The NY/NJ Trail Conference recently built a new bridge at the Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskills for the Long Path. Click here to read more.
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by Andrea Minoff , Poughkeepsie Journal, link to original post
A new trail opened recently in the northernmost part of Minnewaska State Park will provide part of the long-sought green link connecting the Shawangunks to the Catskills. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference joined with the Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club to celebrate the opening of the Mine Hole Trail.
This 3.5-mile trail linking the Berrypicker Trail to Berme Road is a new part of the Long Path, which connects many of New York’s parks, preserves and state forest lands for 346 miles from the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to Altamont, near Albany. Government and park officials and Trail Conference volunteers who planned and built the trail connection spoke at a ceremony held on June 2 at Soyuzivka, the Ukranian Heritage Foundation Center on Foordmore Road in Kerhonkson, followed by a ribbon cutting at the beginning of the newly opened trail on Berme Road. The Long Path is maintained by 74 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteers and member groups. The local chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club has volunteered to maintain the new trail.
Trail description: The Long Path will follow its current course through Sam’s Point Preserve to, heading northbound, the Verkeerder Kill Falls area (private land). There, instead of continuing on along the Scenic Trail past Mud Pond, Lake Awosting and along the Rainbow Falls Trail, Jenny Lane, and Old Minnewaska Trail to Rt. 44/55, the Long Path will turn north to co-align with the High Point Trail, continue on the Berrypicker Trail in Minnewaska, follow Smiley Carriage Road for a short distance, then turn onto the new Mine Hole Trail to Berme Road in Wawarsing.
From Berme Road, it is a two-mile road walk as the route follows Port Ben Road, crosses Route 209 and continues on Lundy Road to Vernooy State Forest. One last regulatory hurdle remains to be crossed in order to blaze a route for the Long Path through that forest and the adjacent Sundown Wild Forest.
Once the Department of Environmental Conservation completes the Unit Management Plans for these two state forests, the trail will follow the west bank of the Vernooy Kill to Vernooy Falls, to rejoin the current route. Until that time, the trail will follow Rogue Harbor Road to Upper Cherrytown Road, part of the current route from the Shawangunks to the Catskills.
For more information, contact Larry Wheelock at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-512-9348.
Construction has been completed on a new trail head for the Plotterkill Preserve at Lower Gregg Road in Rotterdam.
The half-mile trail will tie into the more than 6 miles of existing trails and will provide much-needed access for emergency personnel to enter the 645-acre preserve to aid lost or injured hikers.
State funding — a $75,840 grant through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation — helped purchase 12 acres for the preserve and complete the new entrance.
The new portion of the preserve will allow emergency personnel to more rapidly reach lost or injured hikers trapped deep in Plotterkill. Previously, first responders had to hike for more than an hour to reach stranded hikers, particularly those who become trapped in the lower portion of the preserve.
Area fire companies are called to the preserve as many as 15 times a year. Rescues are especially common during the spring, when darkness falls quickly and lingering ice can cause hikers to tumble down some of the preserve’s steeper embankments.
The entry point provides an access point at the northern end of the Plotterkill and connects 2.5 miles of the preserve trails to the Long Path.
The Long Path currently extends from the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan to John Boyd Thacher Park in Albany County and was designed as New York’s version of the Long Trail in Vermont. Future plans are in the works to extend the trail to the Mohawk River and eventually into the Adirondacks.
source: Daily Gazette
by Ralph Ferrusi , Poughkeepsie Journal, link to original post and SLIDE SHOW
Hike name: Long Path, Route 6 to Howell Mountain.
Location: Harriman State Park.
Length: About 5 miles round-trip.
Rating: Some cruisin’, some a killer. Some flat, some steep.
Dogs: Fido might not be too happy on some of the steeps, and with some of the rocks. You won’t be, either.
Maps: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NYNJTC) Harriman Bear Mountain Trails mapset, Map 119, Northern Harriman Bear Mountain Trails; New York Walk Book, Map 6; Long Path Guide.
Features: A good sampler of New York State’s 347-mile George Washington Bridge-to-Albany Long Path — the good, the bad and the ugly of it.
Watch out for: Most of the aqua 2-by-3-inch blazes were pretty good, but every once in while things got a little vague — stay alert. And the trail through open woods was … well, open, but things were pretty much overgrown in the un-open woods; do a thorough tick check when you get home. Parts of this trail could use a really stiff “unnecessary steepness” — and unnecessarily rocky — penalty. Hey, come on, folks!
Background: Back in the ’30s — think about it, 80 years ago! — Vincent and Paul Schaefer “conceived the idea of the Long Path … as New York’s version of the Long Trail in Vermont.” But they added their own twist: The “trail” would consist of an unmarked route, “linking points of interest.” It was named after “The Long Brown Path,” a weekly New York Post column written by Raymond Torrey, one of the founders of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
Construction began in the 1930s. To put this in perspective, the Appalachian Trail (AT) was a gleam in Benton MacKaye’s eye in 1922, and was a wrap in 1937. Energy faded after Torrey’s death in 1938, until Robert Jessen and Michael Warren picked up the ball in the ’60s, when much of the now-marked currently existing trail was built. It’s still a work in progress, and there’s hope one day it will extend through the Adirondacks to the Canadian border.
The Long Path and I go back quite a ways. After I’d completed the then-2,048-mile AT in the mid-’70s, and Vermont’s 262-mile Long Trail (LT) shortly thereafter, well, whoop-dee-doo — there was the Long Path, practically in my backyard. The trail, and information concerning it, were both pretty basic back then. Parts of the trail were downright awful, particularly in comparison to the fine-tuned AT and LT I was pretty much a pioneer. Walt Houk, then-president of the NYNJTC, provided me with USGS topo maps, and I slugged away, section by section. I finally reached the then-northern terminus at Route 23A, by Windham, and figured I was end-to-ender No. 1. Not so; I was informed that “two brothers” had beaten me to it. So it goes …
Hike description: The first couple of hundred yards are wide, smooth and flat, through open woods. Don’t let this fool you. Whoops, you’ll soon be descending slightly on a worn-out, rocky old woods road, and you’ll be glad you brought your trekking poles. At four-tenths of a mile, pass the Popolopen Gorge Trail heading to Turkey Hill Lake on the right, then climb “steeply over ledges to the summit of Long Mountain,” with its memorial to Raymond H. Torrey and 360-degree views.
The mostly rocks switchbacks down to Deep Hollow Brook would never pass muster on the southern AT; nor would the ultra-steep section of trail heading up Howell Mountain. Go about a quarter-mile beyond the apparent summit to the promised west-facing viewpoint.
How to get there: Route 9D south. Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge. Right onto Route 6 at the traffic circle. Right to parking a little over a mile after the Long Mountain traffic circle.