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Not So Urban Athletics: Hike Gertrude's Nose

  • Aug 3, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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The sun is bright, the temperature is warm, and the greenery around us rivals anything you'd find in a Crayola box -- is there a better time to slather on the sunscreen and climb a mountain or two? I think not, so let's get out and tackle what is arguably the most scenic hike in the Northeast -- Gertrude's Nose in the Shawgunks Mountain Ridge.

We're going to follow carriageways and hiking trails to six different breath-taking overlooks. Our journey will take us through dense hemlock forests, over streams, and make us marvel at the crags and crevasses of the Shawgunks Ridge which has extraordinary beauty in its combination of pale, high cliffs and dwarf pines. We'll make our way to the apex of our hike -- Gertrude’s Nose -- a unique geologic formation that looks like the prow of a great ship, with massive blocks of fallen rock below. Witnessing nature’s glory from this special place, overlooking the long rocky ridges and sweeping valleys below makes life worth living.

Swimming is allowed in the crystal clear waters of Lake Minnewaska, if we finish the hike early we can rejuvenate ourselves with a swim -- bring a bathing suit just in case.

A $2.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.

The Important Stuff ...

  • This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 8 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape as this is one of the more challenging treks in area with a bit of elevation gain and a few rock scrambles. We will be out all day so leave your afternoon/evening open.
  • This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you.
  • Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • There is a parking fee of $8.00 per car.
  • Rain cancels the hike.
  • No guests allowed, sorry.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited.
  • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Do not leave home without it.

How To Get There ...

Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). After paying the toll, turn left onto Route 299 and continue west through the Village of New Paltz. When you cross the bridge over the Wallkill River at the west end of the village, continue ahead on Route 299 (do not turn right towards the Mohonk Mountain House). In another 5.5 miles (from the Wallkill River bridge), Route 299 ends at a T intersection with Route 44/55. Turn right here and follow Route 44/55 as it negotiates a very sharp hairpin turn and climbs to pass under the Trapps Bridge (a steel overpass). Continue for about three miles past the Trapps Bridge to the entrance to Minnewaska State Park, on the left side of the road. A parking fee of $8.00 is charged at the gatehouse. Continue uphill for 0.4 mile to the parking area at Lake Minnewaska, the UPPER one nearest the lake.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where), If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

This hike is cross-posted in Evenings and Weekends in New York City. Check there when trying to set up a carpool http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/126647952/

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  • Marcell Porter T.

    where is minnewaska?
    ny? central park?

    August 31, 2013

  • carol

    It was worth every single blister on my feet! Thanks everyone and Kevin for the perfect VIBE! :) looking forward for the next one! And also thank you all for posting the pictures!!!!!

    2 · August 5, 2013

    • Kevin

      Lovely photos, Linda. Can you do me a favor and also upload them to the Evenings and Weekends in NYC group? I'm sure the attendees from over there would love to see them also. Thanks.

      August 5, 2013

    • Robin

      Linda you take really great photos!

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hmmm, seems like just about all of you enjoyed Saturday's hike! I'm glad to see that you all had a terrific time. But what makes a meetup great are the attendees -- I just provide the venue and guidance. I put all you wonderful people in one place and "let it do what it do." Many thanks for coming out and spending the day with me, let's do it again soon.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • David T

    Thanks again Kevin and thank you very much Karissa. To my carpool buddies great laughs :)

    3 · August 3, 2013

    • Eat Love H.

      Plack rocks! :) Car was crazy with laugh vibrations. Rof.

      1 · August 4, 2013

    • Iggy

      Orange is the new Plack.

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • Jessica

    Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed meeting all of you, and the hike and dinner were amazing!

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Muriel H.

    It was Fantastic! I highly recommend it.

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Dan

    Great hike! Thanks, Kevin.

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Emmy

    Beautiful

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Karissa W.

    All around perfect day, left me feeling great! Thanks Kevin

    3 · August 4, 2013

  • Emmy

    Loads of fun. I've missed this. So refreshing. Thanks Kevin

    2 · August 4, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    Awesome hike. GREAT group of people and impressive mascot. What a fun day !!!

    3 · August 3, 2013

  • David T

    Awesome!!!!

    3 · August 3, 2013

  • Jacqui

    kinda Awesome!! +2

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • Jitesh

    Another great event!!

    2 · August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I missed it. I was there waiting for path train but it was not arriving. I thought my ride could not wait for me and there was no way to contact him due to no signal in the subway station. Finally decided to leave:(

    August 3, 2013

  • Tav T.

    Not feeling well.

    August 3, 2013

  • Natalie L.

    Robin, did your friend still need a ride? I decided not to drive but let me know if they're still having trouble finding a ride!

    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Natalie ! This is Robin's friend, and Joyce is bringing me. Thanks a million for the help!! I owe you guys!

      August 2, 2013

    • Robin

      Thanks Natalie :)

      August 2, 2013

  • Jessica

    Hi- I am a friend of Joyce. She mentioned she spoke to the organizer and it was ok for me to join the hike (as long as I sign up) since I will be coming up with her and she is driving. Thanks!

    August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone still in need of a ride? I have two more spots in the car from Brooklyn/Manhattan

    August 2, 2013

    • Vishal

      I still need ride , but I am coming from NJ will u be able to coordinate ?

      August 2, 2013

  • Jitesh

    I'll be driving from Hoboken/Jersey City, I have space for 3 if anybody wants a ride.

    July 22, 2013

    • Peter

      Thanks Jitesh!

      July 31, 2013

    • Vishal

      Is thr space for one more ? Or if someone from Hoboken want to join , just don't want to ride alone ?

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just reserved a Zipcar and have space for 2-3 more people in the car. Leaving from BedStuy/Brooklyn through Manhattan with at least at least one pick up at Grand Central. Cost is $50 if we are four in the car, $40 if we are five, including mileage, tolls and gas. Please inbox me and also send your cell phone number.

    August 1, 2013

  • Natalie L.

    If anyone needs a ride, I have one more spot in my car. I'm coming from Brooklyn...

    August 1, 2013

    • Jacqui

      Could I catch a ride with you?

      August 1, 2013

    • Natalie L.

      Yes Jacqui! Can you meet me in Brooklyn?

      August 1, 2013

  • PK

    Leaving from Washington Square Park (Manhattan) in a Mini early on Saturday morning. Email me if you'd like to meet there for a ride.

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • PK

      I think we can squeeze in 3 passengers (plus me) if noone has huge backpack: so I have Carol, Rohan and Wendy as of now.

      1 · August 1, 2013

    • WendyZ

      Thanks PK!

      August 1, 2013

  • Melanie D.

    Can take the bus from Port Authority to New Paltz - anyone have space for 2 in a car that can pick Sally and me up from the New Paltz bus station?

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    its all about the freaking ride!! :)

    July 31, 2013

  • Ian C.

    Sorry to cancel. I need to be in Virginia this weekend.

    July 31, 2013

  • rohan

    I too am looking for a ride. I live in Manhattan, but wouldn't mind going to Jersey or another borough. And of course I'll help with the cost.

    July 31, 2013

  • Jacqui

    Hi, I also am looking for a ride. I'm in Manhattan near the GWB but can meet where convenient and help pay for expenses. Thanks

    July 31, 2013

  • Iggy

    On the waitlist. I can take three people in my car so let me know if you need a ride.

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      HI, just got off waitlist. DO you still have room? for 1 person? thanks I can meet you anywhere convenient for you.

      July 30, 2013

    • Iggy

      I'm looking for a ride too.

      July 30, 2013

  • Brian

    Hey, does anybody have room for 2. We're up by the GWB but can meet wherever. Will pay tolls/gas/etc. Thank you :)

    July 30, 2013

  • Emmy

    Anyone, stilll have room for 1. UES, but can meet where convenient

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet Up needs vans we can use!!

    2 · July 30, 2013

  • WendyZ

    I am in Manhattan and looking for a ride. Thanks

    July 30, 2013

  • carol

    Hey everyone. Is anyone leaving from Manhattan with space in the car? Thank you so much!

    July 30, 2013

  • Emmy

    Does anyone have room for 1 or 2 ppl in their car?

    July 29, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hikers, this event is next weekend do let's get working on those carpools. Drivers please speak up as to where you are heading out from and what areas you will pass through. If you need a ride, speak up and don't hesitate to contact a driver directly to ask to carpool and make arrangements.

    Also, if your plans have changed and you no longer can make this event, please be courteous and change your RSVP to "not attending" so that a wait lister can take your place. Don't be a no show or a last minute canceller!

    July 28, 2013

  • stephen s.

    i'm leaving from nyc, can rent a car if people want to split it?

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Stephen, sorry

      July 24, 2013

    • stephen s.

      cpw + 110th

      July 25, 2013

  • Muriel H.

    Hello I am still in to do this...............! Oh Boy!

    July 24, 2013

  • David T

    Hey Iggy If you have room for me let me know. Thanks

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just too far of a trip from Suffolk without a travel group. I'll get the next one... Have fun. :)

    July 16, 2013

  • David T

    I'm looking for a ride. If anybody can pick me up anywhere on the west side of NYC let me know. I'm also right over the GWB on the manhattan side. Will chip in for gas etc. Thanks..

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from manhattan and would need a ride please. Thanks!

    July 9, 2013

  • stephen s.

    sounds like fun, lemme know

    July 9, 2013

  • Karissa W.

    I'm only on the waitlist now but I can drive if I end up getting to come!

    July 8, 2013

  • Shashwath

    Looking for a ride. I can travel to anywhere in NYC where the subway can drop me off. Thanks.

    July 8, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    On waitlist. Looking for ride....can travel queens or manhattan to facilitate ride. Thanks.

    July 8, 2013

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