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MistressJenkins
03-07-2008, 23:40
I will be hiking NY beginning May 4 and am looking for a shuttle from NY 17A up to Hoyt Rd, CT to put together another piece of the AT pie.

There are three hikers... but we will cram into a small car if need be. This would be the beginning of the trip, so we won't even smell bad!

PLEASE let me know if you or someone you know are willing to help us out. I am NOT looking for a free ride! :) THANKS!

Feel free to PM me.

Strategic
03-09-2008, 12:05
There's a point you might want to consider rather than trying to shuttle all the way from Hoyt Rd. back to NY17a; using public transit to cut back on the shuttling distance. Both ends of your hike are readily accessible from good public transit.

At the NY17a end, you can take NJ Transit's 196/197 bus out of the NY Port Authority Bus Terminal (directly and easily reachable by subway if you're training or flying into NYC) and call for a flag stop just past Greenwood Lake at Kahn Rd. (only .2 from the trail crossing on NY17a.) I've used this one myself when hiking this section and it's works perfectly.

At the Hoyt Rd. end you will need a shuttle, but only for a relatively short distance, which is much easier to arrange. Just west on Rt.55 from where it joins Hoyt Rd. is Wingdale NY, where you can catch the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem line back to NYC.

This is actually a great way to access the trail here in the mid-Atlantic. It saves on driving (much easier if you don't know the area) and keeps shuttling to a minimum so that we don't overtax our trail angels and shuttle providers. I highly recommend this as a more responsible alternative.

Here are the links for the various transit entities and schedules involved:

New Jersey Transit (http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo)

NJ Transit Bus Route 196/197 schedule (http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1196.pdf) (warning: PDF file)

Metro-North Railroad (http://mta.info/mnr/index.html)

Harlem Line schedule (http://mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HAR_M_F_108.pdf) (warning: PDF file)

I know this isn't exactly what you asked for, but it never hurts to consider the alternatives.

Jason of the Woods
03-09-2008, 12:30
I'd say that you got everything from this post that you'll need. There's no since in me trying to help a fellow Illini! Happy hiking!
There's a point you might want to consider rather than trying to shuttle all the way from Hoyt Rd. back to NY17a; using public transit to cut back on the shuttling distance. Both ends of your hike are readily accessible from good public transit.

At the NY17a end, you can take NJ Transit's 196/197 bus out of the NY Port Authority Bus Terminal (directly and easily reachable by subway if you're training or flying into NYC) and call for a flag stop just past Greenwood Lake at Kahn Rd. (only .2 from the trail crossing on NY17a.) I've used this one myself when hiking this section and it's works perfectly.

At the Hoyt Rd. end you will need a shuttle, but only for a relatively short distance, which is much easier to arrange. Just west on Rt.55 from where it joins Hoyt Rd. is Wingdale NY, where you can catch the Metro-North Railroad's Harlem line back to NYC.

This is actually a great way to access the trail here in the mid-Atlantic. It saves on driving (much easier if you don't know the area) and keeps shuttling to a minimum so that we don't overtax our trail angels and shuttle providers. I highly recommend this as a more responsible alternative.

Here are the links for the various transit entities and schedules involved:

New Jersey Transit (http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo)

NJ Transit Bus Route 196/197 schedule (http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1196.pdf) (warning: PDF file)

Metro-North Railroad (http://mta.info/mnr/index.html)

Harlem Line schedule (http://mta.info/mnr/html/planning/schedules/pdf/HAR_M_F_108.pdf) (warning: PDF file)

I know this isn't exactly what you asked for, but it never hurts to consider the alternatives.

MistressJenkins
03-09-2008, 14:39
Do all of these apply if I'm coming from NYC? I will try to look at the schedules to figure this out! We will be driving from IL and public transportation is not my forte! :)

THanks... I will see what I can figure out... especially on a Sunday morning.

Jack Tarlin
03-09-2008, 14:42
You can also go to www.appalachiantrail.org which has a lengthy state-by-state listing of reliable shuttlers. I'd look at the NY/NJ listings and make a few calls to compare prices.

MistressJenkins
03-09-2008, 14:43
I have checked with AT website.... I found one guy in NJ... but don't want to make him drive LOTS... and a woman that was a bit expensive

Jason of the Woods
03-09-2008, 14:55
I would stick with the transit as much as possible. It's not that hared to navigate. Look for us coming north on the trail and say hi.;)

MistressJenkins
03-09-2008, 14:57
Thanks.... I'll keep an eye out!

Feral Bill
03-09-2008, 15:52
You might try this: Park at Greenwood Lake NY. New Jersey Transit Bus to Port Authority in Manhattan. Walk across town, <1/2mile, to Grand Central Station. Eat lunch from street venders along the way. (You've already had an adventure before even touching the trail) Catch the train to Wingdale. Get a cab to the trail. Walk back to car. If you need to shorten your trip, you can catch transit at several points back through the city to Greenwood Lake.

May I suggest West Mountain Lean to for the view?

Have a great trip.

Strategic
03-10-2008, 01:24
Do all of these apply if I'm coming from NYC? I will try to look at the schedules to figure this out! We will be driving from IL and public transportation is not my forte! :)

THanks... I will see what I can figure out... especially on a Sunday morning.

These all apply very nicely from NYC, as that's the real transportation hub of the entire area. Both the NJ Transit bus on NY17a and the Metro-North trains originate there. I had thought from your question that you were NOBO, but it works even better if you're SOBO.

If you're driving from IL, you can do as Feral Bill suggests, parking near the trail crossing on NY17a at the Kahn Rd. junction. There's an ice cream stand there that has a good rep with hikers and might let you leave your car there if you talk to them ahead of time. They're listed in Wingfoot and the official NY trailguide book. You can also park just the other side of the trail crossing on the old parts of NY17a (it's now called Continental Rd.) though this is obviously not as well watched as a parking lot (though I've never heard of any problems there.) From there, you'd take the NJT 196/197 bus in to NYC and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Then it is an easy walk (five blocks) along 42nd street to Grand Central Terminal to catch the Metro-North Harlem line up to Wingdale. From there you'll be able to catch a cab (as Bill says) to the trailhead on Hoyt Rd. (it's a commuter station, so cabs are available or can be easily called.) Then you'll be able to get directly to your car at the end of your hike and no shuttles will be needed.

You might also consider just taking Amtrak from Chicago to NYC and going car-less entirely. That makes the whole thing even easier, and it won't really take any longer than driving. The Cardinal/Hoosier State train is the best for the Chicago-NYC run and it will drop you at Penn Station in NYC, which is also close to the other two stations I mentioned above.

Hope this clarifies things a bit.

Good luck on the trip and the hike. I might even be ending at NY17a around the same time if my planning holds up, as I'm looking to finish NJ this year and need to do the sections from Culver's Gap to NY17a.

Strategic
03-10-2008, 01:30
BTW, if you'd like to see a recent account of the hike between NY17a and Bear Mountain Bridge, take a look at my Trailjournal link. I did the southern part in 2006 and the rest in 2007.

rafe
03-10-2008, 08:53
Photos and journal of a September 2006 hike from Bear Mtn. bridge to Lehigh Gap here (http://www.terrapinphoto.com/cpg143/thumbnails.php?album=6).

Rambler
03-15-2008, 11:58
As I just wrote in another post, there is metered long-term parking in Pawling at the RR station in the center of town. You need small bills and/or change, but it only costs a few $$ (eg $10 or so for 8 days) Three mile from the AT. The next stop on the train is the AT Station, but the train only stops there on week-ends.

Painted Turtle
03-15-2008, 12:34
If you need a ride contact me directly. We can work out the details. I do not charge. I have a two stage system. The first is Barter. A ride for a ride. If that does not work then we try the two car swap system. If that fails just put some gas in the car.