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Sleeping with the Witch Backpack/Basecamp

Date and Time

Saturday, May 29, 2021 - Monday, May 31, 2021


Ellenville, NY,
New York, Hudson River Valley,


Registration is required for this activity.


This Memorial Day Weekend, we'll basecamp in the Witch's Hole State Forest, the most remote and wild section of the Shawangunk Ridge. From here, we'll day hike into Minnewaska State Park and Sam's Point Preserve. Total mileage will be about 24 miles. The strenuous backpack to basecamp will be 3 to 4 miles up a very long ascent totaling about 2000+ feet. Three day hikes will range from 3.5 miles to 9 miles RT. No camp fires will be allowed. We'll practice Leave-No-Trace principles in this pristine forest. This trip is for 3-season backpackers with recent experience. Beginners with considerable recent day hiking experience, in good physical shape and with all necessary gear can also apply. Go to the gear lists on the Backpacking pages of Group size is limited to 8. Joint with ADK.

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Driving Directions

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To be given to participants prior to meeting date

Shawangunk stream first day of Spring



Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey






Adults (18+)


(best time to call: NCA after 9 PM)

I've led outings since the late 1970s for 5 outdoors clubs. Currently, I'm leading for Appalachian Mtn. Club, Adirondack Mtn. Club & the Mohonk Preserve. These outings have included day hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, x-c skiing, cabin trips, day paddles and paddling/camping trips by canoe or kayak. I particularly enjoy leading overnights.