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Due to continued complaints and meetup blocking access to renew the group Nature Trail Shrinks will move to TrailShrinks.com. Future hikes will be listed on lovappy.com and trailshrinks.com. It will take us some time to build out the tech but we will get it done. Thanks to all of you for participating in the past. I want you to note that this group is not for you it is for everyone especially the people that have not participated yet. I personally wish to get away from the many people that have endlessly criticized and harrassed

over the past year. Nice meeting you all. Life is full of seasons and chapters. This chapter on meetup is over. But I will continue to hike and laugh my ass off. Yee Haw.

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Afternoon hike Ramapo Mtn 4 miles

Ramapo Valley Co Reservation

We will go up to the lake about 4-6 miles. Dinner will follow immediately after the hike. Pets are welcome No one gets left behind ever, We are not pro hikers and we discuss all types of topics that are often said not to be discussed like, religion, sex, Democrats and Republicans. Current events

Sterling Forest

Sterling Forest Visitors Center

Sterling Forest State Park is comprised of over 20,000 acres in New York and New Jersey. Home to 18.2 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the park hosts over 10 blazed trails. The parkland was originally owned by the Sterling Iron and Railway Company, which mined and shipped iron ore from a number of sites within the park. The last of the mines were closed in the 1920s. Remains of an iron mine still exist at the property and will be seen on this hike. This is about a 6.5 mile loop hike that begins and ends at the Lautenberg visitor center, taking the Bare Rock and Fire Tower trails. We'll stop at the Bare Rock viewpoint over Greenwood Lake and for an optional climb up the Sterling Forest fire tower. The trails are rocky and rolling with some steep sections making this 'moderately strenuous'. There are three climbs of about 600 feet in elevation gain. There may also be some muddy sections depending on the weather. It should take about 4 hours to complete the loop. Restrooms are available at the visitors center and there is a portajohn by the parking area. As with all our hikes, this is for people only, no dogs. Directions to the Visitors Center: Take I-287 North - merging briefly onto the NYS Thruway (toward Albany) but immediately exiting at 15A onto Rte 17 north (turn left at light). About 1.5 miles later, exit right onto County 72 (Sterling Mine Road). Follow this road west for about 3 miles to County 84 (Long Meadow Road) and make a right turn. Follow Long Meadow Road past IBM for 3.5 miles until you see signs to the visitor center (Sterling Lake Road), a left turn. After a short distance, turn right on Old Forge Rd. Parking lot will be on the right side of Old Forge Rd. Walk across the road to the Visitor Center which has several displays, a ranger and maps. We'll meet in front of the center. We'll stop at Rhodes Tavern in Sloatsburg ( http://rhodesnorth.com/ ) ; after the hike for lunch and libation.

7 mile hike to Cold Spring AMAZING HIKE and Great Town

We had lunch at the nicest place in Town and it cost about $25 per person. The laughs came free. Find someone to carlool with or bring space for some shopping on Main St. This park encompasses the region’s most spectacular and popular trails. A wide variety of trail length and difficulty makes possible hikes from the very gentle to the extremely strenuous. Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiingDogs:Dogs on leashTrail Miles:52 milesPark Acreage:7400 acresCity/County/ State:Beacon, Nelsonville, Cold Spring, Garrison/Putnam/NYBuy Trail Map: East Hudson Trails Map Web Map: Trail maps Buy Book: Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park. Park Description: This park encompasses much of the eastern side of the Hudson River gorge. Totaling 7,400 acres, it has many sections, all administered by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Many of these sections have dramatic scenery or history -- often both. The area was strategically important during the Revolutionary War, resulting in fortifications on both sides of the river, and provided the backdrop for several key events from that era. Trails in this park often include steep climbs and panoramic views of the Hudson River. Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007, maintains a web site with additional descriptions of the parks, their histories and events. Trails Overview: Trails north of NY Route 301 tend to be more strenuous, scenic, and popular than the trails to the south. South of 301, the trails offer gentler terrain, while still offering vistas of the Hudson. Trails north of NY 301 are [see Trail Conference, "East Hudson Trails," Trail Map 102]: The Breakneck Ridge Trail [white blazed; 4.6 miles] is the most rugged, scenic, and popular trail in the park. It starts with a very steep climb to a panoramic viewpoint on the Hudson, then follows an open ridge ending at South Beacon Mountain, the highest point in the park. The initial ascent on this trail is dangerous in wet, icy or windy weather.The Breakneck Bypass Trail [red on white blaze; 0.8 mile] provides access to the Breakneck Ridge Trail while bypassing the most difficult climbs.The Brook Trail [red; 0.9 mile] parallels Breakneck Brook and follows several old disused roads, making it one of the more moderate trails in the area.The Cornish Trail [blue; 1.0 mile] follows a disused road through an old estate. Ruins of the mansion are visible. Click to see historic photos of the Edward G. Cornish estate.The Crossover Trail [blue; 0.3 mile] connects the Fishkill Ridge Trail with the Wilkinson Memorial Trail.The Fishkill Ridge Trail [white; 4.9 miles], in the northernmost section of the park, runs from the City of Beacon to the top of Fishkill Ridge, where it makes a loop with many views.The Lone Star Trail [blue; 1.0 mile] is a gradual uphill woods road that connects with the trails around Bull Hill.The Nelsonville Trail [green; 2.6 miles] starts in the hamlet of Nelsonville and gradually ascends almost to the top of Bull Hill.The Notch Trail [blue; 5.8 miles], except for a short section, follows woods roads. ATVs may be encountered, as parts of this trail are outside the park.The Overlook Trail [red; 1.7 miles] is the most northern trail in the park. It initially climbs, but then follows the ridge to several viewpoints.The Split Rock Trail [red; 0.3 mile] is a connector between the Lone Star Trail and the Nelsonville Trail, making a short loop hike possible.The Undercliff Trail [yellow; 4 miles], as its name suggests, runs in part along the base of cliffs. In another section it follows the shoulder of Bull Hill, and features some steep climbs and open viewpoints.The Washburn Trail [white; 2.3 miles] is a very strenuous hike ascending 1400 feet from the river to the summit of Bull Hill.The Wilkinson Memorial Trail [yellow; 9.5 miles] is the longest trail in the park. It follows three ridges after a steady, fairly steep ascent from the river. There are numerous viewpoints along the route before it descends to the trail's end. Separate from the main body of the park are Dennings Point and Little Stony Point [TC Trail Map 102]: Dennings Point is located along the Hudson River in Beacon. The trail here is a woods road loop 1.2 miles long and is open for hiking and x-country skiing. Dennings Point is closed seasonally to protect the habitat of the bald eagle.Little Stony Point is on the Hudson 0.6 mile north of Cold Spring on Route 9D. Its one mile of trails includes a loop and access trail. Terrain is flat, and there is a small beach at the north end. Trails south of NY 301 are [TC Trail Map 101]: The Appalachian Trail [white blazed; 5.1 miles] which runs through the southern part of the park, starting as the trail crosses the Hudson on the Bear Mountain Bridge and exiting the park near the junction of NY 403 and US 9.The Carriage Connector [yellow; 0.9 miles] follows carriage roads to bypass a strenuous section of the Appalachian Trail.The Curry Pond Trail [yellow; 0.6 miles] is a connector between the Osborn Loop and the Appalachian Trail, increasing loop length options.The North Redoubt Trail [red; 0.3 miles] is a fairly steep short climb to a lookout and the ruins of Continental Army fortifications.The Osborn Loop [blue; 3.4 miles] combines with the Appalachian to make a ring trail through the middle of the southern section.The Sugarloaf Trail [red; 1.6 miles] is a moderately strenuous ascent of Sugarloaf Hill, which is about half the height of the north section peaks, but provides one of the highest viewpoints in the southern section at over 700 feet. Arden Point is separate from the main park. It is on the Hudson in Garrison. On level terrain, it has 2 trails blazed with red and blue that create a 1.7 mile loop with extensions to both ends of the park. These trails are easily accessible from the Garrison Metro North station. Click to find detailed descriptions of specific hikes. Directions: The regional park office is in nearby Fahnestock State Park, but there are many access points to the park's trails along Route 9D, north and south of NY 301, from the Bear Mountain Bridge to Beacon, as well as in the municipalities of Nelsonville, Beacon and Cold Spring. Some trails are accessible via the Metro-North stations of Cold Spring, Beacon, Garrison, Manitou and Breakneck Ridge. Contact Information: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation [masked]Region:East Hudson Highlands From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/26/travel/escapes/26trip.html?_r=0 Its a great place to hike. It is moderate and we will do between 6 and 8 miles Cold Spring-on-Hudson "Main Street America" Dining in Cold Spring Cold Spring area restaurants serve everything from traditional burgers and pizza to regional French, Italian, Mexican and New American cuisine. Angelina's 41 Chestnut St Cold Spring, NY[masked]/[masked] Angelina's offers a variety of Italian foods including pizza, pasta and more. Cathryn's Tuscan Grill 91 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.TuscanGrill.com Cathryn's Tuscan Grill serves innovative Northern Italian cuisine nicely complemented by an award-winning wine list. Come see the new entrance and lounge! Cold Spring Depot Restaurant One Depot Square Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.ColdSpringDepot.com­ The Cold Spring Depot Restaurant, in the original 1893 train station, offers an extensive family-friendly menu, a seafood raw bar and a large, shady patio with a Friday night clambake and Dixieland music on weekends. Cold Spring Pizza & Family Trattoria 120 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.coldspringpizza.com­ Cold Spring Pizza is a family-owned and operated pizzeria, homestyle cuisine and deli. Serves ice cream and Italian ices, and will happily pack a picnic for hikers. We also offer catering. The Cup-o-ccino Cafe 92 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] email: [masked]­, website: www.cupoccino.com Cup-o-ccino offers homemade ice cream, hot and iced coffee, cappuccino, lattes, fresh baked pastries, soup, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis. GARDEN CAFE 116 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] GARDEN CAFE serves Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, Paninis, Salads, Coffee, Wraps, Smoothies and Soups.. The Foundry Cafe 55 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] The Foundry Café, rated as a "Zagat's Best Buy," serves breakfast, lunch and brunch, with menus that feature homemade muffins and scones, multi-grain pancakes, outstanding french toast, omelets, gourmet sandwiches, hearty soups, decadent desserts and specialty sodas. Hudson Hil's Market & Cafe 129 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] Hudson Hil's Market & Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, dinner on Friday and Saturday plus catering and private parties. Serving fresh locally sourced foods in a casual atmosphere. Hudson House River Inn 2 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] Hudson House Inn Hudson House River Inn, highly rated by Zagat's, Mobil Travel Guide and Wine Spectator,showcases its award-winning New American cuisine and fine wines in the riverfront dining room and outdoor verandah, and casual fare and great libations in the Half Moon Tavern. Le Bouchon Brasserie 76 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] Le Bouchon, a romantic French brasserie with garden dining, features steak frites, foie gras, mussels and more. Main Course etc. 39 Chestnut Street (9D Plaza) Cold Spring, NY[masked] The Main Course Etc. offers great food to go and catering. McGuire's on Main 54 Main St Cold Spring, NY[masked] McGuire's on Main offers great American food and bar. Home of the famous $7.95 Burger & Fries. Ming Moon Chinese Restaurant 106 Main St Cold Spring, NY[masked] Moo Moo's Creamery 32 West Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] 32 West Street www.best-icecream.com Email: [masked] Moo Moo's Creamery offers super premium ice cream made FRESH DAILY on premises!!! We offer over 100 Flavors, 17 rotating daily. Frozen Yogurt, Italian Ice, Coffee, Tea & more! Sit on our porch with an ice cream cone or cup and watch the sailboats go by with beautiful views of the Hudson River!!! Riverview Restaurant 45 Fair Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.RiverDining.com Riverview Restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine with views of the Hudson at tables indoors or out, serving house-made pastas, risotto, brick oven pizza, grilled meats and seafood dishes. Riverview's Home Chef 45 Fair Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.riverviewhomechef.com­ Riverview's Home Chef offers custom-cuts of quality meats, market fresh seafood and gourmet ingredients. Silver Spoon Restaurant 124 Main St Cold Spring, NY[masked] www.myspace.com/silverspooncoldspringny­ Silver Spoon Restaurant takes pride in their Big Daddy Burger, rumored to be the best in town. Call for Catering, banquets or parties! Live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Tavern at the Highlands Country Club 955 Route 9D Garrison NY[masked] ext. 16 The Valley 2015 Route 9 at Snake Hill Road Garrison, NY[masked] www.TheGarrison.com The Valley at The Garrison offers creative, seasonal menus of fresh local and organic ingredients and a wide-ranging wine list, accompanied by sweeping views of the Hudson River and surrounding highlands. The Village Scoop 2 Depot Square Cold Spring, NY[masked] Whistling Willie's American Grill 184 Main Street Cold Spring, NY[masked] Add a reply CHANGE Hey Mark, get the conversation started!

Hartshorne Woods-Rocky Point Lot through the woods to Sandy Hook

Hartshorne Woods Park -Rocky Point Entrance

We will walk far, sweat, chat, drink , and sing the song of Pirates as we look down on the gully that many Pirates played in. Oh the Highlands with all its secrets. We will go to a nice Italian restaurant after the hike

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