Campsite between stream and Dennytown Rd
Day: 28-2010
Mileage: ~13


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1403.9N.Y. 9D (230') 230
1404.4Camp Smith Trail to Anthony's Nose (700') 700
1405.4Hemlock Springs Campsite (550') 550
1405.6Manitou Road, South Mountain Pass (460') 460
1409U.S. 9, N.Y. 403 (400') Peekskill, N.Y. 10566 Cold Spring, N.Y. 400
1409.2Old Highland Turnpike?paved  
1409.5Graymoor Spiritual Life Center?Fran-ciscan Way (520')?blue blazes to ball-field 520
1409.6Old Westpoint Road (550') 550
1411.5Denning Hill (900') 900
1412.3Old Albany Post Road?Chapman Road (607') 607
1414Canopus Hill Road (420') 420
1415South Highland Road (570') 570
07/10/10 7:45 pm
My Location: N 41°24'25.92", W 73°50'50.18"
229 m
map it

Packed up and left pretty early this AM. The sky looked dark, but it was cool with a breeze. Crossed Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson river. So far on the AT this was my least favorite bridge because the side walk was very narrow, but nice views when I could force myself to look. Started to rain (and a little thunder) right after that, but it was a perfect rain to hike in so I kept going. Hit US9 in no time and stopped at the conevience store there. While inside I saw a woman use the ATM. But a few minutes later noticed she left money in the ATM, luckily she was in the restroom so I gave it to her....she was so surprised by my honesty she insisted I take $20! I hiked on to Graymoor Monastery, just to check it out and to take a nap in the pavilion, then hiked on to here since it was 2PM and couldn't see myself wasting a perfect hiking day. The Merrell Pulse II (got with my mail drop that replaced my Vasque Scout GTX's that RIP (either Rest in Peace or Rocks in PA.....both work)) seem to be lighter and more comfortable, but I was off balance all day....could it be the boots? I am sure I will get use to the differences in a day or two and everything will be back to normal. The trail seems general flatter so I was able to hike faster than ever before on this trip, knees felt OK which also helped. So a pretty good day overall.

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Shenandoah Tenting Area
Day: 29-2010
Daily Mileage: ~11
Mileage: 1417.2




Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1417.7Dennytown Road (860')?water faucet on building 860
1419.3Sunk Mine Road (800') 800
1421.4N.Y. 301, Canopus Lake, Clarence Fahnestock State Park (920') 920
1425.6Shenandoah Mountain (1,282') 1282
1426Long Hill Road (1,100') 1100
1427.1Shenandoah Tenting Area (900') 900
07/11/10 5:50 pm
My Location: N 41°30'44.93", W 73°48'19.46"
247 m
Map It

The hike today was long and uneventful...I mean very uneventful, only 2 good views and 2 deer and the rest of the day was just walk, walk, walk. Weather a bit cooler, but when the sun hits you, you know it.

There is a big party at the RPH Shelter a mile or so away, put on by the ALDHA, but the campsite here is good, the water out of a well, cold and clear, and I just don't feel like being around a large group of people.

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Morgan Stewart Shelter
Day: 30-2010
Daily Mileage: 10.3
Mileage: 1427.5


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1428.4Hortontown Road RPH Shelter (350')?32.8mS; 9mN 350
1428.7Taconic State Parkway (650')? underpass 650
1431.9Hosner Mountain Road (500') 500
1433.5N.Y. 52 (800') Stormville, N.Y. 12582 800
1434.9I-84 overpass; Stormville Mountain Road (950') 950
1437.3Mt. Egbert (1,329') 1329
1437.4Morgan Stewart Shelter(1,285')?9mS; 7.8mN 1285
07/12/10 8:15 pm

Didn't sleep the greatest last night...that and the tent was dripping with condensation on the inside of the rainfly, made for a very slow start to the day. Once I started, I got to RPH Shelter quick, but was greeted by cold drinks and the leftovers from the shin-dig over the weekend. Was told about a meeting that was going to be held there tonight (with the possibility of food once again). I felt the vortex trying to suck me in, and it almost won...but I decided to leave there at about 12:15pm, just as the heat of the day was getting going. But luck was with me, the trail was mostly shaded, a cool wind picked up, and it wasn't too terrible, but I did sweat quite a bit. Did get some nice views from the vistas for my efforts though. Didn't detour at NY52 to go to the deli, instead I kept hiking to the shelter. Got here, ate and set up camp because it looked as if it might rain. No rain yet but I think we will probably get some before the night is through.

On the medical front: my knees still hurt on down hills quite a bit. New blisters, to go with the new boots, are unusually painful when I drain them. Also, as I expected, I lost my toe nail on my left little toe (I stubbed it on the 2nd or 3rd day out and the nail turned black) but it didn't hurt at all because I let it fall off on it's own.

11:45pm

Think I heard a bear, then the rain started.....

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Telephone Pioneers Shelter
Day: 31-2010
Daily Mileage: 7.8
Mileage: 1435.3


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1437.4Morgan Stewart Shelter(1,285')?9mS; 7.8mN 1285
1438.5Depot Hill Road (1,230') 1230
1440.4Old Route 55 (750') 750
1440.7N.Y. 55 (720') Poughquag, N.Y. 12570 720
1441.9Nuclear Lake outlet (750') 750
1444.9West Mountain (1,200') 1200
1445.2Telephone Pioneers Shelter (910') ?7.8mS; 8.8mN 910
07/13/10 6:00 pm

Well, no one heard or saw a bear, it might have been two hikers coming in late to the shelter.

Woke up this morning to a few drops of rain, but packed up and left in good time. Hiking was relatively easy. Got to Nuclear Lake and took a long break and a swim. Lovely lake and good for so many jokes (3 eyed fish, will I glow in the dark, where are my super powers etc....). Hiked on to the shelter. My intent was to take a nap, hike to the 2nd road to the deli and then hike till I found a place to camp. But when I awoke from my nap is was raining and threatening to get worse, so I decided to stay here tonight, even though I am low on water and the source here is dry.

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Ten Mile River Lean-To
Day: 32-2010
Daily Mileage: 12.7
Mileage: 1448.0