Sunday, August 7, 2016

Peters Kill Area / Mossy Glenn Minnewaska

Minnewaska State Park
Ulster Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Mossy Glen Trail: Yellow blaze
Blueberry Run Trail: Blue blaze
Jenny Lane Trail: Light blue blaze
Lower Awosting Carriageway: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:30 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 5.3 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Beautiful creek area
Cons: Lack dramatic views of other parts of Minnewaska

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

I had been in the lower Catskills over the weekend, and wasn't too far from Minnewaska State Park. We needed a lighter hike that wasn't too dramatic, so this seemed like a good choice. The weather was very hot, as its been for much of the summer, and there was a bright blue sky and strong sun.

We parked at the lower parking area for Minnewaska. It looks like they are restructuring the entrances for the park by making all traffic go through the lower entrance. We took the Lower Awosting Carriageway for a very short distance until the Mossy Glen Trail. This trail starts off without much fanfare, but then crosses the Peters Kill and goes alongside this creek. The Peters Kill is very scenic, with interesting rock faces and many small cascades along the way. At the end of the Mossy Glen Trail, we took the Jenny Lane Connector Trail west up the hill, crossing the Lower Awosting Carriageway, and then reached the Jenny Lane Trail. We took the Jenny Lane Trail south, looping around back to the Lower Awosting Carriageway. We then took the Lower Awosting Carriageway straight all the way back to the parking area.

Map of the Route
Shawangunk Trails

New Informational Plaque on the Mossy Glenn Trail

Crossing Peters Kill on the Mossy Glen Trail 
Peters Kill from the Bridge

Me on the Bridge Crossing the Peters Kill

Trail Along the Peters Kill

Shimmy at a s Small Cascade on the Peters Kill

On the Blueberry Run Trail Crossing Peter's Kill

View on the Jenny Lane Trail

Another Photo of the View from Jenny Lane

And one More

Timber Rattlesnake Snaking Across Jenny Lane.
We Backed Off and Patiently Let him Pass us.

Sign at the end of the Jenny Lane Trail

Pretty Swampflowers and Cattails Near the Parking Area.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Trapps Hamlet Hike in Shawangunks

Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park
Ulster Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Trapp's Hamlet Path: Blue blaze
Shongum Path: Red blaze
Enderly's Path: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:30 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a historical hike

Points of Interest: Historical markers and cabins, mall waterfall at Coxing Kill

Cons: Lack of views and otherwise interesting terrain

Although the summer had so far been very bad, this weekend was moist and very rainy. On Saturday it had rained about 1.5 inches, and more tropical moisture was forecast for Tuesday with downpours expected. I had tracked the radar and the morning still had the heavy rain off in a distance. I decided I would do a hike which did not veer off too far from the road, and I had really wanted to do a hike in the Gunks. This area seemed liked the best choice, and I dressed in my appropriate rain gear.

The Trapps Hamlet was a historical community near the gap in the Gunks cliffs where Routes 44/55 cross through. This hamlet was abandoned and no structures are remaining from the original, except for just one remaining cabin which I visited on this hike.

I parked at the Trapps Parking area in Mohonk Preserve. On a Sunday in the summer, this parking area fills up very fast. This week, it was totally empty. I parked at the Trapps Hamlet Path trailhead, and took it down to The Van Leuven Cabin, the last remaining structure in the Trapps Hamlet. The cabin and trail towards it are not at all remarkable. I then took the Trapp's Hamlet Path back, to the Shongum Path, which I then took to the Enderly's Path. Most of the above area travereses the Mohohk Preserve, but one small portion is within the boundaries of Minnewaska State Park.

I then took the Enderly's Path north, which has new boardwalks going across much of the place. This was especially helpful considering the rainy weather. I took it to the Enderly Homestead, where there is a nice Picnic area and small waterfall along the Coxing Brook. It had started raining at this point, so I decided to go back. I went back on the Enderly's Path, and the rain started picking up more steadily. I took it all the way up the hill until the Trapps connector path, at which point the rain was coming down very heavily. I then walked across the parking lot to my car, very wet even with my rain garb.

The pictures below were all taken from my cell phone camera.

Map of the Route.
Shawangunk Mountains Map

Trapps Hamlet Path Trailhead

The Start of the Trapps Hamlet Path

Dreary Rain Scene in the Forest

Trapps Hamlet Path and Enderly's Path Connection

Plaque at Van Leuven Cabin

Van Leuven Cabin

Side View of Van Leuven Cabin

Old Millstone Along the Enderly's Path

New Boardwalk at the Shongum Path

Small Waterfall on the Coxing Kill at Enderly Homestead

Trapps Hamlet Hike in Shawangunks

Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park
Ulster Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Trapp's Hamlet Path: Blue blaze
Shongum Path: Red blaze
Enderly's Path: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:30 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a historical hike

Points of Interest: Historical markers and cabins, mall waterfall at Coxing Kill

Cons: Lack of views and otherwise interesting terrain

Although the summer had so far been very bad, this weekend was moist and very rainy. On Saturday it had rained about 1.5 inches, and more tropical moisture was forecast for Tuesday with downpours expected. I had tracked the radar and the morning still had the heavy rain off in a distance. I decided I would do a hike which did not veer off too far from the road, and I had really wanted to do a hike in the Gunks. This area seemed liked the best choice, and I dressed in my appropriate rain gear.

The Trapps Hamlet was a historical community near the gap in the Gunks cliffs where Routes 44/55 cross through. This hamlet was abandoned and no structures are remaining from the original, except for just one remaining cabin which I visited on this hike.

I parked at the Trapps Parking area in Mohonk Preserve. On a Sunday in the summer, this parking area fills up very fast. This week, it was totally empty. I parked at the Trapps Hamlet Path trailhead, and took it down to The Van Leuven Cabin, the last remaining structure in the Trapps Hamlet. The cabin and trail towards it are not at all remarkable. I then took the Trapp's Hamlet Path back, to the Shongum Path, which I then took to the Enderly's Path. Most of the above area travereses the Mohohk Preserve, but one small portion is within the boundaries of Minnewaska State Park.

I then took the Enderly's Path north, which has new boardwalks going across much of the place. This was especially helpful considering the rainy weather. I took it to the Enderly Homestead, where there is a nice Picnic area and small waterfall along the Coxing Brook. It had started raining at this point, so I decided to go back. I went back on the Enderly's Path, and the rain started picking up more steadily. I took it all the way up the hill until the Trapps connector path, at which point the rain was coming down very heavily. I then walked across the parking lot to my car, very wet even with my rain garb.

The pictures below were all taken from my cell phone camera.

Map of the Route.
Shawangunk Mountains Map

Trapps Hamlet Path Trailhead

The Start of the Trapps Hamlet Path

Dreary Rain Scene in the Forest

Trapps Hamlet Path and Enderly's Path Connection

Plaque at Van Leuven Cabin

Van Leuven Cabin

Side View of Van Leuven Cabin

Old Millstone Along the Enderly's Path

New Boardwalk at the Shongum Path

Small Waterfall on the Coxing Kill at Enderly Homestead

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bear Mountain Downhill Run

Bear Mountain Downhill Run
Bear Mountain State Park
Rockland & Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Phone Line Trail: unblazed
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Appalachian Trail Spur: Blue blaze


Total Time: 23 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Views and Interesting Trail

I had gone with my family to Bear Mountain to attend the weekly summer car show, where classic and vintage car collectors come to show their cars. Prior to the show, my wife drove up Perkins Memorial Drive to the tower and dropped me off on the top. My idea was to run down the mountain and meet everyone at the bottom. I started down the Appalachian Trail, and noticed a new trail along the phone line. This trail is unblazed and goes along parallel to the new Appalachian Trail portion they are still building. 

This trail comes out at the dead end of the Perkins Drive lower portion. I then took the Appalachian Trail all the way down until near Hessian Lake, and then took the short blue-blazed spur trail closer to the Bear Mountain Inn.

Please note: photos below were taken from my cell phone camera.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Northern Map

Bear Mountain Summit

View from Bear Mountain Summit

The Hudson River and Peekskill from Bear Mountain

Iona Island, Hudson River, Dunderberg Mountain, and Peekskill

Bear Mountain Bridge While Descending the Appalachian Trail

Sunday, July 17, 2016

North Point Storm King Loop

Storm King State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Bobcat Trai: White blaze
Howell Trail: Blue blaze
Stillman Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 3:45 Hours
Estimated Distance: 5.1 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Very difficult, especially due to heat
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Points of Interest: Great views

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

This was a brutally hot and humid day. In hindsight this strenuous hike was not the best choice for a day like this one. We did want a good workout, but this really pushed us to the limit. We parked at the Bobcat Trail trailhead parking off Route 9W near North Point. We took the short Bobcat Trail to the end at the Howell Trail, and climbed up to North Point. This area is full of good views, and lacks tree cover. Instead, there is a huge blueberry patch here in this was just the beginning of the blueberry season.

After reaching the top of North Point and the view before the descent, we turned around and went back down from where we came from, descending along the Howell Trail into the valley, crossing it over, and then ascending up Storm King. This part up climbs the mountain and is quite difficult. We went off the Howell Trail to the Stillman trail, which kind of plateaus at a certain with only minimal climbing remaining, this giving us some good relief. We continued along the Stillman Trail to the summit view, which faces north towards the Hudson River and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. We then met up with the Stillman Trail again, took it down towards the valley, and continued back along the same route we came, via the Bobcat Trail to the parking area.

Map of the Route.
West Hudson Trails - Eastern Map 
Me Picking Blueberries Along North Point

Man Relaxing and Reading Atop North Point

Me at North Point

Storm King, the Hudson River, and Breakneck from North Point

Butter Hill as Seen from North Point

Storm King from North Point

Butter Hill from North POint

The Same Man from Above

Ripe Blueberries at  North Point

North Point Blueberry Fields and Butter Hill

Summit at Storm King

Beacon Mountain from Storm King Summer

View of Hudson River from Storm King.
Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in the Distance

View of Newburgh from Storm King Summit

Me at Storm King Summit

Beautiful, Unobstructed View of the Hudson Facing North at Storm King

Newburgh and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

View of Hudson River Facing South

Shimmy at the Above View