Shawangunk Ridge Trail 2009 Fall Hike Series

Sunday, October 11, 2009 (All day)

This fall, explore the Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. The groups are jointly sponsoring section hikes along this scenic, long-distance corridor that links High Point in New Jersey and Sam's Point 40 miles to the north in Cragsmoor, New York.

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail has been a project of the Trail Conference since 1989 and continues to be a work in progress. The trail generally follows the spectacular Shawangunk Ridge north, occasionally using abandoned roads and rail beds. The trail links the world famous Appalachian Trail to an alternate route for the 350+ mile Long Path, which runs from the Washington Bridge north to Thacher Park near Albany (with plans to bring it to the Adirondacks).

ADK hike leaders Georgette Weir and Jean-Claude Fouere will be joined on one or more hikes by volunteers from the Trail Conference who have worked to plan, build, and maintain the route.

You can learn more about the trail and download FREE Trail Conference maps at http://www.nynjtc.org/region/shawangunk-ridge-trail
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Hike Schedule
We plan to hike three sections of the trail (omitting a long middle section along an active railroad bed and paved road). We plan to hike the southern end first, the northern end second, and a middle stretch through the Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area and over the scenic Gobbler's Knob last.
Registration will be limited on each hike. Car shuttles will be required.

To sign up, email [email protected]

Sunday, October 11
Hike 1: SRT South
High Point Monument to Shin Hollow Road, approximately 12 rugged miles. For experienced hikers.

Sunday, October 25
Hike 2: SRT North
Summitville (Ferguson Road) to Sam's Point Preserve in Cragsmoor, approximately 12 very rugged miles. Lots of ups and downs with a 1000-foot climb through South Gully at the end. For experienced hikers.

Saturday, November 7
Hike 3: SRT Middle
Route 211 (Otisville) over Gobbler's Knob to the Basha Kill Wildlife Area, where the route follows an abandoned rail bed. Approximately 6 miles. For hikers of all levels (includes one moderately strenuous climb over and down Gobbler's Knob.)

Leader/Presenter: 
Georgette Weir
Sponsor: 
Trail Conference and ADK Mid-Hudson Group
Where: 
Shawangunk Ridge Trail