|Below is a transcription of the text of the series of articles in the New York Post, published on Tuesdays in the spring and summer of 1934, that described a route for the Long Path.
The articles appeared in Raymond H. Torrey’s outdoors column “The Long Brown Path,” which appeared from 1919 till 1938.
One article could not be located (August 14, 1934), and if anybody has the text for that, please forward it and I will insert it.
This transcription took me several weeks and included several visits to the New York city public library, but it was fun finally reading all of it.
If anybody sees any errors, typos, or omissions, please let me know.
Northvale, NJ January 21, 2011
The Long Brown Path
New York Post, March 27, 1934
Description of Long Path of New York to Appear in Post on Tuesdays
The Long Path of New York
Scouting of the route of the Long Path of New York, proposed two years ago by Paul and Vincent Schaefer of the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club of Schenectady as a hikers' way from New York City to Lake Placid, has progressed to a point where a definite description may be given. This will be done, in the Tuesday issues of the Long Brown Path, in coming weeks. It is largely a way to go, following existing park and forest trails, not yet a fully marked trail, but it may be pursued by the descriptions to be given.
The Schaefer brothers and their associates are busy on the north end, from Gilboa Dam to Lake Placid and we understand they have found a good route, except about twenty miles north of Boreas Ponds, in the heart of the Adirondack wilderness, which is yet to be determined.
Work on the southern end, north of the Highlands, as far as Gilboa Dam, has been done almost wholly by W.W. Cady of New York City. Most of these new trail ideas are carried through by the enthusiasm and energy of one man, or a few men, as in the case of Benton MacKaye, proposer of the Appalachian Trail; James C. Taylor, author of the idea of the Long Trail in Vermont; Dr. Will S. Monroe. who made the Wyanokie system in New Jersey, and others who have developed trail ideas and pursued them by themselves or with others they inspired.
Mr. Cady is a native of Kansas, who lived in his youth in Colorado, where he climbed in the mountains. Coming to New York about a dozen years ago, he sought relaxation from business cares and benefit to his health, by hiking in our environs, and became a reader of the Long Brown Path and a frequent correspondent and welcome contributor of outdoor news. When he read of the Schaefer brothers' idea of a Long Path of New York, to correspond with similar long trails like the Long Trail in Vermont, the Sierra and John Muir Trails in the West, and the Appalachian Trail, he was seized with a desire to do all he could to locate and mark this trail from the North River to the North Woods.
He asked for instructions and followed them with startling energy. During the past two years he has traversed little-known parts of the Shawangunks and the southwestern Catskills and obtained an immense amount of information as to the best route and alternative routes for the Long Path.
We will first describe the Long Path route, as suggested, from George Washington Bridge to Storm King. Mr. Cady will carry it on in several installments, from Storm King to Gilboa Dam, and we hope to get the Schaefers to give us a detailed description from Gilboa to Lake Placid. As there may be no immediate opportunity to publish the completed description in any permanent form, hikers interested may save the installments as they appear and will thus have a full itinerary.
New York Post, April 3, 1934
Path from George Washington Bridge to Lake Placid is Described
By RAYMOND H. TORREY
The “Long Path of New York”, from the George Washington Bridge to Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, on which several workers are now engaged in scouting and locating, will be described, from south to north, in successive installments, during the next few weeks, in this column, on Tuesdays. We will begin today with the route from the New Jersey end of the bridge, to the Hudson Highlands.
Turn into the fields north of the bridge, part of the Palisades section of the Interstate Park, and follow paths along the brink about one-half mile to a restaurant on the cliff. Descend a path to the southern extension of the Henry Hudson Drive, end follow it, or, if preferred, descend to the shore and follow it, north to Englewood Landing. Then along the shore path to Alpine Landing, and northward to Forest View.
Here, one may climb to Women's Federation Park and out to Highway 9W, and follow it north to the New York line; or follow the shore path over the Giant Stairs, to the north end of the park and climb the trail there. It comes out on the top within the wire fence of the Thomas W. Lamont estate, but space is left to crawl under and follow the south side of the fence out to 9W. Negotiations are under way between the Interstate Park and Mr. Lamont to exchange property so that the top of the trail will be within the park boundary. Follow 9W to the New York line and on it through Palisades Village and across the Sparkill viaduct. Half a mile beyond, take dirt road, left, up to the Piermont Cemetery and descend path to the old Tweed Boulevard, which follow north, east of Mount Nebo, and along the top of Snake Hill to the Bradley Road, leading down to Nyack. Follow streets to North Nyack and enter Hook Mountain section of Interstate Park and follow shore path past Rockland Lake Landing to the north end of the park in the southern part of Haverstraw.
High Line Route
If a high line route is preferred, follow 9W from Nyack to the point where it goes over Hook Mountain and then follow the ridge trail over Verdreitege Hook to Rockland Lake Village and beyond, to Short Clove and Long Clove. If the shore route is used, ascend from the north end of the Hook Mountain section of the park to the Long Clove. Use care in passing along ridge south of Long Clove, as western half of hill is cut out by trap rock quarry with steep wall on west side.
Follow path from quarry and road through Long Clove, to summit of High Tor, overlooking Haverstraw; continue to Low Tor, and follow ridge around westward. If old route is barred by No Trespassing signs, descend to left, following old roads or secondary road at foot of mountain, and return to summit, farther west. Continue to Mount Ivy station, on Nyack division, Erie Railroad, and pick up Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail, which uses road, Route 62, to Ladentown, then climb the Ramapo Rampart to Eagle Rock, to crossing of Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. Follow S.B.M. along eastern side of Harriman section of Interstate Park, over Breakneck Mountain, Jackie Jones Mountain, Grape Swamp Mountain, Pyngyp, to West Mountain.
Through West Point
On north crown of West Mountain, turn into Timp-Torne Trail, which follows over West and Bear Mountains and across Popolopen Creek to Ramapo Torne, where the Crown Range Trail begins. Follow it to Bare Rock, above Highland Falls, descend to State Highway 9W, enter West Point Military Reservation and follow paths past redoubts, and Fort Putnam to aqueduct, which follow northwest to Highway 9W. Follow highway left to junction of Routes 9W and 6 and turn up old road, slanting up south side of Crow's Nest, to the summit, and north, past Cornwall Reservoir, and north on dirt road, one mile, to bottom of notch on south side of Storm King Mountain.
Here turn left, downhill, by dirt road, two miles to Cornwall, two miles west via 9W, from the Cornwall Landing station of the West Shore Railroad. The next installment will describe the route west to the Shawangunk Mountains.
The distance covered in this first installment, as the route lies, is about seventy-five miles. Lodging could be found in or near Sparkill, Nyack or Haverstraw, but through the Interstate Park, camping in trail shelters is possible; north of the Park, via West Point, camping in a tent is only possible in the Black Rock Forest, west of the Cornwall Reservoir, by permission of the local warden. Except through the Harriman and Bear Mountain sections of the Interstate Park, it is near towns and villages, and hikers could skip parts of it, if preferred and start farther north, but the entire route is to be given, for complete information.
New York Post, April 10, 1934
W.W. Cady Describes N.Y. Long Path to Lake Placid from Orrs Mills
By RAYMOND H. TORREY
The description of the Long Path of New York, from New York City to Lake Placid, which was given here last Tuesday, as far as the northern side of the Hudson Highlands to Cornwall, is now taken up by W.W. Cady, who has scouted it from this point almost to the Mohawk River; from Cornwall to the Shawangunk Mountains.
The first installment took the hiker over Crow’s Nest and down the valley on the west end of Storm King Mountain to the highway at Cornwall. Mr. Cady’s description begins a mile west of Cornwall, at Orrs Mills on Moodna Creek.
Turn right, north, on highway at Orrs Mills. Those who wish to skip the low country between the Highlands and the Shawangunks take Ontario & Western Railroad or bus on Cochecton Turnpike, further on. If taking train, stay on east bank of Moodna Creek, going north into Firthcliffe, nearly a mile, where there is a railroad station. Those who prefer to cross the lower lands on foot across the Moodna at Orrs Mills and take the concrete highway on the west bank, north, under the Orrs Mills railroad bridge and up the hill to Vails Gate, over a mile.
Pass a couple of garages to a highway, turning sharp left on it and going three-eighths of a mile southwest, through village, nearly to railroad, where turn right, cross two railroads (branches of Erie) and get into narrow road running up the hill through woods to west. This road is macadamized with black rock and has telephone line carrying cable and two wires. After it straightens out up the hill this road bears north, 35 degrees west. Take it up the hill, passing road in from left, bringing two more telephone cables; over hill, woods open out and a well-kept house and dawn on right. High grade on left is the Catskill Aqueduct.
Go to where road turns right, down steep hill, which is about one and three-quarter miles from railroad crossing, the last mile being high with beautiful views. In dry weather you can take aqueduct on left to concrete highway, the Newburgh-Little Britain Road. In wet weather go down the little hill on road to concrete highway, near Washington Square, turn left on highway, over a mile, cross aqueduct, to road near it, Jackson Avenue, New Windsor, and turn right into it.
Pass few scattered houses, going north and northwest over a mile to concrete highway, Cochecton Turnpike. This is nearly a straight road from Newburgh (about three miles to your right), through Montgomery and Bullville to Bloomingburg, at east foot of Shawangunk Mountain, and busses run this route in summer. In winter they run via Middletown, but make connections there to Bloomingburg, with no additional fare, but take twenty minutes longer. The country is hilly farm land for fifteen miles.
Also More Southern Route
A more southern route, from Cornwall past the north end of Schunemunk Mountain, via Salisbury Mills and Washingtonville to Montgomery, might be used, following country roads, but Mr. Cady has indicated probably the best crossing to the Shawangunks.
Those wishing to cross the Shawangunks farther north than Bloomingburg, on reaching the Cochecton Turnpike from the south, as described, should turn left, west and over a mile, passing two roads on the right, to third road, Drury Lane, near aqueduct, and turn right into it. Go over a hhil, northwest, to concrete highway, South Plank Road.
From here, says Mr. Cady, the most direct route, which includes the cream of the top of Shawangunk, turns left on concrete, through Walden, Allard Corners, Pine Bush, Ulsterville, Walker Valley, up on Shawangunk to Cragsmoor (there joining the Long Brown Path route from Bloomingburg). Or, to cross Shawangunk farther north, follow South Plank Road three-eighths of a mile nearly to Catskill Aqueduct and turn right into St. Andrew Road, northwest.
Follow it one and five-eighths miles, where you pass St. Andrew, severa1 good buildings on top of the hill on left; straight on over hill, swinging around a little to left and down past few houses to four corners, where turn north on road through Sherwood Corners (New Hurley of Newburgh sheet, U.S.G.S.) to Ireland Corners, and macadam road west into Gardiner. State Highway 55 may be followed over Shawangunk Mountain toward Kerhonkson, to Soconessing Road, on left, just before reaching big red barn on Bert Decker farm, where you turn left, and rejoin the Long Path of New York, as it will be described by Mr. Cady, along the top of the Shawangunk range from Bloomingburg, in the next installment.
All the roads not called highways are narrow, macadamized or dirt roads, with little traffic. Supplies can be obtained at places not more than three miles apart all through this section, as well as camping places. The people all through here, who aided Mr. Cady in gathering his data, will appreciate great care with fire.
New York Post, April 17, 1934
Rock Carvings of Ancient Indians Are
Reported on Shawangunk Mountain1
Long Path on Shawangunk Mt.
Scouting a trail discloses many interesting things besides the path itself, and the exploration of a route for the Long Path of New York, from New York City to Lake Placid, which is being described here serially on Tuesdays, is no exception.
W.W. Cady of New York City, who has been scouting the Long Path from the Highlands of the Hudson to the Catskills, reports that when he was exploring around Bloomingburg, on the Shawangunk Mountain, to which he carried the description last week, he was told of rock carvings, supposed to be the work of ancient Indians, near Bullville, east of Bloomingburg, and on the summer bus line from Newburgh west.
Go one quarter mile east of the post office at Bullville, he was told, to a little road turning off the highway, left, near Johnson's garage, take it about one mile to a house beyond a stone schoolhouse on left, and the occupant, Joe Youngblood, will direct you to the carvings.
Carvings Rare in East
This sounds interesting: I have never read anything about it in material relating to the New York aborigines. Carvings and pictographs are common in the Southwest but rare in the East, I mean to investigate this at the first opportunity.
Resuming his description of the Long Path, Mr. Cady says: From Bloomingburg post office, take highway west, up east slope of Shawangunk, two miles to brow of mountain, where road turns right, past Sha-Wan-Ga, a large hotel. Those who cross the lowlands of Orange County by Ontario & Western R. R. will get off at Highview, near mouth of tunnel, going up on highway north of station.
Follow straight road along crest, passing below hotel, nearly north, one of the grandest views over the hilly country of Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties, the Hudson River and the Connecticut and Massachusetts highlands in the distance, and the main reason for routing the trail this way, if it is a clear day.
Go about one and three quarter miles on this road, when it swings right downhill; steep, into Roosa Gap; where road forks, take left turn, Pleasant Valley Road. If you wish to hike in the wildest country available, instead of Pleasant Valley Road from Roosa Gap, take the road west toward Summitville, turn right into trail, up in the gap, which passes west of Spruce Swamp, two miles from Roosa Gap. Trail goes about one mile through the west edge of Spruce Swamp, to a big farm from which an old wagon road leads to Cragsmoor. It is an old trail and may be brush-choked.
Last Store in Cragsmoor
If using the road from Roosa Gap, go about two miles, to right an left turns, coming into Pleasant Valley, go straight to church, turn right, go down about half mile to left turn (not straight), take it to Cragsmoor up on top of Shawangunk. At Cragsmoor is the last store you will pass until reaching Kerhonkson on the north foot of the mountain.
At Cragsmoor, take road to Sam's Point, mostly east, but swinging around to northwest as you come near Sam's Point and back southeast, out onto the ledges of the Point, about two and a half miles. This is reputed to be the finest view anywhere in this section.
At Sam's Point, those having plenty of time may wish to go over Indian Rock by trail and wood road, nearly due north, to High Point, five miles, where is a fire-observation tower. At a fork about half way the right turn leads to High Point, 2,230 feet. A little past fork, arrows show the turn to the Ice Caves, about one and a half miles northwest of High Point, down the slope, a natural curiosity of much repute in the vicinity, with ice in July, in a deep crevice, in the mountainside.
Maratanza Lake lies about half a mile north of Sam’s Point, where a trail turns off to the right, mostly east-northeast over a mile to Verkeerder Falls, and then northeast a mile to Mud Pond, then another mile to Lake Awosting, and along its east side another half-mile to a turn east, winding around out to Castle Point, about a half mile, and a little south of east to Hamilton Point, nearly half a mile. Going a little farther east, the road swings off toward northeast along the brink of cliffs overlooking the beautiful valley of Palmaghatt (Dutch for Laurel Glen), with dense timber, and at its head a stand of large original hemlock. It is three and a half miles to Minnewaska Lake. If one prefers a rough scramble and wishes to do some botanizing, he can descend to the valley and follow a faint trail north along the brook, at length climbing out into the road to Minnewaska.
New York Post, April 24, 1934
Another Chapter for Trail Lovers Includes
Historic Spots in Mountain Wilds
By RAYMOND H. TORREY
The description of the Long Path of New York, which was carried to Minnewaska village on the summit of Shawangunk Mountain from the field notes of W.W. Cady, who scouted it, last Tuesday, is here continued across the Rondout Valley and into the foothills of the Catskills, at Yagerville. Mr. Cady asks me to correct misunderstanding as to the Indian carvings which he reported. They are one and a half miles east of Bloomingburg, on the Bullville Highway, not near Bullville. He says he will send more about them later.
From Minnewaska, says Mr. Cady, take the old State Road to Kerhonkson, not the new State Highway No. 55. The old road, as I read the Ellenville and Slide Mountain sheets of the United States Geological Survey, turns steeply downhill, north, near the entrance road to Minnewaska Lake, at the point where the glorious view of the entire southern front of the Catskills is seen from the Shawangunk Mountain, one of the finest views in the East.
Follows Easier Grade
The new road follows an easier grade southwest, crossing Sanders Kill and Stony Kill and then bends north toward Kerhonkson. The old road turns northwest and comes into the new highway, which is followed eight-tenths of a mile to a narrow road, Soconessing Road, which is followed left. About 150 yards beyond this turn is the big red barn of the Bert Decker Farm.
The direct route is on Soconessing Road, passing a yellow summer house, crossing a stream, and passing Dr. Ford's place on the hill to left. Then over a concrete bridge, where the road swings right, passes a big gray barn, on right and across a road and the Kingston division of the Ontario & Western Railroad; across Rondout Creek and half a mile beyond to Route 6N.
Large Stream Ahead
Take the narrow road past stone house on right, up into woods, to a stream three-quarters of a mile from highway, and a couple of hundred yards farther to a square turn left. Pass Lyon Lodge on left in about a quarter of a mile, and on up the ridge, passing a road in from left.
Go on over ridge and down to road running along Vernooy Kill, a large stream coming from right. Follow road southwest to right turn, which follow north, past school house (See Slide Mountain sheet, U.S.G.S., Wawarsing township), and about half a mile farther is an old stone house built by the man for whom Vernooy Kill was named in 1799 and occupied by his great-grandson. Continue north to a wooden bridge, near where there used to be a few houses, called Brownsville, and so appearing on the U.S.G.S. map.
Cross Plank Bridge
Turn left, crossing Brownsville Bridge, pass house on right at top of rise, occupied by caretaker for Tunessasa Lodge, to be seen a half mile up the valley. Just beyond the house road swings to left (stay outside fence) and down, being little used.
Go on into woods, crossing stream in about three-eighths of a mile from Brownsville, on plank bridge, and on to foot of hill, where road swings right and climbs. Road continues to swing till east of north, then after it gets well up on hill commences to swing back left and runs up on the hill, with a dip to your right and another hill across it.
There is a fine spring in the bank above the road here. Beyond spring the road grows less, then tops hill and goes down to a meadow, on left and through a little woods, to Sholam Schoolhouse, on the right, two and one-half miles from Brownsville.
Better Road Ahead
Beyond Sholam School pass log house and better road comes in from Lackawack, on left, with a good farm house back on it a short distance. Go straight, pass another house on right, road winds, crosses a stream and passes summer bungalow on right, with several outbuildings and on over rise to fork.
If you wish to hike a woodland trail and ford a good-sized stream, turn left, pass house on left, go about three-eighths of a mile to sharp right turn, take it, nearly north, short distance, when trail swings left along hill. After several hundred yards it passes through a farm yard with big abandoned house on right.
Trail Becomes Dimmer
Go straight through, trail becomes dimmer, and after several hundred yards bears right through laurel to Saw Kill. (This appears to be called Trout Brook on the Slide Mountain sheet.) Ford it and the old road goes up steep high bank turning a little left, through as pretty a beech and evergreen woods as you will see in a long ways.
Winding through this wood for a quarter mile, but same general direction, about west, you come out into scrub at the foot of steep ridge (East Mountain of U.S.G.S. map). Turning a little left, and climbing a little, you come to an old road, and a few hundred yards farther into corner of meadow and turn right, up the slope, to the schoolhouse, Yagerville. At schoolhouse turn right in the good road, pass by white house on right and on to barn on right, house on left, home of Fire Warden Roland Bunting.
Well mannered campers are welcome here. Half a mile farther on comes in the road from Sholam, which can be followed from Sholam by taking the right fork north of that hamlet, instead of the left fork and old road and trail described. The left turn from Sholam described by Mr. Cady is shown on the map as a good road, but like many others in this region, is evidently little better than a trail now.
From Kerhonkson, the Long Path leaves behind concrete highways for several days of hiking, there being only two to cross on the trail until you approach the Mohawk River. Next Tuesday, Sholam to Denning, on the East Branch of Neversink Creek.
New York Post, May 1, 1934
New York City to Lake Placid on the Long Path
By RAYMOND H. TORREY
Today's installment of the Long Path of New York, from New York City to Lake Placid, covers the southern foothills of the Catskills, between Yagerville and Denning, within a great curve made by Rondout Creek in its upper course, and over the east branch of Neversink Creek. Nearer views of the high southwestern Catskills, topped by Peekamoose and Slide Mountain, are enjoyed. It is thinly settled country, with narrow dirt roads mostly, and some that are largely abandoned.
As scouted by W.W. Cady of New York City, he returns to the fork at Sholam (see Slide Mountain sheet, United States Geological Survey), at which he turned left through almost abandoned roads on his way to Yagerville, described in the previous installment. Now taking the right fork, a dirt road is followed northwest, about 2½ miles, to a fork, where turn left and cross a bridge over the Saw Kill. This stream is called Trout Brook on the Slide Mountain sheet, but we presume Mr. Cady has the latest local usage. Then ¾ mile northwest up to a well-traveled road about ½ mile north of the Bunting Farm, previously described as a place for camping, on the less-traveled alternative route.
Go right, northeast, on the road, about two miles, climbing several hundred feet along the eastern slope of the high ridge south of the Rondout, to the red schoolhouse at Greenville. This corner is not named on the Slide Mountain sheet. The Long Path route turns square left here toward Sundown. A poor road east at this corner goes through almost abandoned country, past Vernooy Falls, about eight miles to the Kingston highway.
Go west over the top of the ridge down to the east branch of Rondout Creek. On the climb of the east slope there are fine views back east over the lower hills of the Vernooy Creek valley to the long, massive ridge of Shawangunk. On the drop off westward, the high massif of Peekamoose, Slide, Cornell and other summits shoulders up to dwarf other features and this is one of the best long-distance views of them.
Continue down this narrow beautiful valley, dropping more than a thousand feet from the ridge; rugged, densely wooded country, with some high trees, and with a few weather-beaten buildings, along the East Branch road. The grades, says Mr. Cady, who came from Colorado, are reminiscent of the Rockies. Toward Sundown the valley widens and the road enters this small hamlet and passes the Methodist Church, where the road up the main Rondout turns right, east, to approaches to Peekamoose and the high summits of that region, and continues through the Gulf out to the Ashokan Reservoir.
Hemlock Bark Vats
The Long Path takes the road left, at the church, crosses the Rondout, to store and post office, and then turns right, uphill, on a road not much used, but kept open by the Conservation Department to fight fires in the forest preserve. In a mile pass house, drop to cross brook, and uphill another half-mile to fork. (This road is marked with double short dashes on Slide Mountain sheet.) Keep right, about three-quarter mile to an orchard on left, then about two miles to clearing and Red Hill Road. Then right and uphill another quarter-mile over the top of Red Hill (where there is a State forest fire observatory) to fork, house on left, barn in right, where turn left.
Then downhill about two miles, coming out on the east branch of Neversink Creek, at a wooden bridge, at what is left of Denning, formerly a busy hamlet in the old days of tanning with hemlock bark in the Catskills. Traces of the old vats are seen near the house of William Ertz. There is another Ertz above, says Mr. Cady; we know it, for he is a friend of Judge Harrington Putnam, president of the Fresh Air Club, and we spent a night there, before a climb of Peekamoose from the west, through Judge Harrington’s recommendation.
From Denning, climbers bound to Slide Mountain, go right, up the east branch and after two miles the dirt road peters out into an old bark road, marked as a yellow-blazed State trail going up to Winnisook Lodge and Slide Mountain. There is a State shelter one and one-half miles up this road, which may be used by hikers. About four miles from Denning, on the bark road a blue-blazed trail, formerly the Curtis Trail, marked by the Fresh Air Club, in memory of "Father Bill" Curtis, sports official, climbs Slide Mountain from the southwest, and in another mile and a half on this old road the red trail from Winnisook over Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg to Woodland Creek is reached. There is a shelter on the summit of Slide.
At Winnisook Lodge, the dirt road up the west branch of Neversink Creek is reached, and may be followed down, past Oliverea, along Esopus Creek, to where the Elk Bushkill comes in from west and where a red trail goes up to Eagle Mountain and down into Dry Brook Valley, rejoining Long Path at Seager, crossing at the top a blue trail north toward Belleayre Mountain fire tower (from which a red trail goes west to Hanley Corners on the Long Path) and down to Pine Hill on the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. Beyond Oliverea the Esopus Valley road goes to Big Indian railroad station.
The State shelter east of Denning is the only sure one for hikers going this way and on Saturday nights it is apt to be pre-empted by motor campers or trout fishermen, and as it is "first come, first served," one cannot be sure of. getting in, though if it is only a small party ahead of you, you can get usually under cover. By going three miles west to Claryville, however, one can find lodging in boarding houses there; in pre-prohibition days Ulster County, in which one end of the town lies, was dry and Sullivan County, in which the other end lies, was wet, and you could suit your inclinations as to which of the two houses you preferred.
New York Post, May 8, 1934
(Denning to Valley of Red Kill)2
By RAYMOND H. TORREY
In the last installment of the description of the Long Path of New York, based upon scouting data by W.W. Cady, the route was carried to Denning, on the East Branch of Neversink Creek, from which the direct path west is over Wild Cat Mountain into the valley of the West Branch of Neversink Creek. Mr. Cady also suggested alternative covering the high summits in the vicinity of Slide Mountain and northwest along the ridge between the valleys of Esopus Creek and Dry Brook. Of course, the Long Path, being at present a recommended way from New York to Lake Placid, is not a fixed trail, and one may cross the Catskills any way he knows and likes, on his way to Gilboa Dam, where the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club of Schenectady begins its work northward to the Adirondacks.
Mr. Cady carried his suggestions as to the high line route via Winnisook Lodge, down the road toward Big Indian and turning up the red trail along the Elk Bushkill, a tributary of the Esopus, to Eagle Mountain. He cites the State shelter on Shandaken Creek, on the way out to the yellow blazed Biscuit Creek-Dry Brook trail, the direct route of the Long Path; also the blue trail from the top of Eagle Mountain north over Haynes, Balsam and Belleayre Mountains and down to Pine Hill. Two other red trails cross the blue trail, one from Oliverea over into Rider Hollow and to Mapledale, the other up Lost Clove, south of Big Indian, and west to Hanley Corners, both entering the direct route of the Long Path, as later described.