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Harriman State Park


Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, two beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.

Troop 71 has camped in several locations in Harriman State Park. Harriman is appropriate for all but very new Scouts, but note there is rocky hiking to the campsites, where there is no potable water (we carry it in) or restroom.  So, pack light and lace up your hiking boots!

When: October 29-30, 2022

Fee: $0

Permission SlipHand in at troop meetings or bring it with you when you arrive at the Train Station on the 29th. Note: all Scouts AND Parents going on the trip must submit a permission/waiver form. YPT is also required from all Parents going on the trip.

Leader: SM Tim Katsoulis 917-679-7282

Activities: We will hike the Jackie Jones Mountain Loop (~4.1 miles total) but will camp at the Big Hill overnight.  It's about 2 miles to hike out from camp to the parking lot. More details here ==> https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/big-hill-and-jackie-jones-mountain-loop

What to Bring: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!


Clothing:
  • It will be warm during the day while we hike but cold at night, so proper clothing (layers of synthetic - NO COTTON) is a must.  Monitor the weather conditions up to the trip.
  • hiking boots (NO SNEAKERS) / hiking socks
  • long pants
  • long sleeve shirt
  • fleece top
  • jacket (windproof & water resistant)
  • change of clothes & extra socks
  • poncho/rain gear
  • for sleeping: warm clothes/long underwear & wool or fleece cap
Gear:
  • frame pack or internal frame pack (w/ padded straps and hip belt)
  • sunscreen
  • floored tent w/ fly and ground cover (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with other Scouts - LIMIT TWO PER TENT
  • warm sleeping bag; sleeping pad; camping pillow
  • mess kit w/ utensils 
  • AT LEAST 64 oz of water (more if you get thirsty easily or plan on cooking with it), ideally split among several bottles.
  • flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
  • personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
  • personal first-aid kit
  • lighter/matches w/ striker (in ziplock bag)
  • large black trash bag (not for trash)
  • pocket knife; compass; work gloves
NOTE:  ALL GEAR/CLOTHING MUST FIT IN/ON YOUR FRAME PACK

Meals:
Eat a good breakfast before leaving.  Bring power/granola bars and a BAG LUNCH for the trail.  For dinner, bring a foil broil or camp food (https://www.rei.com/c/food) and BYO breakfast (poptarts are great!). The troop will NOT be providing food or water, but will have stoves to heat water if needed.

Garbage:
THERE WILL BE NO COMMUNITY GARBAGE BAG AT THE SITE.  EACH SCOUT MUST BRING A 1-1.5 GALLON ZIP LOCK BAG FOR THEIR OWN GARBAGE. EACH SCOUT WILL CARRY OUT WHATEVER GARBAGE HE MAKES.  

Departure/Return:
Please arrive by 7:00 am (BE PROMPT) at the usual parking lot across from Plandome Country Club on Saturday (10/29) so we can hit the road early.  We should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

Directions:
GW Bridge to Palisades Interstate Pkwy N to Exit 14 (Willow Grove Road). Turn left onto Willow Grove Road, go about 1.5 miles and continue on to Kanawauke Road, after 0.2 miles the parking will be on the left. Approximately 1 hour from Manhasset with no traffic.