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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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The NY/NJ Trail Conference has recently published FREE brochures and maps for all five of the Fire Towers located in the Catskill Park. Click here for info & download links.

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CatskillLeanToOutdoor equipment retailer REI has announced a $10,000 grant to the Catskills Lean-to Repair, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program operated by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

This grant will allow the Trail Conference to expand its program of improving, repairing, and rebuilding 29 lean-tos and their privies along the 200 miles of Trail Conference-maintained trails in the Catskill Park. The Trail Conference currently maintains 29 of the 32 lean-tos in the Catskill Park. Solidly built lean-tos and privies provide backpackers and day hikers with safe on-trail shelter while minimizing distress to the surrounding environment by focusing locations for overnight stays.

The priority projects in the next year are the German Hollow Lean-to, the Devil’s Acre Lean-to, and a new lean-to to be built between Mount Temper and Plateau Mountain. A number of privies will also be completed as part of this program.  The Trail Conference works with the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation to prioritize all lean-to and privy projects.

The Trail Conference Catskills Lean-to Repair, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program has been a key initiative of the Trail Conference since 2011. The program began in 1999 with the repair of several lean-tos and the reconstructions and replacement of the John Robb Lean-to on Hunter Mountain. We have completed rehabilitation projects at the Mink Hollow Lean-to, the Echo Lake Lean-to, and the Diamond Notch Lean-to.

Last year at the Mink Hollow Lean-to, the Trail Conference, the Catskill 3500 Club, supporters of the Chris Nowack Memorial Fund, and the local Forest Ranger, Christine Nelson, hiked up more than 700 pounds of cedar shingles, lumber, and other materials to the then put on the new shingles, put down the new floor boards, re-stained the sides of the lean-to, and stained the new lean-to floor.

Lean-to projects draw large numbers of volunteers, as the work is a unique trail volunteer experience. In 2012, volunteers visited lean-tos for work more than 200 times and spent approximately 1,000 hours working on the general maintenance of lean-tos in the Catskill Park.

To learn more about the Trail Conference lean-to program in the Catskills, please visit: nynjtc.org/catskill-leantos.

The Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization that has been at the forefront of conservation efforts for the past 92 years with a mission to make nature more accessible to the public.  More than 1,500 Trail Conference volunteers donate 70,000 hours of work each year, building and maintaining 2,000 miles of trails across the region

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Click here to find out you can help build over nine miles of the Long Path in the Catskills on Romer Mountain this summer.

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For a strenuous 5.6-mile loop hike, try the Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area in the Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County NY. Click here for details.

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by Troy Dreier/For the Jersey Journal, link to original post

Now that the weather is getting a little nicer, how about getting out in the sunshine and stretching your muscles? Maybe a weekend hike?

According to one excellent mapping app for the iPhone and iPad, plenty of people in the New Jersey and New York area are already doing that.

Mapping and cartography company Avenza has created a useful mapping app called Avenza PDF Maps. It’s available for free in the iTunes Store. While it provides maps for the whole world, maps it offers for the New Jersey/New York area have proven highly popular.

The app offers its own map store where users can look for maps for their area (or for any area) then download free or paid maps. About a year ago, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference uploaded several hiking maps, including maps for Bear Mountain, North Jersey, and East Hudson. They range in price from $3.99 to $5.99, and have proven to be a hit with Avenza app users.

I spoke with people from Avenza, who told me that nine of the 20 most popular paid maps that it offers are for our area. I’m guessing that’s because, while there are plenty of hiking trails around here, it’s not always obvious where they are. Before getting away from the city, people need a little help. With this app and the right maps, anyone can enjoy a day of hiking.

There’s a lot to like about the Avenza app. For one, it offers more than just hiking maps. I found apps for Hudson Country light rail, Central Park running paths, and Manhattan mass transit. Many useful maps are free, such as a geological survey of Jersey City.

Also, helpful features in the app let you find your location, or create markers for places you’ve visited or want to visit. Whether you want to explore this area or a vacation destination, Avenza PDF Maps is a good companion to bring.

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New Popolopen Trail Bridge Reconnects Bear Mountain Trails

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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, wheelock@nynjtc.org or 201-512-9348.

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Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher(R) cartographic software for Adobe(R) Illustrator(R) and Geographic Imager(R) geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop(R), announces that the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has officially enrolled as a vendor in the Avenza Map Store, accessible through the award-winning PDF Maps app. In partnership with Avenza, the Trail Conference will make its popular series of over 50 hiking, trail and general recreation maps, covering a network of over 1,800 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, available to recreationalists and adventurers for use on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

“We are extremely delighted to have this well-known and time-honoured organization participate in the Avenza Map Store and are very excited to make their amazing series of maps available to mobile users,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza Systems Inc. “The PDF Maps app is a great platform and many organizations are now seeing how easy it is to make their maps accessible to mobile consumers. We invite all map publishers to become a part of our vendor network.”

The PDF Maps app is an all-encompassing solution for the use, distribution and sale of digital versions of paper maps to mobile devices. It includes both an app for consumers to use, discover and purchase maps directly from their devices as well as an in-app store to facilitate the transaction and delivery of maps. Think of it as iTunes or iBooks for maps.

“This exciting use platform and distribution system for geo-referenced maps is perfect for putting our highly-detailed maps into the hands of our members for use on their mobile devices,” said Edward Goodell, Executive Director of the Trail Conference. “As more and more end users opt for and prefer to use maps on their mobile devices rather than paper it is essential that organizations like ours adopt powerful and cost-effective methods of delivering and using maps digitally. Avenza’s PDF Maps fits that bill.”

PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store free of charge for personal use. For more information about the app, visit the Avenza website at www.avenza.com/pdf-maps . Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and many free maps can be downloaded at no cost through the PDF Maps in-app map store.

For more information on using The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference maps with Avenza PDF Maps visit http://www.nynjtc.org/pdfmaps

More about Avenza Systems Inc. Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. For more information visit the Avenza website at www.avenza.com .

More about The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 1,800 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public and publishes maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs that have a combined membership of over 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.

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by DANIEL CHAZIN/, THE RECORD, link to original post

LENGTH: About 5.1 miles
DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate
TIME: About 3 1/2 hours
MAP: Wonder Lake State Park map (available online at nynjtc.org/files/WonderLakeTrailMap_BW_2012.pdf)
DOGS: Permitted on leash

HOW TO GET THERE: Cross the George Washington Bridge and proceed north on the Henry Hudson Parkway, which becomes the Saw Mill River Parkway. Take Exit 4 and proceed east on the Cross County Parkway. In about three miles, bear left to continue on the Hutchinson River Parkway North. After about eight miles, bear left to continue on I-684. Follow I-684 North for about 28 miles and take Exit 9W to continue on I-84 West. Take Exit 18 (Lake Carmel/Patterson), and turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 311. Make the first left onto Ludingtonville Road and continue for 1.8 miles to the parking area for Wonder Lake State Park, on the right. GPS address: 380 Ludingtonville Road, Holmes, N.Y. 12531.

To the left of the kiosk in the parking area, you’ll see a post with a yellow blaze (for the Yellow Trail) and a teal diamond blaze (for the Highlands Trail). Follow these trails uphill on a grassy path that widens into a woods road. Soon, you’ll reach a junction. The Yellow Trail goes off to the left, but you should bear right to continue on the teal-diamond-blazed Highlands Trail that follows a footpath along the side of a hill, climbing gradually.

The red-blazed Bare Hill Trail begins on the left, but proceed ahead on the Highlands Trail that descends to cross a stream, then climbs gradually on a rocky footpath. At the crest of the rise, the Yellow Trail crosses. Continue ahead on the Highlands Trail that begins to descend, soon reaching a fork. The white-blazed North Spillway Trail begins on the left, but you should bear right and continue along the Highlands Trail that descends to Wonder Lake.

The trail briefly follows close to the lakeshore, then turns right and climbs a little. Soon, it again descends toward the lake and continues to parallel it. At the southwest corner of the lake, the Yellow Trail joins briefly, but continue to follow the Highlands Trail that proceeds around the lake in a counter-clockwise direction.

At the southeast corner, the trail crosses a dam and wooden footbridge across the lake’s outlet. A white-blazed trail begins on the north side of the dam, but you should bear left to continue along the Highlands Trail. After crossing a woods road (the route of the Yellow Trail), the trail turns away from the lake. It climbs a little, then begins a steady descent and follows along the edge of an escarpment, with a beautiful hemlock grove in the ravine below.

With Laurel Pond visible through the trees ahead, the Highlands Trail turns sharply right and continues to descend on a switchback. At the base of the descent, it crosses a woods road and proceeds to pristine Laurel Pond.

The trail crosses a concrete spillway over a secondary outlet and follows along the pond. After crossing a stone dam and wooden footbridge across the pond’s main outlet, the trail heads uphill, following a woods road.

At a T-intersection at the crest of the rise, the Highlands Trail continues ahead onto a footpath that loops around and soon reaches another woods road. The trail turns right and follows the road that soon begins to climb. Be alert for a turn, just before the start of a steeper climb, where the Highlands Trail turns right and continues on a footpath.

After crossing an intermittent stream, the trail continues along the side of a hill and soon begins to descend. In a short distance, three blue blazes on the left mark the start of the blue-blazed Orchard Hill Trail. Turn left and follow the Orchard Hill Trail that climbs gradually to the crest of a rise, then descends and continues across gentle, rolling terrain.

After another gradual climb and descent, the Orchard Hill Trail ends at a junction with the white-blazed North Spillway Trail. Continue ahead on the white-blazed trail for about 150 feet to its terminus at the Highlands Trail, then turn right and follow the teal diamond blazes, retracing your steps back to the parking area, where the hike began.

“Hiking” is provided by Daniel Chazin of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The trail conference is a volunteer organization that builds and maintains over 1,800 miles of hiking trails and publishes a library of hiking maps and books, including the “New York Walk Book” ($22.95) and the “New Jersey Walk Book” ($19.95). The Trail Conference’s office is at 156 Ramapo Valley Rd. (Route 202), Mahwah; (201) 512-9348; nynjtc.org; HikeoftheWeek@aol.com.

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