Shawangunk Service Trip to Gertrude's Nose For National Trails Day!

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

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  • Pam

    What a beautiful day with a great group of people (and got some work done too)!

    June 15

    • Don P.

      Thanks for uploading the beautiful photos, Pam.

      June 18

  • Murray G.

    I have loaded a large number of photos I took to http://s1331.photobucket.com/user/mgross25/library/Minnewaska%20II/06152014?sort=2&page=1

    where they may be viewed as a slideshow. I've also
    asked Don to upload any he thinks worthy to the
    Meetup page. These photos may be freely copied and used for any
    non-commercial use with attribution.

    Thanks for a great day, Don.

    June 17

    • Don P.

      Thanks, Murray! Some nice shots. Will try to upload a few of them when I get a chance (been a busy week at work). Hope to see you on the next trip!

      1 · June 18

  • Nancy S.

    Fantastic hike and work session yesterday. Enjoyed the meal afterwards as well. Don let us know when you need our help again!!!

    June 16

  • Don P.

    Great group came out to work on Gertrude's Nose Footpath! A big THANK YOU for helping maintain a very special trail in the Shawangunks. Whomever arranged for the beautiful weather, please come out for our next work trip! Hope to see you all on the trail again when we schedule the next trip. Also, thank you for coming out to dinner afterwards in New Paltz, which was a nice cap to a wonderful day in the 'Gunks!

    June 16

  • Randy H.

    It was great, beautiful people, beautiful day and good work accomplished; I call that at least a four star day! Now, sore and tired, I am off to bed.

    June 15

  • Randy H.

    See everyone tomorrow. I am driving from Slate Hill, NY in Orange County should anyone in that general area need a ride. I plan to leave around 7:45 to 8 AM. I can be reached at[masked]

    June 14

  • Pankil D.

    Don, I and my wife will be taking the bus tomorrow. My cell is[masked]-8325. Thanks

    June 14

    • Don P.

      See you at the Trailways Bus Depot in New Paltz around 8:45 AM, Pankil. One additional driver volunteered to help with the shuttle from the bus depot, so should have enough room for all those who indicated they are taking the bus.

      June 14

  • Naomi M.

    I will be coming from UES, Manhattan. For those who will be driving, please let me know if you have space in your car. Thank you!!

    May 9

    • Pankil D.

      Naomi, were you able to get a ride from UES? I and my wife are in UES as well, but, for now, plan to take the bus.

      June 14

  • Don P.

    I will be stopping at the New Paltz Trailways Bus Depot around 8:45 AM to pick up those who indicate they are coming from NYC on the early morning bus.

    June 13

  • Don P.

    Weather expected to be beautiful (some spectacular views on this trip) with temps in 70s- low 80s F, clear skies. Bring at least 2-3 liters of water, hat and sunglasses!

    June 13

  • Randy H.

    That, I think I can handle; it is hauling heavy stone that I want to avoid for a bit. I love the escarpment trail, it is one of my favorites. So, count me in for now; I will let you know if something comes up between now and Sunday. Sunday is Father's Day though and I am not sure if I will be asked to play music at church. I'm the "Guitar Guy." That is another caveat. If I'm not playing, my kids are all away so I can't think of a better way to spend Father's Day.

    Best,
    Randy

    June 9

  • Randy H.

    That is one of my favorite hikes. However, I am recovering from a back injury and still have some lingering sciatica; don't want to overdo it. Not sure I could be of much help but willing to learn more, what kind of work is involved and how long?

    June 9

    • Don P.

      Randy, The hike is 8.5 miles, mostly carriage roads and a ridge walk, but a few steep ups and downs, plus 3-4 hours trimming mostly blueberry and huckleberry bushes impinging on the trail tread with manual hedge trimming shears...sounds like you may wish to wait until you are feeling 100%. - Don Pachner

      June 9

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