Category Archives: Trail Crew

New Section of Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Hike

Text and Photos by Andrea Minoff, Assistant to the Long Distance Trails Crew Chief A new section of the Appalachian Trail on the southwest shoulder of Bear Mountain in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks was opened this past Saturday, Nov. 14. Long … Continue reading

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Long Distance Trails Crew Nears Completion of Appalachian Trail Relocation on Bear Mountain

Text by Bob Fuller and Marty Costello, pictures by Marty Costello, LDTC members New trail goes up through cliffs, climbs a stone ladder, and reaches beautiful views. In March 2015, the Long Distance Trails Crew (LDTC) began work on a … Continue reading

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Rebirth and Reroutes Along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail

The Shawangunk Ridge Trail took a hit this spring, when a massive wildfire sparked in Summitville, N.Y., ended up burning 2,600 acres across the ridge. No injuries or structural damage were reported, and the fire—which was ignited on May 3 … Continue reading

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Opening of Doris Duke Trail Celebrated with Ribbon-Cutting Hike

Text and photos by Andrea Minoff The weather couldn’t have been better as a large group of enthusiastic hikers, ranging in age from the single digits to 70s-plus, and several canine companions gathered last Sunday, Sept. 20, to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Doris Duke Loop the First of Many New Trails Making Sterling Forest More Accessible

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator The four-mile Doris Duke Trail Loop at Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County, N.Y., is open! It is the first of many new trails and improvements planned for Sterling Forest, which intends … Continue reading

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Damaged Bridge Brings Together a Diverse Community of Hikers

Long Distance Trails Crew and MEVO join forces to repair and improve footbridge in Ramapo Mountain State Forest built by Eagle Scout Text by Bob Fuller/Marty Costello/David Booth, pictures by Marty Costello, members of the Long Distance Trails Crew If … Continue reading

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Thanks for Voting! REI Donates $66K to the Bear Mountain Trails Project

UPDATE: On August 21, REI announced the donation of an extra $10,000 to each project in the Every Trail Connects campaign. That brings our total to $76,145! Thanks to the overwhelming support of our members, volunteers, partners, and friends, the Trail … Continue reading

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Vote for the Appalachian Trail in REI’s Every Trail Connects Campaign!

Vote for the Appalachian Trail in REI’s Every Trail Connects campaign! Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has been connecting people with nature. REI supports our mission, and is donating up to $75,000 to our trail-building project on … Continue reading

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Trail Maintainers Are Getting a Crash Course in Invasive Species

Trail maintainers are the Trail Conference’s front line in keeping hiking paths open and safe. They remove blowdowns, clear overgrowth, reblaze trails, and report hazardous conditions and suspicious activity. Some of these defenders of the trails may soon add another … Continue reading

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The Highlands Trail in Chester, NY: A Stroll Through Wilderness That Might Not Have Been

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator  In Chester, N.Y., not far from the hamlet of Sugarloaf, the Highlands Trail (HT) has been given the chance to “get back to nature,” courtesy of a major conservation victory. On Christmas Eve, … Continue reading

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