New Jersey Sierra Club Outdoor Outings List

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 Sept 26 (Wed):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  9:30am. Enjoy a  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)

 

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): Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. 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)

 

 

OCTOBER

 Oct 4 (Thur): Pinelands Month – Guided Hike at Double Trouble State Park/Village (Ocean Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Originally a cranberry farm and packing plant, the former company town called Double Trouble is a window into past and current industries in the Pinelands. Andrew Anderson, Historic Resource Interpretive Specialist, will be our guide. Meet at Double Trouble State Park, Pinewald-Keswick and Double Trouble Rds. Leashed dogs are welcome! Bring lunch and beverage. Heavy rain cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Oct 8 (Mon): Columbus Day 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. Parts of the area also continue to support local agriculture, with farmers growing corn and soybeans. The Park offers passive activities such as hiking, walking, bird watching and photography.  We will meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Township.  GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at Fiddleheads Restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com  (RV) 

 

Oct 12 (Fri):  Hike Hartshorne Woods, Middletown and Highlands (Monmouth Co). 9:30am. Enjoy mature woods, some distant views.  4 or 5 miles, easy pace, a hill to start, then 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)

Oct 12 (Fri): Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co). 9:30am. We’ll enjoy a Fall Foliage Pinelands paddle from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake. Pinelands Preservation Alliance has launched Pinelands Adventures and rental boats are available as well as private boat shuttling. 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)

Oct 13 (Sat): Turtleback Rock, South Mountain Reservation Hike (Essex Co). 10am.

We will start at Turtleback Rock trailhead. See the Essex County Parks Commission web site https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation for directions. 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. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.  Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@Yahoo.com .

 

Oct 13 (Sat): Splitrock Hawkwatch Hike, Farny State Park, Splitrock Reservoir (Morris Co). 10am.  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/farny.html.  The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours. Hilly terrain, moderate difficulty.  Features:  Splitrock Reservoir, The Hawkwatch, Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Spooks, Devils, Beaver Pond.  Facilities: Port-A-John at the parking lot.   No pets.  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>

Oct 14 (Sun): Roebling Museum Tour and Village Walk (Burlington Co). 10am. A former gateway to the Roebling Mill, the main gate museum building was once the passage point for thousands of workers entering the steel mill each day. The 7,000 sq. ft. building now houses five galleries, Investors Bank Media Room, offices, lobby, gift shop and Ferdinand Roebling III Archives of the Roebling Museum. Two short documentary films run continuously. There is a Museum Admission Fee. Option to take the RiverLine to Roebling. Contact leader to confirm meeting time and for meeting location. Bring lunch and snacks. Please RSVP and put “Sierra” in the subject line: Joanne Pannone: (609)443-6992, jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)

Oct 14 (Sun): Pine Meadow Lake Hike at Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY). 10am. Moderate 8-mile hike combining different trails to some beautiful views of Harriman Park and lakes at peak of fall foliage.  Trails include some rocky terrain and several short ascents/descents (300-400ft) Rain/inclement weather will cancel.  Bring lunch, snacks and lots of water.  Hike limited to 12 participants who must pregister via email. Leader: Ellen Blumenkrantz:  ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com.

Oct 17 (Wed): Richard J. Coffee Mercer County Park Hike (Mercer Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. We’ll hike along Mercer Lake and walk the woods trails. Bring beverage, lunch and snacks. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at the Parking Lot next to Grandparents Grove. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Oct 20 (Sat): Pinelands Month - Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co). 11am. 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)

Oct 24 (Wed): Pinelands Month - 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, snacks and water. Heavy rain cancels. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Oct 27 (Sat):  Hike Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold (Monmouth Co). 9:30 am.  Forest and the meandering Manasquan River will greet us.  About 5 miles, easy pace, mostly level, some roots; bring plenty of water. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended.  Contact leader to register and learn meeting place:  John.Luard@gmail.com .  (JS)

Oct 28 (Sun): Early Halloween Hike at the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 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. It protects both the underground resources of the Old Bridge Sands aquifer, and a unique pine barrens habitat in Middlesex County. Meet at Helme Mill Park on Maple St in Helmetta. Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at “The Diner.” Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)

NOVEMBER

Nov 4 (Sun): “Fall Back” Bicycle Ride at Duke Farms (Somerset Co). 10am. Approx. 5-6 miles; leisurely day 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. Bring lunch and beverage on the ride. Bicycle helmets must be worn. Bicycles can be rented with helmets! Directions: www.dukefarms.org . Rain cancels. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)

Nov 7 (Wed): Fall Foliage Hike at Monmouth Battlefield State Park (Monmouth Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Monmouth Battlefield State Park is the site of one of the largest battles fought during the Revolutionary War -- on June 28, 1778. Meet at the Visitors Center, 16 Business Rte 33, Manalapan. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Leashed dogs are welcome! Inclement weather cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

Nov 10 (Sat): Jockey Hollow Leader's Choice Hike (Morris Co). 10am. Meet at the visitors' center.  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, a snack, and wear hiking boots.  Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

Nov 17 (Sat): Norvin Green Forest Hike, Ringwood (Passaic Co). 10am.

https://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/norvin.html. 7-mile hike in 5 hours, in rugged terrain, some steep sections.  Features: spectacular views from High Point Mountain and Will Monroe Loop. Visit Roomy Mine.  Facilities: Port-A-John in the parking lot. No pets, no beginners. 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.

 

Nov 17 (Sat):  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. 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 .

Nov 18 (Sun): 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)

Nov. 24 (Sat): Island Pond Hike in Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY).  10am. 8-mile moderate hike includes some rocky terrain, several short ascents/descents through woods with some beautiful views.  Bring lunch, snacks and lots of water.  Hike will be cancelled for rain/incelement weather.  Group limited to 12 people who must preregister directly with leader: Ellen Blumenkrantz: ellenblumenkrantz@hotmail.com .

Nov 25 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the D&R Canal from Bulls Island to Prallsville (Hunterdon Co). 11am. Work off those Thanksgiving calories with this 6-mile round-trip paddle. Experienced winter paddlers only. Bring lunch and hot beverage. Too cold, then we’ll hike the towpath! Contact leaders to confirm participation and logistics: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

DECEMBER

Dec 2 (Sun): Hike at Duke Island Park (Somerset Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Duke Island Park includes trails which are part of the Raritan River Greenway. We’ll meet at the Visitors Center which is located near the main parking area, and houses the Park Ranger office and the restroom facilities – Old York Rd., Bridgewater. Inclement weather cancels. Bring snacks, water and lunch. Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (RV)

Dec 5 (Wed): Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Jakes Branch has a nature center with hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360-deg view of the Pinelands. Leashed dogs are welcome. Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beechwood. Option for late lunch at Shady Rest Restaurant. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Dec 8 (Sat):  Hike Cheesequake State Park, Old Bridge (Middlesex Co). 9:30am. We'll explore the extensive marsh on a boardwalk, as well as the adjoining woods. 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)

Dec 8 (Sat): Hartshorne Woods Park Hike, Highlands (Monmouth Co).   10am.

https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?ID=2524.  The hike will cover 8 miles in 4 hours.  Moderate to easy. Features views of the Lawrence River, moderate hills, little or no snow in winter. Facilities: Port-A-John near the parking lot.  No pets.  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch.  Sneakers are allowed.   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.

Dec 8 (Sat): Whitesbog Village Fall Hike (Burlington Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace on sandy trails. Join us for Whitesbog’s 3rd year celebrating the holidays as they welcome visitors to explore the many historic buildings! Handmade Arts & Crafts exhibitors will be spread throughout the village, kid crafts in the art gallery, a candy cane hunt and a special visit from you know who! Wagon rides into the bogs, hot cocoa and warm apple cider, live music and even more! Loads of fun for the entire family!!!! Last December the Tundra Swans were on the bogs. Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome. Directions and information: www.whitesbog.org . George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (W)

Dec 16 (Sun): Celebrate the Upcoming Winter Solstice – Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co). 10am. The trip section depends on weather conditions. Experienced winter Pines paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

Dec 19 (Wed): Hike Historic Smithville and Tour Smithville Mansion (Burlington Co). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. After the hike we’ll tour the Mansion decorated for a Victorian Holiday (small fee) by local garden clubs. Option: late lunch at Vincentown Diner. Meet at Smith's Woods at Historic Smithville Park, East Railroad Ave, Easthampton. Leashed dogs are welcome. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Dec 21 (Fri): D&R Canal Hike on the First Day of Winter (Burlington/Mercer Cos). 10am. 4 miles, easy pace. It’s the first day of winter – let’s take a walk on the towpath from Bordentown to Trenton. Leashed dogs are welcome! Meet at the RiverLine parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HoB) Tavern. Inclement weather cancels. Leona and George F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com . (C)

Dec 26-31: Patriots Week in Trenton - History of the American Revolution in NJ (Mercer Co). Learn about the American Revolution during Patriots Week. Every day of the week offers fun and history for the entire family. See the First and Second Battles of Trenton Reenactments and participate in Walking Tours of the Trenton Battlefields. Check website for events: www.patriotsweek.com. Contact us to meet for various events! Leona F: leona@pineypaddlers.com  or Joanne P jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com . (C)

JANUARY

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