This loop hike follows footpaths to the summit of Black Rock, with panoramic views, and returns on attractive woods roads.
This time of year is a good time to hike, with temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s. Please bring layered clothing so you can switch around as we hike. The weather looks to be in the high 50s t and partially cloudy. There is chance of rain, but its low so far, however any last minute significant chance of rain cancels the hike.
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 4.5 miles long. It has some elevation changes and climbs to the summit of Black Rock, likely about 1000ft of elevation gain. Its a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, and you should bring HIKING SNEAKERS OR BOOTS IF POSSIBLE. This is able to be hiked by a beginner but only if you can easily walk 5 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 -
WEATHER AND RAIN
The weather right now is for a good day for hiking - Cloudy and temperatures in the mid to high 50s. Any SIGNIFICANT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE FORECAST WILL CANCEL THE HIKE. I will send a note out on Friday to those coming with a weather update.
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 NOON ON FRIDAY, APRIL 27.
EVENT DATE: SUNDAY, APRIL 29
TIME: 10:30 AM at the Black Rock Forest Parking Lot, along Mountain Road, near 9W. We will leave for the hike close to 10:45 AM –don’t be late as we will leave without you!
We should finish the hike around by 3/ 3:30 pm. You should expect to be back home by 5pm.
Leave Time –
8:45 AM - Central NJ
9:00 AM - Brooklyn, Queens, LI, Passaic
9:15 AM – Manhattan, Riverdale and Northern NJ ( Teaneck), Monsey
Return Time - We will finish the hike by 3/3:30 PM. We will then head to Fahnestock State Park for a light dinner and a short hike until 6ish. Depending on traffic, you should be back in NYC no later than 8PM.
$5 per adult ( events fee) + $10 ride fee
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 - 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 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.
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Circle and continue north on US 9W for 8.8 miles. About half a mile after passing a parking area marked with a blue sign, turn right onto Mountain Road. Immediately, turn right again and proceed through a very narrow underpass beneath US 9W (large vehicles may not fit). Continue ahead for 0.2 mile to a parking area for Black Rock Forest on the right.
Here is a Google maps link to the location we are meeting at, which you can use to generate your own direction to the location.
RSVP NO LATER THAN NOON ON NOON FRIDAY, APRIL 27.