Wow! 800 Feet of New Trail at Sterling Forest and We’re Just Getting Started

by Charlotte Rutherford, AmeriCorps member of our Palisades Trail Crew

Palisades Trail Crew at work on new trail

Palisades Crew building trail at Sterling Forest

Memorial Day  kicked off the start of summer, and we’re heating up on the Doris Duke side-hilling project! A big hearty thank-you to our awesome volunteers who helped us complete around 800 feet of new trail since the start of this season’s project.

Looking forward to the next couple of weeks, we’ll continue to bench-cut our way through the park’s Doris Duke Loop Trail to create a scenic, sustainable side-hilled trail up Sterling Mountain, and eventually to a great new view of NYC in the distance. We hope to open the trail to hikers by hunting season this year, and could use all the help we can muster. (The Doris Duke Wildlife Sanctuary is off limits for hunting.) Even if you have only a few hours, you will be most welcome.

Remember we’re also continuing our Thursday evening  program, ending around 7:30pm. So if you would like to get some outdoor time in the forest with us, let us know.

Upcoming, National Trails Day with the Palisades Crew is Saturday June 7th. On that day, we celebrate the trail systems that run throughout the region while building our own – right in the Tri-state area’s backyard.  Take a stroll down to check us out!

Click here to find the schedule for all crews, and join the Palisades Crew for a day on the trails!  Or, contact Sona Mason, Trail Conference West Hudson Program Coordinator, at
or 201-512-9348 x16.

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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