TAKE-A-HIKE!

During the 2016 Hudson Highlands Land Trust Take-A-Hike! season, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the natural, scenic and historic resources of the Hudson Highlands in eight unique ways. There is no cost to join HHLT on a hike (except for Castle to River, the program fundraiser), but advanced registration is required. Family-friendly hikes are stroller accessible, except where indicated.  Please call the office or check our website to confirm that a hike has not been cancelled, particularly in cases of inclement weather. 

Surprise Hikes: HHLT members will get special email notifications of surprise hikes that are not listed in the schedule. Make sure we have your email address. You can join HHLT for free on our website (click the Join HHLT button at the top of any page) to ensure that you are included in all that we offer!

To register for a hike, contact us at: 845-424-3358 x6 or info@hhlt.org.

You can download the pdf file of the 2016 Take-a-Hike! Map & Brochure here.

Saturday, April 30 BIRD WALK IN BLACK ROCK FOREST — Black Rock Forest in Cornwall provides refuge for breeding and migrating birds, offering irreplaceable habitat for plants, fish and other wildlife in the Hudson Highlands. Black Rock Forest Consortium Executive Director Dr. William Schuster and Putnam Highlands Audubon Society birding expert Lew Kingsley will lead our group. The forest is home to 160 bird species, and many of the 31 species of warblers will be returning in time for this hike, so bring your binoculars for an exciting close-up look.
Meet: 8:30am Black Rock Forest Lodge
Duration: 2 hrs.
Level: Moderate/Difficult

Saturday, May 14 HISTORIC HIGHLAND FALLS WALKING TOUR — Take a walk through the Village of Highland Falls and learn of its rich history and local legends. Led by local history enthusiast Jean Wort, the walking tour will provide insights into an area that was integral to the birth of the nation, witnessed the industrial revolution, and inspired Hudson River School artists.
Meet: 10:00am, West Point Visitors Center
Duration: 2 hours
Level: Easy/Moderate/Family-Friendly

Saturday, June 4 BUTTERFLIES AND BUGS TOT HIKE— Hubbard Lodge in Fahnestock State Park is home to a beautiful secret treasure: the Ann Odell Memorial Butterfly Garden.  Join HHLT River of Words educator Lisa Mechaley for a tour through the garden and then a hike of discovery, designed with toddlers and preschoolers in mind, along part of the School Mountain Road trail.
Meet: 10:00am, Hubbard Lodge, Route 9, Cold Spring
Duration: 1 hour
Level: Easy/Family-Friendly

* FULLY BOOKED INC. WAIT LIST * Sunday, June 12 FORTRESS WEST POINT HISTORIC WALK — Join West Point graduates Colonel (Ret) Andy Chmar, Executive Director of HHLT, and Dr. Lissa Young, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management at West Point and HHLT Director, for an up-close look at the storied past of this major Revolutionary War fortress, now the home of the prestigious United States Military Academy. You’ll get a rare look at the cadet area (including the Cadet Mess Hall dining facility), visit Trophy Point, the Cadet Chapel and Fort Putnam, and hear an insider’s view of cadet life.  Due to increased base security, please allow ample time for the checkpoint and bring valid photo identification.
Meet: 10:00am, Thayer Hall rooftop parking area, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
Duration: 2.5 hours
Level: Easy/Moderate

Saturday, July 23   RIVER IMPS AND FAIRY TALES OF THE HUDSON — Jonathan Kruk, Cold Spring’s long-time tale-teller, will engage and enchant families with the lore of the Hudson Highlands. Find out why the Hudson flows both ways. Who is the “Culprit” faerie? And why do the old sloop skippers tip their hats before sailing through the Highlands? You’ll not only listen but step into each tale.
Meet: 10:00am, Marcia’s Mile Trailhead, Glenclyffe Drive
Duration:  1 hour
Level:  Easy/Family-friendly, No Strollers

Saturday, September 10 TAKE TWO: STORM KING AND CROWS NEST CHALLENGE — Enjoy the “west shore” perspective with a challenging trek in Cornwall.  Join avid hiker and forester Matt Decker on this hike that includes Storm King Mountain and the North Point of Crows Nest Mountain, and features spectacular views of the Hudson River and the East Highlands. This hike is co-hosted with Orange County Land Trust, and is a part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.
Meet: 10:00am Freedom Road Parking Area, Route 9W
Duration: 4 hours
Level: Difficult

Saturday, September 17 FORAGING FOR FUNGI — While the Hudson Highlands offer a variety of peaks with expansive views, we invite you to direct your gaze to the miniature world at your feet, and see how many different kinds of mushrooms you can spot. Wander through Boscobel’s Frances Stevens Reese Woodland Trail of Discovery with amateur mycologist Joe Dizney and learn about these fascinating organisms, their ecology and identification.
Meet: 10:00am, Boscobel House and Gardens
Duration: 1.5 hours             
Level: Easy/Moderate

* FULLY BOOKED - WAIT LIST OPEN * Saturday, October 8  CASTLE TO RIVER (A Take-a-Hike! program fundraiser) —  Castle Rock caretaker Chip Marks will share the secrets of this famous landmark, built by railroad magnate William H. Osborn in 1880, and then lead us in the footsteps of the Continental Army as we hike down to Garrison Landing. Space is limited, register early.
Cost: adults $10, kids under 12 $5
Meet: 10:00am at Garrison Station Parking Lot, shuttle to Castle Rock will be provided
Duration: 3 hours
Level: Moderate/Difficult