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  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   4 days 3 hours ago
    As long as I can remember, most Maintainers, Supervisors have created the Trail Markers with locally available materials......from cut sections of Plastic Siding to Scraps of Aluminum. and one can also buy them from Berntsen, Forestry Suppliers, Ebay, etc., but they are Expensive. Ten years or so ago, we of the NY-NJTC had plastic Markers made by Steuben A.R.C.......and in 1994, the cost was btw 21 to 30 cents each depending on quantity, design, etc. Steuben: 607-776-4146.....if they still supply.You can always go to a Sign Maker, such as Hurricane Signs in Bloomingdale, NJ. 973-838-3373 if you get stuck Email me; Bob at : [email protected]
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 week 6 days ago
    I have seen plastic ones, pre-cut ,on E-Bay or Amazon. Here is a current example on E-Bay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Trail-Markers-2-X-3-set-of-fifty-blue/221267286... There are other ones there too. Good luck, thanks for your commitment and work maintaining the trails. We are in your debt.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 5 days ago
    I have tried to contact the Trail Conference, and have emailed them, but it is impossible to get someone there to respond and give me the basic information I'm looking for!
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 5 days ago

    The trail alert that was posted on the website was not clear as to what you should do when you reach Hudson Terrace.  Rather than turning left and entering the park, one must turn right onto Hudson Terrace and follow it north for about half a mile to the Carpenters Trail.  You then follow the Carpenters Trail a short distance to the Long Path.

  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 5 days ago
    Hey guys; I read back in Nov 2019 that the normal access from Hudson Terrace via the footbridge is closed for 2 years during construction on the North walkway of the GWB. Access has been re-routed to south of the GWB from within PIP. From the GWB south walkway, turn LEFT onto Hudson Terrace, pass underneath the roadway, then turn LEFT immediately at the traffic signal. Go into the park, then... I have not been in the PIP in a long time, so I don't know where I need to go after I enter the park from Hudson Terrace. I do know that the LP passes underneath the GWB, but do I need to use the Carpenters Trail to access the LP, or is there a way to get to it before you descend to the river? Thanks for your help FW
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 5 days ago
    As far as I know, all trail coordination in the area is handled by the NY/NJ Trail Conference. I think you would need to contact their offices in Mahwah NJ at this telephone #: (201) 512-9348
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 5 days ago
    Does anyone know where to get colored metal trail markers? I am working to create and mark trails in a park in Yonkers, Leslie Sutherland Park, and have had a very hard time trying to find out where to get these. I think you all know the kind I mean -- they are either square or round, usually nailed into a tree, in different primary colors to designate different routes. Any guidance will be greatly appreciated!!!
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 2 weeks ago
    This past weekend a friend and I stayed overnight at the stone memorial shelter. It was nice to see it in good shape with a new roof and sleeping floor. I do have a few questions though... Is there a reason the fireplace was completely removed and not restructured? That used to be one of my favorite places to stay in the winter with the central fireplace it kept the shelter warmer than others with side mounted fireplaces. Also why was the roof not sealed to the top if the stone? The wind can really get under there and it got quite breezy in the shelter. Unrelated to the shelter was all the destruction behind the shelter in the woods road due to the work on the shelter? The woods road back there was at least 20 feet wide now. We also encountered 3 people on ATVs that came past the shelter down the woods road from deeper in the park, I assume heading out.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 month 2 weeks ago
    Hello All! Does anyone know if there is snow, ice, or mud on the trails in Southern Harriman State Park, particularly in the Pine Meadow trail area ? If so how much? TIA!!
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   4 months 3 weeks ago

    I am quite familiar with the Devils Path, having hiked most of it, but I haven't hiked there recently.

    I believe I know where the steel rungs were installed, having hiked from Twin summit into Pecoy Notch several times. In one spot, there was a narrow ledge with quite steep dropoff on one side where I had to grab onto a small tree to stabilize myself while carrying a heavy pack. There were also several other places on the trail coming down the west side of Twin where I can see that steel rungs would be useful.

    So, I'm wondering whether the vandalism of the rungs installed earlier this year was an act of pure vandalism - kids getting drunk, etc, or whether it was done by someone with a different view of what the experience of hiking the Devils Path should be. In other words, someone who detested the installation of the rungs as a method for less experienced hikers to hike the trail safely.

    I have no real opinion one way or another. While I consider myself an experienced hiker, and have never had a problem anywhere in the Cats, Daks, or even the Whites (NH) without the addition of climbing aids like rungs, I can also appreciate their usefulness, especially when carrying a heavy pack and/or when trail conditions are not optimal.

    FW

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