8 Mile Hike on the Hills of Southern Harriman State Park
Sat, May 18, 2019 at 2:10 PM - 7:30 PM
Municipal Building Parking Lot - Sloatsburg, NY
96 Orange Turnpike
We enter and exit the park on the pleasant Reeves Brook and Pine Meadow trails, respectively, and in between we are challenged by ascents on some fairly steep hills on the Raccoon Brook Hill and 7 Hills trails with some great viewpoints of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Among the highlights are the climbs up Diamond Mountain and a short walk along part of Pine Meadow Lake, to get to the Poached Egg trail, the shortest trail in the park. Our hike ends in Sloatsburg, where we can enjoy a post-hike snack and have easy access back to Manhattan by train or bus. We will hike at a steady, brisk (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 8 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails in the forest and on rocky terrain, with a couple of short scrambles on the trails. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 2000 feet. Hikers should wear hiking boots, have at least 2-3 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch, and be in good condition to complete a strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise). Rain or even questionable forecast, as well as wet and slippery rocks, may cancel or modify; check Meetup website for latest updates. We meet at 10:10 AM in Sloatsburg. The transportation information for both public transportation leaving from Port Authority and cars (AMC Trans code: 1B-later bus- on the AMC New York-North Jersey website; https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112855) is indicated below. Please purchase a one way ticket since there may be rides back to the city offered, and arrive a bit early to allow time to purchase tickets, and getting to the proper gate. 1. 9:10 a.m. SHORT LINE bus; often leaves from gate 408, but check at ticket counter. B. Sloatsburg, Rockland CO., NY. Arr. 10:07. Meet at Municipal Building Parking Lot located north of 2nd stop light. Follow signs into parking lot.