Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kakiat After Snowstorm

Kakiat County Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Mountain Trail (Orange blaze)

Total time: 0:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult due to conditions
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points of Interest: Kakiat Lower Summit
Pros: Good view
Cons: Busy at the bottom

The entire NY Metro area hunkered down for the big blizzard of 2015, and all schools and businesses had closed in advance on Tuesday. While the blizzard did hit Boston, everyone in the New York area was shocked when they woke up and saw the blizzard never came. True, there was a fresh layer of several inches of snow, but this was definitely not the "snowstorm to remember". In any event, I had already closed down the office in the morning, and by late morning the roads were totally cleared. I took the opportunity to go on a short hike up Kakiat.

The temperature was very cold and the snow was deep from an additional snowstorm over the weekend, and the trail is pretty steep. This made the conditions somewhat difficult, and although its a short hike, I found it to be a challenge climbing up. Due to the conditions I only climbed to the lower viewpoint. I turned around and came back down the same route on the Mountain Trail.

Map of the Route. Harriman/Bear Mountain Maps Southern Map

Mountain Trail near the Beginning Prior to Main Ascent

Mountain Trail in the Notch Before the View

Looking Towards the Main Peak at Kakiat from the Lower Peak Area

Large Snowdrift Near the Lower Peak View

Lower Peak View Covered in Snow

Lower Peak View, Facing Southeast.

Lower Peak View Facing Southwest, Focused on Suffern High School
and Manhattan in the Distance.

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