New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2019

Jan 1 (Tues): New Year’s Day Paddle on the Wading River (Burlington Co). 10am. Ring in the New Year with the NJ Sierra Club. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions. Experienced cold weather paddlers only Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip. Bring something to share. Hikers are welcome to join us after the paddle! Please contact leaders to confirm participation and details: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Jan 5 (Sat): Hike at Veterans Park (Mercer Co). 10am, 4-5 miles, easy pace. Leashed dogs are welcome! Meet by the tank and helicopter in the parking lot off Yardville-Hamilton Square Road. Paved trail meanders through woods along Pond Run. Bring snack and drink. Tables and rest rooms are available. Lunch at Fame Restaurant, 1071 White Horse Ave. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Please RSVP and put “Sierra” in the subject: Joanne Pannone: 609- 443-6992 or jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)

Jan 6 (Sun): Walk at Sandy Hook, near Highlands (Monmouth Co). 9:30 am.  The wonder of the beach in winter, with views of the city.  This walk is mostly in a mixed dwarf forest (just behind the dunes) with lots of holly, juniper, and cedar, all within the National Recreation Area.  Mostly flat, a short portion is on the sandy ocean beach.  Approx. 4 miles, easy pace, bring plenty of water, beginners welcome.  (Extreme cold winds will cause rerouting, to Hartshorne County Park.  If participants agree, part of the hike will be conversation-free.)   Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com. (JS)

Jan 12 (Sat): D&R Canal Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace. We’ll hike over the Lock 1 “swinging bridge” as we walk along the towpath; perhaps see the resident Bald Eagles. Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Jan 12 (Sat): South Mountain Reservation Hike, Milburn (Essex Co): 10am. 7 miles in 4 hr. 

Hilly terrain.  Moderate difficulty.  https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation.  Features:  Lookout over Milburn. Facilities:  Port-A-John in the parking lot.

Requirement: No pets.  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch. If there is snow or ice on the ground then traction devices such as Cat Tracks or Stabilizers are required. Registration required via Web: https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey; then click on the South Mountain Reservation 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 >.

Jan 17 (Thru): New Jersey State Museum (Mercer Co). 10am. Let’s enjoy an “indoor outing” to the N J State Museum. There are many Collection Exhibitions on long-term view. Interested in dinosaurs? The Museum has added two NJ life-size fossil casts from to the Written in the Rocks exhibition! Check the website www.state.nj.us/state/museum/ Limited parking is available in the State House Garage or metered parking on West State St. Please register to confirm participation: Co-Leaders: Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com; Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com  (C)

Jan 21 (Mon): Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Mercer County Park (Mercer Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. We’ll pick up trash as we walk along Lake Mercer and the wooded trails throughout the park. Meet at the Grandparents Grove at Mercer County Park. The address is 334 S. Post Rd, West Windsor. We’ll provide trash bags. Bring hot beverage and snacks. Co-Leaders: Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com ; Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)

Jan 26 (Sat): Jockey Hollow Leader's Choice (Morris Co).  10am. Leader's choice of trails depending on conditions at Jockey Hollow National Park in Morristown. See http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions and information. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear hiking boots. Meet at the visitors' center. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (stabilizers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. Optional lunch at a local eatery if we get done in time. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove:  Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

Jan 26 (Sat): Tallman Mountain State Park (Rockland Co, NY). 11:15 am. 7 miles. We will hike through the Park and view the berms and salt marsh. We will then walk the mile-long Piermont pier halfway across the Hudson! Trails include the Long Path. Bring lunch and 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 down Gair St in parking lot D. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm) or Jurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC) 

Jan 26 (Sat): Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve (Burlington Co). 10am. 5-6 miles, easy pace on the Yellow Trail. The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400-acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve. Meeting at Speedwell entrance off Rte 563, Woodland Twp. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring lunch and water. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

 

FEBRUARY

Feb 2 (Sat):  Patriots Path Stroll (Morris Co).  10am. Come take an easy stroll on Patriots Path in Morristown. This 3-5 mile stroll will start out from the Speedwell Lake parking lot, across the street from Historic Speedwell. See the Morris County Parks website: (http://www.morrisparks.org/ ) for directions. The path is wide, partly paved, partly crushed stabilized gravel with very little in the way of elevation gains. We will be strolling at a very moderate pace. Please bring plenty of water and a light snack. Great for beginners. No pets please. Inclement weather cancels. Proper footgear required (stabilizers, crampons or snowshoes) if appropriate for the conditions. Optional lunch afterwards. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com . Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

Feb 2 (Sat): Groundhog Day: Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co). The section we paddle will depend on river conditions. Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and details: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Feb 9 (Sat): 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 deg. 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 9 (Sat): High Point State Park Cross Country Ski (Sussex Co). 10am. We expect to take 4-5 hours for fun in the snow. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html. There is a full service cross country ski center at the park with rentals and a ski lodge:

http://www.xcskihighpoint.com/. Email the leader for the up-to-the-minute details. Features: Excellent views all around. Facilities: ski lodge with rentals and restrooms. No pets. XC skis and boots and a day-pack with water required.  Bring a lunch. Registration required via Web:

from https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey, click on the High Point Ski, then click RSVP. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: < The_Hikist@mac.com >.

Feb 14 (Thurs): Valentine’s Day Hike at Smithville Park (Burlington Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers Rancocas Creek vistas. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave. Option for late lunch at Vincentown Diner after the hike. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Feb 17 (Sun): Whitesbog Village Winter Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 4-5 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. Directions www.whitesbog.org Blueberry Music Jam. Bring beverage and lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Feb 23 (Sat): Clausland Mountain (Rockland Co, NY). 11:15am. 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 down Gair St in parking lot D. Leader: John P. Jurasek: 845-519-4247 (no calls after 10pm), or Jurasek@optonline.net. (ACOC)

 

Feb 24 (Sun): Hike at the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area was some of the first lands that Middlesex County acquired using Green Acres funding for open space protection in the early 1970’s. This area is the Spotswood Outlier of the New Jersey Pinelands and there’s no doubt as we hike through mixed hardwood and Pitch Pine forests. Meet at Helme Mill Park at 17 Maple St in Helmetta. 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)

 

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)