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Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

This was my first hike after the Grand Canyon. Several weeks had passed, in part due to weekend thunderstorms. On this day, I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club, with the understanding that they were going to visit Harriman State Park, specifically some trails that I hadn’t yet hiked. Instead, I was disappointed to learn that the intended leader had been replaced, and the replacement leader had changed the venue. Apparently this was communicated via e-mail to members of the AMC, but since I was not a member, I didn’t know that.

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Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

I had intended to park along Route 17A and hike the Highlands Trail, but there were no other cars in that area, and there was a sign that read something like, “Seasonal hunting and parking by permit only.” I really have difficulty parsing such signs, and didn’t know if that meant that a hiker wanting to park there would need a permit, or if a permit was only required by a hunter.

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Harriman State Park/Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

2:28 p.m.: I got off to a very late start this day, but finally got in a good hike. I had read of a scramble on the Appalachian Trail (AT) that I decided to investigate. I drove to Harriman State Park and parked in the Elk Pen off Arden Valley Road. I started west on the AT as it followed the road for 0.2 miles, crossing over the New York State Thruway (I-87), the Ramapo River and the Metro-North railroad tracks, with all views toward the south.

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Bear Mountain State Park, Orange & Rockland Counties, NY

The Jewish Outdoor Club had a day of hiking and barbecue to celebrate Lag B’Omer. This was my first visit to Bear Mountain, though I have photos of my grandmother visiting here decades ago. There is a large lawn near the parking lot, where we gathered and played Frisbee.

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Harriman State Park, Orange & Rockland Counties, New York

I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club for this hike, though apparently Mother’s Day isn’t the most popular day for hiking, as there were only four of us on the hike. The hike began where the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail crosses route 106.

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Harriman State Park, Orange County, New York

I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club for this hike. I drove to Orange County, took Highway 17, crossed the bridge on Arden Valley Road across the Thruway (I-87) and parked in the “Elk Pen” parking lot.

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Schunemunk Mountain State Park, Orange County, New York

YBS, Bombastic, Xi and I left Queens around 9:15 a.m., arriving at Schunemunk Mountain State Park about 1-1/2 hours later. This is one of many New York state parks that is not even listed on the state’s website. I still haven’t figured out why the state is so incompetent as to omit a large percentage of their parks from their own website.

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(Return to) Black Rock Forest, Orange County, New York

On October 3, YBS and I paid our first visit to Black Rock Forest, hiking through the eastern part of the preserve. We returned two weeks later, with our friend Bombastic, and checked out the western part of the preserve.

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Black Rock Forest, Orange County, New York

My friend YBS and I visited Black Rock Forest, a privately-owned preserve in the Hudson Highlands, on the west side of the Hudson. It was the first time either of us had been there. I learned of it through the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s map set of the West Hudson Trails. The forest is off Highway 9W, immediately west of Storm King Mountain and north of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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