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Dunderberg, The Timp and West Mountain Hike + Beer
Intermediate Difficulty Hike (9 miles, 2300ft elevation gain, moderate pace, not for beginners or slow hikers) We'll start the hike by going up Dunderberg Mountain (Thunder Mountain in Dutch). On the way up we'll explore the remains of the Spiral Railway which was intended to be used as a roll coaster. The Spiral Railway began construction in 1889, but was never completed due to lack of funding. A steam locomotive would pull the passenger cars up the mountain and the descent would be powered by gravity. We'll follow the trail up to The Timp shortly followed by the West Mountain Shelter. On a clear day you'll be able to see the New York City skyline in the distance. We'll then follow the West Mountain ridge-line which offers many scenic views along the way. On the way down we'll take the Fawn Trail and S-BM to finish the hike at Bear Mountain Inn. Optional after hike drinks at the Blue Roof Bar. Required Gear: Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries. We'll try to finish the hike before sunset, but there is a possibility we'll finish in the dark. Recommended Gear: Traction device such as microspikes. Hiking poles. Cold Weather Hiking Tips: Public Transit Directions: 8:45am Coach USA bus from Port Authority. Enter Port Authority from the entrance between 40th & 41st street. Purchase a one way ticket to Tompkins Cove and a one way return ticket from Bear Mountain. Ticket can be purchased from the Coach USA ticket counter on the first floor (Booths 11-15 next to NJ Transit ticketing). I recommend getting to the gate 30 min before departure. Meeting spot will be at the bus gate. We'll be taking the 5:19p bus back to the city. Driving Directions: This hike starts and ends in different locations. You can arrange a shuttle with the other participants. The hike will start at the Timp Torne Trailhead (GPS:[masked], [masked]) and will finish at the Bear Mountain Inn parking lot (GPS:[masked], [masked]). The Bear Mountain Inn parking lot has a $10/car parking fee. Meeting spot will be at the Timp Torne Trailhead at 10:15 a.m.

Ramapo Dunderberg Timp Torne Trailhead

41.281193,-73.962922 · Tompkins Cove, NY

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