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New Meetup: Snowshoe or hike the Mossy Glen Trail in Minnewaska State Park

From: Jeff S
Sent on: Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:48 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Ulster County Outdoors!

What: Snowshoe or hike the Mossy Glen Trail in Minnewaska State Park

When: Saturday, February 6,[masked]:00 AM

Minnewaska State Park Preserve
5281 Rte 44 55
Kerhonkson, NY 12446

Join us for a snowshoe or hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve! We will snowshoe if there is adequate snow cover, otherwise it will be a hike. I'll monitor the snow cover reports and weather forecast and let "yes" responders know a day or two in advance which it is likely to be. Beginning snowshoers welcome - I'm a beginner myself. There is no equipment rental at Minnewaska, so you must bring your own snowshoes and poles.

If a snowshoe, the total distance will be about 3.5 miles. The Mossy Glen Trail hugs the picturesque Peters Kill Creek. In winter there should be some interesting ice formations to see! There's very little elevation change along this trail. If this turns into a hike, we would have the option of increasing the distance a bit by doing a bit of the Blueberry Run Trail, which does involve some elevation gain.

Snowshoe/hike will be done at a relaxed pace - no one will be left behind. The aim is to see and enjoy nature in winter, not speed.

Proper clothing in winter is essential for safety. NO COTTON! Cotton loses all insulating ability if it becomes wet, either from the inside or the outside. Dress in fleece, wool, and coats with synthetic fill. As this may become a hike when we see the snow situation, bring Microspikes or Stabilicers for your hiking boots. These devices attach to your boots to provide reliable traction on ice. They are available in hiking stores such as Rock and Snow in New Palts, EMS along Rte 9 south of Poughkeepsie. If you don't bring these and the trail is icy, I may have to turn you away.

What to bring: $7 per car park entry fee (might be $10/head if snow conditions allow skiing on the carriageways), plenty of water, lunch or a snack, flashlight or head lamp (no, I don't expect to hike in the dark, but one must be prepared for the unexpected, especially in winter when the days are short).

To find park: Take Rt 299 West out of New Paltz. When 299 ends, turn right on Rt 44/55 and go 4.7 miles. Take the 2nd park entrance on left, which will take you immediately into the lower parking area. (If for some reason this gate is closed, back track a very short distance and use the previous entrance on the same side of the road. After paying at the kiosk, you will then need to immediately turn right and go a short distance down a dirt road to reach the lower parking lot.

Cancellation info: if the weather forecast looks doubtful the night before, watch your email early the morning of the hike. If the hike is cancelled, I'll send email early.

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