A number of other organizations sponsor hikes and outings that may be of interest to Thendara Mountain Club members and friends.

The following links are a good place to start to find more information.

Green Mountain Club is our original parent organization. The Green Mountain Club and its 9500 plus members from across the country share a love for hiking and a commitment to preserving and protecting the Long Trail System for future generations. Although the Green Mountain Club primarily cares for the Long Trail, the Club’s advocacy and education efforts also safeguard Vermont’s many other hiking trails. GMC volunteers and staff teach low-impact practices and safety skills that outdoor enthusiasts use whenever they hit the backwoods. Through its land protection program in northern Vermont, the Club has protected more than fifty-five miles of the Long Trail System and 16,000 acres of backcountry land.

New York – New Jersey Trail Conference This is a great place to start your search for like-minded organizations. The site contains links to all sorts of outdoors organizations which are members of the Trail Conference. They also sponsor a number of hikes connected with their capital campaign, called CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE, whose proceeds will go to permanently protect long-distance trail corridors over the next decade.

The Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, promoting the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region. Among their many chapters, the New York – North Jersey and Connecticut chapters are probably the most relevant to TMC members.

The Sierra Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Like the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Sierra Club has local chapters. The New York – Atlantic,the New Jersey, and the Connecticut chapters are in our area.

Harriman Hikers is a hiking club for singles of all ages who meet every Sunday at 11:30am in the South Parking Lots, Field B-1, of the Ramapo College of New Jersey on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ. Founded in 1974, the Harriman Hikers is one of the oldest singles groups in the area. Hikes are intermediate and although no equipment or experience is needed hikers should be in good physical shape and capable of hiking 7-8 miles in hilly and rocky country where some hills can be steep. Most of the hikes take place in Harriman State Park (NY), but also in the state parks of northern New Jersey such as Wawayanda State Park, Norvin Green State Forest, Ramapo Reservation and in the southern Hudson Valley such as Black Rock Forest, Sterling Forest and Bear Mountain.

Harrimanhike: Harriman Park Hiking is for those who enjoy hiking with dogs (or without) and walking in NY and NJ, in Harriman Park and wish to arrange informal hikes with others. They don’t have a website. The address is that of a very chatty and active Yahoo group which you can join. All their hikes are dog hikes. They have a regular Friday group hike, as well as lesser dog friendly hikes earlier in the week. Hikers in greater New York/New Jersey area are welcome. They hike the Appalachian Trail, Sterling Forest, Hewitt, Ringwood, Ramapo and other neighboring parks within easy distance of the area.

CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS

The Catskill Center is a member-supported, not-for-profit conservation organization serving the six-and-a-half-county Catskill Mountain region of New York State working to promote the quality of life in area communities. They sponsor a number of hikes and other events in the Catskill region. TMC supports the Center in its conservation efforts, especially in its fight against the mega-resort planned on Belleayre Mountain.

Scenic Hudson is an environmental organization and land trust working to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson River and its riverfront as a public and natural resource. To realize this vision, the group’s experienced leaders and staff of experts combine coalition building, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley’s inspiring natural beauty.