1/27/13 Turkey Mountain Scenic Hike

We will be going to the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area for a moderate hike of 5 to 6 miles in the Turkey Mountain area of the park.

This loop hike woods roads and footpaths to the summit of Turkey Mountain, passing some quarry remains, viewpoints and culminating in panoramic viewpoint.

This time of year is a good time to hike, but its cold. Its likely to be in the 30s when we go hiking, so make sure to DRESS WARMLY, IN MULTIPLE LAYERS, WITH HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES, ETC. This way you can switch around and adjust as we hike. Bad weather and snow in the days before might cancel the hike. We mill determine conditions as we get closer to this date.

Hope to see you at the event! See below for all of the details


DIFFICULTY AND LENGTH OF THE HIKE

The hike is solid moderate hike of 5 to 6 miles long. It has some elevation changes and climbs to the summit of Turkey Mountain, likely about 500 to 700ft of elevation gain. Its a moderate hike, a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, and you should bring HIKING SNEAKERS OR BOOTS IF POSSIBLE - IT HAS SOME ROCKY PORTIONS. This is able to be hiked by a beginner but only if you can easily walk 6 miles. We will be hiking and exploring for about 4 hrs on the trail, so plan your clothing and food accordingly. BRING LUNCH.

To see a description of a portion of this hike, visit the link below - we may vary our hike from the one described here, hence the 5 to 6 mile designation.

http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/turkey-mountain-loop-2

here is a similar version, with some pictures

http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hikes-turkey-mountain.php

and to the map of the site

http://www.morrisparks.net/maps/HiRes/PyramidMtn.jpg

WEATHER AND RAIN

The weather is too soon to predict, but will likely be in the 30s, excellent weather for hiking as long as we don't have a lot of snow on the ground. I will update those coming on weather - bad weather will cancel, or any significant snow on the ground may cancel the event.

RIDES

We hope to offer rides to those who need. If we don't have enough rides for all, preference for rides goes to those who sign up first, so please RSVP ASAP! The cost for rides is $10 per person.

DRIVERS - Please let us know if you can give rides to people. I assume full reimbursement occurs for people who take 2 passengers.

RSVP NO LATER THAN THURSDAY - 8 PM, JANUARY 24.

EVENT DATE: SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013

TIME: 10:00 AM at the Pyramid Mountain County Park Natural Historic Area parking lot, right by the visitors center. We will leave for the hike close to 10:15 AM –don’t be late as we will leave without you!

Leave Time – it should take an hour from most places except Long Island

8:45 AM - Long Island
9:00 AM - Manhattan, Riverdale Brooklyn, Queens, LI, Passaic, Central NJ
9:15 AM – Monsey, NY & Northern NJ ( Teaneck, etc)


Return Time - We will finish the hike by 3:30/ 4PM PM. We should finish the hike around by 3/ 3:30 pm. You should expect to be back home by 5:30 - 6pm, depending on traffic.


COST:

$5 per person ( events fee) + $10 ride fee


RIDE FEE - the ride fee is for those getting a ride, paid directly to your driver (we do ask the driver, so please pay when you enter the car)

EVENT FEE - The $5 events fee is charged or included in the cost of most events, and covers things such as maps and books, hiking supplies and other things used for planning these events. The $10 ride fee is paid to your driver.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

A MINIMUM OF 2 LITERS OF WATER (this means at the start of the hike, as it will be hot – if you plan to drink along the way, bring more than 2 liters so you will still have 2 liters when we start),
LUNCH - we will supply a light dinner at the end of the hike.
HIKING SNEAKERS OR BOOTS PREFERRED/ COMFORTABLE SOLID SHOES FOR HIKING,
SNACKS FOR THE HIKE, A HAT,
A back pack or other bag for your water and stuff, and
WARM CLOTHING IN LAYERS ( you want to have the ability to add and drop layers,like a sweater or fleece, winter coat, warm hat, gloves, given the temps in the 30s).

I will be supplying some snacks before and after the hike.

DIRECTIONS

Here is a link to google map directions from the park

http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/pyrmtndir.asp

GPS Address:
Boonton Ave & Mars Ct, Montville, NJ 07045

GPS Coordinates:
40°56'50", -74°23'14"


RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, 1/22/13

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