Welcome to the Shawangunk Ridge Trail
The Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) is a 70-mile hiking trail that traverses the entire length of the Shawangunk ridgeline, from High Point State Park in New Jersey, where the SRT intersects the Appalachian Trail, all the way to the town of Rosendale, New York, where the trail ends just beyond a restored railroad trestle high above the Rondout Creek.
Along the way, the SRT passes through rolling hills covered in hardwood forests, Southern New York’s largest wetlands, rare dwarf pine barrens, sky lakes, waterfalls, and the distinctive white quartzite conglomerate cliffs of the Shawangunk mountains, which were uplifted almost three hundred million years ago.
From vantage points in these mountains, some 2,000 feet above the Hudson Valley, you’ll experience views that cover five states and reach more than 100 miles on a clear day. Because of its scenic beauty and rare ecosystems, the Nature Conservancy has identified this ridgeline as “one of Earth’s last great places.”
New York's biggest parks - Catskill Forest Preserve, Adirondack Park, and Harriman State Park - were created by acts of government during the 19th or early 20th century. In contrast, the Shawangunk Ridgeline has been preserved parcel by parcel, in just the last few decades, thanks to the work of the Open Space Institute, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, and other private entities. The SRT was created and is maintained by the Trail Conference and its volunteers. Many portions of the ridgeline are yet threatened with development. We encourage you to make a voluntary donation to the Trail Conference to support future preservation activities along the Shawangunk Ridgeline.
We created this event to celebrate the preservation of the Shawangunk Mountains, or the “Gunks” as they are also called, and to encourage people to come out and experience the beauty of this unique ridgeline.
Shawangunk Ridge Trail Run/Hike includes four separate divisions, which are designed to appeal to athletes with a range of abilities, including both hikers and runners.
Start Lines, Times and Shuttle Buses
Race start: 6:30pm, Friday, Sep 15th
Start Location: High Point Monument, High Point State Park, NJ (GPS 41.322028, -74.660673)
Shuttle bus leaves muni lot behind Rosendale Theater: 4:30pm (GPS 41.844939, -74.082140)
Race start: 6:00am, Saturday, Sep 16th
Start Location: DEC Boat Launch, South Rd, Wurtsboro, NY (GPS 41.516628, -74.537901)
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 4:25am (GPS 41.848338, -74.088190)
Race start: 9:00am, Saturday, Sep 16th
Start Location: Sam's Point Preserve Visitors Center, Cragsmoor, NY (GPS 41.670158, -74.361666)
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 7:45am (GPS 41.848338, -74.088190)
Race start: 10:30am, Saturday, Sep 16th
Start Location: Peter's Kill Area, Minnewaska State Park (GPS 41.738692, -74.217885)
Shuttle bus leaves Binnewater parking area: 9:35am (GPS 41.848338, -74.088190)
70-milers who reach checkpoint #3 (route 52) before 5:00 AM will be held up and released at 5:00 AM, with any waiting time deducted from their finishing time.
70 and 50-milers must pass checkpoint #3 (route 52) by 11:30 AM
70, 50, and 30-milers must pass checkpoint #4 (Jenny Lane/Rt 44-55) by 4:30 PM
All participants must pass checkpoint #5 (Coxing Kill parking area) by 6:30 PM
All participants must pass checkpoint #6 (Spring Farm) by 8:30 PM
The race concludes at 12:00 AM (midnight)
Interactive course map showing start points, finish, and checkpoint locations available HERE.
Warning: Minimalist Format
The event has multiple checkpoints to ensure participant safety, but it is unsupported: you must bring your own food and water filter (or other water purification technology)
The trail is well blazed, but there will be no supplemental markings. Runners in particular must pay attention to blazes to avoid missing a turn. No special navigational skills are required, but we recommend you download the Trail Conference's free map app (http://www.nynjtc.org/pdfmaps) for your Android or iPhone and then download the free "NYNJTC SRT" map.
Be advised this is a rugged hiking trail that traverses a wide variety of terrain. Some sections are rocky, with difficult footing, squeezes, or scrambles.
No pacers, no support crew, no drop bags, no resupply caches allowed. Carry it in, carry it out.
• Distinctive SRT tech t-shirts for all registered participants
• Medals for all finishers with special badges for age-group winners
• Special "barefoot" badge for runners wearing sandals or Vibram Five Fingers
• Completion certificates for 70-mile finishers
• Commemorative tomahawks to male and female winners in each division
Event parking is at the finish line only (at Binnewater Kiln in Rosendale).
IMPORTANT: Unless you're being dropped off by a friend or family member at your respective start line, you'll need to ride our shuttle bus. If that's the case with you, don't forget to add a Shuttle Bus ticket during the checkout process.
Sorry, there are no refunds due to cancellations, and no deferments.
Optional Donations to NY-NJ Trail Conference
As part of the registration process, please consider making an optional donation to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the not-for-profit organization which created the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and whose volunteers maintain the SRT and 2,000+ miles of other trails in the Hudson Valley. If you love trails, you should get involved in and support this organization!
Optional donation of $25 will earn you 1-year membership in the Trail Conference, which includes subscription to the quarterly Trail Walker newsletter, 25% discounts on maps and books, and money-saving discounts at participating retailers.