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! 

Hike the Heights 13: Raw Beauty! 

In the 13th installment of our celebration of northern Manhattan parks we want to reflect on how there is raw beauty in these urban gems!  Join us as we build on the things that unite us as a neighborhood and as a City.

Saturday June 3, 2017

11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Sunken Playground

at 167th Street and Edgecombe Avenue

You can come straight to the Sunken Playground or choose a location below and join neighbors hiking to the celebration:

From the north

RING GARDEN (Dyckman and Broadway), meet at 10:00 am

SWINDLER COVE (Dyckman and 10th Avenue), meet at 10:30 am

J. HOOD WRIGHT PARK REC CENTER (175th Street and Fort Washington Avenue), meet at 10:00 am

From the south

CENTRAL PARK (110th Street and Central Park West), meet at 10:00 am

MORNINGSIDE PARK (123rd Street and Morningside Avenue), meet at 10:30 am

ST. NICHOLAS PARK (135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue), meet at 11:00 am

JACKIE ROBINSON PARK (148th Street and Bradhurst Avenue), meet at 11:30 am

SUGAR HILL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ART AND STORYTELLING PLAZA (155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue), meet at 11:00 am

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat.  Bring your refillable water bottle.


Hike The Heights is made possible by the CLIMB Project. 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. The purpose of the project is to combat the problems of gang violence, drugs, obesity, sedentary lifestyles and displacement 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. 

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