- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Rivergate Books (March 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813540356
- ISBN-13: 978-0813540351
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiking the Road to Ruins: Day Trips and Camping Adventures to Iron Mines, Old Military Sites, and Things Abandoned in the New York City Area ... and Beyond Paperback – March 29, 2007
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The back cover states that the book is "geared for the experienced hiker or camping adventurer", which is not to say casual explorers are not welcome; indeed, I'm glad they're coming aboard, but they need to plan carefully. Maybe they should start out with the easier hikes and build up experience for the more challenging ones.
Sorry some folks are having problems with my maps, but the drawn maps are not for trail navigation, and I make a point to mention that in the text. I tell people, and I'm telling you now, to pick up the "official" maps (such as NY/NJ Trail Conference maps) that I clearly endorse at the beginning of the chapters. May I quote myself from the "Preparation" chapter: "The personally rendered hand-drawn maps presented herein are for general location purposes only. I would not rely on them for navigation. Pick up the maps listed in the chapter introductions."
Regarding Doodletown, if you picked up the blue trail 25 yards south of the trail then you didn't read the text carefully: "pick up the blue-blazed trail near the sign for the merry-go-round (at the Bear Mountain Inn) to the right of the brook." The trail you used was to the left of the brook.
Much more interesting? First, I submit that's in the eye of the beholder, and second there are no features on that trail (unless you count the Cornell mine sites way up on Dunderburg Mountain) that would be included in the book.
The Pergola hike is rated as "moderate, with some steep ascents and descents" and I later mention the "arduous ascent to the top of the cliffs" and trudging up 500 feet to the top. Is this not accurate?
The FRONT cover promises "...adventures in the NYC area...and beyond" and the text further qualifies "within a two hour drive of NYC in most cases". Did someone really think that Boston, the Adirondacks or DC was two hours from NYC? That's the "beyond" part, and before you go on any trip anywhere you ought to do some homework. The lions share of the hikes are distanced as promised. The rest are added because I think they are unique, interesting, and worth the trip.
Regarding Island Pond, the parking area is actually just west of the trail instead of just east, but as drawn it's on the correct side of the road. Sometimes there are multiple parking areas near a trail.
I welcome feedback, comments, and indications of errors at [...]
In this genre book, layout is significant. Up front we are given the details and facts we need; when, where, why, and why not. What should you bring? How should you dress? How challangng is the course. Maps are clearly drawn. Then get on with the adventure, or the 'read'
Steinberg has a dry wit, good eye for detail, and inquisitivness enough for two. He finds places, describes the setting, the trek, the curiosities he encounters. When visiting old iron mines, bring a large magnet to sift the tailings. For a spooky location, choose an overcast day and know the ghostly facts of the place. Steinberg does the research, and has interviewed the natives. He knows the history. He leads the hike, and you are happy to come along.
Book fits easily into a backback -- don't leave home without it.