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Hi Folks,

I was up in Sloatsburg today on business, and took a drive up Seven Lakes Drive.  Checked out a couple of trailheads, out of curiosity.  Haven't hiked in that area, I usually travel due north from NYC (eg Maine).  Thinking about doing a weekend, maybe starting on the Pine Meadow Lake Trail.  The rules seem to be a little unclear about camping.  I read that it is prohibited except on the AT (with limitations) and at other "designated sites".  But I have also been told that people camp all over the place in Harriman, without problems.  (And I did see some rather, um, scraggly looking people dragging sleeping bags out from the trail behind the visitors' center).  

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at a shelter or within 300 feet of one is the rule for Harriman. Who follows it? Nobody. If you decide to guerilla camp make sure its hidden from the trail pretty good.

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I love Harriman. Nice place, close to city, for a simple over nighter or muti-day trips. Nothing really killer challenging, but enough to keep it interesting.

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if you scroll down in this section I recently did a trip on the Pine meadow trail..you can read about it and see some pictures..great time!! Its backpacking Harriman June 8-9

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at a shelter or within 300 feet of one is the rule for Harriman. Who follows it? Nobody. If you decide to guerilla camp make sure its hidden from the trail pretty good.

Thanks for the reply.  I guess that kind of leaves me wondering, though -- if nobody follows the "rule"... why the need to stealth camp?
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if you scroll down in this section I recently did a trip on the Pine meadow trail..you can read about it and see some pictures..great time!! Its backpacking Harriman June 8-9

Thanks, that's a nice trip report.  I assume you had no problems setting up camp there next to the lake (e.g., no one told you you couldn't do that)?
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at a shelter or within 300 feet of one is the rule for Harriman. Who follows it? Nobody. If you decide to guerilla camp make sure its hidden from the trail pretty good.

Thanks for the reply. I guess that kind of leaves me wondering, though -- if nobody follows the "rule"... why the need to stealth camp?

Just in case a Park Ranger should do a blue moon night hike check. I never saw one but ya never know.

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No. It was already a campsite..meaning I didn't make that fire ring. I have been all over Harriman over the last 3 or 4 years and never had any problems. I wouldn't camp too close to the trail anyway..I kinda like privacy and wouldn't want people walking past me while I camped.

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According to a few people that work at Harriman/Bear Mountain state park, not rangers just park workers, your technically supposed to stay within 500 feet of the shelter. However I've also been told by the same set of people that Rangers are not out enforcing these rules 24/7. I personally have only come across Rangers in the park once in the 5 years that I've been hiking up there. Your also not supposed to go off trail and bushwhack in the park.

Generally speaking if there is an established site that I want to stay at, and I have most of the non-shelter sites marked on my map at this point, I will plan to get there within 2 hours of sundown. It just helps to not draw attention to yourself.

I also agree with GottaGamble, I wouldn't stay to close to the trail, mainly because who wants to have a bunch of people walking super close to your site while your having breakfast!

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The rules are for 'them' that don't know how to show a park a little respect.

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Hi...


Hope y'all enjoy your hiking and camping there.

NOTE: that is one of the areas in NY where deer ticks can be quite common. Please be careful.
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