Are there any good hiking trails near NYC for an autoless gal?
June 28, 2007 6:51 PM Subscribe
I am looking for some good hiking trails near NYC that are easily accessible via public transportation that aren't too long (over 6 miles total) or too steep (no Breakneck Ridge for me yet, thanks). I am also looking for a good hiking club to join in NYC.
posted by Empyrean_72 to sports, hobbies, & recreation (9 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
OK, here is the extra info... I am a Queens gal w/o a car who renewed her love in hiking recently. I am well on my way to losing 100 excess pounds that I gained after I quit smoking 4 years ago. I went away to a hiking spa in Vermont to get a jump start on my weight loss and rediscovered my love of the outdoors & nature. I used to hike a lot in NJ back when I had a car and lived in Elizabeth. I was much thinner and more agile. Now I live in Bayside (Queens, NY) and am living w/o a car (intentional, so that won't likely change). I walk 4-6 miles almost daily, but miss being in the woods. Alley Pond Park trails are getting old and I am looking to challenge myself like I did in Vermont. I want to get off the pavement!
I am pretty comfortable and surefooted on trails, but cannot yet handle long hikes or steep, extended climbs. I know some trails are accessible via Metro North along the Hudson, but they all read as fairly steep so I'm looking for other options no more than a mile from a train station or bus stop. I don't mind short climbs of 1/2 mile or less (rolling hills better than flat).
I would also like to join a good hiking club in NYC that at least partially gears itself towards those without a car. I would like one that has a good variation of hikes that I won't outgrow as I lose weight and gain strength. I know about the ADK and AMC, but am looking to hear from those who have experience with these groups and what they offer (I also plan on skiing again this winter so clubs that accommodate that as well are a plus). I did search online and am overwhelmed with the choices available... Shore Walkers to the ADK to City Walkers and am hoping for a little guidance on selecting one.