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Adult Learning Summer Series: “Why Hike?”: Adventurous Outing and Discussion of Long-Distance Hikers at Minnewaska

Wednesday, August 14, 2024 09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Throughout modern history, people have used long-distance hiking as a form of leisure, exercise, personal fulfillment, and even political protest. Join Josh Grosse, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Environmental Educator, for an all day, eight-mile hike on a combination of gently sloping carriage roads and rugged footpaths. On this hike, we will discuss the lives and accomplishments of a few notable long-distance hikers, including John Burroughs, Grandma Gatewood, and Dr. John Francis. We will begin at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center and make our way down to the Upper Awosting Carriage Road. We will follow this until we intercept Blueberry Run Footpath, which we will take until we reach the iconic Castle Point. On our return trip, we will follow Castle Point Carriage Road until we meet the trailhead for Rainbow Falls Footpath, which will take us back to Upper Awosting Carriage Road. This section of trail includes some moderate rock scrambling. We will follow Upper Awosting Carriage Road back to the Visitor Center. Please note that this hike is intended for more experienced hikers, as the footpaths include some steep sections with tricky footing. Participants should come prepared with appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear, and plenty of water and food to sustain themselves. Meet at the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required by calling the Lake Minnewaska Visitor Center at 845-255-0752.

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