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    I was a trail monitor in that area. If you need to get to Pawling you can stop at route 20 when you see the oak tree. Turn right and keep going straight past the town Y. Go straight across the intersection into town and you will eventually see the train station. It'sabput three miles. OR go right at route 22, keep going past the deli, and follow the road on the side (a lot of traffic sometimes) Eventually you will come to an exit at about resovour road. Turn right until the Y again, and turn left and follow the rest of the directions above. The train stops twice on the weekends, two in each direction from the city in the morning and to it in the afternoon at the AT stop. I know other places you can get out and into the trail. Just pm me. I helped build shelters and tent platforms in the area. most notably at Wiley.
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    This weekend's weather looks superb! I'm leaving tomorrow! Just sayin'....
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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    This weekend's weather looks superb! I'm leaving tomorrow! Just sayin'....
    I'm going to do an overnight in Allegheny Nat Forest on saturday, so I will get some hang time while not stressing out my knee too much (at least I can dictate how far in I go depending on how the knee does).

    Have a great/safe time!
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    Hey Perrito are we going to get a trip report?
    John aka Suede

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    I'm not good at that sort of thing. I find it hard to come up with things to say.
    For this trip, rocks, rocks, rocks, improper footwear for the rocks, and more freakin' rocks. My feet took a beating. But I'll be back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    I'm not good at that sort of thing. I find it hard to come up with things to say.
    For this trip, rocks, rocks, rocks, improper footwear for the rocks, and more freakin' rocks. My feet took a beating. But I'll be back!
    Well, not looking for an essay just wondering if there were any stand out moments on the trail. I guess the rocks were standing out this trip.

    One of the most painful times out I ever had was back in the 80's with improper fitting boots (I made the mistake of not trying out a new pair of lightweight boots, going downhill with full pack, before going out for 3 days). My toes were mashed into the front of the boot going down hill. I did not have enough room in the toe box (is that a word?). Every downhill step was so painful. Learning experience #2154.
    John aka Suede

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    Regarding the Rocks

    First, you had to learn to be able to jump from rock to rock. As a former trail maintainer the rocks could have been put there to protect the treadway from erosion. Also, did you happen to take note that there may have been a nice campsite and it could not be used because there were rocks sticking up? Well, this is because of a technique called iceberging. We put in rocks that stick up to make sure no one camps there. Of course, us hangers don't have to worry about that. Next time take note that off to the sides of the trail that it may not look as rocky. Were my directions right on if you used them?

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    Where are the safe spots to park a car overnight in Harriman? I would guess bear mountain inn is safe, I parked at elk pen many years ago, and it looked scektchy then...any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by natureboy68 View Post
    Where are the safe spots to park a car overnight in Harriman? I would guess bear mountain inn is safe, I parked at elk pen many years ago, and it looked scektchy then...any ideas?
    I've parked at elk penn a few times and never had a problem. Bear mountain parking lot near zoo is safe. You just have to go inside the police station and give them your car info and let them know how many days you staying.

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    One thing no one mentions is that they charge a parking fee per day at Bear Mountain. You may or may not want to pay that. Then again, you might have a better chance to come back to a car that isn't broken into or vandalized. There have been many incidents in some of the hiker parking areas. At times what I say may get people annoyed but it's always better to give a real report warts and all than saying everything is perfect with unicorns trotting around and butterflys and fairies fluttering. That way you'll be ready for the worst and be ready to also enjoy.

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