Entire Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail!

**FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY! NOT FOR BEGINNERS! This will be an advanced hike only suitable for experienced hikers in strong physical condition!**

This is a good warmup for the longer and harder traverses to come later in the year.  Being it is the easiest of the traverses it is a testing ground for yourself.

We'll do the entire Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail from Jones Point to Tuxedo. 23 miles and 5000+ feet of elevation gain. It averages 10-12 hours to complete this hike. Follow the red on white blazes of the R-D for its entire length.

Self-reliant hikers only as there will be no sweep. You should be able to follow a map, understand possible bailouts, and must be realistic in your assessment of your own abilities.

Meet at Tuxedo train station at 6:15am for shuttle to starting point at Jones Point.

Gear Requirements:
Hiking Boots or Trail Runners
Synthetic clothes (no cotton!!)
Minimum 3L of water (more suggested)
Headlamp and spare batteries
Lunch and snacks
Rain jacket
North and South Harriman trail maps
Hiking poles (strongly suggested)

Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide and only you are responsible for your own safety. Partaking in any outdoor activity has inherent and should be aware that injuries have happened in the past.  The organizers, event host, and other members of the meetup will not be held liable for your actions. Signing up for this meetup acknowledges you have read and understand this.

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  • ponzy

    Apology for bringing up old meetups conversation, but just wondering how to shuttle if hiking with only 1 car? Are there any available public transportation other than taking a cab?

    June 1

    • Sergey

      No publick transportation on eastern end of RD. For 3/4 RD I hiked yesterday from tuxed to RD & SBM intersection and back to tuxed on RD http://www.mapmyfitne...­

      June 1

    • ponzy

      Thanks for the reply. Wow, you did almost 34.5 miles on mapmyrun app (could have been 40 miles easy in real trail length). I am not as hardcore as that lol but would love to do the ramapo-dundenberg hike though. It seems i would just do a half-way through and back. Appreciate your input re: public transpo.

      June 1

  • Chris D.

    Your 20+ miler status' have finally been added.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • kevin

    Lovely way to say so long to winter for the year. Great to see/meet everyone. Thanks for putting the trip together, Chris.

    March 18, 2013

  • Aileen

    Great intro to R-D! So enjoyed meeting and hiking with Allan and Liz. Thank you all (especially Chis and Mikhail) for making sure that everyone got done safely!

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Chris D.

    And a special thanks to Mikhail for hanging out with me at the end to ensure everyones safety.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Chris D.

    No worries Megan. Just glad you made it out safe. All in all it was a fun day. The company was fantastic and the snow made it a special treat. Thanks everyone for coming out.

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Megan B.

    Thanks for a very interesting hike to fit into our very interesting weekend! Sorry for having everyone worried at the end, but you guys handled the situation very well!

    March 17, 2013

    • Sergey

      Have I missed something?

      March 17, 2013

  • DorothyD

    Great day on the trail! Thanks Chris for organizing and picking the most perfect weather to do it.

    March 17, 2013

  • Raj

    Chris,
    Great hike with awesome group of folks, I really enjoyed it. Thanks you so much for organizing it.

    March 16, 2013

  • Duncan

    Chris D was a pro as usual, thanks for a great winter RD.

    March 16, 2013

  • Christopher K.

    Peter bummer you need to bail. I am hiking 5 miles on the 30th you should come out.

    March 16, 2013

  • Christopher K.

    What a fun hike, good company, white tails and a half day of snow. Chris D did a great job hosting the hike.

    March 16, 2013

  • Sergey

    Awesome snowRD hike!

    March 16, 2013

  • Mirek

    I can't believe it but my alarm clock failed, woke up at 6:30. never happened to me before. have fun

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Christopher K.

    I will be leaving from Brooklyn at 8pm tonight.

    March 15, 2013

  • Christopher K.

    I am leaving tonight an will sleep in the back of my truck. I have 2 seats plus me. Anyone want in post a reply. Oh and bring a sleeping bag.

    March 15, 2013

  • Janicelynn

    Was hoping someone would offer a ride from NYC, but cannot make it otherwise. Sorry. Sounds awesome and wish I could.

    March 15, 2013

  • Alison S.

    thought I signed off of this hike earlier in the week. Cant make it, knowingly not prepared for it. enjoy

    March 15, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Tomorrows forecast- Cloudy, high in the low to mid 40's, 20% chance of rain or snow showers.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Chris D.

    According to snow cover maps, there appears to be no snow left in harriman. I will bring microspikes to the trailhead but will most likely leave them in the car.

    March 15, 2013

  • Aamar

    Sorry I got hurt while running.

    March 15, 2013

  • Becky

    Last minute change... so bummed I can't make it. Hope to meet you guys soon. Have a great hike!

    March 14, 2013

  • Alison S.

    After much debate, I don't think I will be able to keep up for the duration of the hike. Hopefully will be ready for an April traverse instead. Enjoy!

    March 14, 2013

  • Liz

    Need a ride - can meet people anywhere near NYC

    March 13, 2013

  • Liz

    Schedule freed up, so I'm able to come. Would love to see y'all.

    March 13, 2013

  • Ryan P.

    Is anyone leaving the NYC area with space for 1 more to carpool??

    March 11, 2013

  • Megan B.

    Is there a map/elevation profile avaiable for this hike?

    March 12, 2013

    • Sergey

      Elevation about 6000'

      1 · March 12, 2013

    • Chris D.

      I do not have this info available but I believe nynjtc.org has free printable maps and you can also buy downloadable maps for an iPhone from the same site. EG around 5200', more than half EG done by the time you reach William Brien shelter.

      March 12, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Check your email, I just sent out a message regarding the hike.

    March 11, 2013

  • Aileen

    I've never done this route, but Megan, Brandon and I were on Devil's Path on Saturday and snowshoes and microspikes were needed...

    March 11, 2013

    • Chris D.

      The Catskills hold snow much later than the Harriman area. You will likely need spikes on occassion. On Saturday there were areas with absolutely no snow, some areas with only a light layer, and others with approx. 5 inches. With a warm week I'm hoping there will be minimal by next weekend.

      March 11, 2013

  • Chris D.

    This hike is only a week away, PLEASE UPDATE YOUR RSVP IF YOU ARE NO LONGER COMING.

    March 10, 2013

    • Aileen

      Chris, Megan, Brandon and I are coming from the DC area, driving over the night Friday. Should we meet at the train station or Jones Point?

      March 11, 2013

  • Tonya

    Getting back to it, but I won't be ready for that by then.

    March 10, 2013

  • Janicelynn

    Any rides from UWS or NYC? Will of course pitch in for gas, etc. NJ transit will not get me to tuxedo by 6:45... Thanks!

    March 10, 2013

  • Mikhail

    Anyone who is driving and wants to set up a shuttle, please let me know.

    March 10, 2013

  • Meredith

    Not ready yet.

    March 3, 2013

  • Leann

    Sorry I have to cancel but I'll be out of the country on this day

    February 24, 2013

  • Chris D.

    Although it is early to know for sure if you will need traction aids. I can say a few things for sure, crampons are not needed for harriman, yaktrax are worthless and I have done this trail many, many times over in late march, early April and have never carried traction. There does tend to be very spotty areas of snow and ice but nothing you can't step over, walk around or carefully cross. I will update this in an email a few days before the hike.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hiked from Tuxedo to Dutch Doctor yesterday on the Tuxedo Mt trail (white bar,) White Cross, and the RD (red dash,) ICE, ICE, ICE. I would seriously add crampons, or at least Microspikes, Yaktrax or Hillbound's to that list, and turn away anyone who doesn't have them. It will not be gone in three weeks. You'll usually see at least some ice on the trail until April.

    There are bailouts all over the place, as you'll see on your map.

    Get your maps from NYNJTC.org (NY NJ Trail Conference.) They're printed on Tyvek, and produced by people who volunteer to maintain the trail. Heck, become a member.

    February 22, 2013

  • Janicelynn

    Rides from NYC/UWS? Would of course share costs.

    February 20, 2013

  • Raj

    Chris,
    Any mid point bailout option ? Ty

    February 17, 2013

  • Tonya

    Getting back to it, but I won't be ready for that by then.

    February 17, 2013

  • Steve N.

    I wanted to do this one last year but couldn't. Would love to take part this year!

    February 17, 2013

  • Meredith

    will let you know for sure closer to the date

    January 25, 2013

  • Tonya

    I am a maybe for now due to knee injury. I will update prior to the event.

    January 22, 2013

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