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Campers' Group is a club that organizes camping, cabin, hiking and ski trips, mostly in NJ, NY, PA and CT, and within a three-hour drive of the NYC metro area. We welcome singles, couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to camp and hike with us.

You can also join us on meetup.com or like us on Facebook.

Here are some of our upcoming events:


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Saturday, April 4, Meeting, then Hike!, REI, East Hanover NJ
REI is allowing us to use their 2nd floor community room for our meeting. We’ll start at 10am to continue to plan our upcoming spring and summer events. Ken will also explain using meetup.com, including important notification settings. After the meeting, follow us over to nearby South Mountain Reservation for a moderate 4-6 mile hike. Please wear hiking boots or shoes, bring lunch, and/or energy snacks, and about 2 liters of water.

If you have joined us on one or more of our outings in the past, we would greatly appreciate you volunteering to help lead a weekend or day event. If it is your first time, don’t worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate.

There is no fee to attend, and you’re welcome to shop in the store just after the meeting.
 
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Sunday, April 26, Day Hike, Sterling Forest, Tuxedo NY
Join us for an intermediate level hike through Sterling Forest State Park. Miles of undisturbed woodland make this a great area to explore. It’s never too crowded, and easy to get to. We will hike the Sterling Ridge Trail, approximately 7.3 miles and 4 hours on moderately difficult trails. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots or a hiking shoe - NO sneakers! Bring lunch or energy snacks with about 2 liters of water. Meet us inside the visitors center at 9:30 am. Park across the road in the main lot.
 
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Saturday, May 9, Strenuous day hike, Breakneck Ridge to Beacon, Beacon NY
Breakneck Ridge is one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the area. We will take a one-way route from Breakneck Ridge to the town of Beacon. This hike will be 10 miles and take approximately 8 hours to complete. Meet us at the Breakneck Ridge parking lot at 8:30 am sharp. More info coming soon.
 
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Sunday, May 17, Day Hike, Bellvale Farms Creamery, Warwick NY
This is a fairly long, challenging one-way hike, partly along a ridge, all on the Appalachian Trail. Meet us at the Bellvale Farms Creamery (1390 NY-17A, Warwick NY) at 9:30 am. We’ll leave some cars, and then transport the group over to the Harriman Elk Pen parking lot to start the hike. (I will need volunteers to help with the transport.) We will visit Little Dam Lake, Mombasha High Point, Fitzgerald Falls, and Wildcat Shelter. At the end, we will be rewarded with a stop at Bellvale Farms Creamery for their delicious ice cream! The hike will be approximately 12 miles for 7-8 hours on moderately difficult trails. Some climbing will be involved. A steady pace will be maintained with planned breaks. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots or a hiking shoe - NO sneakers! Bring lunch or energy snacks with at least 2 liters of water.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 4.
 
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May 22-25, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We’ll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Put on your swimsuit, and boat or fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or boating. On Saturday or Sunday morning, Ken may lead an early morning hike. Chemical toilets by the site, flush toilets and showers in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $12.63 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $13.21 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 11.
 
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June 5-7, Camping Trip, Taconic State Park, Copake Falls NY
What a great time to visit this vista filled park! Easy to advanced hiking is available. The campground is near Alander Peak and Brace Mountain. After a vigorous hike you can jump into the cool water at majestic Bash Bish Falls! Bicycle the Harlem Valley Rail Trail; it is great for mountain bikes and hybrids, or map out a route on the quiet roads in this bucolic area. Hot showers and flush toilets available.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 18.
 
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June 13-14, Camping Trip, Harriman Backpacking Trip, Ramapo NY
This will be an easy to moderate overnight backpacking trip for those with at least a little experience. We will meet at the Tuxedo train station Saturday morning, hike in about 3 miles, set up camp, explore the area, have dinner, a campfire, sleep in solitude, and then hike out after breakfast or lunch the next day.

Please understand that to participate, you MUST be prepared with appropriate hiking boots, clothing, backpack, water, food, and know your own hiking ability. Pack light and only bring the essentials. Bring an ultra-light tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, cooking/eating utensils, ready-to-eat food, first-aid kit, headlamp, etc. A mid-sized external or internal frame backpack is appropriate. Hiking boots to carry at least 25-35 lbs is a must. A backpacking checklist is available here.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 12.
 
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June 19-21, Camping Trip, Mongaup Pond State Park, De Bruce NY
Mongaup Pond is actually a huge lake in the Catskills in which you can swim, fish and boat. Or you can enjoy the scenery as you hike or bicycle. Hot showers and flush toilets. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after April 25.
 
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