• Activities for Week ending 4/29/18 (4/24/2018)

    Warmer weather is now setting in and should entice you to enjoy the outdoors. Take note that warmer weather brings the return of insects and more more. Please consider using repellants to protect yourself from nagging flies, mosquitoes and ticks. To lessen contact remain on the Watershed Trails as that will greatly reduce your chance of attracting ticks and others. Consider sun protection as well since the sun has been stronger given the clear fresh air.

    MEDITATIVE HIKE
    Saturday, April 28th

    Hike led by Rev Aaron Baughman

    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir (Reservoir 1) Trailhead 2 Parking Lot 4
    Join this meditative hike focusing on your senses. Meet at Brewer’s Reservoir (old Reservoir 1) at end of Reservoir Ave Port Jervis.
    Dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes/boots and bring water.

    GROUP RUN
    Saturday, April 28th

    Led by Peter Tomasi

    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir (Reservoir 1) Trailhead 2 Parking Lot 4
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4) on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    TRAIL MAINTENANCE
    Saturday, April 28th

    Maintenance led by Philp Johnson or Mike Ward

    9:00 AM – “old caretakers house” 220 Academy Ave – Sparrow Bush
    Light trail work clearing leaves and branches from the northern trails

    In preparation for spring/summer biking, hiking and running we are holding a work session to clear debris from the trails and around the Elks Brox Trails. We will be performing this work each weekend through Memorial Day. No experience is necessary so please come join us. Leaf rakes or hard rakes are handy to bring along if you have one otherwise you may use one of ours. Gloves and water are highly recommended as well.

    Park at Old Caretaker’s House. Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush.  Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop.  One block make right on Academy Ave.  Follow for 1.7 miles to Watershed Trails sign. Bear slightly left and park at house on left opposite reservoir. 220 Academy Avenue, Sparrowbush

    GROUP MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE
    Sunday, April 29th

    Lead by Ben Cheek/Philip Johnson

    2:00 PM | Deerpark Dam Trailhead Beginner / Intermediate No-Drop

    We usually ride about 7 miles and pick our route based on the group skill-level and weather. Great ride for learning the trail system, trail-to-trail flow, and finding interesting features throughout the park.
    Park at Deerpark Dam Parking (Lot 6) on Bauxbaum Rd: Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush. Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop. One block make right on Academy Ave. Follow for 1.7 miles to Watershed Trails sign, then right on unpaved Boxbaum Rd to lot ½ mile on right.
    501 Boxbaum Rd, Sparrowbush.

    FULL MOON HIKE
    Sunday, April 29th

    Lead by Mike Ward

    7:00 PM | Elks Brox Park Entrance Trailhead 1, Parking Lot 2
    Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
    We will be hiking along Elks Brox trails and taking in views overlooking the West End, Delaware River, downtown Port Jervis, Matamoras, High Point and the Neversink valley area.

    Park at Elk-Brox Parking (Lot 2) Off of Rt 42/Rt 97 then one mile up Skyline Drive just past the old Kolmar plant on the right.

  • Earth Day Weekend Activities (4/20/2018)

    EARTH DAY WEEKEND RUN
    9:00 AM Saturday, April 21th
    Led by Peter Tomasi

     9:00 AM – Brewer’s Reservoir (Reservoir 1) Trailhead

    Run Difficulty – Moderate

    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.

    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4) on right just before Water Plant entrance 61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

     EARTH DAY TRAIL MAINTENANCE
    9:00 AM Sunday, April 22
    Maintenance led by Mike Ward

    9:00 AM – Elks Brox Trailhead Parking Lot 2

    In preparation for spring/summer biking, hiking and running we are holding a work session to clear debris from the trails and around the Elks Brox Trails. We will be performing this work each weekend through Memorial Day. No experience is necessary so please come join us.

    Leaf rakes or hard rakes are handy to bring along if you have one otherwise you may use one of ours. Gloves and water are highly recommended as well. We will be cleaning and clearing nearby , kiosk area, nearby trails and removing downed wood.

    Park at Elk-Brox Parking (Lot 2) One mile up Skyline Drive just past the old Kolmar plant

     

    EARTH DAY HIKE
    2:00 PM Sunday, April 22

    Hike Difficulty will be Moderate

    Hike led by Mike Ward

    Holography, Lost Bear, Moranigan, Dejay Downs (new north section), Brandt Path to Mirror Lake, Lenni Llenape, Hugenot Hill Trails

    2:00 PM – Deerpark Dam (old Reservoir 3) Parking Lot 6

    Meet at Parking Lot #6 Kiosk – Box Baum Rd. Rt 97/42 2.4 miles west to Sparrowbush from Pike St/Orange St. Right then left on Main St. One block make right on Academy Ave. 1.7 miles to red Watershed sign and bear right onto Box Baum Rd ½ mi to kiosk & parking lot on right)

    Wear sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothes and bring water &  a snack. Hike will be approx. 5 mi. on trails and last approx. 2-1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Spring Is Near… (3/16/2018)

    All Activities Weather Permitting.
    Schedules and Activities Subject to change.
    Updates posted on OCOPJ.ORG and Facebook: outdoorclubofportjervis or email info@ocopj.org for additional info or schedule changes

    North Trails Hike
    Saturday, March 17  9:00 AM
    Moderate-Strenuous Difficulty
    Old Caretaker’s HouseModerate DifficultyA hike on the north trails around the Watershed Reservoirs. The remote northern trails offer some of the most secluded groves and wildlife rich areas of the park.  Our hike will cover about 5.9 miles with a fair amount of elevation change. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Park at Old Caretaker’s HouseTake Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush.  Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop.  One block make right on Academy Ave.  Follow for 1.7 miles toWatershed Trails sign. Bear slightly left and park at house on left opposite reservoir.220 Academy Avenue, Sparrowbush

    Group Run
    Saturday, March 17  9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Snowball’s Chance Fat Bike Affair
    Sunday, March 18  10:00 AM | Foundry 42
    Ride 6 miles, 12 miles, or 20 miles. This is now a event/group ride, not a race. This is a  FREE event! We are going to roll across town and then hit the best trails that the Watershed Trails has to offer. In typical fashion, you will likely find some trail magic along the way! No matter your speed, we will have an appropriate group for you to join. After-party (cash bar) at the Fox n Hare Brewery.
    Meet at Foundry 42 42 Front St. Port Jervis

    Meditative Hike with Rev Aaron
    Saturday, March 24  8:30 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead

    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Parking (Lot 5)
    at end of Reservoir Ave – to left of Water Plant entrance and 1/5th mile up drive
    91 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis
    or Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Group Run
    Saturday, March 24  9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    New Ways Hike
    Sunday, March 25  10:00 AM – Elks Brox Trailhead
    We will hike the new 5 Bridges & Duke’s Crossing Trails and return via Blueberry Karma and Scout’s Honor.
    Moderate hike 4-1/2 miles approx. 2-1/2 hrs

    Park at Elk-Brox Parking (Lot 2) One mile up Skyline Drive just past the old Kolmar plant

    Group Run
    Saturday, March 31  9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Full Moon Hike (Blue Moon)
    Hike led by Mike Ward
    Saturday March 31   7 PM Deerpark Dam (Old Res 3)

    Park at “caretaker house” 220 Academy Ave Sparrowbush across from flagpole. Rt 97/42 2.4 miles west to Sparrowbush from Pike St/Orange St. Right then left on Main St. One block make right on Academy Ave. 1.7 miles to red Watershed sign KEEP LEFT to 220 Academy Ave.
    Wear sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothes and bring water. Hike will be approx. 2-1/2 to 3 miles on trails and last 2 hrs.

    Group Mountain Bike Ride
    Sunday, April 12:00 PM | Deerpark Dam Trailhead
    ​Beginner / Intermediate No-Drop
    We usually ride about 7 miles and pick our route based on the group skill-level and weather.
    Great ride for learning the trail system, trail-to-trail flow, and finding interesting features throughout the park.
    Park at Deerpark Dam Parking (Lot 6)
    on Bauxbaum Rd: Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush. Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop. One block make right on Academy Ave. Follow for 1.7 miles to
    Watershed Trails sign, then right on unpaved Boxbaum Rd to lot ½ mile on right.
    501 Boxbaum Rd, Sparrowbush.

  • OUTDOOR CLUB MARCH 2018 ACTIVITIES (3/1/2018)

    Group Run

    Saturday, March 3
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Lake-to-Lake Hike

    Sunday, March 4
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    We’ll shuttle to the starting point on Boxbaum Road in Sparrowbush. Two shimmering lakes, old infrastructure, streams, plenty of woods, and an interesting historic site. Hike is moderate difficulty, mostly due to rough surface, not distance (about 3.5 – 4.0 miles). Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Parking (Lot 5)
    at end of Reservoir Ave – to left of Water Plant entrance and 1/5th mile up drive
    91 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Group Mountain Bike Ride

    Sunday, March 4
    2:00 PM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead Beginner / Intermediate No-Drop
    We usually ride about 7 miles and pick our route based on the group skill-level and weather.
    Great ride for learning the trail system, trail-to-trail flow, and finding interesting features throughout the park.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Parking (Lot 5)
    at end of Reservoir Ave – to left of Water Plant entrance and 1/5th mile up drive
    91 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis
    or Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Meditative Hike with Rev Aaron

    Saturday, March 10
    8:30 AM | Pt. Peter Trailhead (behind St. Peter’s Church)
    Moderate Difficulty
    Meet behind St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for a meditative hike focused on breathing, connecting with the senses, and with one another. This is a steep hike, but not long. This is an opportunity to simply soak up the energy of the outdoors, as we walk in silence, and take time to commune with nature. Bring a blanket to sit on during our guided meditation (some blankets are available)

    Park at St. Peter’s Church 31 W Main St, Port Jervis

    Group Run

    Saturday, March 10
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Elks-Brox Vistas Hike

    Sunday, March 11
    2:00 PM | Elks-Brox Trailhead
    Easy to Moderate Difficulty
    Meandering trails through Elks Brox, three panoramic vistas, and old Girl Scout camp, being restored by Outdoor Club. 2.5 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Park at Elk-Brox Parking (Lot 2)
    One mile up Skyline Drive just past the old Kolmar plant

    Group Run

    Saturday, March 17
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    North Trails Hike

    Saturday, March 17
    9:00 AM | Old Caretaker’s House
    Moderate Difficulty
    A hike on the north trails around the Watershed Reservoirs. The remote northern trails offer some of the most secluded groves and wildlife rich areas of the park. Our hike will cover about 5.9 miles with a fair amount of elevation change. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    Park at Old Caretaker’s House
    Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush. Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop. One block make right on Academy Ave. Follow for 1.7 miles to
    Watershed Trails sign. Bear slightly left and park at house on left opposite reservoir.
    220 Academy Avenue, Sparrowbush

    Snowball’s Chance Fat Bike Affair

    Sunday, March 18  (replaces regular group ride)
    10:00 AM | Foundry 42
    All Riding Levels
    Ride 6 miles, 12 miles, or 20 miles. This is now a event/group ride, not a race. This is a FREE event! We are going to roll across town and then hit the best trails that the Watershed Trails has to offer. In typical fashion, you will likely find some trail magic along the way! No matter your speed, we will have an appropriate group for you to join. After-party (cash bar) at the Fox n Hare Brewery.
    Meet at Foundry 42 42 Front St. Port Jervis

    Meditative Hike with Rev Aaron

    Saturday, March 24
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Easy Difficulty
    Meet at the parking lot at Reservoir Rd for a meditative hike focused on our senses. We will use our sense of sight to reflect upon nature quotes as we hike, our sense of smell as we explore the forest for unique scents and our sense of touch on a nature scavenger hunt. Also be prepared for a blindfolded hike, as we use our sense of hearing, ending with, lastly, our sense of taste as we brew some pine tea. This will be a very easy hike, excellent for all hiking abilities.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Parking (Lot 5)
    at end of Reservoir Ave – to left of Water Plant entrance and 1/5th mile up drive
    91 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis
    or Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Group Run

    Saturday, March 2
    49:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Group Run

    Saturday, March 31
    9:00 AM | Brewer’s Reservoir Trailhead
    Moderate Difficulty
    There’s a group run starting in the watershed. Route, distance, and pace to be decided by those in attendance. The group run will be every Saturday, same time and place unless otherwise directed.
    Park at Brewer’s Reservoir Overflow Parking (Lot 4)
    on right just before Water Plant entrance
    61 Reservoir Rd, Port Jervis

    Group Mountain Bike Ride

    Sunday, April 1
    2:00 PM | Deerpark Dam Trailhead Beginner / Intermediate No-Drop
    We usually ride about 7 miles and pick our route based on the group skill-level and weather.
    Great ride for learning the trail system, trail-to-trail flow, and finding interesting features throughout the park.
    Park at Deerpark Dam Parking (Lot 6)
    on Bauxbaum Rd: Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush. Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop. One block make right on Academy Ave. Follow for 1.7 miles to
    Watershed Trails sign, then right on unpaved Boxbaum Rd to lot ½ mile on right.
    501 Boxbaum Rd, Sparrowbush.

    Group Mountain Bike Ride

    ​Sunday, April 15
    2:00 PM | Deerpark Dam Trailhead Beginner / Intermediate No-Drop
    We usually ride about 7 miles and pick our route based on the group skill-level and weather.
    Great ride for learning the trail system, trail-to-trail flow, and finding interesting features throughout the park.
    Park at Deerpark Dam Parking (Lot 6)
    on Bauxbaum Rd: Take Rt. 97/42 West to Sparrowbush. Right on Main St. then immediate left at stop. One block make right on Academy Ave. Follow for 1.7 miles to
    Watershed Trails sign, then right on unpaved Boxbaum Rd to lot ½ mile on right.
    501 Boxbaum Rd, Sparrowbush.

  • NEW HIKES – FACULTY & STAFF INVITED (2/12/2018)

    Take a Hike!
    with
    The Outdoor Club of Port Jervis
    The Outdoor Club invites Port Jervis School District Faculty and Staff to hike with us in Watershed Park—and explore its educational possibilities!

    Three hikes for your enjoyment (all are welcome to participate) :

    • February 17—Deerpark Dam
    • February 25—Elks Brox Vistas
    • March 4—Lake-to-Lake

    Please read the attached letter for details
    (Outdoor Club of Port Jervis—www.ocopj.org)
    February 2018
    Greetings Port Jervis School District Faculty and Staff!
    The Outdoor Club of Port Jervis cordially invites all PJ faculty and staff to join us on a series of hikes in the beautiful and expansive Watershed Park.
    The Park is a 2000-acre forested gem right in our own backyard, and it’s free and open to all who love the great outdoors. The Outdoor Club, as stewards of the Park, has been busy building, marking, and mapping 34 miles of trails—with even more under construction.
    And we’re eager to show you around the Park and discuss with you the tremendous educational potential for students in all grade levels and subject areas. There are lovely settings for painting, sketching, photography, and descriptive writing.  Abundant flora and fauna, geological formations, and lakes and streams provide a variety of opportunities for scientific studies. There are even sites of local historic interest in the Park.
    We’ve planned the following events:

    • February 17 (Saturday), 9:00 AM: Walk around Deerpark Dam (Reservoir #3) in Sparrowbush and into the deep woods on logging roads and trails. See the lake, sylvan streams, old reservoir infrastructure, a mysterious stone pedestal, and an equally mysterious angel in the forest. Meet at the old caretaker’s house at 220 Academy Avenue, Sparrowbush. Hike is easy to moderate, about 3.5 – 4.0 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    • February 25 (Sunday), 2:00 PM:   Walk on meandering trails through Elks Brox Park. We’ll pause for three panoramic vistas of the city and valley, and stroll through the old Girl Scout camp to check out the progress of the Outdoor Club’s restoration of this site. Meet at the parking lot one mile up Skyline Drive, just past the old Kolmar. Easy to moderate hike, about 2.5 miles. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
    • March 4 (Sunday), 9:00 AM: This one’s a bit tougher, but you get to see two shimmering lakes, old infrastructure, streams, plenty of woods, and an interesting historic site.  We’ll walk through the forest to a lovely lake you’ve probably never seen—Mirror Lake (Reservoir #2). From there we’ll head downhill on a couple of rugged trails all the way to Brewer’s Reservoir (Reservoir #1).  Meet at the parking area at the end of Reservoir Avenue in PJ. We’ll shuttle to the starting point on Boxbaum Road in Sparrowbush. Hike is moderate difficulty, mostly due to rough surface, not distance (about 3.5 – 4.0 miles).

    Feel free to bring friends and family. Dogs are welcome, too. For information, check our website(ocopj.org) or call 845-551-9293
    Hope to see you in the Park!
    OUTDOOR CLUB OF PORT JERVIS

  • Starcrawf Announces 2018 Race Dates (12/9/2017)

    TC Crawford, founder of Starcrawf Promotions and Promotions Director of the Outdoor Club, announced the 2018 race dates for Mountain Biking in Port Jervis Watershed at the monthly club meeting on December 7.  In addition to the three events held this past year, a new race will be added this year: Singlespeed USA — a gathering of hardcore riders who tackle epic terrain without the benefit of multiple gears.  The dates of the upcoming races will be as follows (so mark your calendars):

    • March 18: Snowball’s Chance — fat bikes and snow-loving bikers tackle the Watershed in winter.
    • July 29: The Point Peter Pounder — final race of the H2H series.
    • August 3-5: Singlespeed USA — a multi-day party/race for mountain bikers with grit and questionable sanity.
    • October 14: Erie 80 — a truly epic race and MTB fest.
  • OCOPJ Featured as Case Study in Upper Delaware Resource Forum (12/7/2017)

    The Outdoor Club was featured as a case study in the Upper Delaware Resource Forum, a new conservation collaboration focused on protecting water-based resources in the Upper Delaware region.
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