May 10, 2009 · 10:15 AM
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As my never-healing shoulder injury is putting a damper on my climbing plans, I thought I'd go hiking this weekend plus it does not hurt preparing for our Rainier climb later this summer. And as usual, this hike is FREE!
We will hike the entire Timp-Torne trail in Northern Harriman, which is approximately 11 miles. The trail starts with an immediate steep climb up to the Timp, travels around the ridge of West Mountain and finally scrambles up Poppolopen Torne. We'll try to keep a brisk pace to finish in time to make the 5.19pm bus back to the city (if we don't we'll hike across the Bear Mountain Bridge and catch the 7.10pm Metro-North train from Manitou). And yes, I built in rest time to savor the views of course! IMPORTANT: ONLY BUY ONE WAY TICKET FROM NEW YORK, IN CASE WE HAVE TO TAKE THE TRAIN BACK, BUT BRING EXACT CHANGE TO BUY TICKETS ON BOARD ($13.35 for bus or $10.25 for train).
The trail is pretty steep and it starts with a pretty tough climb straight from nearly the sea level to gain near 1000 ft, and continues with ups and downs. Please be in a descent hiking shape, this is definitely NOT A BEGINNERS' HIKE. The ground is going to be wet rom recent storms, please wear hiking boots NO SNEAKERS. Sorry, but if I see you come unprepared, I will ask you to take a bus back to the city in order to save you from a trouble and to be fair to the rest of the group.
WHERE TO MEET:
Carpoolers will meet at the parking lot at Stony Point pass the Anchor monument on 9W.
If you are coming by bus take the Shortline Bus from Porth Authority that goes to Bear Mountain (leaves NY at 8.45am) and get a ticke to Stony Point. Ask the bus driver to drop you off just pass the Anchor Monument.
WHAT TO BRING:
non-cotton layered clothes
at least 2 quarts of water
cash to buy tickets for your way back
map, compass (if you have)
Boots with good socks
ticks are prevalent in the area, make sure to wear long pants
If you haven't hike with the group before, please check out our Hiking Etiquette page.