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Let's get out and explore the natural world on a day hike in Harriman State Park, one of the largest wild areas close to NYC. Our path will wind over a series of low mountains as it leads us to quiet and pristine Lake Skenonto. This loop hike has it all -- a combination of heart-accelerating climbs, breath-taking views and a seemingly untouched lake.
Bring a hearty lunch as we'll be working hard and then eating lakeside. And if you're feeling adventurous and it's a warm day, bring your swimsuit and towel. Lake Skenonto is a delightful spot for a swim and an excellent reward for your hiking effort.
The Important Stuff ...
This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 8.5 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape as this is one of the more challenging treks in area with about 1,500' of elevation gain and a few rock scrambles. We will be out all day so leave your afternoon/evening open.
This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you. Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Rain cancels the hike. No guests allowed, sorry. RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs two days before the event. Don't leave home without it. How To Get There ...
Train: Take the 9:14 AM train #71 from Penn Station to Tuxedo, NY. The train arrives there at 10:17 AM. We will meet at the train station to start the hike. Round trip train fare is $19.75.
Bus: Take the 9:10 AM Coach ShortLine Bus from NY Port Authority to Tuxedo, NY. The bus arrives at 10:12 AM. Once you get off the bus, walk about 1/8th of a mile up Route 17 to the Tuxedo train station which is where we will meet to start the hike. Round trip bus fare is $27.50. There are two bus stops in Tuxedo, I am not sure which one is closer to the train station, please ask the driver to make sure you get off at the nearer one.
Driving: Tuxedo is about an hour drive from NYC. Take the George Washington Bridge to the Palisades Interstate Highway heading North. In about 19 miles exit the parkway at exit 9W onto the Thruway (Route 87/287) which heads west. About 10 miles later, exit the Thruway at exit 15A. At the exit turn left onto Route 17 North. After about 4.9 miles you will see the Tuxedo (Park) Train and Police Stations on your right. You can park in the commuter lot (W[masked], N[masked]) for free on weekends and holidays.
Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where), If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.
This hike is cross-posted in Evenings and Weekends in NYC. Check there when trying to set up a carpool http://www.meetup.com/E-W-N-Y-C/events/76825032/