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Hudson Highlands / Fahnestock: Bear Mtn Bridge to Canopus Lake via the AT

  • Dec 21, 2013 · 8:00 AM

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Join us for a strenuous through-hike along the Appalachian Trail, starting at the eastern end of the Bear Mountain Bridge at Rte 9D  and ending at the Canopus Lake / Rte 301 intersection. We will plan to meet at the Rte 301 parking area at 8am, do a car shuttle to the trail head starting point, and then hike along the AT through the Hudson Highlands and Fahnestock State Park. 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. You must be able to expect to maintain a 2mph pace for this hike.

Distance: 16.5 miles

Estimated Time: 7 - 9 hours

Google Map link to Rte 301 parking lot meeting spot:,-73.837677&hl=en&sll=41.452328,-73.830936&sspn=0.016308,0.033023&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=m&z=16

Google Map link to the Bear Mtn Bridge trailhead parking lot -- this is the destination for the car shuttle:,-73.97595&hl=en&sll=41.321493,-73.975153&sspn=0.016341,0.033023&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=m&z=16

Maps: NY/NJ TC#101 and 103. Available from EMS or the NY/NJ TC website. A trail map is required for this hike.

Google Map link for hike route:,-73.9628509+to:41.3399601,-73.9437497+to:41.3594229,-73.9129319+to:41.384765,-73.8860753+to:41.40671,-73.876121+to:41.4229111,-73.8578573+to:41.4532649,-73.8359031+to:Appalachian+Trail&hl=en&sll=41.442533,-73.822289&sspn=0.032621,0.066047&geocode=FeSIdgId7zeX-w%3BFUqSdgIdnmqX-ymD9_VslM7CiTFGSoCASqb0lg%3BFTjMdgIdO7WX-yl9H_05AczCiTF4OrauXPU36w%3BFT4YdwIdnS2Y-ymjVrSHo8vCiTHgSFVniPHwrw%3BFT17dwIdhZaY-ylZM49C4srCiTEyWchHAxm6ww%3BFfbQdwIdZ72Y-yl7TLNYMjXdiTHGdQ95N5x0yA%3BFT8QeAIdvwSZ-ynzu8v_QTXdiTF4WR8wA1skpg%3BFdCGeAIdgVqZ-ykJvJv1fzXdiTGWH4Z-zuPMxg%3BFeuGeAIdhVmZ-w&dirflg=w&mra=dme&mrsp=8&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7&t=p&z=15

Weather: Rain or extreme cold 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. Warm clothing.

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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  • Ruowei

    Wow! Woke up to all these comments! Kidding...but I did sleep well, just didn't remember how I got in bed. Thanks everyone for a great hike - in no reference to a comfortable one, mind you! But a great hike nonetheless, affirmative! - companionable trail mates, wintery beauty, teasing sun, failed waterproof boots, stumbling and sliding with muddy buttucks to prove, laughters and sweets to share, old friends catching up and new connections bestowing, alas darkness and muscle spasm cramped down before hiker's high could kick in and rac havoc in blood glucose..., but all ending well with Brian & O'Brien rescue shuttle! With such a good time to show for, certainly we (the 13.5 mi bailouts) deserve a second chance to qualify? No?

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Brian

    Memorable event. Trudging along the Yellow Tail- er, White Trail- (I opened the bottle already). How do you squeeze a 10 hour hike into an eight hour day? Sorry you all missed Willie's, but we all got a taste of Patrizia's delicacies. Thanks Peter and all for a fun day.

    December 21, 2013

    • SheShe

      answer: you do it on June 21st not December 21st

      3 · December 22, 2013

    • Peter

      Game on!

      2 · December 22, 2013

  • Patrizia

    I slept incredibly well last night... and surprisingly I am not even sore this morning! What a fantastic day that was.. the only regret being ... not finishing the last leg. So close!! Weather near perfect, interesting trail and the best company I could wish for. Our group was behind from the beginning, letting the "rabbits" go ahead. The terrain, rather easy, was however challenging us because of the snow accumulation and our legs found out right away. Several "sound effects" on the hills, but for the rest it was just reconnecting with friends, bonding, taking pictures and soaking that beauty in. Thanks to SheShe, Brian, Eoghan, Dan, Ruowei and Chris who shared the miles, to the Brian/O'Brien car ride and soda bread and of course to Peter, who designed it all, and who braved the last few miles in the dark and all by himself. Merry Xmas to all!

    December 22, 2013

  • gavas

    Beautiful hike. There were lot of first time things happened to me in this hike. Longest hike, first time hiking in the snow, first time hiking @ night and first time hiking a long time with very bad blisters. Thank you Peter for organizing this great hike with wonderful people.

    December 22, 2013

  • carissa

    Terrain moderate, the distance was enjoyable, very nice group

    December 22, 2013

  • carissa

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome :) looking foward to next time~ Merry Christmas!

    December 21, 2013

  • Chris

    The weather turned out well, warm no wind or rain feet cold though (need new boots). Had good company all the way to our bail out point at about 13.5 miles. Thanks Peter for the hike, Brian for the ride and soda bread, Patrizia for the company and confections, Ruowei for the company and making sure I was alright when I fell back a few times and to Dan and Owen for hanging with the less quick group. Oh, Sir Owen good call on saying
    time to pack it up.

    December 21, 2013

  • SheShe

    Ah good times! It all looked perfect on paper... So we are going to start up a car service Brian & O'Briens. Happy holidays everyone! Peter as always thxs!

    December 21, 2013

  • Jim P

    Simply A-mazing! Great hike Peter, thank you. Awesome treats Patricia & Brian, Thanks!

    December 21, 2013

  • Dan W.

    Wow, what a day. I think I will wake up on Monday. Thanks again to Peter for bringing us back safely.

    December 21, 2013

  • Dan

    Great hike Peter! I enjoyed the night hiking too. Happy Solstice and holidays to everyone.

    December 21, 2013

  • Chris

    Nothing like another section of the AT.

    December 16, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Thank you, Peter!

    2 · December 13, 2013

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