. stop.) Enjoy your own pay-as-you go dinner and drinks, with apps and desserts generously provided by the club as a thank you to all! Price: Free if registered online in advance by Dec. 3, 2018 $5 for later registrants, or walk-ins at the door. .

Activity Categories: Paddling, Social Events
Location: Buddha Beer Bar
Region: New York, New York City
Leader: Loretta Brady (lorettajbrady@hotmail.com)

Massachusetts AT section hike

Date: Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16

Fall may be over by this time in October but Massachusetts is always pretty to take a hike! This will be moderately paced 21 mile section of the AT. On day one we will be hiking approximately 13 miles and 8 the last day. Previous recent backpacking experience required. Limited to 8 participants. If you are a member of Facebook, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by joining our backpackers group. See the link below: If you are a member of the AMC, a great way to keep up to date on new trips is by signing up for the daily digest. See the link below for instructions on how to set this up. Once there go to the FAQ under My Outdoors regarding setting up the Activity Digest. Each time a trip is posted or changed you will get an email the next morning.

Activity Categories: Backpacking
Region: Massachusetts, Central
Leader: Maria Nobles (hilltackler09@yahoo.com)
Link: AMC Facebook Backpackers Group

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, December 30

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Hike Fir and Big Indian Mountains in the Catskills 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, January 5

This is a great hike but a strenuous paced hike. We will use trails for part of the hike and bushwack for the rest. Snowshoes and Crampons required.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Catskill Mountains
Region: New York, Catskills
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D9

Go With The Snow! - MLK Weekend Skiing on the Tug Hill Plateau, NY

Date: Friday, January 18 - Monday, January 21

Enjoy great cross country skiing on the Tug Hill's lake effect snow, skiing state forest trails or at a rustic, well-run local nordic center. Stay three nights in a shared house with full kitchen, linens provided, etc. Great opportunity to try 'nordic backcountry' skiing on gently rolling terrain. Not open to beginners, but intermediates and up are welcome. For the skiing, we will divide into two groups, with advanced skiers in one group (longer tours, faster pace, more difficult terrain) and intermediates in the other (shorter distance, more leisurely pace, less difficult terrain). Each group will have its own leader. It is strongly recommended that all participants have at least some winter hiking experience in deep snow (and enjoy it). For those who prefer groomed-track skiing, there are two excellent nordic centers in the area. There is a small local downhill ski area that often offers real powder skiing. It's also possible to drive to the western Adirondack Park for a day of wilderness skiing (if conditions permit and there is interest among participants). If there's enough snow, it's often possible to get in a few telemark turns along the way. If you're interested in learning the turn, or if you love turning your 'backcountry' cross country skis in natural powder snow, this could be what you're looking for. This would be an option for *advanced* level skiers only. Contact leader for information, or to register for the trip.

Activity Categories: Skiing, Skiing - Cross-Country (Nordic), Skiing - Telemark
Location: Tug Hill State Forest, NY
Region: New York, Adirondacks
Leader: Ron Gonzalez (iamrongon@gmail.com)

Hike Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains in the Carskills 3D9(H)

Date: Saturday, January 19

WITTENBERG & CORNELL Distance: 9 mi. Ascent: 2841', Elev: 3860, 3780' This is a great hike but a very strenuous paced hike. We will climb a 2 trailed peaks with some rugged climbs. Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This trip will fill up fast so register early! A very strenuous paced trail hike.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Catskill Mountains
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: tim watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D9

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, January 27

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Hike Hunter & Southwest Hunter in the Catskills 3D10(H)

Date: Saturday, February 23

Sat. Feb 23 - HUNTER AND SOUTHWEST HUNTER (WW) Distance 10.2 mi. Ascent 2300', Elev: 4040', 3740' 3700' This is a great hike with a Fire Tower but a strenuous paced hike. We will climb a trailed peak and a bushwhack peak. Snowshoes and Crampons required. Email to register. This trip will fill up fast so register early!

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Catskill Mountains
Region: New Jersey, Central
Leader: Tim Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Registrar: tim watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: 3D10

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, February 24

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, March 31

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve 3B6(H)

Date: Sunday, April 28

Moderately strenuous pace, historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, beautiful vistas. Hiking boots a must. Parking lot fee $6. Trans. take Metro-North train from GCT departing 8:45 a.m. to Tarrytown , arr. 9:24. Drivers meet train at the Tarrytown station.

Activity Categories: Hiking
Location: Tarrytown Train Station, Tarrytown, NY
Region: New York, Hudson River Valley
Leader: Jo Ann Gisolfi 914-960-8438
Trip Difficulty: 3B6
Link: Rockefeller Preserve

Pine Barrens Spring Paddle

Date: Saturday, May 11 - Saturday, May 11

Come join us for a Spring Paddle in the Pine Barrens! We will choose the river based on conditions (either the Wading or the Oswego rivers). The Pine Barrens are beautiful. This trip is a good one for paddlers of all skill levels. Email to register.

Activity Categories: Paddling
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)
Trip Difficulty: Rivers are twisty with obstacles.

Mullica River Family Canoe trip

Date: Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2

The Mullica River is a beautiful place with birds, turtles and lots of good times for all. We will be canoe gypsies traveling down the river and camping out at a wilderness campsite Saturday night. Boat rentals are available. Families welcome.

Activity Categories: Paddling, Paddling - Flatwater
Region: New Jersey, Southern
Leader: Timothy Watters (twatters@wattersfinancial.com)