Hiking/Backpacking/Camping/Stone Memorial Shelter

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My brother and I are planning a quick, overnight, 16 mile loop at Harriman this spring. We're planning on staying at the Stone Memorial shelter. His children aren't big enough yet to make two 8 mile back to back hikes, and they'd very much like to come along. How far is the Shelter from a trail head? What we were thinking was maybe our wives could drive to the trail head with the kids and make a "short" hike and meet us at the shelter. Is this feasible? Thanks for the help!

Benjamin

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You really have only two options for a short hike to the Stone Memorial shelter:

1) Kakiat County Park on Rt. 202 in Montebello (2.9 mi), or
2) Ramapo  Equestrian Center, also on 202 near Ladentown (2.3 mi)

While the distances are relatively short, both involve a fairly significant climb of about 800 ft. This climb is slightly gentler if you start at the equestrian center. The key issue is parking -- easily available at both sites, but not ecessarily overnight. You'll need to make a phone call or two to confirm whether overnght parking is permitted.

That's pretty much it -- hope you find this helpful!

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I can advise on anything having to do with hiking and backpacking skills and equipment, including map and compass and orienteering skills. I cannot advise on the use of GPS devices. I cannot advise on car camping or group camping (10 or more people). My primary geographic expertise is in the US Northeast, but I know how to find information on hiking and backpacking just about anywhere.

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I've been hiking and backpacking for about 45 years, including section hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. I have hiked extensively in the New York Metropolitan Area, as well as various other areas from Georgia north, including upstate New York, New England, and Eastern Canada.

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New York Walk Book, 7th Ed.
New Jersey Walk Book, 2nd Ed.

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