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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3 edition (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581571909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581571905
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.2 x 2.3 cm

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One hike down (kind of), and not impressed 20 July 2014
By D. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure -- my negative review comes solely from my experience with hike #23. As far as I know, the other ones are incredibly good, but given the wretched description of #23 I'm not sure I am inclined to find out.

Let's start with the few positives: (1) Driving directions. Good description of how to drive to the parking lot. (2) Directions from the parking lot to the trail's beginning. Found that easily; no problem. (3) Beginning of hike description. Good to go for the first 1.5mi of hike.

Now for the negatives: (1) Incorrect description of trail marking. On pg. 152, the description reads, "you'll come to a junction with the blue-on-white-blazed Timp-Torne Trail..." Wrong. There is a blue-blaze rectangle there, but if you'll die there before you find blue-on-white because it does not exist. (2) Awful description of a crucial juncture. At the place erroneously described above, the book advises you to "turn right...follow the co-aligend Timp-Torne/1777/1779 Trails". Here's the problem -- at that point there are prominent TT/1777/1779 signs leading straight, and the terrain of the trail indicates that it runs straight. IF you somehow, magically knew to veer off the trail despite what the signs are telling you and go ~1/4mi right, then you would see the identical TT/1777/1779 signs. How these two trails can both be valid is beyond me, but this brings me to my 3rd negative. (3) Failing to make a big deal out of impossibly confusing situations. Given the above, you would think that the author would dedicate some space to ensuring you don't continue along the path that comports with the trail's markings and terrain. Nope. Instead, you get a paragraph describing the history of the footbridge that you are supposed to cross after a descent. Interesting? Yes. Important? No, particularly given how vital that unmarked turn is to successful completion of the trail. (4) Zero backstops. Absolutely nothing like "if you see/come to 'x', you're doing it wrong...." These are very useful for any trail/hike description, but invaluable for trails as confusing as #23. (5) I'm nit-picking here, but the author also failed to mention that the parking lot is only open 9-5, and closed on Sun. Wasn't a huge deal because we found a place to park elsewhere, but would have certainly been helpful to know in planning the trip.

In sum, after 1.5mi, my wife and I followed the inaccurately described markings and hiked about 2mi afield. Notably, there was a bridge further down that we crossed (yes, along the marked TT/1777/1779 markings) before continuing to become even more lost. This could have been easily prevented, if the author remedied 1-4 of my negative comments. If we try another hike, I will update this rating. But, for now I cannot recommend this book to anyone.
An awesome curated tour of the area 10 Nov 2014
By Andy Cogbill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This guy really knows his hikes. I've completed about a half dozen of them at this point -- mostly in the New Paltz, Hudson Highlands and Fahnestock areas -- and I am really impressed with his curation of interesting and varying-difficulty walks that feel surprisingly different from the ~100 hikes I've taken in the area by picking a trailhead myself. This really is a list of the area's best, and the instructions and maps have been very clear and accurate. Couldn't recommend more highly as far as hiking guides go.
great guide 1 Oct 2014
By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a number of my students and friends on a late September hike to the Verkeerder Kills Falls Loop (hike #34). The driving directions, parking, trails and views were all incredibly accurate.

I'll be running several more hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley throughout the fall and winter and will continue to use this guide. It's well written and a great value.
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