New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

JULY

 

Jul 7 (Sat): Hike Manasquan Reservoir Park, Wall Twp (Monmouth Co). 9:30 am.  5 miles, mostly through woods with water views.  We will visit the Environmental Center during the walk. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

Jul 8 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co).  8am. Yes, we’re meeting early because it’s a summer weekend -- to paddle 8 miles from Lake Oswego to Harrisville Lake.  Meet at Lake Oswego.  Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe/Kayak Rental: 609-726-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation:   George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jul 11 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Mercer Co). 9am. We’re paddling 14 miles from Firemen’s Eddy to Bordentown.  This trip takes us into the tidal Delaware through the Trenton Falls along the Capital City of Trenton.  We’ve paddled this trip for many years and this year we will celebrate the closure of the Mercer Generating Station. Operation of this plant killed millions of aquatic creatures, including the endangered Atlantic Sturgeon due to its single-pass cooling system. Thank the NJ Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeeper and Earthjustice and their members!  Paddling helmets required for all participants, spray skirts recommended for kayakers.  Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C)

 

Jul 14 (Sat):  Jockey Hollow (Morris Co). 10am. Leader's choice of trails depending on conditions at Jockey Hollow National Historic Park, near Morristown.  See http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions and information. DO NOT follow the directions to Washington's Headquarters.  Bring lots of water, a snack, and wear hiking boots. Meet at the Visitors' Center. Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com . Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

Jul 14 (Sat):  Three Lakes Hike and Swim, Delaware Water Gap NRA (Warren or Sussex Co).  10am.

https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/delaware-water-gap-national-recreation-area.htm;

https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/blue-mountain-lake-trail.htm.  7 miles in 4 hours plus swimming time, in hilly terrain on Grassy Woods Roads   Required: hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch.  No pets.  Features: Blue Mountain Lake, Hemlock Pond, Crater Lake, Appalachian Trail.  Facilities: Restrooms at the Blue Mountain Lake parking lot and at Crater Lake.  Registration required via Web:  https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/sierra-singles.    Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register.  Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Jul 14 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River on Bastille Day (Hunterdon Co).  9am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Riegelsville to Kingwood Access. The proposed route of the Penn East Pipeline (for fracking gas) will cross from PA thru Riegelsville, destroying the environment and the fragile ecosystems of the Sourland Mountain in Hunterdon.  Paddling helmets required for all participants. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. Frenchtown is celebrating Bastille Day! Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jul 16 (Mon): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Godfrey Bridge to Chips Folly Campground (takeout fee). Canoes and kayaks can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental: 609-726-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jul 19 (Thurs):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  10:30 am. We’ll enjoy a later start on our 7-mile Pinelands paddle from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake.  We’ll use Pinelands Adventures for our trip shuttle: www.pinelandsadventures.org. Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jul 25 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co). 10am. We’ll paddle 10+ miles from Penny Pot to Weymouth. Rental boats are available from Palace Outfitters, which will shuttle our group.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jul 30 (Mon): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co).  9am. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park. Rental boats are available from Cedar Creek Campground: www.cedarcreeknj.com/kayak-canoe. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

AUGUST

 

Aug 3 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  9am. We’re paddling 15 miles from Kingwood Access to Lambertville; lunch break at the Hot Dog Man’s River “Restaurant”; bring or buy lunch.  Paddling helmets required for all participants; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Aug 4 (Sat): Patriots Path Stroll (Morris Co). 10am. NO RESTROOM FACILITIES. Come take an easy stroll on Patriots Path in Morristown. This 5 mile stroll will start from the Speedwell Lake parking lot, across the street from Historic Speedwell. See the Morris County Parks website (http://www.morrisparks.org ) for directions or Google Speedwell Park, Morristown. Please bring plenty of water and a light snack. Great for beginners. Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@Yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

Aug 4 (Sat): Hike Thompson Park, Middletown (Monmouth Co). 9:30 am.  Enjoy the nearly flat woods surrounding Swimming River Reservoir.  4 or 5 miles at an easy pace, beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water, a maximum of 15 adults.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

Aug 8 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Crosswicks Creek (Burlington/Mercer Cos).  10:30 am. We’ll enjoy a weekday tidal trip – no shuttle.  Meet at Bordentown Beach  end of Park St. Participants must have their own boats; rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip information and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

Aug 11: (Sat):  Hike and Swim at Harriman State Park, (Rockland Co, NY). 10am.

7 mile hike over hilly terrain, with views of two lakes and surrounding mountains.  About 5 hours including swim time.. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water required.  Bring a lunch.

No pets. Facilities:  Port-A-John in the parking lot.  https://parks.ny.gov/parks/145;

http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2016/07/07/breakneck-pond-a-hidden-gem-in-harriman/.

Registration required via Web: https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/sierra-singles.

Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register.

Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Aug 11 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Tidal Maurice River (Atlantic Co).  10am. The Maurice is a nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River and its environment supports a great variety of plant and animal life, including Ospreys and Bald Eagles.  We’ll paddle 10 miles on the tidal Maurice River.  Rentals are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Aug 15 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  9am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Hawkin Bridge to Beaver Branch. Canoes and kayaks can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental 609-726-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Aug 21 (Tues): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River from Bordentown to Bristol – A Tale of Two River Cities! ((Mercer/Bucks Cos).  10:00am. This is a 10-mile tidal trip from Bordentown to Bucks County.  On this trip learn about the risks of a raw industrial liquid hazardous waste treatment facility (directly across the river from Bordentown) that is proposed by Elcon, a wastewater recycling company. Kayaks must be 12 ft or over; spray skirts recommended. We can expect power boat traffic and boat wakes.  Bring lunch and water. Current Sierra Club membership required.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation:  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C)

 

Aug 24 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co).  9am. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park. Rental boats are available from Cedar Creek Campground./www.cedarcreeknj.com/kayak-canoe Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

Aug 29 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co). 10am. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Weymouth Furnace to Lake Lenape. Rental boats are available from Palace Outfitters.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Sep 1 (Sat): Turtleback Rock, South Mountain Reservation (Essex Co). 10am. We will start at Turtleback Rock trailhead. See the Essex County Parks Commission website for directions or Google "Turtleback Rock Picnic Area": http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation. Bring lots of water, and wear hiking boots. We will take the Orange Trail down to Hemlock Falls and also see the famous Turtleback Rock. Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@Yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

Sept 1 (Sat):  Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  9am. We’re paddling 8 miles from Kingwood Access to Bulls Island; lunch break at the Hot Dog Man’s River “Restaurant”; bring or buy lunch.  Paddling helmets required for all participants; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Sept 6 (Thurs): Mercer Park - Land and Water Cleanup – Sierra Club Water Sentinels and Princeton University SVC (Mercer Co). 10am to 1pm.  Lake Mercer was formed by Assunpink Dam #20 and is part of the Delaware River Watershed. Join the NJ Sierra Club and the Princeton University Student Volunteers Council for their 9th Annual Cleanup at Mercer County Park. Help us pick up litter and trash as we enjoy a scenic walk along Lake Mercer and the lovely wooded trails.  Or you can bring your kayak/canoe to collect trash on the lake (life jackets must be worn).  Bring lunch and water.  Bring gloves; trash bags will be provided. Contact leaders to confirm the cleanup: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C)

 

Sep 8 (Sat):  Palisades to The Cloisters via George Washington Bridge Urban Hike (starts in Bergen Co). 10am. The hike will cover 8 miles in 4 hours on paved paths and park walkways.

Features: the Palisades, the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, the Cloisters.

Facilities: Restrooms at the parking lot for the Palisades and Fort Tryon Park, NY.

No pets.  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required.  Sneakers are allowed.     http://www.njpalisades.org/rossdock.html https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-tryon-park.

Registration required via Web: https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/sierra-singles.

Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register.

Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Sep 12 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Mercer Co).  10am. 10 miles from Kingwood to Bulls Island.  Paddling helmets required for all participants; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. We’ll stop at the Hot Dog Man’s “River Restaurant”.   Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required.  Contact leaders to confirm trip, meeting location and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Sep 14 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co).  9am. It’s the Virgo b’day paddle!!   We’ll eat cake and paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park.  Cedar Creek is one of the prettiest Pines streams. Boats can be rented from Cedar Creek Campgrounds: www.cedarcreeknj.com or 732-269-1413. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Sep 16 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co).  9am. We’ll paddle 8 miles from Lake Oswego to Harrisville Lake.  Meet at Lake Oswego.  Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe/Kayak Rental: 609-726-1380 or .www.mickscanoerental.com/  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Sep 23 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware and Raritan Canal on World Rivers Day (Somerset Co).  9:30 am. World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world's waterways, observed every last Sunday in September. The D&R Canal is a drinking water resource for almost 2 million residents of NJ. Our 7-mile round trip will be on the Griggstown-Blackwells Mills section of the canal.  Rentals are available from Griggstown Canoe and Kayak Rental. Bring lunch and water.   Please register with leaders for details and to confirm the trip: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

 

Sep 26 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Mullica River (Burlington Co).  8:30 am. This is a 12-mile trip for experienced Pines paddlers; expect downfalls and portages. Pinelands Preservation Alliance has launched Pinelands Adventures and we’ll use Pinelands Adventures for our shuttle: http://www.pinelandsadventures.org.  Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Sep 29 (Sat):  Hike Allaire State Park, Wall Twp (Monmouth Co).  9:30 am.  An early fall walk in this mostly pine forest.  About 5 miles, easy pace, some ups and downs, bring plenty of water, beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

Sept 30 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the D&R Canal (Mercer Co). 9am. It’s Autumn and we’re paddling the 12-mile section of the Canal from Cherry Tree Lane to Kingston. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting logistics: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C

 


FUTURE OUTINGS: (1) Please see the “On the Trail” feature, p. 10, if you might be interested in joining a week-long adventure in southeastern Utah, early in 2019. [Let’s Visit Utah! We are looking to see if there is interest in a one-week outing to Moab, in southeastern Utah, and its surrounding Colorado Plateau area, in the last week of 2018 or the first weeks of 2019. We would be guided by local Sierra Club outings people, and perhaps staff of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.


Evening flight to Denver from Newark or Philadelphia, overnight there, then the most spectacular mileage in the Amtrak System: the California Zephyr climbs the Rockies, passes through the Moffit Tunnel, then winds down the Colorado River Gorge to Green River, Utah – where an evening bus takes us to Moab! It will be the off-season for Moab’s old hotels, and the opportunity to hike in nearby Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, with options suitable for both topform and age-limited hikers. Side trip, no doubt, to Bears Ears National Monument before it is possibly gutted by Trumpism. Return by a reversal of the out-bound route. Ballpark cost estimate $1500 inclusive.


An electronic show of interest is invited: please e-mail Dick.Colby@Stockton.edu , with Moab in the subject line, to be kept informed of developments, and to suggest a best timing for you. For incentive, you might google “Moab photos” or try www.jamesb.com/top-photo-spots-moab/  .]


(2) Costa Rica: February 2019 An introduction to the wildlife and habitats of Costa Rica. Combining hiking and kayaking, from the mountains to the coastline of Costa Rica., in areas full of wildlife (400+ species of birds, 4 different variety of moneys, sloths and other mammals). 14 days for $2500 + airfare. Leader has led over 100+ international trips, including 12 small group trips to Costa Rica. Inquire for detailed itinerary: ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com  .