Hike the Heights is an annual community hike and celebration in northern Manhattan parks that promotes the use of the Giraffe Path, an urban trail that connects the Cloisters to Central Park. This family-friendly event invites New Yorkers to explore and celebrate the area’s natural treasures by combining physical activity, art, and fun! 

Join us for the 14th annual Hike the Heights on 
Saturday June 2nd, 2018
at Sunken Playground at Highbridge Park
(167th st & Edgecombe Ave)

Hike the Heights is made possible by CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies). You can learn more about CLIMB reading...

The CLIMB Chronicles!

Written by members of our Consensus Group, the CLIMB Chronicles tells the story of our work together over the past 13 years of Hike the Heights events.

You can download our collective story


Events coming up:

  • Sunday, April 22, 10:00 am -  Earth Day Hike and Bike
    • Meet at RING Garden (1835 Riverside Drive - intersection of Broadway and Dyckman)
    • Walk ends at Morningside Park (5 miles) with a cool-down stretch class from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.
    • For the Bike portion and more information visit our event page HERE!
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. - Highbridge Rocks Event!
                  • Highbridge Park, Adventure Playground, Edgecombe Avenue at W. 164th 

Highbridge Park boasts an impressive array of geological features: rock outcrops, boulders, and exposed bedrock.  Spend an afternoon celebrating the park's unique geology, watch demonstrations of rock climbing and explore the sport of bouldering. Participate in Rock-themed art projects, storytelling, tours of the Old Croton Aqueduct and more! Current collaborators include:  Hike the Heights, REI, Urban Park Rangers, Creative Art Works, Word Up: Community Book Shop – Librería Comunitaria, and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum.  If your organization wants to collaborate with us on the event, contact irina.bright@parks.nyc.gov / (212) 795-1388

  •  SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, JUNE 2, 2018 - HIKE THE HEIGHTS 14

Hike the Heights is made possible by CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies)

The CLIMB Project is a Northern Manhattan community-based initiative founded on the belief that safe parks and neighborhoods are essential to community health, and that all communities, regardless of socioeconomic background, are entitled to access to safe parks and neighborhoods. We started this project to combat multiple problems (youth violence, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and displacement) by activating public spaces and bringing people to underused parts of our beloved parks.  More importantly by engaging residents and organizations in creating a sense of neighborhood and park ownership.

At the core of the CLIMB project is the creation of a multi-use urban hiking trail to link the escarpment parks of northern Manhattan – Highbridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park, St. Nicholas Park, Morningside Park and northern Central Park. In addition to physically stringing these parks together, we propose conceptually linking organizations, institutions and residents in the vicinity of the parks to create and/or strengthen programming and services.

If you have never experienced Hike the Heights, check out our 10th anniversary documentary below:

YouTube Video

To learn more about the history of Northern Manhattan Parks, CLIMB, and Hike the Heights, please enjoy the video below. 

Road to Recovery

Subpages (1): CLIMB Chronicles