Friday, November 16, 2018

Kakiat First Season November Snow

Kakiat County Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 22 minutes
Estimated Distance: 0.9 miles

Pros: Very scenic in fresh snow
Cons: None

We had an unusual November snowstorm. The forecast had called for a coating to an inch of snow and ice, but it snowed 10 inches in a rare November Nor'Easter that crippled the roads and messed up everybody's evening commute. The morning after the storm it had warmed up, and the sun came out. I took the opportunity to go on a quick hike at Kakiat County Park to enjoy the season's first snow, prior to heading off to work. I parked in the Kakiat parking lot, and took the short Old Mill Trail in its entirety, to the Kakiat Trail, when I took to the end back to my car.

Map of the Route

Entering Kakiat Park

The Mahwah River 
Mahwah River from the Bridge

Kakiat Field. Note the Freshly Fallen Leaves above the Snow.

Old Mill Trail Still with Greenery

Mahwah River from the Old Mill Trail

Fallen Pines on the Old Mill Trail

The Kakiat Brook

Kakiat Trail

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Forest View Trail to Closter Dock Trail Loop on Palisades

Palisades Interstate Park
Bergen Co.
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Forest View Trail: Blue/White Blaze
Long Path: Green blaze
Closter Dock Trail: Orange blaze
Shore Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 3:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 6.3 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Pros: Peaceful walk along river and good views
Cons: Area is not remote

Hiking Partners:
Morty Rosenberg
Elad Hillman

This was a late autumn hike, and was my completion of all the hikes along the New Jersey Palisades. I had remembered that the previous year there was still much foliage in the area late in the season at the foot of the cliff, so I wanted to get one last seasonal fall hike with the foliage colors.

I parked with Morty on Route 9W at the Forest View Trail trailhead, and met up with Elad who joined us. We crossed the pedestrian bridge over the Palisades Parkway, and went to the Women's Federation Monument, a small stone edifice right near the cliff edge. There are some great views hear above the steep cliff wall which is probably about 300 feet straight down.

We took the Long Path South, and stopped briefly at the view at Ruckman Point, and then continued to Bombay Hook, which featured a narrow rock crevice with a small bridge above it, slightly off the trail. We continued along the Long Path, and shortly after the Palisades police station we took the Closter Dock Trail, which snakes down the steep hill to the Shore Trail. We walked along the Shore Trail north, along the side of the Hudson River, and then passed a nice seasonal waterfall along the side of the trail, and it was flowing strong.

We then took a short break and some pictures at Excelsior Dock, which juts in slightly into the river, and then continued north to the Forest View Trail. We took the Forest View Trail up the side of the cliff. This is a steep and difficult trail. We then took this trail south at the rim of the Palisades, where it coincides with the Long Path, past the Women's Federation Monument, and then back across the pedestrian bridge to our car at the trailhead.

Map of the Route

Morty on the Palisades Pedestrian Bridge

Palisades Parkway from the Pedestrian Bridge

Plaque at the Woman's Federation Monument

Women's Federation Monument

View at the Women's Federation Monument

Me on the Women's Federation Monument

Me at the View at the Women's Federation Monument

Me at the View Facing South

Morty at Ruckman Point

At Ruckman Point, Facing North

View near Bombay Hook

Morty on Rock at Bombay Hook

Elad at Bombay Hook

Long Path Trail Sign

Stone Tunnel at the Long Path/Closter Dock Trail Intersection

Foliage along the Shore Trail

Scenic Waterfall at the Shore Trail

Me at the Waterfall

View of Yonkers from Across the Hudson River

Barge on the Hudson River

Me on the Shore Trail

Fast Boat on the Hudson River

Manhattan Skyline, Facing South, from Excelsior Dock

On Excelsior Dock, Facing North

Steep Cliffs Above the Shore Trail

Morty and Elad along the Shore Trail

Shore Trail and Forest View Trail Intersection

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Green Pond and Boston Mine Late Foliage

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Bar Trail: White blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze
Nurian Trail: Yellow blaze
Island Pond Road: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Quiet area, scenic pond, old historic mine
Cons: None

Hiking Partners:
Shimmy Rosenberg
Morty Roseberg
Elad Hillman
Paul Krieger

This was a great fall foliage hike. Although the foliage was past-peak, it was still very attractive with excellent weather conditions and relatively warm weather. The main White Bar Trailhead parking area was full, so we drove a bit further down the road and parked where the White Bar Trail goes north. We took a short detour to the small waterfall right down the road from the trailhead. This is a seasonal waterfall, and with all the recent rains it was quite strong.

We took the White Bar Trail north, to the Nurian Trail, where it turns towards Green Pond. Green Pond is a small, but very scenic natural body of water with a very distinct round shape. The trail goes along the northern and western part of the pond, with an interesting rock formation and climb on the western side. There are great views of the pond here from the cliffs above the pond. We then went to the end of the Dunning Trail, back to the White Bar Trail which we took a short distance north to the view above the Valley of Boulders. We then turned around back on the White Bar Trail, parallel to the Dunning Trail right near where we were previously, and then took the trail to the Boston Mine.

The Boston Mine is a very old mine worked for iron ore. We entered the mine area and looked around, and climbed out from the back up the hill back to the Dunning Trail. We then bushwacked back down cutting across to the White Bar Trail, and then continued along Island Pond Road back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Shimmy & Morty Rosenberg at the Beginning of the Hike

Small Waterfall at the White Bar Trail

Zoomed Out to the Waterfall

Me at the Waterfall

Morty Swinging on a Forest Vine

Shimmy and Elad on the Trail

Green Pond Swamp Area

Green Pond

Me on a Rock on Green Pond

The Round Green Pond

L-R: Paul, Morty, Elad, and Myself

The Same Crew Above Round Pound

Round Pond Foliage

Colors on the Side of Round Pond on the Nurian Trail

The Nurian Trail under a Hanging Rock

Western View of Round Pond

Me at the Western View at Round Pond

Me on the Rock above Round Pond

View of Round Pond from the Above Rock

Nurian Trail and Fall Colors

View Above Valley of Boulders

Same View Facing North

Shimmy at the Above View

Boston Mine Entrance

Inside the Boston Mine

Morty Inside the Boston Mine