July 11-13, 2014 at Appalachian Trail Mile 1,424 (Dutchess County, NY)
Brought to us by Ralph’s Peak Hikers Cabin Volunteers Club, a Trail Conference maintaining club.
By Tim Messerich, President RPHCVC
For the last 14 years, even before Ralph’s Peak Hikers Cabin Volunteers Club was a maintaining club, we did a BBQ on the second week of July. The food is just bloody GREAT! (Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Friday Saturday Sunday, and sometime even into Monday morning. Holy SMORGASBORDS! Need I say more! We accomplish lots of work on the Appalachian Trail and the RPH Cabin too.
All trail restoration work is near the cabin site or within ten miles of it.
Projects on our schedule this year include:
- Replacing several rotted out sections of wooden boardwalk, built by the club, near RPH Cabin area;
- Painting the new monster bridge on top of Stormville Mountain, built by the club in July 2013;
- Repairing and painting cabin siding;
- Removing seasonal mold growth on the external walls of the shelter;
- Painting the shelter ceiling after retaping the sheet rock joints;
- Addressing the Stormville Mountain Stone Step Erosion Situation!
Trail Work: All volunteers at all skill levels are more than welcome. For those who don’t have any tools for the projects, we the club members have them. We are more than happy to teach all volunteers.
Campout: Camping is right on the mowed lawn of RPH Cabin. We have spots for about 20 campers or so. Off site camping is also not a problem. If you need to be picked up from the train station we can work that out all to.
Directions: Appalachian Trail mile 1,424
Address for Google Maps or Mapquest: 753 Hortontown Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Taconic State Parkway to exit for Miller Hill Road. Go west. Turn left on Hortontown Road. The cabin is on the right after the large open field. It is recommended that you park off-pavement on the east side of Hortontown Road, opposite the cabin. If you park at the cabin, please leave your name and cell phone number in the window of your vehicle.
About Our Club: Throughout the season ( March – Sept ) our trail club does trail restoration projects on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm, depending on the weather. But the weather never stops us that much.
During the nicer weather the club will go on some hikes along the Appalachian Trail. Please see our web page for updated details.
Remember Folks, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is right in your backyard. We are the club maintaining a national park. Just think how cool that is. Our club RPH Cabin Volunteers gives the long-distance hiker, the local hiker, or just the easy-stroll-in-the-park folks the chance to get away from it all.
Please contact me. Our membership is only 20 bucks for one year! I look forward to hearing from you soon! Come out and meet us July 11-13, 2014!