The Long Brown Path New York Post, March 27, 1934




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By RAYMOND H. TORREY

The Long Path of New York, from George Washington Bridge, New York City, to the northern Adirondacks, as scouted and described by W.W. Cady of New York and Vincent J. Schaefer of Schenectady, now approaches its northern terminus, in another installment by Mr. Schaefer, who will bring his account to the present terminus at Lake Clear of Heart next week. Mr. Cady has assembled clippings from the POST and manifold inserts, and will supply them for about cost, to any who will address him at 438 West Fifty-seventh Street. These will perhaps serve any hikers interested in following parts of the trail this year, and eventually some other form of publication may be possible.

Mr. Schaefer's description carried the L.P-N.Y. last Tuesday to the Great Range, between Mount Marcy and Haystack, and he suggested side trips over the high trails in his region. His account continues:
See Sunrise From the Gothics

“By following the Range Trail in the Marcy country, the Long Path of New York takes the climber through some of the choice spots of the high peaks.

“If the night is spent in Gothics lean-to, a trip to the summit of Gothics to see the sunrise will be worth the effort. The Long Path route continues from Gothics lean-to, situated in the col between Saddleback and heads east to the first summit, then veers northeast to the high summit of Gothics (4,738 feet), a total distance of a half (mountain) mile. The Blue Trail is left at Gothics lean-to, where it heads north-northeast to Johns Brook, 1,800 feet lower in the valley, following Ore Bed Brook.

“Heading over Gothics an Adirondack Mountain Club trail is followed. Three-quarters of a mile beyond the high summit of Armstrong Mountain is reached (4,425 feet). Continuing northeast a half mile, the saddle between Upper and Lower Wolf Jaws finds a crossroad in the wilderness. Northeast the W.A. White Trail goes over the Lower Wolf Jaws, Hedgehog Mountain and down the slopes of Snow Mountain to Keene Valley, at a point a mile and a three-quarters south of the post office.

“Southeast a trail heads down the mountain to the Ausable River by way of Wedge Brook.
Johns Brook Lodge

“The Long Path heads southwest at the crossways, still following the Adk. M. C. trail for a distance of about two miles to John Brook lodge, which is maintained by the Adirondack Mountain Club, and where for reasonable fees food and lodging may be had.

“Our route now turns southwest and follows Johns Brook back toward the high summits in a gradual climb along the tumbling waters. Our trail leads onto Bushnell Falls Camp, an open lean-to maintained by the State, located a mile and a half from Johns Brook Lodge on the yellow-blazed trail.

“The Long Path continues on the yellow trail and after climbing for two miles intersects the famous Van Hoevenburg Trail from Lake Clear of Heart, a blue trail of the conservation department swinging southeast for a half mile, Plateau Camp, an open lean-to, is reached. Unless the tramper feels capable of spending the night on the windy summit of Marcy, or of crossing the summit to the other side, use of this camp should be made.


Leave Wood for Next Fellow

“As in many parts of the high peaks country good firewood is not plentiful, so that care should be exercised in conserving the supply at all of the open camps.

"An unwritten law among the high peaks is that every camper provides wood for the next fellow, in condition to use in sudden emergency.

''From Plateau Camp to the summit of Marcy or Tahawus (5,344 feet), a distance of three-quarters of a mile, the trail winds through an interesting mass of sub-alpine flora. Along the shores of a tiny bog just below timberline (low on Marcy because of the terrific winds at certain times of the year), many interesting plants will be found growing. Cairns mark the trail, which is easily followed to the summit.

“On the summit of the highest point in New York State the follower of the Long Path of New York can, if the day is clear, look back over more than fifty of the miles which have passed under his feet since leaving Crane Mountain.

“Although there is a rude stone shelter on top of Marcy, the hiker should plan to stop at either Plateau Camp, northeast of the summit, or at one of a number in the country ahead.


To Four Corners Camp

“A yellow trail heads southwest from the summit and continues for three-quarters of a mile to Four Corners Camp. At this point the trail from Panther Gorge intersects the one from Marcy and continues west to the Opalescent River. A side jaunt to the summit of Mount Skylight (4,925 feet) will be an hour well spent and will afford an excellent rear view of Marcy, Haystack and Panther Gorge.

“If time permits the following of the loop from Panther Gorge over Haystack and the Range Trail and back by way of Johns Brook, the hiker can feel assured that he has seen many of the finest parts of the high peak country available to the tramper.

"If time presses, short cuts can be made at many points Reaching Johns Brook from the Range Trail, a fast trip out can be made by way of Railroad Notch to Adirondack Lodge (Loj), by way of Johns Brook to Keene Valley, where auto lifts can be made secured to bus and train routes.

The hiker camped at Four Corners, Feldspar, Panther Gorge, Uphill Brook or Lake Colden is in the midst of a hiker’s paradise. Every type of wilderness activity that appeals to the true outdoorsman can be found. Fishing, swimming, rock climbing, photography, nature study and exploring here have ideal settings.”
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New York Post, August 14, 1934
(Four Corners Camp to Lake Clear of Heart)

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New York Post, August 21, 1934
(Extensions of LP-NY)


By RAYMOND H. TORREY

Vincent Schaefer of the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club, who carried the Long Path of New York to its present northern terminus at Lake Clear of Heart last week, suggests a few side trails and extensions in the northern Adirondacks.

One is a route northeast through “the Gulf” between Bald and Black Mountains and then over Pokamoonshine and Sugarloaf Mountains to Essex station, on the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, and the ferry to Burlington, Vt., where the Long Trail of the Green Mountain Club could be reached at Bolton and followed south, connecting with the Appalachian Trail at Rutland, or north, to the Quebec line.
Over Wallface Mountain

“Perhaps the most interesting route,” says Mr. Schaefer, “if the hiker on reaching Adirondack Loj (at Lake Clear of Heart) with plenty of time and a continued thirst after more woodland and mountain trails would be to load up on provisions and take the Northville-Lake Placid Trail to the south.

“A fine route to follow to connect with this trail would be to head southwest from Lake Clear into Indian Pass and then by compass up the south shoulder of Wallface to connect with the Red Trail from Lake Henderson to the Preston Pond. Such a short cut should not be attempted by any save expert woodsmen, as the going is rough and wild.

“Reaching Preston Pond the Red Trail is followed to the intersection with the blue-marked Northville-Placid trail near Mountain Pond. Just beyond the Duck Hole a trail (blue) from Lake Sanford and Mount Santanoni will be seen coming in from the south.

“Heading southwest down Cold River the trail follows that stream to the lower end of Long Lake. The eastern shore of Long Lake is followed past Mount Kempshall (3,360 feet) and then over a new section of trail to Tirrell Pond. The route continues through wild country, crosses the State road and plunges into one of the wildest parts of the Adirondacks, in the vicinity of the Cedar and West Canada lakes. It reaches civilization at Piseco but leaves it again to head into the mountains drained by the west branch of the Sacandaga River, past Silver Lake. The trail emerges from the mountains by way of Benson and ends at Northville at the head of the great Sacandaga Reservoir.

The Northville Lake Placid Trail, which was first opened up by the Adirondacks Mountain Club and the Conservation Department, is well worth travel.


Extensions of L.P.-N.Y.

“It would be the recommendation of this writer that for some years the name the Long Path of New York terminate at Lake Clear of Heart, with the additional route of the Northville Lake Placid Trail as a continuation if the tramper desires to see additional Adirondacks country.

“Connecting routes between the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path have been suggested, one running from Mount Greylock over the Taconics, Mount Rafinesque and Saratoga to join the L.P.-N.Y. at Mount Pleasant on the Kayaderosseras Range.

“Several possibilities suggest themselves as eventual extensions of the Long Path of New York from Lake Clear of Heart at Adirondack Loj. A northern route might be followed, going by way of Lake Placid, Silver Lake and the Chateaugay Lakes into Canada, possibly as far as the Laurentians. Several areas of relatively uninteresting, flat country make such a route seem impractical.

“A western or northwestern route would lead past the Saranacs and Tupper and Cranberry Lake toward the Thousand Islands, but would not reveal much that would repay the effort needed to scout and maintain a route in that section. Many difficulties would be manifest since so much of that area is privately owned and closed to the public.

“An eastern or northeastern extension seems the most practicable. Leaving Lake Clear of Heart the trail would climb over Mount Van Hoevenburg to descend along side the bob run and there cross the State road past Cascade Lake to head into the Sentinel Range to emerge at Jay or Upper Jay.


Southern Extensions

“Another route in the south, suggested by Major W.A. Welch, general manager of the Palisades Interstate Park, would run from High Point State Park on Kittatinny Mountain in New Jersey, to the Long Path where it crosses the Shawangunks in the vicinity of Sam’s Point, where W.W. Cady is now investigating for possible relocation of the route as earlier suggested, as well as a route from the Northern Highlands of the Hudson, via Schunemunk Mountain, to the Shawangunks.

“A route up the eastern side of the Catskills to cross Black Dome or some of the other northeastern Catskill peaks could join the L.P.-N.Y. at the Witches Hole in the Helderbergs and provide an interesting way for hikers in the mid-Hudson district to join the main route.

“In a concluding installment next week the writer will outline suggested menus and outfit for a tramp over the Long Path or any other part of our wild out of doors. The finest time of the year is ahead. Cold nights for comfortable sleeping, clear days, crispy air, colored foliage, and no bugs.”


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New York Post, August 28, 1934
(Distance Tables 1)


By RAYMOND H. TORREY

After the conclusion of his description of the northern part of the Long Path of New York, at Lake Clear of Heart, with side trips in the northern Adirondacks, Vincent J. Schaefer of the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club of Schenectady, has compiled tables of mileages and maps which offer an interesting summary of the project. He has followed W.W. Cady’s description, from the Hudson Highlands, but started at Popolopen Creek in Bear Mountain Park.

He has not included at least fifty miles, from George Washington Bridge, via the Palisades, Hook Mountain, the Ramapo Rampart and Interstate Park trails to Bear Mountain, which would have to be added for a complete mileage from New York to Lake Placid. His use of Mr. Cady's preliminary route must be conditioned on the fact that the New York City scout is considering relocation of his route across the lowlands of Orange County, perhaps to include Schunemunk Mountain, as suggested by Alexander Jessup. But Mr. Schaefer's compilation is useful at showing the general route and scope of the Long Path and we give it here, for the information of hikers interested:
Bear Mountain-Shawangunk Kill

Forty-two miles; West Point, Schunemunk, Newburgh, Ellenville United States Geological Survey maps.




Bear Mountain (Popolopen Creek)-The Torne ……………...

.50





The Torne-Highland Falls ……..

3.75

4.25

Highland Falls-Fort Putnam …...

2.00

6.25

Fort Putnam-Crows’ Nest ……..

2.50

8.75

Crows’ Nest-Cornwall ………...

4.50

13.25

Cornwall-Orrs Mills …………...

1.25

14.50

Orrs Mills-Vails Gate ………….

1.50

16.00

Vails Gate-Washington Square ..

4.00

20.00

Washington Sq.-E. Coldenham ..

4.00

24.00

East Coldenham-Coldenham …..

2.50

26.50

Coldenham-Montgomery ……...

4.25

30.75

Montgomery-Bullville …………

7.25

38.00

Bullville-Shawangunk Kill …….

4.00

42.00


Shawangunk Kill-Gilboa

Ninety-seven miles; Ellenville, Slide Mountain, Phoenicia, Margaretville, Hobart, Gilboa U.S.G.S. maps.




Shawangunk Kill-Shawangunk Ridge …………………………..

1.50





Shawangunk Ridge-Roosa Gap .

3.00

4.50

Roosa Gap-Ulster County line ...

4.00

8.50

County line-Sam’s Point ………

4.00

12.50

Sam’s Point-Mud Pond ………..

3.00

15.50

Mud Pond-Hamilton Point …….

3.00

18.50

Hamilton Point-Lake Minnewaska …………………………..

3.00



21.50

Lake Minnewaska-Stony Creek .

3.75

25.25

Stony Creek-Rondout Creek …..

3.75

29.00

Rondout Creek-Brownville ……

4.50

33.50

Brownville-Sholam ……………

2.75

36.25

Sholam-Yagerville …………….

2.00

38.25

Yagerville-Sundown …………..

7.00

45.25

Sundown-Denning ……………..

6.75

52.00

Denning-Frost Valley ………….

3.25

55.25

Frost Valley-The Branch ………

2.75

58.00

The Branch-Biscuit Creek ……..

1.00

59.00

Biscuit Creek-Seager …………..

6.00

65.00

Seager-Dry Brook ……………..

3.75

68.75

Dry Brook-Hanley Corner ……..

2.25

71.00

Hanley Corner-Red Kill ……….

2.50

73.50

Red Kill-Denver Road …………

3.00

76.50

Denver Road-Batavia Kill ……..

4.50

81.00

Batavia Kill-Vega ……………...

1.00

82.00

Vega-Round Top ………………

3.75

85.75

Round Top-Prattsville …………

5.00

90.75

Prattsville-Schoharie Co. line ....

3.00

93.75

County line-Manorkill Falls …...

2.00

95.75

Manorkill Falls-Gilboa ………...

1.25

97.00


Gilboa-Helderhills Leanto

Sixty miles; Gilboa, Schoharie, Berne U.S.G.S. maps.




Gilboa-Platterkill ………………

1.00




Platterkill-No. Blenheim Rd. ......

3.00

4.00

N. Blenheim Rd-Safford Mt. Rd.

3.75

7.75

Safford Mt. Rd-Keyser Kill Falls

3.25

11.00

Keyser Kill Falls-Breakabeen Bridge ………………………….

2.00

13.00


Breakabeen Bridge-Boucks Falls

1.00

14.00

Boucks Falls-Fultonham Hill Road …………………………...

2.25

16.25


Fultonham Hill Rd.-North Fork .

2.25

18.50

North Fork-Patria Road ……….

1.50

20.00

* Patria Road-Vromans Nose .....

3.50

23.50

* Vromans Nose-Middleburgh ...

1.50

25.00

Middleburgh-Dutch Billy’s Hill .

5.00

30.00

* Dutch Billy’s Hill-County line

4.00

34.00

* County line-Hemlock Hollow .

4.25

38.25

Hemlock Hollow-Switzkill ……

2.25

40.50

Switzkill-East Berne Road …….

2.00

42.50

East Berne Road-Swamp of

Angelwings ……………………


1.00

43.50


Swamp of Angelwings-Fox Kill

1.25

44.75

* Fox Kill-Helderberg P.O. ….. .

3.00

47.75

* Helderberg P.O.-Witches Hole

.25

48.00

* # Witches Hole-Helderberg Lean-to ………………………...

.75

48.75


# Helderberg Lean-to-Indian Ladder………………………….

.25

49.00


Indian Ladder-Ladder Road …..

.50

49.50

Ladder Road-Fat Man’s Misery.

.75

50.25

Fat Man’s Misery-Sutphen’s Sink ……………………………

1.25

51.50


Sutphen’s Sink-High Point …….

.75

52.25

High Point-State Road …………

2.00

54.25

State Road-Spooky Hollow ……

1.50

55.75

*# Spooky Hollow-Helderhills Leanto …………………………

4.25

60.00


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