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Backpacker Magazine – May 2011

Rip & Go: Long Path Loop - Harriman State Park, NY

Enjoy soaring views from open ridges on this easy-access overnight.

by: Casey Lyons and Laura Binks

Baring it all: This fire-cleansed ridge yields catskill views at mile 1.6. (Photo by Catherine Brooks)
Baring it all: This fire-cleansed ridge yields catskill views at mile 1.6. (Photo by Catherine Brooks)
Lemon Squeezer: The park's 100-foot-long faux slot canyon (Photo by Catherine Brooks)
Lemon Squeezer: The park's 100-foot-long faux slot canyon (Photo by Catherine Brooks)

Download a printable version of this entire trip right here.

On The Menu

Breakfasts 1 & 2
Instant oatmeal with brown sugar and apples
Lunch 1
Chicken Tiorati
Rockland Pasta
Lunch 2
Salami and cheddar cheese pitas
Granola bars, baby carrots

Chicken Tiorati
A pita full of chicken salad

1 7-ounce pouch chicken
½ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
2 mayo packets
2 whole wheat pitas

Mix together chicken, raisins, walnuts, and mayonnaise in a zip-top bag. Spoon salad inside pita. Serves 2.

Rockland Pasta
Easy rotini with olives

10 ounces rotini pasta
¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 4-ounce jar of green olive tapenade
½ cup Parmesan

Cook and drain pasta. Reserve ¼ cup pasta water. Toss green olive tapenade with reserved pasta water and pasta. Sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and Parmesan. Serves 2.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[ ] apples (produce)
[ ] baby carrots (produce)
[ ] 7-ounce pouch chicken (meat)
[ ] salami (deli)
[ ] mayo packets (deli)
[ ] granola bars (B)
[ ] instant oatmeal (3)
[ ] raisins (3)
[ ] seasoned bread crumbs (6)
[ ] rotini pasta (6)
[ ] 1 small jar green olive tapenade (6)
[ ] Parmesan cheese (6)
[ ] walnuts (7)
[ ] whole wheat pitas (19)
[ ] cheddar cheese slices (19)

Pack: Brown sugar

PIT STOP Refuel at Richie’s Little Place, located between Bear Mountain State Park and West Point Military Academy. Visitors travel miles for wing night Wednesday and prime rib specials Thursday and Friday. 817 NY 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY; (845) 446-7918;

56 West Ramapo Rd., Garnerville, NY
(845) 786-3006

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Star Star Star Star Star
Feb 22, 2014

The only correction to this...instead of doubling back to the Long Path via the ASB, continue through the Lemon Squeezer along the AT (white verticle blaze). Take in a gentle climb to a very serene, scenic grassy mountaintop. continue AT throgh the valley to the point where it crosses the Long Path, further north. Eliminating the LP at the ASB eliminates a lowloand route that is marshy, off camber less scenery (imo) and prone to being wet. Much more scenic change to the route. Otherwise 2 day route is spot - on!

Star Star Star Star Star
Apr 19, 2013

Not sure what happened to the stars...meant to give it 4!

Star Star
Apr 19, 2013

Did this backpack with some additional trails on 4/15-16 2013 (approximately 15 miles on day one, and 12 on day 2. Spent the night at the Brien Memorial Shelter, as advised. Did not find water there and had to backtrack to fill up for the evening. One other hiker at shelter. Overall, a beautiful hike, a beautiful park, and a great overnight.

Oct 10, 2012

Did this backpack last weekend (10/06 - 10/07/2012). Was pretty challenging hike though shouldn't be difficult for anyone in halfway decent shape. We definitely needed almost all of both days of the weekend to complete it. Lots of nice views and varied terrain. Stayed at the indicated shelter where there was a water source.

Jul 01, 2011

Just did this trail and it was amazing great for beginners and novice. I didn't sleep over because I did it on a weekday but will continue again during the weekend. Thanks


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