Cross Seven Lakes Dr.; climb ridgeline and continue SW on AT
Location: 41.2825889587402, -74.0229034423828
R @ 4-way onto earliest section of AT (1923); follows Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail (white blaze, and white blaze/red dot)
Location: 41.2632293701172, -74.1040191650391
Fingerboard Shelter: 8-person stone hut, two fireplaces (1st-come basis, seasonal spring); backtrack to car Bonus: For a longer 22.8-mile, 3-day loop, go to http://backpacker.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?TripID=20418
Location: 41.2862091064453, -74.0459365844726
Scramble over rocks on long switchbacks into valley with small, tumbling streams. Optional spur: Turn R, go .5 mi. to idyllic blues of Silver Mine Lake
Location: 41.2886390686035, -74.0231094360352
Head S along red-blazed Anthony Wayne Ski/
Bike Trail paralleling Beechy Bottom Brook; West Mtn.’s hills rise in E
Location: 41.2821807861328, -74.0876998901367
Approach N flank of Fingerboard Mtn.; wrap SW around gentle knoll
Location: 41.2753715515137, -74.0939788818359
Cross Arden Valley Rd. and pick up AT/Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, heading S on exposed ridge. Highlight: Look for giant boulder perched on three smaller stones.
Location: 41.2823715209961, -74.0283279418945
Cross Palisades Pkwy. on AT toward Black Mtn. for Hudson River views
Location: 41.2798118591309, -74.0591812133789
William Brien Memorial Shelter: Space for 8, spring-fed well. Camp or continue N on AT from the shelter
Tag three mountains, including the highest point in Connecticut, on this 12.1-mile hike in Mt. Washington State Forest. Attractions include: pretty streamside camping, spectacular ridgeline hiking, fine mountain views, and a bounty of blueberries.
This 25-mile plus hike climbs six significant peaks in the northern Catskills, accumulating about 18,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in steep, rocky terrain. This country looks and feel wild, and the views from its many lookouts easily rival those from the more-crowded high peaks.
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.