Hike the Heights 2025

A Celebration in High Bridge Park

Hike the Heights 20 will take place on June 7, 2025, which is National Trails day.  Each year, the day is composed of hiking on the Giraffe Path followed by a community celebration in Highbridge Park.  We are calling on everyone to promote the use of the Giraffe Path by organizing or joining a hike, joining us at the potluck in the park, and sharing it with us on social media! Together, let's revitalize our public spaces, strengthen community, spread joy, and hike toward a more equitable future!

How to join us:

When: Saturday June 7th, 2025 11am-3pm

Where: Through your own neighborhood to your favorite park. If you're in our hood, join us on the Giraffe Path! 


Our Annual Community Potluck and Celebration 

As hikers arrive in the Sunken Playground of Highbridge Park, they are welcomed by cheers, applause, and a community party with arts, games, food, and fun! The volunteer-planned event to celebrate northern Manhattan parks and the vibrant community that uses them serves as a neighborhood “potluck,” meaning each individual, group, or organization participating in the event contributes something to the day: arts and craft stations, sport clinics, music and dancing, and – of course – their time, energy, and donations. The community flavor of the event makes it feel like a family picnic, even though many of the participants are meeting for the first time! In 2012, more than 1,500 people participated in Hike the Heights.

To get to the party, we recommend that you walk. Join a hike along the giraffe path that meets your abilities. Hikes will depart starting at 11am  from parks along the trail. At the end of the hike, your achievements will be celebrated at the community party (11-3pm).

True to the theme, we ask that each participant bring something: your company, an activity, leadership, friends, funds or supplies.

To get a flavor of Hike the Heights watch these videos from previous years!