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Black Rock Forest with Swim Op - Upper Level Intermediate Hike

For this hike, you need to be someone who is comfortable with a 7+ mile hike with some elevation gain. If you have done this hike with me in the past year, I plan to focus on the back end of the park which will be something new. That includes Eagle Cliff, Split Rock and Southerland Pond. There will be a Swim op at Southerland Pond but there are no changing areas or restrooms here.

Exact mileage - TBD - I plan to be off-trail between 3:30 and 4:30 so figure something between 7 and 11 depending on temparatures and amount of time dedicated to the water.

Please check in with me if this is your first hike with this group - I just want to confirm your current hiking status. We are not the fastest group but there are certain general expectations when we do hikes
of this length.

$1.00 fee for this event

Post hike dining - The Park Restaurant in Highland Falls - Will pose with my cadet hat.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
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100 Reservoir Road
Cornwall, New York 12518

Driving Directions - From NJ/NYC - If from Westchester/Southern CT - you will pick up the directions after crossing the Bear Mt Bridge

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge and continue north on US 9W for 8.8 miles. About half a mile after passing a parking area marked with a blue sign, turn right onto Mountain Road. Immediately, turn right again and proceed through a very narrow underpass beneath US 9W (large vehicles may not fit in this underpass). Continue ahead for 0.2 mile to a parking area on the right side of the road, just before a locked gate.

A few general notes:
1) If this is your first time to this location, let me know as I may pick a spot close to this location in order to lead you in. The description is accurate but the access point off of 9W is a little unique and I'd hate to see you get lost.

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Will send out an e-mail update before 8PM on Sat

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  • SheShe

    Excellent day - an easy 11, next time I'm putting rocks in my pack to make it more challenging-LOL. Good times! But, the production crew needs to work on the pest control, that holiday wrecked them! As always thanks Steve!!!!!! Kickin' it old school post post- fun!

    August 4, 2013

  • horacio

    Your knowledge Steve is so valuable. The forest was so pristine, I had an awesome day

    August 4, 2013

  • Steve

    First time back on a 9+ mile hike (I know the reading said 11) and it felt good. We sang a number of 80's classics, survived the Wasp attack (well some of us did), avoided the snakes , had a swim op, and arrived back at our cars 5 minutes before the rain hit. Post hike dining at the Park and post post gathering at the legendary TP Quinns. Special thanks to everyone who attended and a special thanks to the production crew who are back from holiday.

    August 4, 2013

  • kevin S.

    Thanks Steve for leading the hike. I had a good time.

    August 4, 2013

  • Steve

    Everything is a go for today

    August 4, 2013

  • kevin S.

    Looking forward to the hike.

    August 4, 2013

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