Update!!! I will also plan a beginner component for our day as requested by some of our friends who don't want to do 5-7 miles. Our hike could turn into a 4-5 mile easier hike. I will also include a more strenuous longer hike if it is desired..... :-)
Here comes another Mystery Hike. It will start from our usual Elk Pen parking lot, but we will go exploring and do something different. So many trails, so few Saturdays!!!!
Plan on 5-7 MOVING miles at least, if the weather is great I'm going to want to keep going. We will go at a good pace, I'm not fast, but this is not for those who haven't been hiking regularly. It's been a long winter and I need to get OUT!!!! :-) Do join me if you have cabin fever and sad boots that need to be cheered up.
As this will be a discovery hike bring your sense of adventure along with your good supplies: Water, hiking boots, snacks or light lunch, camera, hat, sunglasses.......this is not a hike for beginners as I do not know what to expect. Harriman is generally harmless but you never know. I do not expect strenuous but again, if Sandi is reading the map we could end up in Kansas. :-) Map reading dogs welcome. :-)
Important note: Several years ago several cars were broken into at the Elk Pen parking lot. PLEASE leave all valuables at home, don't take any chances. Anyone who wishes to carpool, please make a note in your RSVP, we can carpool from Chicago Uno near the Thruway intersection of 32, in the Linen's N Things parking lot at 9:45 PROMPT, if you're late you'll be left behind. The carpool address is 20 Centre Drive, Central Valley, NY 10917. I will not put handbags in my trunk, please just bring your essentials and plan to carry them in your pack.
We will meet at a hikers parking lot, on Arden Valley Road just off Rt. 17 south of Arden at 10:00. It is on the right side about a half mile in off 17. There is a Hikers Crossing sign on 17, the Appalachian Trail crosses 17 and the thruway there. If you have hiking maps it is called Elk Pen. Here is a map for the parking area: http://mapq.st/13sL5Sd
The nearest address is 995 Arden House Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.
No Meetup fee if it's your first or you're a veteran in my groups (over 50 attended), everyone else is $2. We will dine afterwards, probably in Central Valley. Please send me your cell for last minute changes. DO NOT TEXT ME. I do not text. Horrible weather changes things so stay tuned. Cheers!!!