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Appalachian Trail Rt 22 Metro North to I-84

In this section of the Appalachian Trail (AT)  we will be hiking the section south of the AT Metro North station as we close the gap on all sections of the AT in NY east of the Hudson  River.  If you missed a section I will be reposting them so there is another opportunity to fill in any missing sections. 

Do not use the Meet-up map, it is wrong, use this link for the start location:  

We will be meeting at 9:10am (I can't set that on meetup so that's why it says 9am) so we can get going by 9:20am.   (The time is set this way to coordinate with the train service)

In this one we have 13.2 miles and will take us from the Metro North AT RR station to Grape Hollow Road (Just basically the I-84 AT crossing,.  The highpoints of the hike, A boardwalk and bridge constructed over the wetlands that help form the 'headwaters' of the Harlem River, the amazing views from Catrocks and the Dover Oak (the largest Oak tree on the AT) and scenic Nuclear Lake (yes you can guess how that name came about - yes you are most likely correct- but then again it is considered a cleanup success).

Though this is a 'easier section' of the AT, and have no high mountains to climb, this is still a 13+ mile hike and should not be regarded as a 'easy' or 'beginner' hike - it is not.

Afterwords we will stop at a nearby tavern for a drink and some food. 

This is a car shuttle hike, we will be meeting at Stormville Mountain Rd (w/ Overflow parking at Grape Hallow Rd), the parking here is roadside.   From there we will shuttle to the start, the AT Metro North station.  Use this for the meeting place . We want to leave the parking area at 9:20 am so try not to be late.

The only map sets I know about are the ATC guidebook and map set for the AT in NY along with their PDF map (free) available in smartphone app 'Avensa'). 

Metro North Option: This hike accessible by train and the start time is set so those who would like to take Metro North to the AT train station can leave GCT at 7:47 to arrive at 9:44 - you must tell the conductor that you plan to get off at the AT stop and be in the correct car.  Let me know (post below) if you are taking the train.  You will most likely be returning to NYC via a nearby Merto North station, not the AT station.  Those who get off the train should Wait at/near the station for the caravan to arrive - we will be starting our hike at that station. 


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  • Starchild

    oh WOW pictures, thank you :)

    May 4, 2014

  • Kristen

    Thanks for a great hike yesterday, David! The weather was great (since it was your hike) and so was the company. Looking forward to doing another with the group.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Starchild

    Great hike everyone on a very nice section of the AT and another great new after hike restaurant passes the HVH 'Hiker Friendly' standard. Also thanks for all the cooperation to make the car shuttle work and for a great meal. Hope to see you all soon.

    May 3, 2014

  • kim

    Thank you David, another outing to AT, gorgeous day to hike, highlight of hike was swimming in
    the nuclear lake! ;-) good to see Scottseth, thank you For the ride Steve.

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Charles "George" R.

    I will be driving, leaving from Astoria if anyone needs a ride. I live up be the end of the N train and can pickup anyone from there. I do have a small car, so only 2 passengers.

    May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, I'll be driving from Astoria and can pickup from either Union Square or Columbus Circle. There are 2 spots in my car (3 if you're all petite). Message me if you need a lift to/from the hike.

    April 30, 2014

    • tova

      If there is still room I can meet u in the Neptune dinner

      May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, Tova, but it looks like Charles Reiser (see above) is also leaving from Astoria. Try asking him.

      May 2, 2014

  • Megumi

    I wish I could do this to meet your cows. I have to work in the afternoon. :(

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Eric

    David, what would be your best estimation as to our finish time? That is getting everyone back to the cars.

    April 30, 2014

    • Starchild

      Including everyone back to the cars left at the beginning, I would say at the latest 5:30.

      April 30, 2014

  • Leslie

    I"ll be coming by train.
    (and plan not to miss the train/hike as I did last weekend!)

    1 · April 29, 2014

  • tova

    any carpooling?

    April 28, 2014

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