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 at our Bear Mountain Trails Project.)

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



All are welcome! Come enjoy light refreshments followed by a hike or trail run. 

If you have participated in the construction of this trail, join us in showing off your work to your friends, family, and future hikers. 


 Trail Crew Trips:  2015

 Join us any time from Friday to Monday until October 11, 2015

Sign up on individual crew days here, or email: [email protected]

Trail U Workshops!

Check out NYNJTC's upcoming Trail U schedule for 2015 


To sign up for Trail U dates with the Palisades Crew click the dates below:

                                               - September 27



Crew Updates

Hello from the 2015 Palisades Trail Crew!

It's been five months since the Palisades Crew broke ground on the eastern side of the Doris Duke. After countless hours, wonderful volunteers, and what can only be described as trail work, the New Jersey/New York Trail Conference and Palisades Crew will be hosting the Ribbon Cutting this Sunday, September 20th. There will be light refreshments followed by a trail run and hike on the four mile trail. 

All are welcome to join us !!


- Palisades Crew, 9-17-15

 Trail Crew Blog

 2015 Photo Gallery



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

Media Links


 800 feet of new trail in just 2 weeks! June 2014


Sledge-hammer Therapy & Toning! May 2014


Doris Duke Parking Debris  Clean-up  April 2014