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  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   1 year 3 months ago
    Running the trail from GWB to park HQ today, found many areas overgrown with high grass & weeds. Several low hanging branches to avoid.
  • Reply to: General and Off Topic   1 year 4 months ago
    I was passing by Fingerboard last evening, and turned around to see a large bear watching me, way too close for my liking. As I started to slowly move away, the bear began to follow me, so I stopped, armed my bear spray, and spoke loudly to it, then started to move away. Thankfully the bear did not follow, but this bear had absolutely no fear of me whatsoever. I do not know if this is the same bear that Patrick mentioned a couple posts below, but if it is, this is a long time that this bear has been causing problems at Fingerboard. If it is a different bear, then there is a new problem, and hikers/campers need to be warned.
  • Reply to: Hike Recommendations   1 year 9 months ago
    Hi Everyone. I wish the was a search function on the forum to see if this has been asked. Has anyone Hiked from Ramapo Reservation to Skylands Manor and have route to share? Reverse is good too. How was it etc? Thanks a bunch. Tom
  • Reply to: Gear   1 year 9 months ago
    I'm looking for full season cross country ski rental in NJ. I have no issue with mail order but prefer local to North Jersey. Will consider any suggestion. Thanks I need two pairs for adults
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 2 days ago
    Two spots where trees are down on the Doodletown Bridle Path. One is right at the intersection with 1777W trail (had to be climbed over), the other is about halfway to Fawn Trail which can be climbed under without pack on. Doodletown road heading out of town towards 1777W and Doodletown Bridle Path intersection (towards June Homestead) is significantly overgrown (almost zero forward visibility) and there is a downed tree that must be climbed over.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 2 months ago
    Hello everyone. I had an overnight planned near Slide Mountain this weekend, but now I'm not sure based on the weather. Should I cancel? Would you? Thanks
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 2 months ago
    I ran the LP from the GWB to Park HQ this morning. There are numerous (at least 3) blowdowns and then there is one really nasty little branch sticking out into the path at about eye level. I believe this was south of Rockefeller Lookout, but not sure. The blowdowns will need large saws, but this eye hazard won't need much more than a hacksaw to clear of the path. I till try to get a better location in the next couple of days.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 6 months ago
    Anyone have any current info (I'll probably have to ask again after "this week's nor'easter") on trail conditions in Harriman; snow, snow pack, snow melt, ice? I'm planning a scout backpacking trip for next weekend. Thanks.
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 8 months ago
    Hi Folks, It's my understanding fracking is occurring or may be in planning stages for many NY state locations. It's also my understanding that some of the current or planned fracking sites may interact with both DEC managed park and other lands. I searched for more information on this, where I hoped to find GPS coordinates (or a map) of these sites, however found little information. I thought I would at least find a map for the NYS parks, however again found little information. The only information I found shows a vague map of shale deposits towards the Western park of New York. This map actually contradicted other information I observed about these sites being in parts of the Catskills and Adirondacks, which are further North. For the sake of understanding this better, does anyone have knowledge of these sites or guidance on where the information exists? I would expect at least the NYNJ trail conference to actively be promoting such accurate maps to inform the public. Thanks so much, Nick
  • Reply to: Trail Conditions Forum   2 years 8 months ago

    This project has not yet started, so trailheads are open and the Metro-North stops are open as usual.  The latest update is that the project will begin in Spring 2018, assuming construction bids meet the project's requirements and one is selected.

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