New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

MARCH

Mar 1 (Fri): National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day Hike at Perrineville Lake Park (Monmouth Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Beautiful woodlands, natural fields and a picturesque lake meet here in the heart of quiet Millstone. Bring water; leaders will have Peanut Butter snacks and Mr. Peanut may make an appearance! Meet at 23 Agress Rd, Millstone parking lot. Leashed dogs are welcome. Option for lunch at Albivi’s Restaurant. Inclement weather cancels. Leona and George F:. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Mar 3 (Sun): World Wildlife Day Hike at Estell Manor (Atlantic Co). 10am. 5-6 miles, easy pace. In 2013 the United Nations proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day. Our hike will celebrate wildlife and the need to protect our environment. Meet at the Warren E. Fox Nature Center on 109 Boulevard Rte 50, Estell Manor, and see the displays before we hike. Bring lunch, water, snacks for our lunch break during the hike. Leashed dogs are welcome! Inclement weather cancels. Please contact leaders to confirm hike: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Mar 9 (Sat): Explore the Unique History, Ecology and Culture of the Pinelands (Atlantic Co). Join me for a daylong event at Stockton University for the 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course. There will be options for a guided van tour of the Mullica River Watershed, “virtual field trips” of the Barnegat Bay and Maurice River and many new presentations as well as popular ones from past years. For further information and registration, etc. please contact: Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)

Mar 9 (Sat): Apshawa Preserve Hike, West Milford (Passaic Co). 10am. 6 miles in 4 hours in moderately hilly terrain around the former Butler Reservoir. http://www.njconservation.org/apshawapreserve.htm. Features: Views of pond, waterfall and reservoir. Facilities: none in this preserve. Requirements:  No pets. Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required. Registration required via web:  Start with  https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey; then click on the Apshua Hike, then click RSVP. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: < The_Hikist@Mac.com>.

Mar 10 (Sun): DST Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. A highlight of our hike is the Natural Spring located in the Park; one of 12 in NJ. www.findaspring.com /. Thompson Park is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. We will meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Twp. GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at a local restaurant. Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)

Mar 10 (Sun):  Hike Shark River Park, Wall (Monmouth Co). 1 pm.  After a circuit through the outer reaches of the park, we will enjoy the babbling brook that's Shark River in this area.  About 5 miles at an easy pace, some short climbs, mostly flat.  Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water. If participants agree, part of the hike will be conversation-free.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com. (JS)

Mar 16 (Sat): Lewis Morris Park Hike (Morris Co).  10am. We 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 to slow one. See the Morris County Parks Commission website: http://www.morrisparks.org/aspparks/lmdir.asp for directions. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear hiking boots. Meet in parking lot. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (stabilizers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

Mar 17 (Sun): St. Patrick’s Day Hike at the NJAS Plainsboro Preserve (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. The Preserve has wildlife exhibits, a reference library and the Nature Store is a great source for field guides, optics, etc. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center, 80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury. Directions: www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Plainsboro/  Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant. Inclement weather cancels. Dogs are not permitted. Co-Leaders: Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com ; Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (RV)

Mar 20 (Wed): Vernal Equinox Hike at the Manasquan Reservoir (Monmouth Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. We’ll meet at the Visitor Center on 311 Windeler Rd, Howell. A Bald Eagle pair are longtime residents and have been spotted at the reservoir. Bring water, snacks and lunch on the hike since we’ll take a lunch break during the hike. Inclement weather cancels. Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Mar 22 (Fri): World Day for Water: Canoe/Kayak Lake Oswego (Burlington Co). 10am. Join us as we enjoy a day on Lake Oswego and explore the upstream reaches too. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. New Jersey’s 17-trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer is a vast reservoir of fresh water that underlies South Jersey and all of the Pinelands. On October 27, 2017 the NJ Sierra Club filed its second challenge to a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline, known as the SRL, through the ecologically sensitive Pinelands Reserve region. Along with the Sierra Club, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and other environmental groups have raised concerns that the project will impact clean water and contribute to climate change and urban sprawl. Bring lunch and beverage and snacks. Please contact leaders to confirm the trip and participation. Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Rental boats are not available. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Mar 24 (Sun): Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river. Directions: Take Rte 55 south to Rte 49 exit. Turn right onto Rte 49 West. After you cross the Maurice River in Millville, turn left onto Cedar St/Rte 555 for 0.2 miles. Then bear left onto Rte 627/Silver Run Rd and continue for 1.7 miles. Look for The Nature Conservancy sign on the left side of the road. www.njhiking.com/maurice-river-bluffs/ Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dogs are not permitted in the Preserve. Option for late lunch at the Maurice River Diner. Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Mar 30 (Sat): Hook Mountain Hike (Rockland Co, NY). 10:30 am. 7 miles, with excellent views of the Hudson River and Croton Point. Meet in the Rockland Lake South Parking Lot number 4 near the entrance booth. Rockland Lake is in Congers, NY, off Rte 9W. Bring lunch, hiking boots, and water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm) or Jurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC)

Mar 30 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 10am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. 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)

 

APRIL

Apr 1 (Mon):  A Lighthearted Day No Pranks – Bicycle the Edgar Felix Bikeway (Monmouth Co).  10am. 10-12 miles, easy pace. The Bikeway extends from Manasquan to Allaire State Park and there are additional biking trails.  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 6 (Sat): Clean-up Day at the Battlefield with the Princeton Battlefield Society, NJ Sierra Club & Civil War Trust (Mercer Co). 1-4pm.  (Heavy rainfall date: April 13, 1-4pm). Participate in the Civil War Trust’s Park Day, a nationwide clean-up day. Each participant will receive a free T-Shirt This year we will have five teams – each with a team leader. For details and to register for a team: www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.org.  For questions: Joanne Pannone: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (C)  

 

April 7 (Sun): Hike Allaire State Park, Wall (Monmouth Co). 10am. An early spring 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)

 

Apr 13 (Sat): Cherry Blossom Festival Hike, Bellville/Newark (Essex Co).  10am.

https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation. The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours. Level terrain, moderate difficulty, easy pace.  There will also be a shorter version of the route, 3-4 miles, with a second leader.  Features:  Cherry Blossoms of Newark and Bellville. Facilities: there are two visitor centers with indoor restrooms.  Requirement: Sneakers or hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch. Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey and click on the Cherry Blossom Festival Hike, then click on RSVP.  Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Apr 14 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Rental boats 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 17 (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 25 (Thurs): 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. The UTT was once the Pemberton & Hightstown Railroad, established in 1864 as a short line right-of-way to provide dairies and farms with access to larger railroads. Meet at 70 Herbert Rd, Upper Freehold. Bicycle helmets must be worn. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels. Leona and George F:  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

Apr 27 (Sat): Earth Day at the Essex County Environmental Center. 11am-4pm. Come help us celebrate Earth Day. 221 Eagle Rock Av, Roseland. We will have a table distributing literature about the environment. There are canoe trips, hikes, lots of fun for the kids, and a variety of things to help with.  Leader: Ron Pate: ronpate31@verizon.net.

 

Apr 28 (Sun): Hike at Duke Farms (Somerset Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, leisurely hike with stops along the way. Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st century. Meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center. Arrive early for breakfast - the Farm Barn Café is a Certified Green Restaurant. www.dukefarms.org/.  Bring your camera, water and lunch on the hike. We’ll take a side trail to Doris’ Pet Cemetery. Rain cancels.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

 

MAY

 

May 1 (Wed): “May Day” Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Thompson Park stretches south from Thompson Park and Schoolhouse Road along the Gravel Hill. It is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. Parts of the area also continue to support local agriculture, with farmers growing corn and soybeans. Meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Twp.  GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Rain cancels. Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   Co-Leaders: Sindhu P: spjersey@gmail.com, and Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV) 

 

May 4 (Sat): Walk at Sandy Hook, near Highlands (Monmouth Co).  9:30am. This walk will take us to the very tip of the hook, with lots of shore birds and views north into New York Harbor. If we’re lucky a tanker (ship) will pass a stone’s throw away. We’ll walk about 2.8 miles, flat but mostly on sand, all within the National Recreation Area. Water and good footwear recommended. After the hike, if there is interest, we can visit the newly renovated Battery Lewis in Hartshorne County Park. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

May 4 (Sat):  Canoe trip on the Hackensack River (Bergen Co). Noon.  We will paddle 2-3 hours in the Hackensack meadows observing wildlife and unique ecosystem. $25 per person. Bring lunch. Must contact by leader April 15 to register. Leader will confirm meeting time and location once you register.  Limit 12 Registrants. Leader  Ron Pate: ronpate31@veizon.net.

 

May 5 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the D&R Canal from Lawrenceville to Kingston (Mercer/Middlesex Cos).  9am. Cinco de Mayo 11-mile paddle from Cherry Tree Lane to Kingston.  Sombreros optional!  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Contact leaders to confirm trip participation and meeting location. Rental boats are not available: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C/RV)

 

May 11 (Sat):  Stephens State Park, Hackettstown (Warren Co).   10am.

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/stephens.html

The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours through hilly terrain. Features: The Musconetcong River, A nice trail network.  Facilities: Restrooms.  Required: Hiking Boots, Knapsack and water, Bring a lunch.  Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at: https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey  and click on the Stephens State Park, then click on RSVP  Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register

Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

May 12 (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 pine lands, 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 15 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. Join us for a 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 19 (Sun): Hike the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve (Mercer Co.)  4-5 miles, easy pace. The Preserve is a favorite for family walks just outside of downtown Princeton. In the spring the area is lovely with flowering dogwood and other plants like yellow trout lily and spring beauty.  We’ll listen for spring peepers and enjoy “birding” opportunities too. Bring water and snacks. Option for late lunch at restaurant(s) in the Princeton Shopping Center. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location. Rain cancels. Co-Leaders: Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com, or Joanne P:   jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com  (C)

 

May 24 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  10:30am. 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)

 

May 26 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak 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)

 

JUNE

 

Jun 2 (Sun): Hike Huber Woods Park, Middletown (Monmouth Co). 9:30am. We will walk the hickory and oak forest with occasional distant views of the Navesink River – listen and look for pileated woodpeckers. About 4 miles at an easy pace, some ups and downs. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

Jun 2 (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 (Sat):  Storm King Art Center (Orange Co, NY). 11am. We will tour the Art and Sculpture gardens, with easy walking through through countryside that includes farmed fields, natural woodlands, lawns, native grasses & wetlands.   $18 admission ($15 for seniors). https://stormking.org/. Address: 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor NY 12553.    Rain cancels. Leaders: Ron Pate and Ellen Blumenkrantz.  Participants must register with Ron Pate: ronpate31@verizon.net by May 15.

Jun 8 (Sat):  Lake Tiorati, Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY).  10am.  The hike will cover 8 miles in 4 hours in hilly terrain around Lake Tiorati.  Features: Views of Lake Tiorati.   https://parks.ny.gov/parks/117/details.aspx  Facilities: There is a restroom building next to the parking lot.  Requirements:  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch.  Registration required via web: Start with the calendar at  https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey  and click on the Lake Tiorati Hike, then click on RSVP. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register.  Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@Mac.com.

 

Jun 8 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek on World Oceans Day (Ocean Co).  9am. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park and option into Lanoka Harbor/Barnegat Bay. 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 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  10am. It’s Flag Day – wear red, white and blue!  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 or buy lunch at the Famous Hot Dog Man’s River Island. 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 15 (Sat): A Sightseeing Afternoon In and Around Paterson (Passaic Co). 11:45am

Meet at Lambert Castle parking lot.  We’ll tour the Castle from 12 to 1, then drive to Paterson to view the Great Falls and have lunch at a local eatery. Then drive to nearby Haledon to visit the American Labor Museum at the historic Botto House. Tour the museum from 3 to 4pm.  Directions: Just west of the junction of Rtes 3 and 46, take the Valley Rd. exit from Rte 46.

Go north on Valley Rd. for 2 miles to the Lambert Castle entrance on the left. Leader: Jay Dibble: jaydib41090@peoplepc.com.   Registration Required Via Web:  https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001qtbaQAA.

 

Jun 16 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Tidal Maurice River (Atlantic Co).  9:30am. 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)

 

Jun 21 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak the Mullica River on the First Day of Summer (Burlington Co).  8:30am. 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 23 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  9am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Riegelsville to Kingwood Access. The proposed route of the Penn East Pipeline, with “fracking gas,” will cross from PA thru Riegelsville, destroying the environment and the fragile ecosystems of the Sourland Mountains in Hunterdon.   Paddling helmets required for all participants. 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)

 

Jun 27 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River/Crosswicks Creek (Burlington Co). 9am. We’ll meet at the confluence of the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek at Bordentown Beach. Depending on weather/wind conditions we’ll paddle the tidal Delaware River or the Crosswicks Creek.  Contact leaders to confirm trip plans and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

JULY

 

JULY 2-5:  Join us in Scenic Stratton Mountain, Vermont. We will hike, bike, kayak and yoga.  Swimming pool, hot tub and sauna on premises. Fourth of July fireworks-concert-barbeque.  All-inclusive food and accommodations. Spa services also available for additional cost. Please contact leader if interested by May 15: Ron Pate:  ronpate31@verizon.net