Thursday, August 15, 2013

Watkins Glen Hike, Part 2

Watkins Glen State Park
Schuyler County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Couch's Staircase
Gorge Trail
Indian Trail
Lover's Lane

Total Time: 1:30 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.5 miles (approximately)
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Since we were camping at Watkins Glen, I figured I should do one more hike here. I had some extra time, and took the opportunity to do a quick loop hike in the opposite direction. I started at the south entrance area, took the path to the Couch Staircase, which I took down to the Gorge Trail. I hiked the length of the Gorge Trail all the way to the end, and then took the Indian Trail above the north rim of the Gorge back down. I  took it to the suspension bridge, then took Lover's Lane down back to the Gorge under the bridge, and then back up at the Point Lookout. From there I crossed over the Suspension Bridge high atop the Gorge, and headed back through the Lily Pond and up the steps to the parking area.

Map of the Route.
Its a Bit Confusing to Follow Since I Repeat Some of the Trail by the Bridge
and then go over the Trail on the Bridge as Well.

Main Parking Area Near the Village.
Above Couch's Staircase Descent.

Cavern Cascade

Me Behind Cavern Cascade

Rainbow Falls

Lookout Along the Indian Trail

Cemetery Right Along  the Indian Trail

View From Lover's Lane

Lover's Lane Spur was Built in 1908!

Suspension Bridge

View of Couch's Staircase from the Point Lookout

Looking Down into the Gorge from the Suspension Bridge

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