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


Visit our Crew Schedule and  Trail U schedule to find upcoming crew tripsand training opportunities at Sterling Forest. (Map).



 Trail Crew Trips:  2016

 Join us on Saturdays as posted here until June 2nd, after which we

will be building trail Thursday through Monday

Trail U Workshops!

Check out NYNJTC's upcoming Trail U schedule for 2016

We're kicking off with a Trail Layout and Design Trail-U Workshop on June 25th

Followed by a Waterbar workshop July 9th

Palisades Crew

Calling all equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers: 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 is now becoming a reality. Join us and learn how a sustainable trail can be built to satisfy all three user types. [email protected], 760.893.9331


Paper(less)work before trail day:

  • If you have not volunteered with Sterling Forest in the past year please consider doing the VSA form online  BEFORE you come out.
  • Pick "Palisades Region, Sterling Forest" or as many regions you want
  • Minors welcome, but please complete the VSA in the link above^, and if you don't want to do paperwork at the trail, print the Parental Consent Form and bring it with you: 

Section A (south gate): finish work to be completed in April:
Section D (miner):

 Trail Crew Blog

 2015 Photo Gallery


Media Links

 The 3.9 mile Doris Duke finished with  ribbon-cutting and hike September 2015


Pal Crew in the news