Moon Take a Hike New York City
80 Hikes within Two Hours of Manhattan
By Skip Card
Second Edition, May 2012
Hiking around New York City is more than just treks between high rises. In Moon Take a Hike New York City, award-winning writer Skip Card shows you the best hikes in and around The Big Apple—all within two hours of the city.
Let Card show you all the worthwhile hikes, from short, flat routes suitable for families to day-long, steep treks for more advanced hikers. Each hike profile contains practical information, including point-by-point trail navigation, contact information, facilities, fees, parking instructions, and an easy-to-use map for each trail. From Long Island up to the Shawangunks, from the Appalachian Trail down to New Jersey, your trip begins with Moon Take a Hike New York City.
What’s inside Moon Take a Hike New York City
Enjoy the very best of New York City Hiking with these itineraries:
- Best for Bird-Watching
- Best for Escaping the Crowds
- Best for High Peaks
- Best for Interesting Geography
- Best for Kids
- Best Paths to the Past
- Most Variety
- Best from Public Transportation
Discover the best hiking spots in:
- New York City and Long Island
- New Jersey
- Western Hudson
- The Shawangunks
- Eastern Hudson
- Appalachian Trail
Skip Card grew up in Washington state, where at a young age he began eagerly exploring the Pacific Northwest’s beaches, forests, and foothills. His love of hiking and nature eventually evolved into an interest in mountaineering: he has climbed most of the Northwest’s highest peaks, including 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.
A newspaperman since 1986, Skip worked for many years as the outdoors reporter for The News Tribune in his hometown of Tacoma, where his work earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He often shot the photographs that accompanied his outdoors stories, particularly when his research took him to remote places. He was a copy editor and headline writer at the New York Post from 2005 until 2010, and his freelance work has appeared in magazines ranging from Outside to New York Family. He is the coauthor of the hiking guide Best Rain Shadow Hikes: Western Washington, and contributed to the second edition of Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide. Today, he is a frequent contributor to the website InsideSchools.org, where he reviews New York City public schools and writes the “Elementary Dad” column.
During a visit to New York in 2002, Skip met the woman who would later lure him permanently to the city. Married in 2004, Skip and Jean Margaret Card now live with their daughter on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. They are regular weekend visitors to Woodstock, NY.
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