Past Meetup

Pawling: Appalachian Trail / Nuclear Lake circumambulation

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***** Note: the event start time has been changed from the original posting *****

Join us for a strenuous there-and-back hike along the Appalachian Trail to and around Nuclear Lake. We will start at the junction of Rte 22 and the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, head west on the AT through the wetlands, over Cat Rocks and down and around Nuclear Lake, and then return via the AT. Hopefully the autumn colors will be in full bloom -- we will pass through several old-growth deciduous forests enroute. Rocky trails, beautiful scenic vistas and several long, sustained hill climbs along the way. Plan to meet in front of the Native Landscapes garden center on the west side of Rte 22, just north of the AT junction.

Difficulty: Strenuous. Several long sustained hill climbs along rocky terrain. You must have hiked with me on a strenuous-rated hike in the last twelve months to participate.

Distance: 13 - 15 miles

Estimated Time: 6 - 8 hours

Google Map link to AT parking lot:,-73.586386&hl=en&sll=41.597569,-73.584645&sspn=0.009291,0.019119&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&safe=strict&t=m&z=16

Google Map link trail map kludge:,-73.640199&sspn=0.018582,0.038238&geocode=FYWnegId1ySd-w%3BFRm2egIdRjic-w&t=p&...

Weather: Rain cancels.

Guests: No guests. Every participant must be a member of WHMC. Hey, it's free to join!

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

Dog policy: Dogs are welcome on this hike, but must be kept on leash and under control at all times.

Important Note: Be certain to check this webpage and your email prior to the hike for any last-minute changes or cancellations.

Important general notes about my hikes:

Liability Waiver: Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.