Girl Gotta Hike is heading to the Great Northern Catskills in partnership with Mappy Hour and Sierra Nevada Brewing for a fall foliage inspired overnight. This trip is perfect for Catskill 3500 peak baggers and more casual campers alike with options for easier and more challenging experiences. And it’s open to all! So bring your bestie, your partner or that acquaintance from the office who has a tent you could borrow.
Seven and a half miles of fall foliage fantabulousness in one of Girl Gotta Hike’s favorite places — Harriman State Park! We'll enjoy sweet ridge line views, visit spots rich in Revolutionary War lore, and climb up some fun rock scrambles with names coined by our city-dwelling-outdoors-seeking predecessors, “The Fresh Air Club.” Bring your best gal pals or make some new ones on this October’s Public Transit Series hike!
Join me and other GGH volunteers as we team up with The National Parks Conservancy, The New York New Jersey Trail Conference, The Sierra Club, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and more! We’ll work on some trail maintenance projects, make some new friends and leave the trail better than we found it for the next hikers!
How in the heck did it get to be September already?! This month we’ll enjoy some cooler temps as we walk on the Long Path high above the Palisades Cliffs, traverse the Giant Stairs rock scramble and visit a monument highlighting the amazing conservation work of the Women’s Federation!
The Hudson Highlands feature some of the most dramatic views you can get within 90 minutes of NYC. This August we’ll do a 7.8 mile loop up and around Bull Hill, catching some sweet views of the Hudson River and spending quiet time in the woods, exploring the ruins of an old estate. Post-hike, we’ll grab some cold libations or hot coffee before catching the train back to NYC.
Get outside and upstate with Girl Gotta Hike! On this 7.5-miler, we’ll walk in the cool shade of the woods, alongside mountain streams that turn into waterfalls and cool off in a favorite swim spot or 2!
** UPDATE 7/17 — Due to the upcoming heat wave, this event has been postponed to a future date. ** Take the train to the trail and do some volunteering (and hiking) with other Wild East Women on America’s best known, (and Girl Gotta Hike’s favorite) hiking trail, The Appalachian Trail!
Seeking some nature, confidence and camaraderie? Spend a night in the backcountry with Girl Gotta Hike! Join us on July 6thand 7thfor a women’s-only, small group hiking and camping experience in Harriman State Park. We’ll hike a section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, visit the famous Lemon-Squeezer and camp out near a historic stone shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s, enjoying views along the way.
For the last 12 months, Girl Gotta Hike has been taking NYC women upstate, over the river and even to the wilds of some other boroughs on monthly Public Transit Hikes. Come and celebrate the 1-Year Anniversary with a picnic in Prospect Park!
Bumps, bruises and bug-bites are a big part of outdoor adventures. “When You Just Have to Laugh….Mishaps and Misadventures” is a night of storytelling hosted by Columbia Sports. Join me and other fellow NYC adventurers for a night of our favorite tales from the trail!
Kick off the summer with a campout near home! The OutdoorFest Campout 2019 is chock full of outdoor activities including outdoor photography, yoga, trail running, fly fishing and all things camping and hiking, including three events led by yours truly! Have fun the whole weekend for one low price! Plus live music and free beer — oh yeah!!
Get in that “New York State of Mind,” and come along for GGH’s first Public Transit Series on Long Island! A 6.5 mile out and back on the northern-most section of the Nassau-Suffolk Trail, featuring hills, harbor views and a park named for Strong Island favorite, Billy Joel. Oh, and did I mention ice cream and sailboats?
Come along for some Pine Meadow perfection! A six-mike hike in Harriman State Park with all the water spring can bring. We’ll walk alongside babbling brooks to the edge of a Civilian Conservation Corps-built lake and (assuming no April showers) even get some rolling hillside views! Wahoo for spring!!
A day long-event full of workshops, classes and presentations about how to get yourself out of the city and into nearby adventures! I’ll be there to give a hands-on demo of what to pack and how to plan for a multi-night backpacking trip. Check out different styles of backpacks and learn how to load them up with everything you need for a few nights out to a few months on trail.
This March, let’s march! Or rather, let’s gather as a group and do something fun together! Like head high up above the Hudson on the Palisades Cliffs to the summit of Hook Mountain. Known to early Dutch settlers as “Tedious Point,” (apparently because it took so long to pass by via boat), Hook Mountain willy surely reward any “tedious” uphill climb we do with a gorgeous views in all directions. Oh yeah!!
This month, we’ll be reminded that New York is surrounded on so many of it’s sides by water! We’re heading up to the the Boogie-Down Bronx to check out the marshy shorelines and rocky outcroppings of Pelham Bay Park (NYC’s largest city park) and the sweet sounds of some lapping waves on the 1.1 mile long Orchard Beach. Post hike, we’ll warm up with warm drinks or hot chowder on neighboring New England-esque City Island. Fun and not far away!
Want to hit the trail this winter but don’t know if you have the right footwear for the cold? Worry no more! I’m teaming up with Merrell Shoes to lead an extra Public Transit Series hike this January and they’re bringing along some boots for you to try! We’ll do a 6.5 mile loop, catching views of the Hudson and enjoy some quiet time in the woods. Time permitting, we’ll warm up at a restaurant in Cold Spring before catching the train back to NYC.
Start the year off right with this 6 1/2 mile point to point hike up to Anthony’s Nose, which boasts spectacular Hudson River and Bear Mountain Park and Bridge views! We’ll enjoy both woodsy trail walking and gorgeous ridgeline amazingness in the quieter off-season of this famous spot. Time permitting, we’ll warm up at a cafe or brewery in Peekskill before catching the train back to NYC.
A 5-ish mile moderate loop hike in South Mountain Reservation featuring quiet hills and pretty waterfalls designed in that classic Frederick Law Olmstead style. Easy-peasy, even in the short days of December, especially since South Mountain is just a 45-minute train ride from NYC! Time permitting, we’ll warm up at a cafe in Millburn before catching the train back to midtown.
A 7.25 mile moderate loop hike in Harriman State Park featuring spots rich in Revolutionary War History, beautiful views from rocky outcroppings and fun rock scrambles named by an early trailblazing group, “The Fresh Air Club.” Grab a friend to bring with or make some new ones on this November’s Public Transit Series hike!
Come with me and celebrate the Harlem Valley Communities who maintain and take pride in being stewards for the Appalachian Trail! Events to include guided mindfulness hikes, volunteer opportunities, special guests, local farm animals, fresh cider, a food truck and more!
A 7.5 mile loop hike including the Lemon Squeezer, Valley of Boulders, The Appalachian Trail and The Long Path… need I say more? Ok, how about… rock scrambles, ponds, views and fall foliage covering a tiny section of New York State’s second largest park. Awesome, see you there!
An open house event at one of the coolest outdoor lifestyle shops around! Learn about navigation and map reading, make your own beer-can camping stove and find out from me about what it takes to prepare, both mentally and physically for a long-distance backpacking trip. I’ll be on hand with my backpack loaded up with everything one would need for a few nights to a few months of backpacking.
Worried that summer 2018 has come and gone in the blink of an eye? No worries, there’s still time to participate in all sorts of summertime activities and camp-out under the stars! Join me and a bunch of other outdoor adventurers at OutdoorFest Upstate, which is like summer camp, but for adults and all packed into one tidy weekend in the Catskills.
A moderate to strenuous 7-mile loop hike from Beacon up to the Fishkill Ridge Conservation Area, featuring Hudson River views and stream side waterfalls. Plus the option to gather post-hike for lunch and/or brews in downtown Beacon!
The Harlem Valley section of the Appalachian Trail is both gorgeous and incredibly accessible via the Metro-North. Join us for your choice of a dayhike, or stay out a little longer and enjoy the stars on an overnight.
Get out of the city and into the woods without having to drive! The Girl Gotta Hike Public Transit Series is a free, once-monthly guided hike that you can get to easily by train or by bus. This month we head up to the west side of Harriman State Park and explore some of the lesser traveled trails of the state’s second largest park.
A photo presentation and talk about my 6-month trek of the Appalachian Trail and how it inspired me in both my photography and to start up Girl Gotta Hike.