The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 70-mile hiking trail that traverses 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 just beyond 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 four separate divisions, which are designed to appeal to athletes with a range of abilities, including both hikers and runners.
For more information, including participant guide, rules, and information on the SRT, please visit the event website http://www.srtrunhike.com
Start Lines & Times
Race start: 6:30pm, Friday, Sep 16th
Start Location: High Point State Park, NJ
Shuttle bus leaves Rosendale: 4:30pm
Race start: 6:00am, Saturday, Sep 17th
Start Location: Haven Rd, Wurtsboro, NY
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 4:15am
Race start: 9:00am, Saturday, Sep 17th
Start Location: Sam's Point Preserve Visitors Center, Cragsmoor, NY
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 7:45am
Race start: 10:00am, Saturday, Sep 17th
Start Location: Peter's Kill Area, Minnewaska State Park
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 9:00am
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 special navigational skills are required, but we recommend you download the Trail Conference's free map app (http://www.nynjtc.org/pdfmaps) for your Android or iPhone and then download the free "Shawangunk Ridge Trail" map.
Be advised this is a rugged hiking trail that traverses a wide variety of terrain. Some sections are rocky, with difficult footing, squeezes, or scrambles.
Parking at the start points is not permitted for any of the distances. During registration you can purchase a shuttle ticket from the finish line parking area to the start point, or you may arrange on your own to be dropped off at the start
Once registered, there are no cancellations or refunds.
Event parking is at the finish line only (at Binnewater Kiln in Rosendale).
Local time: 2:54 AM
IMPORTANT: Unless you're being dropped off by a friend or family member at your respective start line, you'll need to ride our shuttle bus. If that's the case with you, don't forget to add a Shuttle Bus ticket during the checkout process.