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.

Steps pinned to the rock face

The crevice showing steps pinned to the rock face.

In March 2015, the Long Distance Trails Crew (LDTC) began work on a relocation of the Appalachian Trail on the southwest shoulder of Bear Mountain, just north of Seven Lakes Drive (the section between the Palisades Interstate Parkway and 9W). This new route, designed to be a sustainable and enjoyable hiking experience, winds its way up through cliffs, replacing a deeply eroded section of trail.

The trail taking shape

The new trail begins to take shape.

To date, the crew has completed more than 35 trips totaling over 3,000 volunteer work hours on this project, making excellent progress up the mountain in just seven months. The lower three sections, including a very interesting and technical rock-pinned stone ladder out of a crevice and up the rock face, are done. We are now in the final stages and are working diligently to complete the entire relocation by the end of November.

Shoshana and the high-line

Shoshana sets up the highline.

We invite everyone to come out and experience the amazing things our all-volunteer crew has accomplished. This relocation is in a very convenient location, only a couple tenths of a mile from the A.T./1777W parking area on Seven Lakes, with a short, five-minute walk to the work site. Seeing the crew at work on sections of the trail at various stages of completion makes for both an enjoyable and informative excursion.

Antonia and the Grip-hoist

Antonia working the grip hoist.

 

If you’d like to join the Long Distance Trails Crew for an outing, they’re on the trails many weekends throughout the season. Their next work trip is next Friday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. No experience is necessary; the crew provides on-the-job training and guarantees a fun and rewarding day for volunteers at any skill level. Contact Crew Chief Chris Reyling at 914-953-4900, chrisreyling@gmail.com, or Crew Leader Bob Fuller at 732-952-2162, refuller99@hotmail.com for more information.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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One Response to Long Distance Trails Crew Nears Completion of Appalachian Trail Relocation on Bear Mountain

  1. don uebel says:

    understand the social enjoyment of this but where does it end? prefer everyone just let it be…

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