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One of the things I love about hiking with a group is finding new places I would never have hiked on my own. This hike was posted by our fellow Dame Colleen Roth and I thought it looked like someplace new to explore. I haven't hiked in the Sparrowbush/Port Jervis area so Colleen has agreed to co-lead this with me. Thank you Colleen! You rock! We will be meeting at the old care takers house on Academy road and hiking along the reservoir. From Colleen's photos, it looks like a pretty place to be on any day. I am told this is a flat walk with tree roots and mud our only main concern. We will consider ice being a possibility so bring your micro-spikes and poles just in case. Of course if we actually get snow, we will snowshoe this route as well. Stay tuned for updates if the weather changes. Heavy rain or dangerous conditions to travel will cancel. What to Bring: A smile!!! WATER...hydration is important, recommend 1-2 liters. FOOD...snacks like fruit, nuts, trail mix. BACKPACK...packed with the 10 essentials (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html) . APPROPRIATE CLOTHING... waterproof winter jacket, warm layers, moisture wicking clothes, snow pants (depending snow levels), hats, mittens, scarves and no jeans. Hiking boots are a must, no sneakers. Micro-spikes (I don't recommend trax, they don't work well on ice). Hiking poles with POINTS on the ends. (Rubber on the end of the poles makes them slip and are good for summer hiking only). We will have lunch together after the hike at the Erie Hotel in Port Jervis to warm up! Directions: Once you leave Rt. 97 in Sparrowbush, make a left and a quick right onto Academy Ave. Take the road to the top of the mountain. At the end of the road, make a left (there will be a trail dames sign). The house we are meeting at is on the left. My cell # is[masked]
Anna Huthmaker, aka Mud Butt, is the Trail Dames founder and executive director. She and board member Pam DeGraaf are coming to New York. Both women are amazing and sure to leave you laughing and smiling. Let's show these southern ladies what New York in the winter is all about! 8 women each from the NY Capital District, NY Mid-Hudson Valley, NY Lower Hudson Valley, and Connecticut chapters will come together for a magnificent hike of epic proportions! PLEASE NOTE: Some information is incomplete and will be so until the hike has been scouted by the head dames. We wanted to get this hike posted in order to allow women to plan and get their memberships paid. This is a PAID MEMBER ONLY HIKE!!! You must be a paid member to participate in this hike. If you want to attend but aren't a member yet, please visit http://www.traildames.com/membership.htm to pay for your annual $27 membership. As always, if you are struggling to pay the membership, please contact your head dame to discuss options. Trail Description: We are hiking at Minnewaska State Park. The route will be determined once the head dames in the chapters scout the hike. Please stay tuned for more information. Trail Information: ps://parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx What to Bring: A positive attitude!!! WATER...hydration is important, recommend 1-2 liters. FOOD...snacks like fruit, nuts, trail mix. BACKPACK...packed with the 10 essentials (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html) . APPROPRIATE CLOTHING... waterproof winter jacket, warm layers, moisture wicking clothes, snow pants (depending snow levels), hats, mittens, scarves and no jeans. WEATHER DEPENDENT GEAR: SNOWSHOES SHOES: plus hiking boots/snow boots are required. Minnewaska has snowshoe rentals for $15 for the amount of time we need them. HIKING POLES: they are required to help navigate the snow. They are provided with the rental if you are going that route. Please note, if there is no snow, there is a good chance there will be ice. For that reason, micro spikes (crampons) will be required in the event of no snow. This is a tricky type of year to hike and all the equipment is required for safety. If you are unsure about any gear, please contact me. Directions/Parking Info: Once the hike has been scouted, more information will be available. Please note there is a $10 (cash only) per vehicle fee. If transportation is an issue, please contact your head dame in a private message to make arrangements. Cancelation Policy: We will go rain, snow or shine! If conditions are unsafe, cancellation information will be sent to you in a timely manner. Also, please update your RSVP if it changes. Post Hike Plans: Lunch with Anna and Pam at a local restaurant in the New Paltz area. The head dames are working on a location appropriate for this event. Once we have a confirmed location, we will post the restaurant so you have a chance to look at the menu. We are going to do one big check with a plan of a 20% tip because waiting on a large group is tough work. Please bring cash or you will be able to CashApp me the funds if you don't like cash. Who Can Attend? Reminder this is for women 18+. Please leave young humans, male humans, and dogs at home. This time of year trails can be a bit challenging and we will have a large group. RSVPs: ONLY RSVP in one chapter. Also, please update your RSVP, if it changes. Thank you for being considerate of other attendees :) Questions? Please message me here on MeetUp. No question is too silly to ask. I cannot wait to show Anna and Pam what winter hiking is all about with you all!