Today I finished hiking all marked trails in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park, something I’ve been working on for years! Since I started, I’ve come to know the park like the back of my hand. And believe it or not, I now have the entire trail system memorized, along with all points of interest along the trails.
There are over 200 miles of marked trails in the park, but I hiked a lot more than that because I’ve done many loops, retracing my steps many times over the years. I must have hiked thousands of miles in the park altogether. I’m excited to revisit some of my favorite areas now that I am free to hike wherever I please instead of being limited to covering unseen trails.
Many of you are probably wondering what’s next for me. Well, I’ve covered all the marked trails but there are still many unmarked trails and woods roads in the park. My next Harriman hikes will take me through those areas I have yet to see. Eventually, I’ll most likely cover every unmarked trail and road that exists in Harriman. That could take another year to complete because the network of woods roads is very extensive, especially in the southeast.
I also would love to begin redlining other parks, and will probably stick with places close to home. I’ll most likely set a goal to finish two major state parks in 2020.
I know a lot of you were unable to come today or were turned off by the cold temps, but thanks to the few of you who were able to join me today. And to those who couldn’t make it, we’ll hike again soon. I’m looking forward to more hikes in the future with faces old and new.