Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stony Brook Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Connector Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 0:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.1 Miles

Pros: Very scenic area along the brook
Cons: No views

Mao of the Route

Intresting Rock Alongside the Steream

Bridge Across the Small Brook near the Piple

Stony Brook

Wooden Suppplise to build the new bridge

Along the Pine Meadow Trail

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bear Mountain Appalachian Trail/Major Welch Loop

Bear Mountain State Park,
Rockland/Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Major Welch Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles

Pros: Good scramble with great views
Cons: Extremely busy on weekends

Hiking Partner:
Rayzi and Joseph Friedman

I had not been here in some time, and the Major Welch Trail up Bear Mountain is one of my favorite trails in the region. We parked at the dead end circle on Perkins Memorial Drive after the scenic area past the tower. We took the Appalachian Trail down the steps portion, past the waterfall (which was dry), the view, and down to Hessian Lake. We then took the Major Welch Trail along the busy path on the western side of the lake, and the then ascending up the Major Welch Trail along the steep rocky portion. We took the trail to the summit, climbed the tower, and then took the Appalachian Trail down to our car.

Map of the Route

Me on a Log on the Appalachian Trail

Flowering Mountain Laurels

Mountain Laurels at the First View

Me at the View on the Appalachian Trail
Facing Southeast towards the Hudson River

Iona Island, the Hudson River, and Peekskill from the View

Hessian Lake, Facing North

Anthony's Nose and Hessian Lake from Bear Mountain Foot

Flowers along the Trail

Ascending the Large Rock on the Major Welch Trail

View Ascending the Major Welch Trail. Facing North.

Mountain Laurels on the Appalachian Trail

View along the Major Welch Trail, Facing North

At the View, Facing North Towards Brooks Lake

Me on the Major Welch Trail

On the Major Welch Trail near the Summit

View of the Hudson from the view where the Trail hits the Road

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Constitution Marsh Boardwalk and Indian Brook Falls

Audubon Center & Sanctuary
and Hudson Highlands State Park
Putnam Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Blue Trail: Blue blaze
Boardwalk Trail: Unblazed
Yellow Trail: Yellow blaze
Indian Brook Falls Trail: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.0 Miles

Pros: Scenic area, nice boardwalk, and pretty waterfalls
Cons: Not enough parking, walk on road, boardwalk much shorter than expected

The weather was damp and I chose this hike which is relatively short and has my car in the middle so I can bail out in the event of rain. In the end, the rain held off for the entire hike. The rainy weather also afforded me the oppurtunity to visit this place, since the parking is so limited, it takes an event such as poor weather to be able to park your car on a weekend outside the winter. There is no other place to park in this area. If the 8 designated spots are already taken, there is no where else to park and you are forced to change your itinerary.

I parked in one of the designated parking spots on Indian Brook Road and walked down Warren Landing Road to the Nature Center. I looked thourgh the Nature Center, and then left it out headed on the rocky area along the river to the boardwalk. The boardwalk goes over part of Constitution Marsh, a large brackish swampland in the Hudson River. I was quite surprised at the lenght of the boardwalk, which ended up being much shorter than I had expected.

Afer completing the boardwalk and looping aound i took the Blue Trail back to where it intersects the Yellow Trail. I took the Yellow Trail for the short distance of its doration, which took me to an unintersting split rock. I turned around and went back up the Blue Trail (which also serves as driveway to the Nature Center), which was a bit steep.

I walked past my car, then under the large bridge with Route 9D above, and then took the Indian Brook Falls Trail to its terminus at Indian Brook Falls. This is an impressive waterfall fall for the region, and the recent heavy rains certainly helped me formulate my impression. I then turned around, and took the same trail back to my car.

Map of the Route

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary.
Note Sign for Parking for 8 Cars Only.

Information Board at the Parking Area

Sign at the Blue Trail Trailhead

Nature Center Building

Trail Going into the Woods after the Nature Center

View oft the Hudson River on the Rocks above the River

View Facing West Point Across the Hudson River

Descending Towards the Constitution Marsh Boardwalk

Constitution Marsh Boardwalk

Walking Along the Boardwalk

One of the Several Plaques Along the Boardwalk

Fresh Bamboo Grass Sprouting

Facing East

Boardwalk with the Breakneck Ridge and Storm King in the Distance

Water in the Marsh

Mt. Taurus (Bull Hill)

Me in the Constitution Marsh

Split Rock at the End of the Yellow Trail

High Bridge for Route 9D

Indian Brook Falls

Indian Brook Falls, 

Indian Brook Falls, at the end of the Trailhead

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kakiat Upper Summit Late Spring Hike

Kakiat County Park and Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trail:
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.3 Miles

Pros: Good climb with nice view
Cons: None

I had not had a chance to go hiking over thr weekend, so I left work early on this weekday evening for a short hike up Kakiat, to the upper summit. It was still too early for the sunset, but it was already full shade and cooler on this warm day.

I parked at the main Kakiat parking area, and took the Mountain Trail up the steep ascent to the summit view. After the view, I continued along the Mountain Trail past the power line, to the Kakiat Trail. I climbed down the mountain on the Kakiat Trail, passed the gas line at the bottom, and then took the spur to the Old Mill Trail for a short distance to the end of the trail, and then back to my car.

Map of the Route

Mountain Trail Marker with Freshly Sprouted Brush

Ascending Towards the View

View Facing East

View Facing Northeast, Towards Cobus Mountain

View Facing South Towards Suffern High School, and Manhattan Skyline

View Facing Southeast

View Facing Northeast

Selfie at the Summit