New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

APRIL


Apr 4 (Wed): Bicycle the Edgar Felix Bikeway (Monmouth Co). 10am. 10-12 miles, easy pace. The Edgar Felix Bikeway is on a rail-trail in New Jersey between Manasquan and Allaire State Park, constructed on the roadbeds of the Farmingdale & Squan Village, and Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroads. Bicycle helmets must be worn. Bring water and snacks. Lunch break at the Allenwood General Store – buy or bring lunch. Contact leaders to confirm the ride and meeting location. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)


Apr 7 (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 or water, a maximum of 12 adults. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com . (JS)
 


Apr 8 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 8:30 am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and details. Option for early breakfast at the Vincentown Diner. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

 

Apr 14 (Sat): Highlands Preserve Hike, West Milford (Passaic Co). 10am. https://passaiccountynj.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/32. 8 miles in 5 hours, in hilly terrain. Features: Lake Surprise and an incredible vista of Greenwood Lake. Facilities: Restrooms at the baseball fields should be open. No pets. Requirement: hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch. 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 .

 

Apr 18 (Wed): Hike at Six Mile Run Reservoir (Somerset Co). 10am. About 4 miles, easy pace. We’ll hike the Red Trail. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Inclement weather cancels. Please contact leaders for meeting location: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)

 

Apr 21 (Sat): Earth Day Cleanup at Cadwalader Park and the D&R Canal (Mercer Co). 9am-12 noon. Cadwalader Park was designed in 1891 by Fredric Law Olmsted, who designed New York City’s Central Park. Its 110 acres comprise the City of Trenton’s most significant and historically important open space. Spend a few hours outdoors getting some exercise while helping the NJ Sierra Club’s Earth Day cleanup with the Cadwalader Park Alliance and other environmental groups and civic organizations. After the cleanup we’ll tour Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum. Bring gloves. Limited tools and trash bags will be provided. Rain or shine!! Water and light snacks will be provided. Please feel free to bring additional water, snacks and if preferred, lunch. Please contact leaders to register and for meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, Leona@pineypaddlers.com , and Joanne P: 609-443-6992, jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)
 


Apr 25 (Wed): Bicycle the Union Transportation Trail (UTT) (Monmouth Co). 10am. 9-10 miles, leisurely pace on a gravel trail. The UTT is the County’s second rail-trail; ideal for hikers, equestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists. It was once the Pemberton & Hightstown Railroad, established in 1864 as a “short line” to provide dairies and farms with access to larger railroads. Meet at 70 Herbert Rd, Upper Freehold, 08514. Bicycle helmets must be worn. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

 

Apr 28 (Sat): George Page Park and Hetzel Park Cleanup Along the Assunpink Creek - East Trenton Collaborative Spring - Kick-Off (Mercer Co). 10am – 2pm. Volunteers are welcome to join us at any time during the cleanup. Spring Kick-Off Information: www.east-trenton.org/springkickoff2018.html  The Assunpink Creek is a 23- mile long stream beginning in rural Monmouth County and eventually flows through Trenton where it empties into the Delaware River. The name Assunpink is from the Lenape people’s language Ahsën'pinkk, meaning "stony, watery place". Plastics litter our cities, rivers and oceans, and growing evidence shows how they contribute to health problems in humans and animals. Please join the NJ Sierra Club’s Central Group with Isles, Inc., a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton to collect trash and litter in the Parks and along the Assunpink Creek. Meet at George Page Park, North Clinton Avenue – park at Lawrence Street. Bring water, snacks and lunch. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Co-Leaders: George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 Leona@pineypaddlers.com  and Joanne P 609-443-6992 jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com (C)


 

Apr 29 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River and Tour Lambertville’s 37th Annual Shad Festival (Hunterdon Co): 9:30 am. We’ll paddle the Delaware River and then walk around town, check out the arts & crafts and have lunch at the Food Court. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location. Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

 

MAY

May 5 (Sat): Anthony Wayne/Harriman State Park hike (Rockland Co. NY) 10am. 6-hour, 8-9 mile strenuous hike includes a steep, rocky ascent to beautiful views of the Hudson River and surrounding areas. Nice pace – about 2 miles/hour on easier/flatter sections and a little slower on the steeper/rocky sections. Hiking boots, packed lunch and 2 liters of water required. Rain would cancel. Group limited to 12 people who must preregister with the leader: Ellen Blumenkrantz: ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com . Directions to meeting location will then be provided. (N)


May 5 (Sat): Hike Huber Woods Park, Middletown (Monmouth Co). 9:30 am. We will walk the hickory and oak forest with occasional distant views of the Navesink River. About 4 miles at an easy pace, some ups and downs. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty or water. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com . (JS)


May 6 (Sun): Hike the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail in Washington Valley Park (Somerset Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. Join us for the NJ Sierra Club’s first hike on the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail! Washington Valley Park consists of approximately 719 acres that lie along the First Watchung Ridge in Bridgewater Township. Many thanks to the Eagle Scout Project by Christopher Solan Troup 84 Somerville and W3R-US and the Partnership for the National Trails System intern grant. We can “March to Victory,” hiking the lovely woods trails and cross Middle Brook, where in August, 1781, about 5,500 French Troops marched through Bridgewater on their way to defeat the British at the Battle of Yorktown. Christopher’s link details their story and how Bridgewater played a part in the final major battle for America’s fight for independence. Contact leaders to register for the hike and for meeting location: www.eagleprojecttrailofrochambeau.weebly.com . There is limited parking at the WRT trail head so we will car pool from the meeting location. Bring water and snacks. Option for late lunch at a local restaurant in Martinsville. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)


May 7 (Mon): Pine Meadow Lake hike, Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY). 10am. An easy-moderate hike combining several scenic trails along streams and lakes in the southern section of Harriman Sate Park. Nice pace – about 2 miles/hour on easier/flatter sections and a little slower on the steeper/rocky sections. Hiking boots, packed lunch and 2 liters of water required. Rain would cancel. Group limited to 12 people who must preregister with the leader: Ellen Blumenkrantz: ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com . Directions to meeting location will then be provided. (N)


May 9 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 9:30 am. The river section we’ll paddle depends on river trail conditions. Option: early breakfast at the Vincentown Diner. Rentals are not available. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734. or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)


May 12 (Sat): Lake Welch Hike, Harriman State Park, NY (Rockland Co). 10am. The hike will cover 8 miles in 5 hours, in hilly terrain. https://parks.ny.gov/parks/134/details.aspx .
Features: Views of Lake Welch and beach, Views from the surrounding mountains. Facilities: The restrooms at the bathhouse should be open by our hike day. No pets. Requirements: hiking boots and a day-pack with water required. Bring a lunch. 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 .


May 13 (Sun): Hike at Cattus Island County Park (Ocean Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. This is a great family hike as we walk flat trails through pinelands, around marshes, and along beaches while looking for returning Osprey in nesting platforms. There are vistas of Silver Bay. We’ll meet at the Cooper Environmental Center which features exhibits in natural settings and live animals. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and lunch. Rain cancels. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)
May 16 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak with your Pooch on the Wading River (Burlington Co). 10am. Join us for a 10-mile trip on the Wading River. Boats 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 river section we are paddling: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


May 26 (Sat): Turtleback Rock Hike, South Mountain Reservation (Essex Co). 10am. We will start at Turtleback Rock trailhead. See the Essex County Parks Commission website: https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation , for directions. Bring 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.


May 26 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Oswego River (Burlington Co). 10am. Enjoy an 8-mile spring paddle on “The Jewel of the Pinelands”. Meet at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego Rd. Bring lunch and water. Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens 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)


May 27 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak with your Pooch on the Wading River (Burlington Co). 10am. Join us for a Memorial Day Weekend trip on the Wading River. Boats 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 river section we are paddling: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


May 28 (Mon): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River on Memorial Day (Hunterdon Co). 10am. The Hot Dog Man will be open Memorial Day weekend! We’ll paddle 8 miles from Kingwood Access to Bulls Island. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Bring or buy lunch, snacks and beverage. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location. Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


JUNE

Jun 2 (Sat): Hike Hartshorne Woods, Middletown and Highlands (Monmouth Co). 9am. Enjoy river views and mature woods. 4 or 5 miles, easy pace, some ups and downs, bring plenty of water, beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, a maximum of 12 adults. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)


Jun 2 (Sat): Guided Hike at Cheesequake State Park on National Trails Day (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 miles, on moderate trails, easy pace. The NJ Sierra Club’s Raritan Valley Group is featuring Cheesequake State Park on National Trails Day! The Park is located in Old Bridge and its uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. Open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, Pine Barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park. Jim Faczak, the Park Naturalist, will be our guide. Pink Lady’s Slippers may still be in bloom. Bring water, lunch, snacks. Rain cancels. Please RSVP with leaders for further details about the hike and for meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)


Jun 3 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co). 10am. Join us for an 8- mile trip on the Delaware River. The trip will be leisurely with opportunities to practice skills for paddling in moving water which include ferrying and eddy turns. Helmets required and spray skirts recommended. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders to confirm trip, participation and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


Jun 8 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Tidal Delaware River on World Oceans Day (Burlington/Bucks Cos). 10am. This is a 10-mile tidal trip – from one historic city to another! Bristol is the oldest town in Bucks County and the 3rd largest in PA. We can expect power boat traffic and boat wakes. Kayaks must be 12 ft or over; spray skirts recommended. 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 . (W)


Jun 9 (Sat): Ramapo Mountain hike from Back Beach Park, Wanaque (Passaic Co). 10am http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/ramapo.html . The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours in hilly terrain. Features: The Wanaque Ridge Trail, Castle Point, Ramapo Lake. Facilities: The restrooms for the athletic fields should be open. No pets. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required. 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 .


Jun 10 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek (Ocean Co). 9am. Double Trouble State Park was established in 1964 to help protect the Cedar Creek watershed and now features over 8,000 acres of Pine Barrens habitats. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park. Rental boats are available from Cedar Creek Campground http://www.cedarcreeknj.com/kayak-canoe  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


Jun 14 (Thur): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River on Flag Day (Hunterdon Co). 10am. We’ll paddle 8 miles from Kingwood to Bulls Island. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Bring lunch, snacks and beverage. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location. Current Sierra Club membership required. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


Jun 16 (Sat): Lewis Morris Park Hike (Morris Co). 10am. We will start at Sunrise Lake, then hike to the parking upper lot and back down to the lake using a combination of the Yellow and Red trails. The pace will be a moderate one. For directions, see the Morris County Parks Commission website: http://m66.siteground.biz/~morrispa/index.php/parks/lewis-morris-county-park . Bring water, a snack, and wear hiking boots. Meet in parking lot. Inclement weather cancels. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com . Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.


Jun 17 (Sun): Canoeing/Kayaking Skills Refresher on Lake Oswego (Burlington Co). 9am. It’s Father’s Day – bring your Dad - bring your children - bring your entire family to enjoy the day’s kayaking skills refresher! American Canoe Association Certified Instructors from the Sierra Club will share information about paddling efficiencies, safety practices, rescue techniques and equipment. The refresher is held on Lake Oswego. Boats can be rented from Mick’s Canoe and Kayak Rental: 609-726-1380, or www.mickscanoerental.com . Bring lunch, snacks and water. Contact leaders to confirm the event and your participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


Jun 21 (Thur): Canoe/Kayak the Mullica River on the First Day of Summer (Burlington Co). 8:30 am. The aquatic flowering plants of the NJ Pinelands will still be in bloom. 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)


Jun 24 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River Water Gap (Warren Co.) 10am. The Delaware River is the longest undammed river in the East. Our trip will be 10 miles. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders for further information: Leona & George F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


Jun 29 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Great Egg Harbor River (Atlantic Co). 10am. This is a 9-mile trip on the “Egg” from Penny Pot to Weymouth Furnace. Palace Restaurant & Outfitters will provide our shuttle. Rentals are available: 609-625-8552, or www.thepalaceoutfitters.com . Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)


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  .