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New York City: Hurd Corners to Morgan Stewart Shelter via the AT

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Distance: 9.6 miles


A massive oak, a sprawling wetland, an atomic lake-this classic weekend trip packs it all into a 19.2-mile out-and-back on the Appalachian Trail. Bonus: Save the Earth by taking the train to the trailhead.
  • Appalachian Trail Railroad Station
  • Trout Lily
  • Dover Oak
  • Telephone Pioneer Shelter
  • Scenic Overlook

New York City backpackers, rejoice! This 19.2-mile out-and-back overnight on the Appalachian Trail leaves right from a weekend-only Metro North stop (on the Harlem Line). After crossing the lily-lined Swamp River (just .3 mile in), the AT traces the base of Corbin Hill before climbing it and tracking west to the Dover Oak (a 300 year-old white oak with a 20-foot circumference; reportedly the largest on the AT). Just past the Oak, the AT crests West Mountain on a winding 600-foot climb and then continues on up-and-down terrain en route to the western shore of Nuclear Lake (a former research site). Hunker down at the Morgan Stewart Shelter (which sleeps 6) near the summit of Mount Egbert before retracing your route back to the train station on day 2.

-Mapped by Jeff Chow

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