The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 74-mile hiking trail that crosses the entire length of the Shawangunk ridgeline, from High Point State Park in New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends at a restored railroad trestle high above the Rondout Creek.
Along the way, the SRT passes through rolling hills covered in hardwood forests, Southern New York’s largest wetlands, rare dwarf pine barrens, sky lakes, waterfalls, and the distinctive white quartzite conglomerate cliffs of the Shawangunk mountains, which were uplifted almost three hundred million years ago.
From vantage points in these mountains, some 2,000 feet above the Hudson Valley, you’ll experience views that cover five states and reach more than 100 miles on a clear day. Because of its scenic beauty and rare ecosystems, the Nature Conservancy has identified this ridgeline as “one of Earth’s last great places.”
New York's biggest parks, the Catskills, Adirondacks, and Harriman, were created by acts of government during the 19th or early 20th century. In contrast, the Shawangunk Ridgeline has been preserved parcel by parcel, in just the last few decades, thanks to the work of the Open Space Institute, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and other private entities. The SRT was created and is maintained by the Trail Conference and its volunteers. Many portions of the ridgeline are yet threatened with development. We encourage you to make a voluntary donation to the Trail Conference to support future preservation activities along the Shawangunk Ridgeline.
We created this event to celebrate the preservation of the Shawangunk Mountains, or the “Gunks” as they are also called, and to encourage people to come out and experience the beauty of this unique ridgeline.
Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run/Hike includes three separate divisions, which are designed to appeal to athletes with a range of abilities, including both hikers and runners.
The event has multiple checkpoints to ensure participant safety, but it is unsupported: you must bring your own food and water filter (or other water purification technology)
The trail is well blazed, but there will be no supplemental markings. Runners in particular must pay attention to blazes to avoid missing a turn. No navigational skills are required, but for back up we will provide Trail Conference maps and map apps for download to Android and iPhones.
Please note, once registered, there are no cancellations or refunds.
Local time: 8:02 AM