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

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 8:30 AM

***** Please read the complete write-up details before committing *****

Please join us for a summer solstice strenuous through-hike along the Appalachian Trail, starting at the Canopus Lake / Rte 301 intersection and ending at the eastern end of the Bear Mountain Bridge at Rte 9D. We will plan to meet at the Rte 301 parking area at 8:30am. 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: 17 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

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

Additional information: Please indicate in your RSVP if could help w/ a pre-hike car shuttle to spot some cars at the Bear Mtn Bridge endpoint.

Google Map link for hike route:

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. Sunscreen.

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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  • Patrizia

    Looks like you had a great day (and great meal!) on the AT! ...but I think you were all....overdressed!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Heike

    Fun day....we did it! thanks Peter

    June 21, 2014

  • Becky

    Nice hike and nice day, pizza and cold beer for lunch on a hike is just special. Thanks Peter for putting this hike together

    June 21, 2014

  • SheShe

    Thanks Peter! I feel vindicated after the winter solstice snafu! Great day and awesome crew.
    IPL's who knew- yummy?

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Renuka

    Great hike and company! Thanks Peter!

    June 21, 2014

  • gavas

    Yet another beautiful hike! Thank you Peter and the group!

    June 21, 2014

  • Patrizia

    I am sure everyone is aware that June 21st is "AT Naked Hiking Day"... I assume you will be all participating... :)

    2 · June 20, 2014

    • Peter

      ... you spoiled my surprise.

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • Patrizia

    LOL.... I will make sure to stop by around 5:00am before I head north and leave a bag on the chestnut tree to the left....

    June 18, 2014

    • Patrizia

      Oh yes, Peter.... the night before is definitely a better plan! why didn't I think of that myself! I will arrange the goods safely stored in a bear canister which I will buy tomorrow. But wait.... don't you think it would be even better if I hiked to some kind of half point and locate it there, perhaps together with some cold beverage...? Any preference...?

      2 · June 19, 2014

    • SheShe

      Coca-Cola of course!

      1 · June 19, 2014

  • Patrizia

    Peter, this weekend I will be heading to the Catskills again, taking advantage of the good weather and John C.'s patience! I am really working hard on my 3500 list. I wish all of you a great hike (weather is supposed to be beautiful) and I will see you next week!

    June 18, 2014

    • SheShe

      Seriously don't know how we will make it without those home made baked goods!

      1 · June 18, 2014

    • ecovindaloo

      Maybe Sheila can crank up the oven and bake something for the crew.

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Chris

    I do need to get my mom up to see my cousin so someone else can hike. Enjoy.

    June 16, 2014

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    January 9, 2014

  • SheShe

    Awesome idea!!!!

    December 22, 2013

    • Peter

      You're too modest.

      December 22, 2013

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