New section of Long Path hiking trail in Catskills opens June 7

Volunteers spent 1,500 hours over a two-year period to create a 9.5-mile hiking trail that starts in Phoenicia and goes up into the Slide Mountain Wilderness.

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, National Trails Day, the public can see the results of those efforts. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will celebrate the culmination of the work with an 11 a.m. opening the newest section of the Long Path.

“This new 9.5-mile trail section connects … Phoenicia with the Burroughs Range Trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness,” said Trail Conference spokesman Jeff Senterman. “Over a hundred volunteers have spent thousands of hours building this trail, which travels over three mountain peaks (Romer, Cross and Pleasant), past scenic vistas and features some amazing examples of trail building work.”

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be a guided hike along the new trail as it climbs Romer Mountain above the Phoenicia (a distance of about 3 miles, moderately strenuous) so participants can view a portion of the new trail and work that was completed during the project.

The Long Path is a 347.4-mile hiking trail beginning at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and ending in Altamont, near Albany. While not yet a continuous trail, relying on road portions in some areas, it nevertheless takes in many of the popular hiking attractions west of the Hudson River, such as the New Jersey Palisades, Harriman State Park, the Shawangunk Ridge and the Catskill Mountains.

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