Long Path Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"One of the newest state parks in the New York park system, Schunemunk Mountain and its more than 2000 acres were saved from future development and opened to the public in 2004. Comprised of conglomerate rock and ridges reaching nearly 1700 feet, this park offers some of the most challenging hikes in the region. Stretching for 326 miles from the George Washington Bridge north to Albany, the Long Path was the vision of Vincent Schaefer, who proposed a trail for New York state similar to Vermont’s Long Trail. Present in many parks mentioned throughout this book, the Long Path travels across gentle valleys to high ridges with miles of natural beauty along the way. This hike is appropriate for only the fittest of dogs and humans, and should not be traveled during warm summer days as water is not readily present for canine swimming. Also note that while most of the mountain is closed to hunters year-round, western sections of the Long Path do travel through ground open to hunting at various times of year. The hike may be pursued as either an overnight hike utilizing camp areas on the mountain near the Hil-Mar Lodge, or as a shuttle hike."