Sunday, January 7, 2018

Frozen Lake Kanawauke

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.5 Miles

Pros: Scenic quiet lake in winter
Cons: Cold weather

The weather has been unbelievably cold. This is already the second full week of single digit temperature. The day started out at -1, and had warmed up to a balmy 7 degrees by the time we started the hike. We dressed in many layers with very little exposure, and with a strong bright sun and low wind, we were better off than the previous week, despite it being colder.

In my recent memory, I don't recall Lake Kanawauke being fully frozen so that you can walk on it. Even during very severe cold snaps in the past when all other park lakes were frozen, Kanawauke seems to never fully freeze, especially by the tunnels crossing under the road. Well, this cold snap finally did it, and Kanawauke was frozen. This was my first time being able to walk along this lake.

Because of the severe weather, we couldn't venture out too long, so we kept the hike short. We parked in the Lake Kanawauke parking area, and went on the small rock island, and then headed north towards the northern section of the lake, crossing over the road. We walked towards the Pine Forest peninsula, walked through the first, then back across the lake, crossing it, and then heading back towards the road. We entered the lake again at the boat launch, walked south towards the swimming area at one of the camps, and then headed back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Temperature During the Morning (Top Right) Showing -1 Degrees

Shimmy Heading Out on Lake Kanawauke

Tunnels Under the Road on the Frozen Lake

Frozen Lake Kanawauke

Me on the Rock Island at Lake Kanawauke

Tunnel with a Warning Sign about Thin Ice in the Area

Northern Flank of Lake Kanawauke

Zoomed in Looking at Pine Swamp Mountain

Me Atop Lake Kanawauke

Looking Across the Lake

Shimmy Strolling Atop Lake Kanawauke

Pine Grove Peninsula at Lake Kanawauke

Me in my Heavy Winter Gear

Zoomed In

Shimmy Sliding Down a Hill in the Pine Grove Peninsula

Looking Towards Black Rock and Tom Jones Mountains

Across the Lake

Shimmy Relaxing on the Rock

Evergreen Mountain Laurels at the Side of the Lake

Approaching Land

Lake Kanawauke Boat Launch

Family Walking Across Frozen Lake Kanawauke, the Only Other People we Saw

Walking South on Lake Kanawauke

Shimmy and I at the Swimming Dock at Lake Kanwauke

Shimmy and I Atop Frozen Lake Kanawauke

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Townsend Trail View at Sterling Forest

Sterling Forest State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Meadow Extension Trail: Green blaze
Townsend Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.9 Miles

Pros: Nice view, few people here
Cons: Trails more like roads, houses in area

Hiking Partner: Shimmy Rosenberg

This was the coldest day of the season, and perhaps even the year. The temperature was about 10 degrees when we left for the hike, and to make matters worse the winds were very strong, especially when we got to the top of the mountain. We were both well dressed with many layers, and no exposure. The sky was gray and dreary, and it has just snowed a few inches the day before, so there was a layer of fresh snow.

We parked off Route 17A by Clinton Road, and had a difficult time finding the Long Meadow Extension Trail as we expected to see blazes at the parking trailhead. In the end we walked back along the dead end road off Clinton Road and then found the trail off Clinton Road. We took the Long Meadow Extension Trail a short distance to the Townsend Trail, which climbs up slowly via a woods road. Near the top, the trail veers off the woods road and ascends towards a view of Indian Kill Reservoir, and the Sterling Forest Ski area. We took some photos at the view, then turned around and went back along the same route.

Map of the Route

Outdoor Temperature Prior to Leaving on the Hike

Me at the Hikers Trailhead Parking Sign

Me on the Townsend Trail

Approaching Near the Vista

Me Heading Over to the Vista

Selfie with Me and Shimmy

Snow Covered Summit

View of Sterling Forest

Same View, Zoomed In

Overlooking Indian Kill Reservoir

Snow Covered Rock

Shimmy at the View
Shimmy Overlooking the Scenery

Me in front of Indian Kill Reservoir

Me in Full Arctic Weather Gear

From the View Looking Behind

Monday, December 25, 2017

Lake Nawahunta Sunset and Snow

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Menomine Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 0:40 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Quiet and scenic lake
Cons: None

I was off from work, but did not have a chance to get out for a hike until the end of the day. So I drive through Seven Lakes Drive at the end of the day, parked at Silvermine Lake, and took the Menomine Lake towards Lake Nawahunta. It was a cold winter day, with a fresh coating of snow from the small storm in the morning. Once at the inlet of the lake, I took an unmarked trail south along the west side of the lake, and then turned around and went back the same way.

Map of the Route

Black Mountain and Silvermine Lake

Ski Jumps and Sunset at Silvernmine Lake

Menomine Trail

Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahunta

Menomine Trail in a Large Pine Forest

Felled Tree with Snow in Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawanunta

Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahunta, Sunset