It's been a while since I've been able to plan a trip, and I especially enjoy planning the cold/winter weather trips, so here we go . . .
This will be a cool weather overnight trip and is appropriate for experienced backcountry campers who have the fitness, cold weather gear, and know-how to overnight in mountainous bear country. Everyone will be expected to have all necessary winter gear and food. This is particularly a great opportunity for new members to test their gear and experience, while becoming familiar with BLAZE>>. Please note that you will need to first join the wait-list - attendance will be limited based on the number of cars available for transportation.
We will leave the city by 8 am on Saturday morning and plan to hit the trail head by 11 am. The hike on Saturday will be about four hours long, getting us to camp by late afternoon and allowing for set up before sunset. On Sunday, we'll again plan to be on the trail by 9:30 and be done by around 3 pm. We'll plan to do an early dinner at a local restaurant, and for those interested, we will be stopping by King Sauna (a Korean spa) in NJ on the way back - a great way to wind down and relax after the long weekend.
Bear Mountain State Park
Minimal - $20 per person to your driver to cover the cost of gas/tolls, plus the cost of dinner Sunday, and $30 for admission to the spa (for those interested).