Friday, March 8, 2013

Kakiat Late Season Snowstorm

Kakiat County Park
Rockland County,
New York

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

Total Time: 0:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Points Of Interest: Beautiful walk alongside river
Pros: Tranquil, quick, and easy
Cons: Trails are too wide

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This hike was during a snowstorm - likely the last one of the season. The forecasters had predicted only a few inches, but in the morning we all woke up to about 5 inches and it kept on snowing. The National Weather Service promptly issued a Winter Storm Warning. I drove during the storm to Kakiat Park. The roads were not so good but were still drivable, especially for a 4 wheel drive. Being that it was actively snowing and was a weekday, I didn't have the time to climb the mountain, so just hiked around the foot. This hike was incredible because of the type of snow - a heavy wet snow that had clinged to everything. The trees were absolutely beautiful, fully covered on all branches.

I crossed the bridge over the Mahwah River, took the Old Mill Trail alongside the river, and then at the end continued on the parallel Kakiat Trail. I then veered off to one of the small unmarked trails (Kakiat is full of these wide unmarked trail crisscrossing the foot of the mountain), to a big open meadow, and then along back a loop on some other trails back to the bridge and back to my car.

(Please excuse the watermarks - I forgot to turn them off for a different project I was working on for and did not want to have to go through the hassle of redoing all the pictures.)

Map of the Route

Snow covered trail kiosk at the beginning of the hike

Slush-covered swamp at the beginning of the hike

Heading into the park about to cross the bridge

Mahwah River. Looking south from the bridge.

Mahwah River. Looking north from the bridge into the marshy area.

Snow-covered bridge over the Mahwah River

Hiking along the Old Mill Trail
Snow-covered evergreens near the end of the hike

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