TAKE A HIKE!
Join us for some unforgettable outdoor experiences during the Land Trust’s 2007 Take-A-Hike! season. Led by experienced volunteers who share their knowledge of local treasures, this year’s program features old favorites and some fun, new kid-friendly treks, informative rambles and exhilarating adventures. There is no cost to join us on a hike. For more information, contact us at 845-424-3358 or www.hhlt.org. Please check our website to confirm that a hike has not been cancelled, particularly in cases of inclement weather.
Saturday, April 21th EARTH DAY AT BLACK ROCK FOREST — Celebrate Earth Day with a tour (2 hrs.) of “green” buildings at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY. This impressive facility features sustainable building materials, a geothermal heating system, solar panels, etc. Pack a picnic lunch for a hike (2 hrs.) in the Forest where Con Ed proposed building a hydro electrical plant, now the home of several environmental research projects.
Meet: 9:00am Forest Lodge Duration: 4 hrs. Level: Moderate
Saturday, May 5th SONG BIRDS OF SPRING — Come join long-time Putnam Highlands Audubon board member Lew Kingsley for a bird walk on Sunken Mine Road in Fahnestock State Park, Putnam Valley, NY. No birding experience necessary but be sure to bring your binoculars to get a close-up look at the spring migrants we find.
Meet: 8:00am parking area at corner of Denneytown & Sunken Mine Roads
Duration: 2 hrs. Level: Easy
Saturday, May 19th CONSTITUTION ISLAND — Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Island is most famous for the Great Chain that stretched across the Hudson during the Revolutionary War. Visit the remains of Fort Constitution redoubts, explore U.S. Military Academy cadet-training grounds, and enjoy a unique view of the Hudson. Space is limited. Call early to register: 845-424-3358
Meet: 10:00am Duration: 3 hrs. Level: Moderate
Saturday, June 2nd BIRD WALK TO THE BOARDWALK — Constitution Marsh Sanctuary in Garrison, NY provides refuge for breeding and migrant birds and offers irreplaceable habitat for the plants, fish, and other wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary. Marsh Director Eric Lind will lead us to the boardwalk to get acquainted with some of the residents at the Sanctuary. No birding experience necessary, but bring your binoculars for an exciting close-up look.
Meet: 8:30am Audubon parking area Duration: 1.5 hrs. Level: Moderate
Thursday, June 7th MUSICAL TOT TREK — Little ones and parents alike will love this whimsical nature walk around idyllic Lake Alice in Garrison, NY led by singer/songwriter Stacy Labriola. Designed with toddlers and preschoolers in mind, this trek features a rollicking musical break with Stacy’s renditions of favorite nature-inspired songs and chants. Hike takes place on privately conserved land, so please call to register/get directions 845-424-3358.
Meet: 10:00am Duration: 1 hr. Level: Easy/Kid-Friendly
Saturday, June 16th OSBORN LOOP — Join outdoorsman Hank Osborn on this challenging 4.5 mile hike up, around, and down the Osborn Loop in Garrison, NY. Pack a lunch to enjoy while taking in breathtaking views of the Hudson River on this trek through the Hudson Highlands State Park.
Meet: 10:00am Castle Rock Unique Area, Route 9D Duration: 3 hrs. Level: Difficult
Saturday, July 21st NIGHT SKY OUTING — Join amateur astronomer Frank Suits at the Garrison Golf Club, Garrison, NY as we gaze into a sky filled with planets and stars. Of particular viewing interest this night will be Venus, Saturn and Jupiter. More stargazing than hike, so bring a blanket.
Meet: 8:00pm Garrison Golf Club parking lot Duration: 2 hrs. Level: Easy
Saturday, September 15th VIEWPOINTS & VISTAS — The Hudson Valley has been the inspiration of landscape artists for centuries. Join local resident and renowned painter Don Nice as he shares his own artistic perspective on a walk that reveals some truly breathtaking Hudson River views. Part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.
Meet: 9:00am Little Stony Point Park bridge Duration: 2.5 hrs. Level: Moderate
Saturday, September 29th FORTS & BRIDGES — Local Hudson River historian Ray Phillips will lead us on a trek through the remains of a Revolutionary War fortification over looking the Hudson in Fort Montgomery, NY. We will hike through the scene of a fierce battle, visit an old mining site near Popolopen Creek, and take a stroll across the Bear Mountain Bridge. Part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.
Meet: 9:00am Fort Montgomery Visitors’ Center Duration: 3.0 hrs. Level: Moderate
Friday, October 5th SPOOKY STORYTELLING HIKE — Gather your courage and meet us for an eerie walk through Little Stony Point Park in Cold Spring, NY. Professional storyteller Jonathan Kruk will spin yarns of local mysteries and spooky area legends, perfect for putting families with school-aged kids in the Halloween mood.
Meet: 5:00pm Little Stony Point Park bridge Duration: 1 hr. Level: Easy/Kid-Friendly
Monday, October 8th COLUMBUS DAY NATURE ADVENTURE — Calling all kids! Spend part of your day off on a hiking adventure through The Garrison School Forest in Garrison, NY. Led by a school forest committee member, this outing is definitely more fun than TV and way more challenging than video games — hey, you might even learn a thing or two! Designed for chaperoned kids age 5-14.
Meet: 10:00am Garrison School parking lot Duration: 2 hrs Level: Easy/Kid-Friendly
Saturday, October 13th FALL FOLIAGE & TREE ID — So you have a favorite tree that turns a certain color every autumn but just can’t figure out what it is… come join us! Arborist Lew Kingsley will lead hikers around Pelton Pond in
Fahnestock State Park, Putnam Valley, NY on this colorful and educational hike.
Meet: 9:00am Pelton Pond parking area off Route 301 Duration: 2 hrs. Level: Easy
Easy - leisure nature walk on carriage trails or soft ground, great for kids
Moderate – steady comfortable pace with sections of rising and/or rocky terrain
Difficult – trails with rough rising terrain and steep ascents