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***Hunting isn’t allowed in this park, but please wear safety orange or other bright colors just to be safe.
Please join me in exploring Goosepond Mountain State Park. This will NOT be a beginner hike. A good portion of this hike will be on an unmarked bike trail. I therefore intend to keep the group together as much as possible. Do NOT attend this hike if you are not confident that you can keep up with the group. There will also be a one mile road walk along Route 17M.
We will meet at a parking lot for the Highlands Trail at the southern end of the park. From there we will follow the Highlands Trail until it meets the abandoned Lazy Hill Road. We will turn right and follow the road to 17m. Turn left for one mile until we cross Seely Brook. Turn left after the bridge into the woods onto a bike trail. Follow the bike trail until it meets Lazy Hill Road. Turn left and follow the road until we meet the Highlands Trail. Turn right and return to the lot the way we came.
There are no maps available for this park showing this route. There is an old map of the park available here: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/parks/GoosepondMountainTrailMap.pdf
If you use Gaia, here is a link to my track of the loop portion of the hike: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/aNwvpKvcXJoto7OldHtjRcao
Parking coordinates: 41°18'29.5"N 74°14'50.4"W
Distance: approximately 10 miles
Elevation gain: approximately 1000’
Pace: moderate (2-2.5 mph) Not slow!
Gear: proper footwear, layers for changing temperatures, hat, gloves, water, snacks
There is a new brewery nearby that we can visit after the hike: https://www.tinbarn.com/
NOTE: You should be able to follow a map, understand possible bailouts, and must be realistic in your assessment of your own abilities and be prepared to hike alone.
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
HUDSON VALLEY HIKER LEGAL DISCLAIMER
Waiver of liability
You agree when you sign up for this group or any of the events that you have read and understand the below.
If you join us for a hike (or any other event), please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. You agree not to hold the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, or any other members responsible for any injuries, mishaps, or any other situation that may happen at a planned event. You are responsible to research the event, know the area, and bring the proper gear.
The Hudson Valley Hikers Club does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals who may participate in any of the events planned by the Organizer or Assistant Organizers.
This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability.
Your attendance on a hike signifies that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this group or event you understand that you are attending all events AT YOUR OWN RISK. Organizers and Assistant Organizers of this group are just that, we organize the events and hike together as friends. There are no leaders on these hikes, you are your own leader- This is YOUR hike.