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Celebrate New Year’s on Walnut Mountain


December 30, 2015

LIBERTY, NY — The public is invited to join the fourth annual New Year’s Hike/Snowshoe at Walnut Mountain on Friday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants choose the outing that fits their level: a relaxed hike along wide, graded carriage roads or an intermediate hike that includes single-track mountain bike trails to the summit.

Participants will receive a Walnut Mountain packet from Liberty Parks & Recreation with a trail map and historical facts about Walnut Mountain, including its history as a ski slope.

Meet in Walnut Mountain’s large parking lot at the intersection of West Lake Street and Eagle Drive, located between routes 52 and 55. There is a large wooden park sign at the entrance.

Walnut Mountain is a 265-acre town park with over 12 miles of single-track mountain bike trails built by volunteers of the regionally based Renegades Mountain Bike Club.

Registration is required. Call Morgan Outdoors at 845/439-5507 by December 31 and let them know what level you prefer. Dress in layers with sturdy boots. Depending on trail conditions, ice grippers or snowshoes may be required.

The event is co-sponsored by Renegades Mountain Bike Club and Morgan Outdoors, with support from Liberty Parks & Recreation. The outing will be cancelled only in extreme weather. Call 845/439-5507 for updates. For directions and more park information visit www.townofliberty.org/walnut_park.pdf.