SIERRA CLUB SHAWANGUNK SERVICE TRIP TO GERTRUDE'S NOSE FOOTPATH ON NATIONAL TRAILS DAY Moderate to strenuous 8.5-9 mile ridge hike including work on a special trail with spectacular views, abundant wildlife and sensitive ecology along the front Shawangunk escarpment 2,000' above the Walkill Valley and above the Palmghatt Ravine. Leader Don Pachner
Help other volunteers spruce up Gertrude's Nose Footpath through a spectacular area described as "one of the last great places on earth." Abundant bird life including possible peregrine falcons, prairie warblers and indigo buntings. Famous Shawangunk mountain laurel will be near its peak. Will take lunch break in a "cool" place! Leader will bring special treat for all. Bring at least 2-3 liters of water and bag lunch in a knapsack. Bring a pair of cotton work gloves (available at most supermarkets and any hardware store, we have a few extras if you forget them.) Hiking footwear strongly recommended, along with sun screen, hat and sunglasses, depending on weather. Dress cool (shorts, short sleeves). Sierra Club will supply the tools.
Please RSVP to let leader know if you expect to be there. Meeting at 9:15 AM to 9:30 AM AM to right of gate house at Lake Minnewaska park entrance. Public transportation is 7 AM Adirondack Trailways bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal to New Paltz arriving at 8:35 AM, but you MUST let leader know ahead of time (at least day before the trip) that you will be taking the bus if you wish to be picked up at New Paltz Bus Depot. Suggest buying one way ticket in case ride available back to NYC. Contact LEADER Don Pachner week of the trip by Email (preferred) mailto:[masked] or Tel. [masked] (6 PM to 9:30 PM) with any questions. Please post to the discussion section of the MeetUp group if you are driving and are willing to take passengers from NYC. MUST RSVP PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT FOR ANY REASON.
Possible dinner afterwards at an interesting New Paltz restaurant. Check back here for any weather updates the week of the trip.
Photos of a few previous trips at http://www.wildplaces.me/Nature/Gertrudes-Nose-Footpath/10819586_bncH2t