The Concrete Hiker is a guide to the outdoors for New Yorkers.

But we're talking about more than just a guide...

We explore a life balanced in the big city and the quiet places of nature.

We believe in the benefits of both worlds: countless city happenings and telling stories around a campfire.

New York City offers the some of the best cultural experiences in the world, as well as being a prime location for access to the outdoors including the Appalachian Trail, Catskills, and the Adirondack Mountains, just to name a few.  

We provide practical information to help you from the city streets to the trails. Whether on a day trip or weekend getaway, plane, train or automobile, we deliver first-hand experiences and bring insider tips to help you have the best experience possible. 

We hope our stories inspire your own outdoor adventures, city and beyond!


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Hi! I'm Alexa, and welcome to The Concrete Hiker!

I've lived in NYC for 7 years, and I'm on a constant mission to redefine what it means to be a New Yorker. I'm interested in bringing the outdoors into our city conversations and discovering what it means to live a life balanced in nature and city.

My outdoor resume includes section hiking all of the NY and NJ Appalachian Trail, most notably by utilizing only public transportation, as well as exploring upstate towns like New Paltz, Beacon, and bagging peaks in The Catskills and The Adirondacks.

Through these experiences, I've learned to get creative without a car and curate my own city escapes. Now, I want to give back to my fellow city-dwellers and share some of this newfound wisdom. 

Outside of the United States, I've hiked in Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, and recently, in Puerto Rico. I look forward to sharing these adventure travel experiences as well.

See you on the trail and on the subway!



Nature is impersonal, awe-inspiring, elegant, eternal. It’s geometrically perfect. It’s tiny and gigantic. You can travel far to be in a beautiful natural setting, or you can observe it in your backyard - or, in my case, in the trees lining New York City sidewalks, or in the clouds above skyscrapers.