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#11449 - 03/30/04 05:02 PM Easy backpack trip close to NYC
paulraphael Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 321
Loc: New York, NY
Hey,
my girlfriend and a friend of hers want to go camping, somewhere that's an easy drive from the city. I suggested that if they don't want to be in or about a parking lot, this will involve some backpacking, which is an idea they're cautiously warming up to.

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a camping spot that's
1) not too many hours from the city
2) pretty
3) not more than a mile or two from the trail head
4) (this might be asking way too much) isn't crowded or full of trash

does such a spot exist, or am i tripping?

many thanks for any advice,
p

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#11450 - 03/30/04 07:26 PM Re: Easy backpack trip close to NYC [Re: paulraphael]
charliebutters Offline
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Registered: 11/11/01
Posts: 510
Loc: accord
go look at nynjtc maps at any outdoor store, i recommend harriman/bear mtn or catskills maps.
there are many short hikes to shelters/leantos. you can sleep in the leanto or set up a tent within 150 feet.
hunter mountain has 3 nice shelters and a loop hike 8 miles.
harriman is 45 minutes from the city and has tons of options. i recommend tom jones shelter, big hill, bald rocks, west mountain, all relativly close to trailhead.
good luck

link www.nynjtc.com click on viewpoint for discussion forums for other info etc

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#11451 - 03/30/04 07:58 PM Re: Easy backpack trip close to NYC [Re: charliebutters]
JoeKayak Offline
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Registered: 06/21/02
Posts: 970
Loc: Manhattan


what Charlie said, plus, go on a weekday and you'll likely have the place to yourselves!

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#11452 - 04/07/04 06:11 PM Re: Easy backpack trip close to NYC [Re: JoeKayak]
paulraphael Offline
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 321
Loc: New York, NY
thanks for the info.
i picked up the adk guide to the catskills, which has some nice ideas in it.
when we narrow things down i'll get a map.

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