Adirondack Mountain Club
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is a nonprofit organization that maintains hundreds of miles of trails in Adirondack State Park. The Club has 25 volunteer-led chapters throughout parts of New York, as well as one in northern New Jersey. These chapters sponsor and lead hikes in summer and winter in the Adirondacks. Some of the chapters also lead cross-country ski trips and kayaking trips in the area. Through the ADK, members can also sponsor lean-tos in the range and help with trail maintenance, cutting downed timber and building up trails. Membership in the Adirondack Mountain Club comes with an annual fee, though there are discounts for multi-year memberships and family rates.
Catskill Mountain Club
Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) is a volunteer organization that promotes responsible use of the Catskills and sponsors recreation activities in the range. The club organizes hikes, climbs, paddling trips and cycling trips through the Catskills. Membership in the CMC is free, but those who join are encouraged to donate to the club to help it continue its activities. The CMC also does trail work, and members help on organized trail maintenance days.
The New York Ramblers
The New York Ramblers, founded in 1923, is a New York City-based hiking club that sponsors hikes for its members every Sunday. They occasionally organize trips on Saturdays as well. Hikes are generally within 50 miles of New York City. Hikes are generally long, running between 14 and 16 miles and lasting six to eight hours. Up to 20 people may participate in a hike, and the club starts the day at a public transportation location such as the Port Authority Bus Terminal or Grand Central Station. The Ramblers also do trail work on the State Line Trail and part of the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. Annual membership dues are inexpensive.