This Springtime urban hike through midtown Manhattan includes hiking past NY icons such as Central Park, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, U. N. Building, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, and so on. The hike is about 8-9 miles of walking through Manhattan. The hike will start early in the morning in NY (about 5 a.m.) and end in the afternoon. (about 2 p.m.). We will stop at restaurants and cafes for breakfast, lunch and coffee. Bring money for breakfast, lunch, subway rides and personal needs.
SAFETY MESSAGE: We recommend that you DO NOT HIKE if you answer NO to any of the following questions: • MEDICAL FITNESS: Are you medically fit to participate in this event? FOOTWEAR: Have you proper footwear (hiking boots recommended on trails)? • EXPERIENCE: Have you done a hike of similar difficulty in recent past (same hike rating or one lower)? FOOD AND WATER: Have you enough food and water (two quarts; more in hot weather)? • CLOTHING: Have you proper clothing, especially for cold weather (layered clothing, warm wool sweater or jacket, gloves or mittens, ear muffs, hat, rain gear, and so on)?
LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: I the undersigned do hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all Club functions. I will not hold any of the Club’s leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to my own person or any members of my family, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence of a Club hike or other activity.
When & Where
Northern Virginia Hiking Club
For its size (approximately 600 members) the Northern Virginia Hiking Club offers an amazing number and variety of outdoor activities. Typically at least two hikes are offered each week: one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Quite often special activities such as backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, moonlight hiking, and white water rafting are also offered. Typical day hike destinations include the Shenandoah National Park, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, and various other national, state and regional parks located around the DC metropolitan area. Special activities may involve farther destinations.
As mentioned in the Spring in Manhattan web page describing the NVHC hike in NY, "Early booking usually results in lower fares." I did a survey of three carriers to compare the fares traveling within a few days of purchasing tickets and the fare when purchasing tickets several months before the travel date. Here's the results.
- Amtrak = $98
- Fare is usually $49 each way on weekends.
- Gotobus.com = $50
- Fare is $25 on Eastern Bus each way this coming weekend and $25 each way on the May 31-June 1 weekend.
- Megabus.com = $26
- (Fare is $51 if purchased near travel date.)
- Fare is $32 to DC to NY and $19 NY to DC this coming weekend. The fare is $25 DC to NY on May 31 and $1 (one dollar) NY to DC on June 1.