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  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 1 week ago
    I just got my copy of the Long Path Guide 1997 print edition. The section numbers and divisions seem different. I guess this is because the trail has changed in 23 years. Is there a key to these differences, IOW, something to translate? How do I know when I can trust the trail descriptions and when I can’t?
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 1 week ago
    Unfortunately, I am not on Facebook. This sounds like a great group. Maybe I can participate through a more tech-savvy friend. Thank you for the suggestion.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 1 week ago
    Hello! There is an active Facebook "Friends of the Long Path" group where hikers share trail conditions, ask questions, and generally talk about the Long Path: That is currently the best resource available at the moment for this kind of information, and someone actually just asked a question 2 days ago bout water sources along the Shawangunk Ridge. Hope that helps! ~Jeremy, Trail Conference cartographer
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 1 week ago
    One of my greatest backpacking frustrations is getting to a shelter or back country camping area at the end of a day hiking, only to find that there is no water available. I’d like to do some sections of the Long Path this summer, and I wonder if there is a reference source on where water is available along the trail.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 2 weeks ago
    There is construction on Mountain Road as you cross the stream heading to Diltz's Lane to get to the parking area trailhead for the TMI Trail. It was passable when I went last week, but there is a temporary traffic light allowing one-way traffic at a time. If planning to go to this parking area, prepare for possible delays.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 3 weeks ago
    I was wondering who is officially responsible for trail maintenance along the Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, especially the segment from Colabaugh Pond Road north to Blue Mountain Reservation. It's a Westchester County Park, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone from the county doing any maintenance. We live in the area, and use the trail regularly. As far as we know, it's mostly local residents who use the trail who do the maintenance. For instance, today, as a family project, my son and I replaced a plank bridge over a small stream. The old planks were rotten, and had become dangerous. We wonder, is there a dedicated crew, part of NYNJTC that cares for the trailway? If so, how can we get involved? If not, how do we form such a group? Josh Diamond
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   3 months 4 weeks ago
    The Bash Bish Falls parking areas in NY (Route 344) and MA (Falls Rd) are closed off due to the pandemic. I happened to see this as I was coming back home to NJ after hiking from the Mt. Frissell trailhead to the South Taconic trail and Brace Mountain. Anyone planning to go see the falls or begin hikes from these lots may wish to call ahead to see when those parking areas will reopen.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   4 months 2 weeks ago
    Heading north on the White Cross Trail from its start at the TMI Trail, you will encounter three large blowdowns in the first mile. The first two can be bypassed easily, but the third will either need to be climbed over, or you will have to take a significant detour. Climbing over this blowdown will be difficult. Keep this in mind if you are planning a route that includes this trail section. The TC has been notified with a trail conditions report.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   5 months 1 week ago
    ATV riders ride illegally in this section, and other sections, of the park regularly. Occasionally, one of them dies accidentally. Despite these facts, the park and local authorities do nothing to stop it. They are mostly, but not only, children riding vehicles provided and encouraged by their parents disrespect of the law, nature and other's rights to enjoy themselves in a peaceful manner in our state park preserve. Try calling the park rangers or the State Park Police and you will get no reaction unfortunately. The clearing of the woods road was performed(from what I heard from the shelter builders) to allow the driving of a backhoe vehicle to the shelter site to assist lifting the larger wooden beams made from trees that were felled from the cleared areas behind the shelter. Similar clearing activities have been done in recent years at the man-made dams at the lakes in the park as part of some kind of new maintenance effort apparently. Really ugly results with broken foliage and diesel fuel/oil spills.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   6 months 5 days 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]

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