Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Distance: 24 miles
Total Rise: 6,000 ft
Estimated Time: 11-13 hours
Trip Highlights: many overlooks, some scrambling
REQUIRED LEVEL: Take note that this is a very strenuous hike. You must be a strong hiker to do this. When all participants are at good hiking levels, it eases up the work of the team, and makes the hike fun and safe for all. Please carefully assess the hike plan and your hiking preparedness before you RSVP on this hike.
NOTE: This is a great practice hike for the much harder coming hikes we have scheduled ... give this one a try before taking on the Escarpment, DP, Great Range or Presidentials.
We are going to hike the full Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail that traverses both Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park, from south to north, ending at the Bear Mountain. We'll meet at the Bear Mountain parking area at 6 a.m., and shuttle to the south side for the hike start.
This hike is a very long strenuous hike -- you must be a strong, high-endurance hiker for this event!
The midway point of the hike crosses Route 106 which is just half a mile east of Lake Welch. You can start with us in the morning (from Suffern) and end your hike here. Or you can meet us here around noon time and hike with us to the rest of the hike. There's a parking area at this point (can be seen from the NY-NJTC Northern Harriman map).
CLICK HERE for a Google Maps location of this midway point.
Trailhead Location -- CLICK HERE.
We'll meet at the Bear Mountain parking area (Point C) at 5:30 a.m., then shuttle to the southern end at Suffern (Point A) to start the hike at 6:00 a.m., leaving one car at the 12-mile point (Point B) for the food / lunch, water and other supplies.
CLICK HERE: Photos from our hike last 10/30/2010 ...
... finished in 11+ hours of hiking and stops!
Outdoor recreation activities are by their very nature potentially hazardous and contain risk. All participants in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. The outdoors are forever changing. No book can replace good judgment. The organizer cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies, errors or omissions or for changes in the details in this hike or for the consequences of any reliance on the information contained herein or for the safety of people in the outdoors.