Palisades Trail Crew at Sterling Forest State Park

2015 Palisade Crew

 C O N T I N U E   T H E   A D V E N T U R E

 First you helped us save Sterling Forest…now help us restore its trails.

In 1998, the effort to protect Sterling Forest from development lead a coalition of over 30 organizations to purchase and permanently protect 14,500 acres of unbroken deep-forest habitat. Subsequent acquisition efforts have increased the size to nearly 22,000 acres.

Now the Trail Conference invites your participation to enhance the trail system in this special park. 

Recognizing our expertise in developing trails and volunteers, New York State Parks has asked the Trail Conference to develop an expanded corps of volunteers and to assess, inventory, design, build, and restore the trails in this forest. This crew of volunteers (formerly known as the Palisades Trail Crew) ranges over Sterling Forest  and parks and NYNJTC trails in the Palisades Park region.

In order to restore existing trails, volunteers will be trained how to identify unsustainable problem areas and how to repair trail structures. A series of both entry-level and advanced hands-on workshops will teach volunteers to layout and design sustainable user-friendly trails, and build, restore, remediate, and maintain trails. There will be opportunities and training for all levels of ability and interest. Details on how to repair and install crib wall, tread hardening by rock paving, stairs, trail bridges, drainage structures, stepping stones, and turnpikes will be taught as needed. 

(The PalisadesTrail Crew will not perform advanced rock work; training in those techniques is available through our Bear Mountain Trails Project and with the Long Distance Trails Crew.)

Visit our Trail U schedule to find upcoming training opportunities at Sterling Forest.

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Come be a part of the next step of the protection of Sterling Forest State Park.


 Trail Crew Trips:  2015

 Join us on Saturdays

Trail U Workshops!

Check out NYNJTC's upcoming Trail U schedule for 2016

We're kicking off with a Waterbar workshop on June 11th. Sign up here.


Palisades Crew

We're building a new 7-mile Multi-Use trail at Sterling Forest, partly co-aligned with Red Back Trail!
An item on the park's Trails Plan for years, now becoming a reality.
So calling all equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers: join us and learn how a sustainable trail can be built to satisfy all three user types. Trail design at a higher level:  sight lines, turning radius, speed control and flow are now being incorporated into the already high standards of trail-building at this park.


We're continuing every Saturday until the ground freezes, restarting next April.

Let Erik know if you plan to come:



 Trail Crew Blog

 2015 Photo Gallery


Read all about the Palisades Crew's 2014 projects in their work log from last year.

Media Links

 The 3.8 mile Doris Duke is finished! Ribbon-cutting and hike in September 2015


Pal Crew in the news