View Full Version : Fingerboard shelter report

08-18-2013, 11:22
Stopped at fingerboard for lunch on the way from bald rock shelter, before taking the AT back to car at elk pen. The log book is full, roof seems to be in good shape, no food box, trash in both fireplaces, didn't walk down to spring source, but given that its August, doubtful it was flowing, tank up at surebridge brook if going NOBO, pretty area, lots of places to camp out near the shelter area, but no water and no privies, the bane of Harriman shelters!!
Some pics:

The Greenman
08-18-2013, 11:57
Being from "around these parts" you probably know as well as I do, that maintaining these shelters just a short drive north of NYC can be challenging - to say the least! The NY/NJ trail Conference volunteers certainly have their work cut out for them. Have passed through this area many times in the past to find shelters/facilities trashed etc.

08-18-2013, 12:18
Its one of those shelters that probably get soo much traffic, being dayhikers and backpackers..a shame because it would be a nice shelter, but logistically probably one the most difficult to maintain

08-18-2013, 12:38
Its one of those shelters that probably get soo much traffic, being dayhikers and backpackers..a shame because it would be a nice shelter, but logistically probably one the most difficult to maintain it is a nice shelter and its usually pretty clean

08-18-2013, 13:29
I was at the Wildcat Shelter last week ,and must say the access trail is better in the sense you arent trampling through the water source anymore, but it was a MESS! i packed out as much garbage in my pack as I could and it was still a wreck

08-18-2013, 18:00
Thanks for the report. I will be heading there in Sept. Was there last year. Nice grounds and a lot of tent sites. Heading to West Mountain shelter next weekend. Always some sort of mess going on up there. But I will report back and let folks who may be interested.

03-02-2017, 19:14
Stopped by Fingerboard on 2-23-17.
New roof installed.

03-04-2017, 21:46
Celebrated my Presidents Day at the Fingerboard Shelter...




View from inside the shelter...

Looking up at the Fingerboard shelter from down at the watering hole...

Picked out a plot for my personal shelter. Plenty of snow upon arrival...

Several hours of 50+ degree weather and voila, no more snow...


The snow melt making the Fingerboard spring great again...



05-08-2017, 20:00
FYI, a bear was spotted on 2 different incidents on the weekend of May 5th. Once on the trail heading almost towards the shelter and another at the shelter itself when hikers were there. Bear was not easily deterred and hikers moved along.

05-22-2017, 08:34
An another Fingerboard report:
I stayed there Sat, May 20th, 2017. The shelter was full of boyscouts, backpackers, and a group of Army soldiers (30+ people). Everyone hung there food (no bear boxes, but there should be) and trash was picked up. Around 4am a bear came in the shelter area, climbed a tree and stole my bear bag. We tried to scare it off, but it wasn't phased. I lost the bag which contained all my food, cook set, stove, etc. It came back around 1 hour later and was searching the area again, walking within a foot of a hammock camper and wasn't phased by humans. This is a problematic bear and I will be calling Harriman State Park today to report it. According to the shelter log, this has been happening regularly for a few weeks. One women in the log recorded the bear walking up to her at the shelter while she was packing and took the food bag that was sitting with her other gear. Be warned and if possible, avoid Fingerboard until this bear is relocated.

02-20-2018, 13:43
Any update on the bear issue at Fingerboard?

04-16-2019, 21:33
Hi All,

Any 2019 intel on whether there have been any reports of problem bears around Fingerboard?

I'm going to be hiking from Bear Mountain to DWG next month, and am hoping to stay at this shelter.


Teacher & Snacktime
04-17-2019, 16:35
I stayed there last Thursday....no indication of a bear. Hung our food a good distance, but saw no evidence of it being bothered.