Appalacian Mountain Club

Hiking


Welcome!

The Hiking Committee offers a wide variety of hikes for both  beginner and experienced hikers run by experienced volunteer leaders.  We welcome new members on most of our activities.  Most hikes are nearby New York City and in areas such as Harriman State Park and the State Parks and forests of Northern New Jersey.

The majority of our activities are accessible by public transportation.  Hike descriptions contain transportation codes for bus and train lines with departure and arrival times.  Drivers meet those taking a bus or train a few minutes before arrival time bus stop or train station.  Hikes are also rated by pace, level of difficulty, and mileage.  The hike code is listed in the hike title. A breakdown of the codes is found here.

Many of our hikes are also listed “last minute” as a service to those who are members of the club.  In order to receive emails with last minute hikes please send an email with your full name and AMC number.

If you are new to hiking, please check out our FAQs prior to showing up at the meeting spot.  Most of our hikes are all day and require you to be prepared with hiking boots, a pack with 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, warm layers, suntan lotion, and bug spray in season.  Leaders can be contacted directly if you have questions.  You may also contact the Hiking Committee Chair listed at the right about getting started.

FAQs

Hiking Codes

Leader Resources

 

Guidelines for Hikers

All of our leaders are volunteers who want to ensure the whole group enjoys their time outdoors.  While on a hike, please abide by the decision of the leader.   The leader’s decisions are final concerning the route and conduct on hike.

Hikes generally run get out of the woods between 3 and 4 pm, but hikers must be prepared to stay out longer in the event of some unplanned event.  Please see our FAQ’s for minimum gear in each season.

No pets are allowed on hikes unless expressly specified in the schedule or Yahoo Group by the leader.  Pets only allowed in Parks as permitted.  Dogs must be under full control of the owner and leashed as required.  Any dog owner who receives a ticket for violating Park rules, will not be permitted to bring the dog on an AMC hike. No dog is permitted to be added to a hike in the parking lot or on the trail.

We encourage low impact hiking practices, so please avoid trampling the fauna by staying on trail and on rocks where possible and during a group “separation” please make sure you are at least 50′ away from a water source and at least 10′ off trail. Take out whatever you pack in.  Help our trail maintainers, by picking up some extra trash.