Group: Appalachian Mountain Club
When: Saturday, September 16, 9:30 am
Where: Elk Pen, Southfields, NY
This place in Northern Sterling Forest is really off the beaten path, and is a great place to go if you want to get away from it all. This hike in the forest combines relatively easy hiking trails, with some moderate hills leading to scenic view points. However, to get to the forest, we must hike up a steep part of the Appalachian Trail called Agony Grind. And they don't call it Agony Grind for nothing; but take solace in the fact that we do not have to hike it with a heavy pack and gear, like the thru hikers on the AT.
On this hike we walk around 2 loops in the park. The Furnace Loop features the ruins of the historic Southfields Furnace, a large industrial iron producer in the 19th century. The Indian Hill Loop has some nice viewpoints on the lookouts we pass.
We will hike at a steady, moderate (not fast, but definitely not slow) pace over a distance of 7 miles, with some steep hills on hiking trails with varied terrain. Cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 1800 feet. There are no special skills or equipment required, other than to wear hiking boots, and have 3 quarts of water/sports drinks along with lunch. However, hikers should be in good condition to complete a fairly strenuous hike (Per AMC policy, please no dogs, unless indicated otherwise).