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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 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

HERE!

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