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Get ready for the fun of Winter hiking!

The mountains and forests in the Tri-State are usually covered with snow in the Winter. After a snowfall overnight, the snow on the trail is dry and powdery. There are no footprints on the trail except those of deers and small animals. There are icicles hanging waterfalls and the running water forms ice scultptures on the streams. To enjoy a hike in winter, you need to dress warm; wear a warm hat, gloves and waterproof clothing. Hike at a steady pace and be careful on icy spots. A winter hike burns up a lot of calories. It helps you to have a better appetite and staying fit. The long distance hikers use the opportunity to train themselves to toughen their mind and muscles for their future hiking expeditions.

Sunday 2/5/2023 - Ramapo Valley Ilgenstein Rock Family Hike
Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah, NJ
From the parking lot, take the bridge across the Ramapo River. Go up the mountain to Hawk Rock and Cactus Ledge. Go downhill to the Ridge Overlook where there is a gorgeous view of the valley. Continue to hike to MacMillan Reservoir. Go through the swamp to reach Bear Swamp Lake. Climb up the hill to Ilgentstein Rock. After enjoying the panorama view, go downhill to the Cannonball Lake. Follow the Swamp Brook downhill then follow the Yellow Silver Trail to return to the parking.
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at the trailhead
Leaders: Chung Leung -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/11/2023 - Russian Bear/Pine Meadow Lake, 8 Mile Day Hike / Level C
Harriman State Park, NY
Start from Reeve visitor center at 7 Lakes Drive, follow the blue trail, then orange trail to Russian Bear. After enjoying the view of the Ramapo valley, then go down to Pine Meadow Lake. Take a walk around the lake for the winter view and return to the visitor center through the white trail along the Stony Brook.
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at the trailhead
Leaders: Iris Liu/Bon Chiu -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/11/2023 - Long Distance Hike Training: Session #5, 15- 20 miles
Harriman State Park, NY
The training program prepares hikers to hike long distances and explore unfamiliar territories. Hikers help each other to achieve their goals. Hikers in the program build up their physical strength; improve their hiking skills and develop good judgement under difficult situations. Hikers practice on the trails to visit the 13 target points of the Gin's Challenge Hike. The hikers are required to hike at least 8 hours for each session.
Meeting Time/Place: 7:30 AM at the Trailhead
Leaders: Ling Zhou/Chung Leung/Rosa Melgar -- Click to sign on the activity

Sunday 2/12/2023 - CMCNY Membership Meeting & Spring Festival Gathering
Elmhurst, NY
The General Membership Meeting is an experience sharing and get together party for all members and their friends. It will be held at the St. James Episcopal Church, 84-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY. The event features a buffet dinner, slide show on our exotic expeditions, raffle, games, used gears exchange and preview of upcoming activities. Open enrollment for new members. Reservation is required. Fees: Free for members, $10 guest of members. **Due to the Pandemic, wearing masks is required.
Meeting Time/Place: 2:00 PM at St. James Episcopal Church
Leaders: Jessica Liu/Kwok-Chi Ng/Steve Huang/Sharon Yan -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/18/2023 - Ramapo Valley Ilgenstein Rock Hike / Level B&C
Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah, NJ
From the parking lot, take the bridge across the Ramapo River. Go around the Scarlet Pond. Go up the mountain to Hawk Rock and Cactus Ledge. Go downhill to reach Ridge Overlook where there is a gorgeous view of the valley. Hike down the hill to MacMillan Reservoir. Go through the swamp to reach Bear Swamp Lake. Climb up the hill to Ilgentstein Rock. After enjoying the panorama view, go downhill to the Cannonball Lake. Follow the Swamp Brook downhill then follow the Yellow Silver Trail to return to the parking. *No Carpool Arrangement
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at the trailhead
Leaders: Steve Huang/MeiSheng Liu -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/18/2023 - Long Distance Hike Training: Session #6, 15- 20 miles
Harriman State Park, NY
The training program prepares hikers to hike long distances and explore unfamiliar territories. Hikers help each other to achieve their goals. Hikers in the program build up their physical strength; improve their hiking skills and develop good judgement under difficult situations. Hikers practice on the trails to visit the 13 target points of the Gin's Challenge Hike. The hikers are required to hike at least 9 hours for each session.
Meeting Time/Place: 7:30 AM at the Trailhead
Leaders: John Li/Carina Li/Chung Leung -- Click to sign on the activity

Sunday 2/19/2023 - Lake Askoti- Island Pond Family Hike -- with level C option
Harriman State Park, NY
Take the A-SB (red triangle) trail to Time Square. Go up the Hogencamp Mountain and visit the lookout points on R-D and Lichen trails. Continue to visit the famous rock formation of Lemon Squeezer. Go west on the AT trail to the north shore of Island Pond. Change to a service road to a secluded spot, south of Island pond. Retrace back on the service road and follow the scenic Dunning (yellow) trail back to the parking. Avid hikers can extend the hike to visit the lookout points on Black Rock Mountain before heading back to the parking lot.
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at trail head
Leaders: Chung Leung -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/25/2023 - Doodletown Bridle Path, 8 Mile Day Hike / Level C
Bear Mountain State Park
Start from Route 9 near Bear Mtn Inn. Hike begins with a short but steep climb along a river. Visit the remains of a mine. Have lunch at the mountain top where a panoramic view is outstanding.
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at trailhead
Leaders: YuShan Li/Iris Lee/Cherry Lau -- Click to sign on the activity

Saturday 2/25/2023 - Long Distance Hike Training: Session #7, 16- 22 miles
Harriman State Park, NY
The training program prepares hikers to hike long distances and explore unfamiliar territories. Hikers help each other to achieve their goals. Hikers in the program build up their physical strength; improve their hiking skills and develop good judgement under difficult situations. Hikers practice on the trails to visit the 13 target points of the Gin's Challenge Hike. The hikers are required to hike at least 9 hours for each session.
Meeting Time/Place: 7:30 AM at the Trailhead
Leaders: Chung Leung -- Click to sign on the activity

Sunday 2/26/2023 - Surprise Lake and Bearford Mountain Family Hike
Hewitt, NJ
Take the Orange trail to Surprise Lake. Follow the blue trail to the mountain ridge to meet the AT trail. Stand on the NY/ NJ boundary with your feet on both states. Continue on the AT trail to the Grand View. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Greenwood Lake. After lunch, follow the yellow to connect to the pink trail and hike leisurely back to the parking lot.
Meeting Time/Place: 8:30 AM at the trailhead
Leaders: Chung Leung -- Click to sign on the activity

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Whatsnew

  • 1/1/2023 - New Year Inspiration Day Hike & Cookout at Silvermine Lake, video by Barry Yu Peng
  • 6/29/2022 - CMC Annual donation to American Lung Association, photo by Chung Leung
  • 6/12/2022 - CMC Annual meeting (Group photo and new board photo)
  • 2021 - Activity Moments, photos by Chung Leung
  • 9/28/2019 - CMC Semi-Annual Trail Maintenance, photos by Kwok-Chi Ng
  • 4/27/2019 - Three Reservoirs / TMI Loop hike, photos by Rose Liu
  • 4/6/2019 - Storm King Mountain hike, photos by Rose Liu
  • 3/30/2019 - Forestne Meadow Lake / 7 Hills Trail hike, photos by Rose Liu
  • 3/24/2019 - CMCNY 2019 Trip Leader Training Meeting, photos by Hong Huang
    1/27/2019 - CMCNY Annual Meeting, photos by Kwok-Chi Ng
    1/27/2019 - CMCNY Annual Meeting, photos by Lily Huang
    1/19/2019 - Ramapo Mountain State Forest hike, photos by Rose Liu
    5/27/2017 - A Memorable Camping Trip: Frances Slocum SP, article by Jordan Chang (10 yr old)
    5/27/2017 - Fun Activities at Camping: Frances Slocum SP, article by Vincent Chang (8 yr old)
    1/15/2017 - Embracing Nature and Friendships: Patagonia Adventure 2016. Video by Steve & Lily Huang
    11/13/2016 - CMCNY AT thru-hikers' Celebration Party, photos by Hong Huang
    2015 January - Climbing Mount Washington, article by Helen Huang
    2014 October - Presidential Range Traverse In One Day, article by Helen Huang
    05/10/2014 - Bear Mountain, NY, video by YongShuo Li
    2014 May - Annapurna Circuit 20 Days Hiking Trip (Part 1), article by James Wang
    2014 May - Annapurna Circuit 20 Days Hiking Trip (Part 2), article by James Wang
    2014 May - Annapurna Circuit 20 Days Hiking Trip (Part 3), article by James Wang
    2014 May - Climbing Mount Shasta in California (in 2013), article by Helen Huang
    2014 Spring - Mystery Canyon And Its Redbud Tree, article by Chi Chan
     

    CMCNY Mailing Address:

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    PO BOX 295
    New York, NY 10163

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    Our day hikes are rated from Level A to Level F. Level A being the earliest;  Lever D and above are for experienced hikers only. Please contact leader if you are uncertain about what level of hiking activity should you participate. Click here to see CMCNY Hiking Rating System.





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