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Not So Urban Athletics: Harriman Lemon Squeezer Hike

  • Nov 18, 2012 · 9:45 AM
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Harriman State Park is an absolutely amazing natural area just a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City. I've taken you folks on several great hikes there but we've yet to make a dent in viewing all the fantastic things to see. Let's head back and explore another section of the park. What is in store this time?

Our goal is to check out "The Lemon Squeezer," a popular rock formation on our part of the Appalachian Trail. Yep, it's exactly how it sounds -- imagine yourself as the lemon as you squeeze through a narrow section of rock, then scramble up, over, and around a rock face. This loop hike will also give us lake views of Island Pond, a chance to check out the long abandoned historic Boston Mine, and walk through the Valley of Boulders.

The important stuff ...

  • This is an intermediate level hike of about 8 miles and I recommend that attendees be in excellent cardiovascular shape -- being a triathlete isn't necessary but "exercise" shouldn't be a four-letter word to you. We'll be traversing rugged and rocky terrain along with a few rock scrambles thrown in so you don't get bored.
  • 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 finish, 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 3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks.
  • Rain/snow cancels the hike.
  • No guests allowed, sorry.
  • RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
  • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Don't leave home without it.

Directions ...

You can get there via public transportation or private vehicle.

1) Bus -- Take the 8:30 AM (#401) Shortline bus from Port Authority to Southfield, NY. You'll buy a rountrip ticket to Southfield ($28.50), but will ask the bus driver to let you off at Arden Valley Road in Arden, NY, next to a "Welcome to Harriman State Park" sign (a couple of miles north of Southfields). This is a popular hiker stop so the driver will know exactly where you want to go. You should arrive at about 9:30 AM. After you get off the bus, make a right onto Arden Valley Road, walk across the bridge over the NY State Thruway about 1/3 of a mile and make your first right into the trailhead parking lot. We will meet here at 9:45 AM by the information board in the parking area.

The return bus stops across the street - you'll wave the driver down.

Shortline bus schedule and more information HERE

2) Drive --

Trailhead GPS Coordinates

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Take the New York State Thruway north to exit 15a (Sloatsburg/Route 17 North exit). Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen. Please post if you will be driving and can give a ride to how many passengers, and from where in the comments box when you RSVP. Passengers, please contact your driver beforehand to work out the details and as a courtesy should pick up the tabs for gas/tolls.

This hike is cross-posted in Evenings & Weekends in New York City. Check there when trying to set up a carpool http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/91098872/

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  • Emmy

    Kevin puts the squeeze in your workout. Had a blast

    April 14, 2013

  • Kevin

    Terrific hike today folks and it was a pleasure to see so many old and new faces. Reading your comments about how much you all enjoyed the day reminds me of why I do this. Thanks to all.

    November 19, 2012

  • Kevin

    Rachel, Justin, thank you very much. It was great having all you guys along and hope you become regulars at my events.

    Also, I know there are a bunch of photos floating around out there of this event because I saw a lot of cameras out. Please do post your images when you get a chance as we'd all love to see them.

    November 19, 2012

  • Rachel

    I had a great time!! The hike was awesome and it was great meeting everyone! See you next time!

    November 19, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Ooooops, left out Anas & Alpha. You guys are wonderful & us ladies appreciate it.

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • Justin

    I had a great hike. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Hope to see you again soon!

    November 18, 2012

  • Emmy

    Great weather, I had such a fun time with the group. Everyone was supportive and excited to connect with someone new. Kevin is amazing as usual. His organizational leadership is brilliant. The pace was comfortable and a no one left behind attitude. The park is beautiful even with all the leaves gone. It was overall challenging yet satisfying to know we did it.

    November 18, 2012

  • Stephanie

    We had a beautiful day for this 6 mile hike. A lot of up hill climbs and descends. Overall the scenery is awesome.

    November 18, 2012

  • Rachel

    Awesome hike! Challenging and fun with beautiful views :)

    November 18, 2012

  • Anas

    What's better than spending a Beautiful day in a lovely weather with a happy and amazing group of people. Thanks everyone for the great company and thanks Kevin for such a nice hike

    November 18, 2012

  • Nancy c.

    i am public transit warrior, anybody else with me? i'll hold hands with anybody brave enough to flag down the bus with me, will be buying the tix for the time mentioned to get arrive on time, just comment "warrior" and we'll see each other at the PABT, good luck

    November 12, 2012

    • Kevin

      You can trust Nancy, follow her to the promised land!

      November 13, 2012

    • Katie

      warrior!

      November 17, 2012

  • Amy

    If anyone wants to carpool i can pick people up on the NJ side of the GW bridge

    November 17, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Signed up at Evenings & weekend meetup site. Is that the same? Don't want to be double counted. Assuming we will be leaving trail before dark. How long is the hike?

    November 17, 2012

  • Kevin

    I have sent the confirmed RSVPs my contact info via email. Please let me know if you didn't receive it.

    November 17, 2012

  • Rachel

    Hi all! This is my first outing with the group! I love to go on hikes and am looking forward to this weekend! I don't know anyone but am looking forward to meeting everyone :)

    November 14, 2012

    • Kevin

      Welcome, Rachel, glad to have you joining! You'll see we are a great bunch of people and my meetups are a load of fun. If you have any questions do let me know.

      1 · November 14, 2012

  • Charishma

    Hi! Is anyone planning to drive from the city or nearby? I live in the UWS and can come meet you where ever is convenient for you!

    November 13, 2012

  • Marci

    Warrior, Nancy! Warrior!

    November 13, 2012

  • Ali

    Hello, I am new to NY, how to get there? And can I join/group with someone to go there? Thanks

    November 12, 2012

    • Kevin

      Ali, please read the meetup description for precise transportation details.

      November 12, 2012

  • Marci

    *do you anticipate this hike will be as long...

    November 12, 2012

    • Kevin

      I anticipate finishing up between 3 and 4.

      November 12, 2012

  • Ali

    Hello, I am new to NY, how to get there? And can I join/group with someone to go there? Thanks

    November 12, 2012

  • Marci

    Do you anticipate this hike be as long as this past weekend's? Need to gauge my time for that evening

    November 12, 2012

  • Marci

    Dare i rsvp for this one? Lol

    November 12, 2012

    • Kevin

      Well, I'll tell you this ... you survived the überhike and this one isn't going to be quite as taxing.

      November 12, 2012

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