Scenic Appalachian Trail Day Hike, Pawling to Cat Rocks

Full Day Hike

DATE: Aug 01, 2021
END DATE: Aug 01, 2021

Hike/Event Location: Pawling NY

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ny, NY United States

Meeting Time: 11:20 AM

Max # People: 12

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Moderate to Strenuous

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Join us for a challenging eight mile hike along a scenic section of the Appalachian Trail. We'll start out with a short walk over the great swamp on a boardwalk, follow the AT and climb Corbin Hill through a pleasantly wooded area before meandering in open meadows. Along the trail is the famous 300 year-old Dover Oak which has a remarkable 20-foot circumference. The route includes varied terrain with marshes and stream crossings, farms, fields, and the steep slope of West Mountain (1250 ft). There will be some rocky scrambles, and narrow and wide trails with muddy and rocky conditions. We will be crossing swampy areas on elevated boards. The pastoral landscape and Dutchess County vistas add to the beauty of this section of the AT. We plan to rest for lunch at the Cat Rocks before retracing our steps back to the trailhead.

Hiking experience and good physical condition recommended. There are no facilities en route so please see checklist for needed items. Leaders will determine turnaround time and mileage based on participants' ability. Chester, a trained and leashed Labrador dog, will be hiking with us. Capable new members are especially welcome.

MEET: Train-travelers can meet at 8:50 am sharp at the main kiosk, Grand Central Station with your ticket in hand. Group will board the 9:10 am Metro North train to
Appalachian Trail Station. Car drivers can meet group at the Appalachian Trail station in Pawling at 11:22. (Return trains from the AT Station to GC depart at 2:35, 4:35, and 6:35 PM). The off-peak Metro North ticket is $35 roundtrip.

CHECKLIST: Moisture wicking light weight gear, hat, hiking boots or sturdy shoes, snacks, lunch, raincoat/pants, synthetic hiking pants/shorts/T-shirts, tick & bug repellant, sunblock, poop shovel, toilet paper or FA Kit. There is no reliable water source on the hike; 3 liters minimum are recommended.

WEATHER NOTE: Storm warnings or hot and humid conditions with thunderstorms will cancel the hike; please check with leaders.

DIFFICULTY: This outing is geared toward experienced hikers in good condition. Please contact Glen or Rich prior to registering if you've any questions..

This hike is co-sponsored with Sundance Outdoors.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

ny, NY

United States
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