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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.

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: March 24-25, 2018

Fee: $0

Permission Slip: Due 3/15

Leaders: ASM Tom Wiebe 516-578-4866 / ASM Marijan Bernic 516-655-1744

Activities: Camping, Hiking

What to Bring:
Clothing:
  • Weather can vary this time of year, so proper clothing (layers of synthetic) 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 (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; bed roll; camping pillow
  • mess kit w/ utensils 
  • AT LEAST 64 oz of water
  • 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, a bag lunch, "foil broil" meal to warm up over fire for dinner and simple (cold) breakfast.  NO COOKING GEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE. So, cook something at home for dinner, freeze it in heavy foil and a ziplock bag and put frozen in your pack before leaving home.  Then it will slowly thaw and can be warmed in the foil for dinner.  DO NOT BRING UNCOOKED/RAW FOOD.

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.  It is recommended you put your frozen meal in this bag before putting it in your pack.

Departure/Return:
Please arrive by 6:15 am (BE PROMPT) at the usual parking lot across from Plandome Country Club on Saturday (3/24) so we can hit the road early.  We should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

Hike/Site: 
Bear Mountain Inn to Turkey Hill Lake. We will drop-off Troop at Bear Mountain Inn, then caravan the cars to the end of the trail at Turkey Hill Lake parking (Route 6), returning to the Inn with one car.

We then hike from the Inn to Popoloken Creek/Gorge, past Queensboro Lake to Turkey Hill Lake (5 miles), where we will make camp.  The hike out on Sunday is Sunday .85 miles to parking lot to then grab the solo care at the Inn.

Directions:
Bear Mountain Inn: 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986.
Palisades Parkway North (US-6 E) to US-202 W/US-9W S.  At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto US-202 W/US-9W S, turn right onto Seven Lakes Drive, the stay to the right to the Inn.