Our 2 clubs offer 2 different hiking paces: (1) fast or (2) moderate. Our day hikes extend from Northern New Jersey to the Adirondacks...and everything in between!
MODERATE: The West Milford 13ers offer moderately paced hikes in and around the Heart of the North Jersey Highlands. We are dedicated to supporting sustainable tourism: climb all 13 local peaks & become an official 13er. See calendar below.
FAST: The WWW Hiking Club offers 14 fast-paced, steep, strenuous hikes per year. For women & men with strong legs and good cardiovascular fitness. Hikes take place in Upstate New York State and New Jersey.
WE SUPPORT THE TRAIL CONFERENCE!! Annual WWW membership is $69/year and directly supports the people who make the 2,000+ miles of trails we all enjoy for free. Your WWW membership includes:
- 26 hikes
- Free full-year membership to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
- All Trail Conference discounts and benefits
100% of WWW membership dues are contributed to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. View photos from our Bontincou Crag hike: Climb the Crag album
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BD = Moderate hikes (West Milford 13ers/Baker's Dozen hikes) WWW = Strenuous, fast-paced hikes (Weis Wyanokie Wanderers)
To be added to the hike email list (for directions, meeting locations and weather updates), contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 3, 9:30am
Best of the Appalachian Trail - Hike Don's favorite section of the NY Appalachian Trail, across the rugged ridges of northernmost Sterling Forest. A wild experience including hemlock ridges, pristine views and picturesque lakeside scenery. 9 miles end to end, very strenuous.
Sunday, November 17, 9:30am
Jungle Habitat - BD - Back by popular demand...you can choose your hike, either a moderately easy 4-mile walk or strenuous 7-mile hike. Both hikes begin by discovering the curious remnants and intersting history of Jungle Habitat, a 1970s-era wild animal safari park. After checking out 2 scenic views, the groups separate. The longer hike make a rugged climb to the top of Horse Pond Mtn with its impressive overlook of Monksville Reservoir.
Sunday, December 1, 9:30am
Stone Living Room (Wyanokie Torne) & Buck Mtn - BD - Visit the famous stone chairs, check out a unique rock formation, summit up to 2 West Milford Baker's dozen peaks, and enjoy some unique views on this 2-part hike. Opt for just the first hike (3.5 miles) or add on with Buck Mtn for a total of 7 miles.
Sunday, December 8, 9:30am
Monster Mines of Harriman - WWW -Unforgettable hike past the remnants of 5 major iron mining sites, now deep in the forests of Harriman. Defiinitely one of our most popular hikes. Other than the mine stops, this loop hike will be fast & strenuous, about 9 miles.
Sunday, January 5, 9:30am
Wawayanda Lakes Loop - BD Celebrate the New Year with a beautiful hike among the evergreens, frozen lakes, wetlands and iron mining remnants of beautiful Wawayanda State Park. Proper winter hiking gear and footwear required. Distance: approximately 6 miles.
Sunday, Feb 23, 9:30am
Skylands Signs of Color Hike - BD The mountains, meadows and ponds around NJ Botanical Gardens are surprisingly colorful in wintertime. Break out of cabin fever mode and check out the arboretum, bamboo/grasses, views and curiosities on this 6-mile loop hike. Proper winter hiking gear and footwear required.
Sunday, Mar 23, 9:30am
Big Beech and Jennings Mountain - BD. The first hike of spring is one of the steepest and most challenging of all the Baker's Dozen hikes. Includes a steep bushwhack and a second big ascent. Excellent views of Greenwood Lake and Monksville Reservoir. Strong legs, cardiovascular fitness and a willingness to hike off-trail are required for this 7-mile adventure.
Sam's Point, Ice Caves & VerKeerderkill Falls
Harriman-Bear Mtn adventures
Hook Mountain & the Tors
Four Birds Trail
Cost is $8 per person per hike. To get on the email list contact: email@example.com
West Milford Baker's Dozen: A Hiker's Guide to Climbing the Heart of the Highland's Greatest Peaks
The official guide book to the Baker's Dozen Challenge has been expanded to 50 pages. It contains 18 hikes (13 official, 4 unofficial, 1 mystery hike) and an area to make notes as you hike. When you have done them all, Don Weise offers you your own official certification of completion.
To order go to: http://www.nynjtc.org Click on "go shopping" then "books" then scroll down to West Milford Baker's Dozen ($9.95 + tax & shipping). New York/New Jersey Trail Conference members get a 25% discount.
NEW BOOK! CALL FOR PHOTOS:
In fall 2013, the NY/NJ Trail Conference will publish the first ever comprehensive guide to circuit (loop) hikes in Harriman & Bear Mountain state parks! Authored by Don Weise, it will contain 34 loop hikes, most with an least one option to lengthen or shorten your trip. Eight of the chapters are suitable for trail running...some are also suitable for X-C skiiing or mountain biking. Maps, photos, historical notes, views, mines, waterfalls and more can be found in the book.
YOU can be part of the book: do you have any great, high-res photos of Harriman/Bear Mtn?Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to send in your photos for consideration!
Wild thimbleberries grow along in upstate New York near the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes. The tart berries like limestone soil and look like a thimble when picked from the plant.
With over 100 miles of hiking trails, mountain top lakes, spectacular cliffs and scenery, wild West Milford is the perfect hiking getaway for New York and New Jersey residents!
Climb all 13 of West Milford, New Jersey's rocky peaks and become a West Milford 13er.
Or for an even greater adventure, take the Winter 17er Challenge. For more information email email@example.com
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