This section starts near the busy Palisades Interstate Parkway and Route 202 in Mt. Ivy, New York and even follows alongside the Parkway for a bit. Eventually it turns into the woods and passes through Cheesecote Park and Harriman State Park. There are a couple of abandoned classic vehicles along the way as well as reservoirs and even an old cemetery. In order to get back before sundown, I gave up looking for the site of a 1974 plane crash where you can still find pieces of the wreckage. That will be for next time when I complete the remaining three-and-a-half miles of the section.
Total miles this hike: 6.0 Total Long Path miles hiked: 13.0
This was a return visit with Spencer to the Long Path ascent to High Tor (elevation 797 feet). High Tor is the highest peak on the Palisades and offers a 360-degree view of Dunderberg Mountain, the Town of Haverstraw, the Ramapos and Harriman State Park. The Colonists used the summit as a signal point during the Revolution, and it later was the site of an airplane beacon; the remains of the tower are still visible. (Source: Long Path Guide)
Total miles this hike: 1.1 (repeat hike) Total Long Path miles hiked: 2.4
1.3-mile hike northbound from the State Line Lookout in New Jersey takes you across the New Jersey/New York state line (a stone boundary monument placed in 1882 marks the spot), along the steep cliffs of the Palisades and to the end of Section 1 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York. A side trail takes you to the Peanut Leap Cacade. The day I went followed heavy rains so the falls were very active.
Total miles this hike: 1.3 Total Long Path miles hiked: 2.4
Second trip to the Long Path climb to High Tor, the highest mountain in the Palisades at 797 feet. Visible was the New York City skyline and a clear view of the Town of Haverstraw along the Hudson River.
Total miles this hike: 1.1 (repeat hike) Total Long Path miles hiked: 1.1