RH on the Mountain


To RSVP for the hike, email: connect@tamidwestchester.org. Please include the names of everyone in your group, the ages of any children, and cell phone number as a contact.

HIKE DESCRIPTION

Nothing could be more inspiring than our Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Worship Service on the Mountain! Celebrate the creation of the world in the midst of the beauty of creation!

We will hike to a breathtaking lookout on Bear Mountain, hold a short 25-minute worship experience including the blowing of the shofar, reading from a mini-Torah, moving singing, and special mountaintop prayers and readings. BYO picnic lunch. There is a drive to the top option (see below). We conclude with Tashlich, the “casting-off” our our sins, at Hessian Lake.

Going up, we take the Major Welch Trail, which is a beautiful, rewarding, and challenging 2-mile hike one-way. It includes 1,028 vertical feet of elevation gain (the equivalent of 100 flights of stairs) and is steep and “scrambly” in places, with some open rock slabs. Hiking boots (highly preferred) or sturdy shoes recommended. We will hike at a relaxed to moderate pace, and no one will feel rushed. The worship experience and picnic lunch will take place at a beautiful scenic overlook.

Going down, we follow the historic Appalachian Trail (which extends from Maine to Georgia) for approximately 2 miles. This route has more moderate grades, scenic overlooks, includes 800 stone steps, and concludes with Tashlich at Hessian Lake with the family fun contingent.

WHAT TO KNOW…WHAT TO BRING

GENERAL: This is not a day for deadlines, cell phones and clock watching.  We have planned the second day Rosh Hashanah hike to be a time for reflection and regeneration – a meaningful outdoor experience for individuals, couples, and families.  

Highlights:

  • 4 mile loop hike up and down Bear Mountain (see description above)
  • Spiritual and interactive worship with shofar and more
  • Meet and mingle with new and old friends
  • Great views along the way!

What To Wear and What To Bring:

  • Hiking boots (recommended) or sturdy shoes suited for uneven terrain 
  • Picnic lunch and snacks for the hike
  • Minimum one quart of water per person (more, if it is a hot day)
  • For clothing – Layers always work best and should include a light sweater (i.e., fleece), rain jacket and if the forecast is for cooler weather – a heavier sweater or jacket, light gloves and hat.  Ideally, avoid cotton
  • Light day pack
  • Misc: Sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses

What To Know:

  • Participants should feel comfortable walking on trails with uneven footing and be able to spend a half-day on your feet hiking
  • Be ready to start hiking at 9 am SHARP, meeting in front of the Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain State Park (there is a $10 parking fee)
  • Make sure you start the day with a hearty breakfast before arriving

To RSVP for the hike, email: connect@tamidwestchester.org. Please include the names of everyone in your group, the ages of any children, and cell phone number as a contact.


DRIVE TO TOP OF BEAR MOUNTAIN OPTION TO MEET UP WITH HIKERS:
For those looking for an another option to get to the worship experience on the mountain, you can drive up to the top of Bear Mountain via Perkins Drive and arrive at 11 am sharp to meet up with the hiking group. There is ample parking on top of Bear Mountain. We will meet you at the front of the Tower on top of the mountain and lead you to the service.
Important to Note: Arrive at 11 am on top of the mountain. Hikers will arrive as close to that time as possible, depending on the group. Please arrive on time as we cannot wait on top. You must pre-register, so we know to look for you and please provide a cell phone number so that we can connect with you, if needed. There is a quarter mile (approximately 10 minute) moderately graded downhill hike from the top of the mountain to the viewpoint where the service will take place. Please wear sturdy footwear or hiking shoes and be comfortable walking (downhill and then back to the top) on some uneven terrain.
Occasionally, Perkins Drive is closed due to weather or maintenance. We will do our best to notify you in advance if this is the case. If the road is closed, you can join the group meeting at the Bear Mountain Inn at 11am for activities at the base of the mountain and then meet up with the hikers at around 1 pm for a short Tashlich service together.
Directions to drive to the top of Bear Mountain:

Traveling North, Take Exit 19 on the Palisades Interstate Parkway toward Perkins Memorial Drive/Bear Mountain Park. Take Seven Lakes Pkwy for approximately 1 mile and make a left onto Perkins Memorial Drive. Head uphill for two miles to the top.

There is a sign on Seven Lakes Drive at the base of Perkins Memorial Drive.

From the Bear Mountain Inn: go south on Seven Lakes Drive for nearly two miles, and then take a slight right onto Perkins Memorial Drive and head uphill for two miles, to the top.

To RSVP for the hike, email: connect@tamidwestchester.org. Please include the names of everyone in your group, the ages of any children, and cell phone number as a contact.


Still have questions?

Contact Karen Bloom

Karenbloom2365@gmail.com

914 500-5841