TAKE-A-HIKE! Schedule

During the 2017 Hudson Highlands Land Trust Take-A-Hike! season, folks will have the opportunity to experience the natural, scenic and historic resources of the Hudson Highlands in eight unique ways. We have planned a great variety of adventures for our upcoming season and hope you will join us.

There is no cost to join HHLT on a hike (donations are welcome!), 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, please click on the corresponding Eventbrite link after the hike description.


This project was funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.



Sat, April 15   Bird Walk in Watergrass Sanctuary* – The Putnam Highlands Audubon Society de Rham Watergrass Sanctuary, with its unique combination of wetlands, rocky ledges and sugar maple forest, provides diverse habitat for nesting and migrating birds. Join PHAS birding expert & HHLT Director Lew Kingsley for a birding walk along the sanctuary’s newly created trail. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars for an exciting close-up look.

Meet: 8:30am, Putnam Highlands Audubon Society de Rham Watergrass Sanctuary, Frazier Road entrance, Garrison
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Level: Easy/moderate

Sat, May 6   Discover the McKeon Trail* –
Hike along this newly created Greenway Trail, which connects the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center and Black Rock Forest, and offers views of the Catskills and the Hudson River. Trail co-creator George Muser will lead the hike and give insight into how trails are designed, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us while protecting natural resources.

Meet: 10:30am, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall
Duration: 3 hours
Level: Challenging

Fri, June 2   Musical Tot Trek* –
Little ones and parents alike will love this whimsical nature walk around scenic Brooks Lake in Fort Montgomery 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.

Meet: 10:00am, Brooks Lake Park, Mine Road, Fort Montgomery
Duration: 1 hour
Level: Easy/Tot & Family-friendly (no strollers)

Sat, June 3   Looking Out and Looking In –
Offered in collaboration with Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center, this trek is geared towards adults and teens who want to experience a new appreciation of the land, learn how to cultivate inner wisdom, and be mindful and present while hiking.  Trained yoga instructor and HHLT River of Words Educator Lisa Mechaley will guide this reflective hike along the trails that Wright designed to help people see and understand the subtleties of the natural world. Space is limited, pre-registration is necessary.

Meet: 10:00am Manitoga
Duration: 2 hrs.
Level: Moderate

Sat, July 15   Benedict & Brew* –
Located in Garrison, the North and South Redoubts hold an important place in the story of Benedict Arnold’s attempted betrayal of West Point during the Revolutionary War. Join history enthusiast Fred Martin for a hike to both redoubts to appreciate their place in history (and the view). After the hike, linger at Winter Hill for a brew and friendly banter. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Meet: 10:15am, Winter Hill, Garrison
Duration: 2 hours
Level: Moderate/Challenging

Sat, Sept 16   Veo! Veo!* –
HHLT Land Steward Manager Nicole Wooten leads a Spanish-speaking family hike through Little Stony Point Park in Cold Spring. The scavenger hunt theme, along with the trail’s changing terrain, will make the outing a fun family adventure. This hike is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble.

Meet 10:00am, Little Stony Point Bridge, Cold Spring
Duration: 1 hour
Level: Easy/Family-friendly

Sat, Oct 14   Colorful Leaves Tot Hike* –
Join avid hiker and pre-school educator Karen Kapoor for a hike along Marcia’s Mile in Garrison. Children will collect differently shaped leaves as they hike along this charming woodland trail, and then ID them in a leaf matching game. We will have paper and crayons available for anyone who wants to do a leaf rubbing, too. Designed with toddlers and preschoolers in mind.

Meet: 10:00am, Glenclyffe Trailhead, Glenclyffe Rd., Garrison
Duration: 1 hour
Level: Easy/Tot and Family Friendly (no strollers)

Sat, Nov 4   Explore Granite Mountain Preserve* –
Join HHLT on a visit to Granite Mountain Preserve in Putnam Valley, HHLT’s first park-preserve. Hikers will learn about the preserve’s flora and fauna, and of our plans to balance habitat and natural resources protection with improved public access.

Meet: 10:00am, To Be Announced
Duration: 2 hours
Level: Moderate

*Hike takes place on privately conserved land or New York State Park land.