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Multi-day Hiking

From May to November weekend hiking trips are scheduled with overnight accommodations at B&B’s and Lodges within a 2-3 hour drive. Places visited have been: Hickory Run State Park, World’s End State Park, Chincoteague VA, Promised Land State Park, and Susquehannock State Forest.  Coordinator: Julius Meisel   (302) 547-9350.  List scope = future, this month & next 3.

Multi-day Backpacking

Weekend trips from April through November to picturesque mountain areas in State Parks and Forests. Most trips are moderately strenuous and will vary in length from 5 to 10 miles per day. We do offer a beginners trip in the spring, which is less strenuous. Backpackers must be in good physical condition. Recent trips have been to Massanutten Mountain, VA, Shenandoah National Park, VA, the Appalachian Trail, NJ, PA & MD, and Susquehannock State Forest in PA. Coordinator: Bill Hardam (302) 654-6577. List scope = future, this month & next 3.

10/01/2022 - 10/02/2022  All Day    Harriman State Park Backpacking Loop   (21-24 mi)

Paul Henry       (610) 470-4466                        

Last year, we had planned to complete the southern section of Harriman, we instead opted for a shorter route through the park on day 2, so we still have the original loop to do. It has a lunch stop to die for. We can combine that with a hike through Sterling Forest State Park. The parks are in the Palisades region of New York. Mileages are ~11 miles on Saturday and ~12 on Sunday. Elevation changes are moderate throughout the backpacker. We’ll be using the Sterling Ridge Trailhead at 797 Minturn Bridge Rd. (NY 17A), Monroe NY 10950; 41.230565, -74.260811. Contact Paul for details and to sign up.

Sterling Forest State Park – Sterling Ridge Trailhead     |    Parking Fee:  No / Restroom Available:  Yes     |     797 Minturn Bridge Rd, Monroe, NY 10950     |    41.230565, -74.260811     |   From Mahwah, NJ (I87, I287 and NJ 17) take NJ/NY 17 north for 11 miles. Turn Left on NY17A W. At about 5.6 miles destination will be on the left?  

Sterling Forest State Park comprises 21,935.08 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation’s most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available. – See more at:  Map:

10/15/2022 - 10/16/2022  All Day    AT in New Jersey Backpacker   (23-24 mi)

Greg Fogarty       (302) 437-4731                     Susan Fogarty     (302) 437-4731

This will be a 2-day / 1-night backpacking trip on the NJ section of the AT.  We will meet Saturday morning at 8am where the AT crosses NJ-284 (GPS: 41.288336, -74.552155), which effectively is a dirt pull-off for 4-5 cars.; attendees who are not present at 8am will be left behind.  Attendees are welcome to follow Susan and me from our house in Historic New Castle which we will be leaving at 4:45am on Saturday for the ~2 hour and 47 minutes’ drive (stopping first for coffee).  We will then pile into 1-2 cars and drive to the Carver’s Gap Parking area which is ~ a 45-minute drive.  We should be hiking away from the car by 9am on Saturday.  On Saturday we will hike 10.9 miles ending the day Rutherford Shelter where we will camp for the evening.  Based on a conservative 1.5 mile per hour pace we should arrive at the shelter in 7.5 hours or at 4:30 in the afternoon; sunset is at 6:18pm.  The next morning, we will leave camp by 7:30am (sunrise is at 7:09am) and will hike the remaining 12.8 miles which at the same pace will put us at the NJ-284 parking area at 4pm.  We will shuttle back to our remaining cars and drive home.  Over the 23.7 miles we will ascend 3,057.4′ and descend 3,561.4′.  Beginner backpackers are absolutely welcome to join us.  Attendees are expected to be in modest physical condition, be self-sufficient with gear, have a 15- or 20-degree sleeping bag and accept traveling as a group.   The average high temperature is 64 degrees and the average low temperature is 42 degrees.  Contact Greg with questions and to sign up.

_Location To Be Determined     |    Parking Fee:  Unknown / Restroom Available:  Unknown     |     Unknown Site, Temporary Placeholder,     |    ,     |    

This location choice can be used for events until the actual location is known.

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