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Pawling: Appalachian Trail / Nuclear Lake circumambulation

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 8:00 AM

***** Note: the event start time has been changed from the original posting *****


Join us for a strenuous there-and-back hike along the Appalachian Trail to and around Nuclear Lake. We will start at the junction of Rte 22 and the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, head west on the AT through the wetlands, over Cat Rocks and down and around Nuclear Lake, and then return via the AT. Hopefully the autumn colors will be in full bloom -- we will pass through several old-growth deciduous forests enroute. Rocky trails, beautiful scenic vistas and several long, sustained hill climbs along the way. Plan to meet in front of the Native Landscapes garden center on the west side of Rte 22, just north of the AT junction.












Difficulty: Strenuous. Several long sustained hill climbs along rocky terrain. You must have hiked with me on a strenuous-rated hike in the last twelve months to participate.

Distance: 13 - 15 miles

Estimated Time: 6 - 8 hours

Google Map link to AT parking lot:,-73.586386&hl=en&sll=41.597569,-73.584645&sspn=0.009291,0.019119&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&safe=strict&t=m&z=16

Google Map link trail map kludge:,-73.640199&sspn=0.018582,0.038238&geocode=FYWnegId1ySd-w%3BFRm2egIdRjic-w&t=p&...

Weather: Rain cancels.

Guests: No guests. Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join!

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.

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:

Liability Waiver: Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.


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  • Bill M.

    You know Peter, you're spoiling us on your hikes - it's great groups of folks, ditto the hike itself - and then you added awesome foliage and weather Saturday - what's next? Thanks Peter !!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Susy

    Thank you Peter for organizing a great hike. It was my first time hiking to Nuclear Lake, and it turned out to be a gorgeous autumn day with wonderful company!

    October 27, 2013

  • SheShe

    Autumn is definetly here and with it those extra layers! Great little hike and of course, people! As always, thanks Peter!

    October 27, 2013

    • Timuze

      Yes, but was it REALLY 13 miles?

      Is there any proof?

      October 27, 2013

    • SheShe

      no it was not! I have asked Toonces for documentation!

      October 27, 2013

  • Brooks

    An invigorating hike in a beautiful forest. Thanks for organizing a great bunch of people to share this experience, Peter.

    October 27, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Beautiful day, once we passed the early morning fog and the initial 28 temperature degrees... Perfect day for pictures and for soaking in that special Autumn feel. Thanks, Peter, for organizing another hike in that great Nuclear Lake area!

    October 27, 2013

  • Jim P

    So much fun! Great folks, beautiful day, amazing foliage and scenery. Thanks Peter for arranging awesome hikes!

    October 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Nuclear could be one of the words of the day. Also fog, speed, dogs, and for me mud. We also learned that I cannot walk on mud/water.
    Thank you Peter for a beautiful day on the trails

    October 26, 2013

  • Becky

    see you tomorrow.

    October 25, 2013

  • Ana

    Hi Peter, I would have liked to attend but I learned today that I must work this weekend. No fun. Hope to see you all soon though.

    October 25, 2013

  • Jenny

    Have a cold. Peter, Sorry to miss this.

    October 25, 2013

  • SheShe

    Can I carpool with tootles the cat & friends?

    July 16, 2013

    • Timuze

      Is there gas in the cat?

      October 24, 2013

    • SheShe

      I'm going to have to smack you again ;)

      October 24, 2013

  • maggie

    what's the liklihood of getting a spot i'm at the bottom of the waitlist

    October 15, 2013

  • Timuze


    October 9, 2013

    • Peter

      Perhaps you could be more specific regarding your concerns.

      October 9, 2013

    • Timuze

      I thought that you could read my mind.

      October 9, 2013

  • Alfredo

    Moved here; would like to join you.

    October 4, 2013

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