Tag Archives: Sona Mason

Building Trails in Sterling Forest: Work Begins on Red Back, Eagle

By: Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator Over the last few years, the Trail Conference, in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), has been writing down their “to-do” list for trail building and … Continue reading

Posted in AmeriCorps, New Trail, New York Trails, Sterling Forest, Trail Crew, Trails, Volunteering, West Hudson Trails | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

What We Can Learn About Bear Safety from Western Parks

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator Backpacking in the Western States is quite an eye-opening experience when it comes to the topic of bears. Here in the East, we’re almost apologetic to the public about nuisance bears—entire parks are … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Trails, New York Trails, Trails | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Harriman, Sterling Forest Trail Towns Work to Embrace Hiking Community

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator The towns of Suffern, Hillburn, Sloatsburg, and Tuxedo, surrounded by the great green havens of Harriman and Sterling Forest state parks, are recognizing an economic opportunity at their doorstep. Mass transit is bringing … Continue reading

Posted in Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails, Hikes, New York Trails, Trails, Volunteering | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Trail Crew, Trails, Volunteering, West Hudson Trails | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Volunteers Begin Work on Highlands Trail Relocation

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator The relocation of the Highlands Trail in Chester, New York, is underway, thanks to the efforts of our volunteers. The work began in February, when neither cold nor sleet nor deep snow stayed … Continue reading

Posted in Hikes, New Trail, Trails, Uncategorized, Volunteering, West Hudson Trails | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

In Praise of the Crooked Path

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator –  may your trails be crooked, winding lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. — Edward Abbey “You take the high road, I’ll … Continue reading

Posted in Trails, Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments

Coming Out a Winner in the No-Casino Stakes

By Sona Mason, West Hudson Program Coordinator “It’s better than a Christmas present.” That was a comment made by John Leigh—Trail Conference volunteer coordinator, Orange County resident, and Renaissance Faire enthusiast—upon  hearing the Gaming Commission’s announcement December 17 that no … Continue reading

Posted in Sterling Forest, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment