Rebuilding the AT over Bear Mountain
The second season of work is getting under way at Bear Mountain, where volunteers are reconstructing a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
The public can get involved. Trail-building training sessions are offered for beginners, as well as those ready to hone intermediate skills.
The AT stretches from Maine to Georgia and is 2,174 miles long.
But the four most-traveled miles are those that take hikers over Bear Mountain.
As a result, that section of trail has taken quite a beating, what with all those pounding boots and trail shoes.
Most users are casual hikers visiting Bear Mountain State Park for the day.
The reconstruction seven-year project will reroute the trail, providing a novice-friendly path to the summit, where a handicapped-accessible area will be created (access will be from Perkins Memorial Drive). Trail signs and interpretive exhibits are also to be included.
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, which is coordinating the work effort, will offer a tour of the new route between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Get more details by logging onto <a href=”http://www.nynjtc.org/BearMountainTrails” target=”_blank”>Bear Mountain Trails</a> or by calling 201-512-9348, ext. 26.