Daniel Chazin: A Day in the Life of the Trail Conference

January 22, 2018
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Daniel Chazin: A Day in the Life of the Trail Conference


Trail Conference Roles: Writer, Editor, Project Manager, Committee Member

Daniel Chazin is the man behind many of the Trail Conference’s hike descriptions and guidebooks. He joined the Trail Conference in the late 1970s and served on the Board from 1982 to 2016. A retired lawyer who lives in Teaneck, N.J., Daniel is currently a member of the Publications and Conservation committees.

For the past 35 years, Daniel has written or edited many of the organization’s most popular guidebooks, and has been extensively involved with creating and updating Trail Conference maps. More recently, he has dedicated himself to writing and maintaining over 300 hike descriptions on the Trail Conference’s website, including easy-to-follow directions to explore trails throughout our region. Daniel’s Hikes of the Week are featured on nynjtc.org and in North Jersey’s The Record newspaper.

This past October, Daniel was given the Raymond H. Torrey Award, the Trail Conference’s most prestigious award. Daniel has noted that it is particularly appropriate for him to have received an award named for Torrey, who was also a writer and editor—Torrey not only wrote hiking columns for the New York Evening Post; he also edited the first edition of the New York Walk Book.

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