Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop from State Line Lookout

Palisades Interstate Park -- NJ Section

Palisades Interstate Park - Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin Palisades Interstate Park - Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop - Photo: Daniel Chazin
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This hike explores the northern end of the New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park. It is, perhaps, the most rewarding loop hike in the park, as it incorporates a number of scenic features and, for nearly the entire distance, you are far away from the noise of the Parkway. But it is also the most difficult hike in the park, as it involves not only steep climbs and descents on...

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August 22, 2016
<p><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">Daniel</span><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">, thank you! &nbsp;It's absolutely wonderful that you've chained so many of these trails together into such great hikes and my partner and I greatly appreciate it! &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">A suggestion: W</span><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">hy not have the hike start 1/3 mile back&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">up the road from the parking lot where the trail begins its descent?&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.16px;">&nbsp;We've done this twice and both times I wondered what the value was of starting in the north west corner of the lot just to come out down the road anyway. &nbsp;Also this main part of the long trail is not only across the street but it's about two hundred yards north back towards the lot. &nbsp;I measured it as 1/3 mile from the lot entrance to the trail head.</span></p> <p>For everyone else, we did it in 2:45 including 5 or more breaks of various duration and though we passed many we also got passed by another group! &nbsp;</p>
May 23, 2016
Old car chassis
<p>I posed your question to Eric Nelsen, Historic Interpreter for the New Jersey Sectiion of the Palisades Interstate Park, and he responded as follows: &nbsp;"It’s one of those mysteries. I’ve never come across any record of an accident or crime that could account for it. My own theory is that it was probably a junker that some kids bought cheap just to roll down the hill and watch it crash."</p>
Daniel Chazin
May 22, 2016
Where did this car chassis come from?
<p>While hiking this trail we found the remnants of an old car chasis. Does anyone know how/when it got there?</p>
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