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    Scott Tanner reviewed Appalachian Trail in New York State

    about 2 years ago

    Did the NY AT in 6 days over the summer a few years back. Been ticking off AT sections for some years now. NY was a great state and a stout challenge! Stirling Forest featured constant ups and downs, and was tough just starting the trip. Soon we passed into Harriman and through the Lemon Squeezer which was delightful. Up and over Bear Mountain and through the zoo, over the bridge to Anthony's Nose. We camped at Nuclear Lake and before we knew it we were being picked up at Hoyt Rd. What a trip.

    Scott Tanner reviewed Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Great hike. Beautiful cliffs and a unique ecosystem with varied terrain and many interesting features. Start from the visitors center, make sure you have a map (the nynjtc map is best), hat, shades and sunscreen, and begin walking through hardwoods past white cliffs. The carriage road meanders up and around the cliffs and you'll be on top of the bluffs. Enter the Dwarf Pitch Pine forest. Sandy soil, Blueberry, and Mountain Laurel mingle with Dwarf Pines, and you'll get plenty of sun! Hike through this unique terrain to the ice caves and explore these before continuing on towards the falls. Descend back into Deciduous forest and cross some babbling brooks before reaching the top of the falls, a great spot for lunch. Keep going to the high point walking along the sides of cliffs and enjoying great views of the preserve and the surrounding Shawangunks. Make a big loop, shoot out to some other views and interesting boulder formations before spying the lake. I enjoyed a break by the lake before returning to my car. This is a fantastic hike and I highly recommend it to anyone.

    Scott Tanner reviewed Splitrock Reservoir Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Torn on this one. Construction at the lot caused us to have a time finding the trail. Once on the trail, it was fairly easy to follow. It was a challenging loop, but the trail was routed very strangely. At one point the blazes go up and over a rock formation that is in the middle of green woods. Why not just go around it? Of course another side trail was formed by people doing just that. In another area the trail parallels a double wide gravel road/atv trail about 30 feet in the woods and over a serious talus field. Again, why would they double the impact and create a trail when they could have adjoined with atv trail? The whole time I was thinking "why aren't we just walking on that." Some decent views of the lake. Make sure to have a map and don't miss your turnoffs.

    Scott Tanner completed Splitrock Reservoir Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Ramapo Park and Cannonball Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Nice hike with interesting features. The old ruined house is cool, views of the lake, and a decent overlook. Trails are well marked, classic jersey rocky and rooty.

    Scott Tanner completed Ramapo Park and Cannonball Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Turkey Mountain Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Not a bad day. Mostly walking on double wide gravel through the woods but was able to take in a wildlife blind, the ruin of an old stone house, and a partially obscured view of the lake. A decent hike, pretty easy cruising, combined this with the pyramid mountain loop on the other side of the road for a longer day.

    Scott Tanner reviewed Pyramid Mountain Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Nice day out. Some interesting features but mostly just a forest walk. Some glacial erratics, and some old house ruins. Combined this with Turkey Mountain on the other side of the road for a long day. A decent hike but nothing special.

    Scott Tanner completed Pyramid Mountain Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Cascade is the High Peaks beginner mountain, but don't let that fool you. If your not accustomed to hiking the high peaks or a serious hiker you'll find it challenging but extremely rewarding. I'd wager that Cascade gives the most bang for the buck (read: reward for effort) of any High Peak (maybe Big Slide via the Brothers beats it out, maybe. It's a much longer hike for only one peak). You get beautiful 360 views and a bare alpine summit on cascade and a bonus peak in porter with decent views south. The trail will be busy on weekends so go on weekdays if you can. If you want solitude hike Allen, this isn't the peak for you, but you get about everything else.

    Scott Tanner completed Phelps Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed Green Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed Lewis Morris Yellow Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Big Slide Yard Mountain Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Big Slide via the brothers is a real treat great views all around and challenging hiking and scrambling. A great day trip would be to hike up to Big Slide via The Brothers and down to Johns Brook Lodge for lunch. Hike out along the old trail past the ranger cabin instead of along the green tunnel that is the standard approach from the Garden to JBL. It parallels Johns Brook for much of the way and eventually crosses over to the Garden. Bring some beer and chill them in the creek. Enjoy lunch and brews on the deck at JBL.

    Scott Tanner reviewed Slide Mountain Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed Slide Mountain Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Old Loggers Path

    about 2 years ago

    Great loop. Was rainy and wet when we did it, the trail was a river. Banged it out as an overnight. Not so many great views but great forest and numerous campsites. One tricky stream crossing late in the first day but probably wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't raining. Easily found a log to cross on.

    Scott Tanner completed Old Loggers Path

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Escarpment Trail

    about 2 years ago

    The Escarpment Trail is a Catskill delight. Great views, historic places, awesomely exhausting climbs, and great options for side trips. We hiked S > N as an overnight. After climbing Black Dome ducked off the blue blazed escarpment trail to the lean-to and hung the hammock. The next morning we took a short jaunt to tag Black Dome and Thomas Cole mountains then return to the trail. Finished by going over Windham High Peak. Make sure not to miss the short jaunt (~.2m) down to the top of Kaaterskill Falls by the southern terminus at North-South Lake and the quick (~.2m) Yellow side trail to Artists Ledge. You'll get better views of N-S lake further along (and higher up) on the Escarpment but Artists Ledge is a place of significance to early painters in the area. Very cool to see the paintings and know you've stood in that spot, looking at that view. I highly recommend the side trip to tag Black Head and Thomas Cole, especially if your working on your 3500 club list. Go mid-July through the fall after black flies die off, fall is the best if you can pull it off so it's not so hot.

    Scott Tanner completed Escarpment Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott Tanner reviewed Mount Marcy

    about 3 years ago

    Twice is better. Go over Marcy in the am to tag Gray and Skylight on the other side, then back over in the pm to get back to camp.

    Scott Tanner completed Pinchot Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed West Rim Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed Cushetunk Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Scott Tanner completed Manhattan: Central Park Trail

    over 5 years ago