We offer guided hikes as part of our popular Take-a-Hike! series during the spring through autumn months. Hikes showcase HHLT’s nature preserve, Granite Mountain Preserve, located in the heart of Putnam Valley. Each unique hike aims to get people outdoors and connect with the natural beauty of the Hudson Highlands.
Take-a-Hikes! are always FREE and OPEN TO ALL, but advanced registration at is required for all hikes and volunteer days.
2020 SCHEDULE [in progress]
During the 2020 Take-a-Hike! season, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the natural resources and scenic beauty of Granite Mountain through unique hikes, volunteer opportunities and other events:
Thursday, February 27, 4-5:30pm | Putnam Valley Free Library
If you plan to join us for one of our BioBlitz Hikes later in the season, come learn how to capture and share your nature observations using the iNaturalist mobile app.
Vernal Pools Hike*
Friday, March 27, 4-5:30pm
Learn about woodland pools and the critters that depend on these unique habitats while searching for them in Granite Mountain.
Saturday, June 6, 10-11:30am
Wednesday, July 15, 4-5:30pm
Attention all nature lovers and community scientists! Help us document the various plant and animal species in Granite Mountain Preserve using the iNaturalist and Seek mobile apps. These hikes are family-friendly!
Community Invasive Species Clean Up Day
Sunday, August 23, 9am – 3pm
Grab your work gloves! Help us protect the native plants and wildlife in the Preserve while learning the importance of good land stewardship and invasive species management. This volunteer effort will be led by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Invasive Strike Force.
¡Caminemos Juntos! Los Colores del Bosque*
Saturday, September 26th, 1-3pm
Our popular Spanish language hike will showcase the colors of fall at Granite Mountain.
Birding Walk with Putnam Highlands Audubon Society*
Saturday, October 17, 8-9:30am
Observe the sights and sounds of the birds that make their homes in the Preserve, like the Yellow-throated Vireo, Great-crested Flycatcher and Indigo Bunting.
*Please note this hike is very strenuous and may include an off-trail section.
Pop-up Hikes: Sign up for our newsletter at www.hhlt.org to get email notifications of pop-up hikes that are not listed in this schedule. Possible pop-up hikes include an Amphibian Crossing Night Hike in the early Spring.
For a sample of many other hikes within our mission area, click here for the “22 Hikes in Philipstown” brochure prepared by the Philipstown Greenway Committee.