Old Man Winter is just around the corner. But before he gets here and we hibernate for the season, let's get out and enjoy one last hike in Harriman State Park.
This is going to be a loop hike starting at the Reeves Visitor Center trailheads in the Southern section of the park. We'll trek through the forest for a bit, follow a bubbling brook, then ascend to the ridge line and hike to several overlooks that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Hudson County peaks and valleys. We'll then descend to the shore of Pine Meadow Lake for lunch and afterwards make our way back to our starting point.
The Important Stuff ...
- This is going to be an intermediate hike of about 9 miles with a few sections of steep ascents/rock scrambles and will take roughly 5 - 6 hours to complete. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but if your idea of regular exercise is pressing buttons on the television remote then this might be a bit beyond your level of comfort.
- It's going to be quite cool so dress accordingly. You'll get warm as you hike so you should dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion)
- Bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks.
- Rain/snow cancels the hike. Check your email the morning of the event for any last minute updates.
This hike will start promptly at 9:30 AM so if you're going to be late you should call and let the organizer know. I will email my mobile phone number to those who RSVP.
How To Get There ...
Take NJ Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along the Seven Lakes Drive, passing under the Thruway overpass, and soon entering Harriman State Park. Proceed for another mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Park in the Visitor Center's parking lot (SEE PHOTO BELOW). If the lot is full, parking is allowed in certain roadside areas.
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.