Groundhog Day hike along Silvermine Lake up past the William Brien Memorial Shelter, down the Red Cross trail past the Burnt House, up Owl Lake Road to the 1779 trail, then up a long steep climb on the Appalachian Trail to a beautiful scenic Hudson River overlook. From there we will hike near the Silvermine area, then back to the parking area.
Distance: About 6 -7 miles
Time: About 4 - 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. Several long sustained hill climbs.
Map: NY/NJ TC #119
Google Map coordinates to Silvermine parking lot:[masked],[masked]
Google Map link for directions: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=41.295349,-74.059552&sll=41.266408,-73.641847&sspn=0.112046,0.251375&num=1&vpsrc=0&z=18
From Bear Mtn Bridge: Head west to the traffic circle. Head west on US Rte 6 2.6 miles to exit 18. Take second exit in traffic circle to Seven Lakes Drive. Head southwest 1.6 miles to Old Silvermine Ski Area. Turn left into parking area.
Parking fee: Harriman SP periodically charges for parking, at least intermittently. It may be about $6-$8/car. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are interested in carpooling, and if so, your location.
Weather: Rain cancels.
Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone. Plan to dress in layers, and avoid cotton. May need microspikes if the trails are icy.
Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.
Guests: No guests for this hike. All hikers must be members of WHMG.
Important Note: Be certain to check this webpage and your email prior to the hike for any last-minute changes or cancellations.
Important general notes about my hikes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TKFHHQIDkgNVWs-4XmPVJM3qXp7X9B6jIrUZSWgyECU/edit