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Join us for a strenuous Harriman through-hike along the Appalachian Trail, starting on the western boundary of Harriman State Park at Elk Pen and ending at the Anthony Wayne parking lot. We will plan to meet at the Anthony Wayne parking area, do a car shuttle to Elk Pen, and then hike along the AT through Harriman. Rocky trails, beautiful scenic vistas and several long, sustained hill climbs along the way.
Difficulty: Strenuous. Several long sustained hill climbs along rocky terrain. This is a qualifying hike -- you must successfully complete a qualifying strenuous hike to be able to participate in future strenuous-rated hike outings.
Distance: 12 - 13 miles
Estimated Time: 6 - 8 hours
Google Map link to Anthony Wayne parking lot meeting spot: https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=41.288642,-74.02335&hl=en&sll=41.292012,-74.016974&sspn=0.014413,0.033023&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16.
Plan to meet at the very southern end of the parking area. Note: the parking area at Anthony Wayne is huge -- he must have had many friends. If the southern area is blocked off, plan to meet as closely as possible to the northbound on-ramp to the Palisades Parkway. Also note that there may be a parking charge for the lot use.
Google Map link to Elk Pen parking lot -- this is the destination for the car shuttle: https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=41.264792,-74.154392&hl=en&sll=41.268566,-74.144282&sspn=0.014419,0.033023&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16
Map: NY/NJ TC#119. Available from EMS or the NY/NJ TC website (A Harriman trail map is required for this hike): http://www.nynjtc.org/product/harrimanbear-mountain-trails
Google Map route (omits last mile or so): https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Arden+Valley+Rd&daddr=41.2630262,-74.1281231+to:41.2852643,-74.0862011+to:Appalachian+Trail&hl=en&ll=41.257001,-74.134455&spn=0.028842,0.066047&sll=41.273678,-74.091067&sspn=0.028835,0.066047&geocode=FcaodQIdAYKU-w%3BFbKfdQIdBeWU-ylXWVAsGNrCiTHsEVtZ4FgZsA%3BFZD2dQIdx4iV-ynb3vzJg9DCiTGUaLrGZUiHdg%3BFXjrdQIdwnmW-w&t=p&dirflg=w&mra=dpe&mrsp=2&sz=15&via=1,2&z=15
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. Insect repellent.
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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TKFHHQIDkgNVWs-4XmPVJM3qXp7X9B6jIrUZSWgyECU/edit
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.