Day 103 William Brien Mem Shelter to Hudson River, Fort Montgomery, NY (10.2 miles) 1403.8 miles total
It poured rain last night. Quit about 6AM. Tent still amazes me in ability to keep rain out. Thanks Big Agnes! Just a bit of dampness from floor. Tenting on bare dirt is not good in rain. Bed of leaves or pine needles soak up water.
Tented a couple of miles from lake below.
Can’t be more than 30 miles from NYC. I’d guess closer to 20. This pic is looking toward NYC. Anyone else surprised at this amount of wilderness so close to the city?
Just crossed West Mtn (elev 1137). From here we go down to Seven Lakes Dr (down 500 ft in 1.1 mile) and then 2.4 miles up to Bear Mtn (elev 1305). It’s the peak on left. If you zoom in you can see Perkins Memorial Tower.
This morning was a tough climb. Took me 3 hrs to do what normally takes 2. Probably combination of difficulty, wet rocks, and I sucked. Needless to say I’m not look forward to this.
Hudson River flowing to NYC.
Bear Mtn climb turned out to be like a superhighway! Apparently a big tourist thing so most of hike up was wide and groomed trail. If the entire AT was like this I’d have been finished a month ago.
Fort Montgomery is the town below on Hudson.
This bear has taken over a shelter along trail!
The trail goes right through a small zoo. That shelter belongs to the bear. Looks pretty comfy! The bear enclosure is the lowest point on the AT at 177 ft.
Rained a bit after I got to motel. Thundershowers expected next 2 days. We’ll see.