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

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.

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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

To Trailhead

By car: I-87 N to I-684 N. After 1-684 becomes NY 22 N, continue 14.5 mi. to parking on L @ Appalachian Trail RR stop. By train: from Grand Central, take Metro-North RR Harlem Line to weekend-only Appalachian Trail stop.

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