Saturday, August 2, 2014

NY Appalachian Trail - Section 4 - Route 55 to Grape Hollow Road

August 2, 2014

Miles: 11.6 miles
Time:  6 hours

Year to date miles:  292.5

Parking: Small parking lot off Route 55. Room for around 3-4 cars.

Rest rooms: Privy at shelter

Hike directions:
Take blue trail from parking lot.
Turn right on AT.
Cross Route 55.
Cross Old Route 55.
Cross railroad tracks.
Pass Morgan Stewart Memorial Shelter (has a water pump - water still needs filtering)
Arrive at Grape Hollow Road (right next to Route 84)
Retrace steps.

Map: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York / New Jersey Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps

Hike description: We found lots of raspberries, ripe for the picking on the short side trail to the AT. We still saw a handful of backpackers today. Weather was in the low 70's but muggy and buggy. We got a late start - as the original forecast for today was for rain/thunder storms - so we slept in. Decided to check the weather - and 0% chance of rain! This hike has ups and downs, but nothing too difficult. There was a LOT of glass between Route 55 and Old Route 55. Normally I would stop and pick it up - but there was tons. I worried about the dogs. The hike crosses a wide stream (with bridge), but it didn't look like a great place to swim the dogs - the water was moving very fast.

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