New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

Feb 14 (Wed): Valentine’s Day Hike at Smithville Park (Burlington Co).  10am4-5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and views of Rancocas Creek. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave.  Option for late lunch at the Vincentown Diner.   Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Leaders: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

Feb 18 (Sun): Whitesbog Village Winter Hike (Burlington Co). ( Re-scheduled Date! ) 10am4 – 5 miles, easy pace.   Whitesbog is a NJ historic site and was a village built to house workers in the local cranberry bogs.  Perhaps we’ll see wintering Tundra Swans as we hike around the bogs.  Click here for directions   www.whitesbog.org   Bring beverage and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike.   George & Leona F 609-259-3734 orLeona@pineypaddlers.com (C)

 

Feb 17 (Sat):  Hike Allaire State Park, Wall (Monmouth Co).  9:30 am.  A mostly pine forest will greet us.  4 or 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)

 

Feb 17 (Sat):  Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY).  10am. Scenic, moderately-paced hike of 6-7 miles to one or two of the beautiful lakes in this park.  Weather/trail conditions will determine exact loop we do.  If temperature is below 25 degrees, or rain/snow, hike will be cancelled.   Group limit:12. Participants mush preregister via e-mail and directions will then be given to meeting place.   Leader:  Ellen Blumenkrantz:   ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com. (N)

 

Feb 19 (Mon):  Presidents Day Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  Jakes Branch has a nature center with interesting hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands.  Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beechwood.  Option for late lunch at Shady Rest Restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/ice conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

Feb 24 (Sat): Hike at the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace.  The Area was an early Green Acres acquisition by Middlesex County: the early 1970’s.   It is the Spotswood Outlier of the New Jersey Pinelands – as you’ll see as we hike through mixed hardwood and Pitch Pine forests.   Meet at Helme Mill Park at 17 Maple St in Helmetta; we’ll car-pool to the trailhead.  Bring water and snacks. Option for late lunch at “The Diner”.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV) 

 

Feb 24 (Sat): Clausland Mountain (Rockland Co, NY). 11:15 am. 6 miles. We will climb 700 ft. through historic Rockland Cemetery to an old Nike missile base. Bring hiking boots, lunch, 2 quarts of water. Adverse conditions will alter the route. Meet in front of 450 Piermont Ave. (building with mural, on the corner of Tate & Piermont Aves.) in Piermont NY. Park across the street in parking lot D. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm) or Jurasek@optonline.net  (ACOC)

 

MARCH

Mar 1 (Thurs): National Peanut Butter Lovers’ 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: lunch at Albivi’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: Leona and George F:  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

Mar 4 (Sun):  Hike at Heathcote Meadows Preserve (Middlesex Co).  10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace.  In 1998, the Heathcote Meadows Preserve was one of the earliest parcels acquired under the Middlesex County Space Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Act.  Nestled just outside the small village of Kingston, it offers a glimpse into the rich farming history of the area and provides wonderful opportunities for hiking, walking and wildlife viewing.   Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option for late lunch at Osteria Procaccini in Kingston. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel.  Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location: Leona and George F:  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

Mar 10 (Sat): Explore the Unique History, Ecology and Culture of the Pinelands (Atlantic Co).  Join me for a daylong event at Stockton University’s 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)

 

March 10 (Sat):  Hike Shark River Park, Wall (Monmouth Co). 9:30am. After a circuit through the outer reaches of the park, we will enjoy the babbling brook that's Shark River.  About 5 miles at an easy pace, some short climbs, mostly flat.  Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty or water.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com .

 

March 10 (Sat):  Tourne County Park Hike, Denville (Morris Co).  10am. The hike will cover 6 miles in 3.5 hours in moderately hilly terrain.   Facilities: There is a Port-A-John near the parking lot.  http://m66.siteground.biz/~morrispa/index.php/parks/tourne-county-parkWinter traction devices are required if there is ice or show on the ground.  No pets.  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required.  Registration required via Web: http://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey#home_calendar.  Directions for the meeting place will be sent via e-mail to members who register.  Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Mar 11 (Sun): DST Hike at Turkey Swamp Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  This is our 8th annual Daylight Savings Time hike at Turkey Swamp Park. Park information and directions:  www.monmouthcountyparks.com/.  Turn into the Main Entrance - 200 Georgia Rd, Freehold - drive to the Oak Point picnic area parking lot.  Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome!   Bring lunch, water and snacks. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

Mar 14 (Wed): Ramapo Reservation Hike (Bergen Co).  10am.  Moderately-paced 6-7 mile hike to scenic views of the park and Manhattan skyline.  Some of the trails are rocky, and include ascents/descents of a few hundred feet. Trail conditions will determine exact route.  If temperature is below 25 degrees, or rain/snow, hike will be cancelled.   Group limit:12.   Participants mush preregister via e-mail and directions will then be given to meeting place.   Leader:  Ellen Blumenkrantz: ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com. (N)

 

Mar 17 (Sat):  Lewis Morris Park Hike (Morris Co).  10am. 7 mile hike. 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 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 (stabilicers, 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 (Sat): 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.  Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant.  Directions:  www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Plainsboro/.   Inclement weather cancels.  Dogs are not permitted.Co-Leaders:  Leona F: 609-259-3734 or  leona@pineypaddlers.com, and Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (RV)

Mar 22 (Thurs): 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 us, the 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 (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 near the entrance booth. Rockland Lake is in Congers, NY, off Rt.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 25 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware and Raritan Canal (Somerset Co):  10am.  Spring is here and our 7-mile round trip will be on the Griggstown – Blackwells Mills section of the canal.  Bring lunch and hot beverage.  Inclement weather cancels. Rental boats are not available; participants must have their own canoe or kayak.   Contact leaders to confirm participation and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV))

Mar 30 (Fri):  Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace, some trails have moderate elevations.  The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river.  Directions:Take Rt. 55 south to Rt. 49 exit. Turn right onto Rt. 49 West. After you cross the Maurice River in Millville, turn left onto Cedar St/Rt. 555 for 0.2 miles. Then bear left onto Rt. 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 31 (Sat):  Clean-up Day at the Battlefield with the Princeton Battlefield Society, NJ Sierra Club & Civil War Trust (Mercer Co). 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  (Heavy rainfall date April 7 – 1-4 PM). 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 four teams – each with a team leader: Team 1 - Brush Removal from “Island” Between Clarke House & Institute Woods; Team 2 - Historic Back Road Pathway Removal of Small Brush & Bamboo; Team 3 – Removal of Invasive Porcelain Berry from Dogwoods near Colonnade; and Team 4 - Stick Picking-up Around Shed for Young Kids. Must RSVP with the name of the team you want to join. To register: www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.org For questions: Kipatthesierraclub@gmail.com  (C)

 

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 between Manasquan and Allaire State Park: once the Farmingdale & Squan Village Railroad, and the Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad.   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)