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THIS IS NOT A HIKE FOR BEGINNERS! It is a moderate-strenuous hike with an approximate distance of 8 miles. Time:[masked] hours depending on lunch and scenic view stops.
This is a one way hike on the Appalachian Trail from Wawayanda State Park to CR 517 in Vernon, New Jersey. Expect scenic viewpoints; (Pinwheel Vista) and steep elevation (1000 ft.) declines (Stairway to Heaven) and inclines. The hike ends on the Pochuck Boardwalk section of the AT at CR Route 517.
MEET AT THE END OF THE HIKE FIRST @ 9:30 AM so we can determine the amount of cars necessary to transport hikers to the starting point at Wawayanda State Park.
There is parking along the guardrail at this Appalachian Trail crossing over County Route 517. This parking area is between Carol Drive and Meadowlark Drive on County Route 517, Vernon, NJ.
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1 Meadowlark Drive, Vernon, NJ 07462. Turn into this street, then turnaround and park on County Route 517 along guardrail. There is a brown Appalachian Trail sign with a hikers graphic here.
Following, is a link to history about this boardwalk section of the AT in Vernon. It will amaze you to see its path and construction.
At the end of hike, hikers will be driven back to their vehicles at Wawayanda State Park.
OPTIONAL: We can grab a meal following hike's end at "Smokeys" in Vernon which has excellent food and service.
Weather:Light rain okay. Heavy rain/snow cancels. Check this site for updates.
Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Appropriate weather gear. Water (at least 2 liters). Snacks/lunch & hiking poles (if needed). Camera. Good conversation. Positive and environmentally friendly attitude. Leaders cell # emailed day of hike to members who are attending.
RISK DISCLAIMER:Please remember this is a social event and not a professionally guided hike. By participating in this hike, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents, and you acknowledge hiking is a dangerous activity that could lead to injury or death. Always come prepared and equipped as if you are hiking on your own. In the event of an emergency, your fellow hikers will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.
By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.