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Lake Askoti - Fingerboard Shelter Circular

Total Distance: 6.2 miles (1,120'+ total elevation gain)
Difficulty: Medium +
Estimated hiking time: 4 hours

From the northwest corner of the parking lot take the Long Path (blue) westward (Lake Skannatati will be on your left!).. The trail will merge on a roadway with the Dunning Trail (yellow). Turn left onto the combined trail. In a short distance they split. Continue on the Long Path.

When you reach "Times Square" (a large rock with "Times Square" painted on it) you will be at an intersection of the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail (red blazes), the Long Path and the Arden-Surebridge trail (ASB, red blazes). While facing Times Square (the painted large rock), follow the arrows to make a left onto the RD (you will be heading northward).

The Appalachian Trail (white blazes) will merge with the RD. Soon afterwards make a right onto the Hurst trail (blue blazes). Fingerboard Shelter will be on your left as you descend.

Just before Seven Lakes Drive make a very hard right onto a woods road. Take the woods road until you intersect the ASB trail. Make a left onto the ASBand take it back to the parking area.

References: NY-NJ Trail Conference Map #119

Driving Directions from New York City

Take the George Washington Bridge to the Palisades Interstate Highway heading North. In about 19 miles exit the parkway at exit 9W onto the Thruway (Route 87/287) which heads west. About 10 miles later, exit the Thruway at exit 15A. At the exit turn left onto Route 17 North. After about 2.5 miles, just north of the main street area in Sloatsburg, make a right onto Seven Lakes Drive.

Drive about 8 miles (passing a traffic circle) on Seven Lakes Drive and park in a parking area for Lake Skannatati on the left side of the road (Lake Askoti is on the right side of the road). The parking area (N 41.24221, W 074.10215) >is gotten to by turning left and driving down a very short road (there is a sign at the turnoff) and is less than a mile north of the traffic circle. The entire trip is about 47 miles and should take an hour without traffic.

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Questions: Michael Brochstein

"Welcome to Lakes Askoti & Skannatati. Parking"  (November 2012)
Parking area (November 2012)   Area (on the right) where both the Long Path and Arden-Surebridge trails can be found (November 2012).
The Arden-Surebridge trailhead. (November 2012)   Marker for the Long Path (blue blazes are also used). (November 2012)
"Times Square" (November 2012)   Information sign at the intersection of the Hurst trail and the Appalachian trail. (November 2012)
Information sign at the intersection of the Hurst trail and the Appalachian trail. (November 2012)
Markers for the beginning of the Hurst trail. (November 2012)   The Fingerboard Shelter (November 2012)
The Fingerboard Shelter (November 2012)    
View from the Arden-Surebridge trail near the parking area. (November 2012)
Elevation profile.

Last updated:  11/2012

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