Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gurnee County Park,
South Mountain County Park,

Mount Ivy,
Rockland County,
New York

Long Path: Green Blaze

Map: Hudson Palisades Trails, New York Section
Start Point Map Coordinates: Near top of top right map

Total Time: 0:45 hr
Estimated Distance: 2.2 Miles

This was a weekday and I didn't have much time, so this was a perfect short hike close to home. Parked my car on Route 45 right before its end in Mount Ivy, at the newly renovated Gurnee Park parking lot. Talk the wide trail into the old quarry, and explored the quarry walls for minerals (it is devoid of any mineralization).

Then I headed back and then took a short shorcut to the long trail, which starts climbing the mountain here. A very short climb up there is a superb view which is directly above the straight quarry wall. Continued along the Long Path past the highest point of South Mountain, and went for another 7 or 8 minutes ahead, and then turned around and went back on the Long Path back to my car.

Map of the Route

Quarry wall close-up.

Quarry wall, rising straight up.
This area is known as "The Ampitheater".

From the first lookout, facing northwest
towards Cheescoate Mountain

From the lookout above the Quarry
Facing northwest towards The Timp
and West Mountain.

From the lookout at the top of the quarry.
Facing north.

From lookout, facing west towards
the Palisades Pkwy overpass construction
at Rt. 202, and the Ramapo escarpment beyond
(Limekiln Mountain, File Factory Hollow,
and Horse Chock Mountain)

A Juniper tree, with a Long Path blaze.
This park has more Juniper Trees than any
other area I have been to around here.

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