This time of year is a good time to hike, with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s. Please bring layered clothing so you can switch around as we hike. The weather looks to be in the low 60s and partially sunny, with little change of rain now, though its too soon to tell on that score. Any last minute significant chance of rain cancels the hike. The rain date will be the next night, Wednesday, May 8. One of the nice things about this hike is that it is reachable via public transit. There is a train from Penn Station leaving at 5:33 that people can take and the hike location is just a 5 minute walk from the station. SEE TRAIN OPTION, BELOW.
Hope to see you at the event! See below for all of the details
DIFFICULTY AND LENGTH OF THE HIKE
The hike is an easy hike, a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, and you should bring HIKING SNEAKERS OR BOOTS . This is able to be hiked by a beginner but only if you can easily walk 2 - 3 miles without incident. We will be hiking and exploring for about 2 hrs on the trail, so plan your clothing and food accordingly and BRING SOME SNACKS.
To see a description of the hike and some pictures, visit the link below -
here is a link to the park's website, with a map
WEATHER AND RAIN
The weather right now is for a good day for hiking - Partly Cloudy and temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s. Any SIGNIFICANT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE FORECAST WILL CANCEL THE HIKE. I will send a note out on Monday before the hike to those coming with a weather update. Since its a short hike, chances of light showers will NOT cancel the hike.
This is a tough time of day to arrange rides since many are coming from work. If we have people we can sort rides for, we will do so. Please consider the train option, below. Also, if you are driving from work but able to give people rides back to NJ, please let us know on the RSVP form below.
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. For those getting a ride back to NYC only, the fee would be $5 if we have drivers for you...
DRIVERS - Please let us know if you can give rides to people. I assume full reimbursement occurs for people who take 3 passengers.
RSVP NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, 5/5.
EVENT DATE: TUESDAY NIGHT, MAY 7
TIME: 6:15 pm, at the parking area for the Mills Reservation, off of Normal Avenue. People coming on the train will arrive at the parking lot around 6:20/6:25 PM. We will leave for the hike at 6:30 PM –don’t be late as we will leave without you!
We should finish the hike around by the time its starting to get dark, 8:30PM at the latest. Bring a FLASHLIGHT!
$5 per adult ( events fee) + $10 ride fee ( for those seeking a ride)
Children - $5 per child
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 - We have a standard $5 events fee, which 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 ride fee is paid directly to your driver.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
A MINIMUM OF 1 LITER 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 1 liter so you will still have 1 liter when we start),
Snack/Dinner - we wont get home till late, so please bring some food! We will supply some light snacks.
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
FLASHLIGHT! - IN case we finish when its starting to get dark...
( you want to have the ability to add and drop layers,like a light sweater or fleece, warm hat, gloves, given the temps in the low 50s - its also nice to have a light jacket in case its a bit windy).
I will be supplying some snacks before and after the hike.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Interesection near the trail head
Normal Avenue and Granite Drive, in Montclair, NJ
We will meet in the parking lot for the Mills Reservation, off of Normal Road.
Here is a google maps link to the location, that you can use to plot your course to the Mills Reservation, in Montclair, NJ.
BE AWARE THAT BECAUSE THE MEETING TIME IS DURING RUSH HOUR, IT WILL TAKE YOU AT LEAST 50% LONGER THAN USUAL TRAVEL TIMES, POSSIBLY DOUBLE THE NORMAL TRAVEL TIME THAT GOOGLE MAPS TELLS YOU.
Here are directions once you are close to the park - use google maps to plot your course
Once in Montclair on Normal Avenue , near the Montclair Heights Train Station. Cross the railroad tracks, continue uphill for another 0.3 mile, and turn left into the parking area for Mills Reservation at the top of the hill, just past the intersection with Granite Drive.
The trailhead can also be reached by public transportation. The park is 0.3 mile (uphill along Normal Avenue) from the Montclair Heights station on the Montclair-Boonton rail line of NJ Transit (service provided only on weekdays). Find schedules at www.njtransit.com.
We will have a GROUP TRAIN for those who want to meet for the 5:33 train from Penn Station, NY - please meet in the second to last car. Allow extra time at the station to purchase your ticket, so plan on getting to the station by 5:20 at the latest to make this train. If you miss it, don't come as the next train is not for another 35 minutes and will get you their too late....you can also take a 4:50 PM train if you prefer.
NJ Transit bus #191/195 provides only limited weekday service but does stop at the trailhead. Find schedules at www.njtransit.com.
RSVP NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, MAY 5.