Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kakiat Lower Lookout Loop

Kakiat County Park
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 0:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 1.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Nice view for a short hike
Pros: Good bushwack, excellent view
Cons: Bushwack part is more difficult since Hurricane Sandy

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

My time has been very tight during the month of September this year, so I had to keep this hike close to home and short. I parked at the Kakiat Trailhead, and took the Old Mill Trail for a very short distance to the shortcut to the Kakiat Trail. Took the Kakiat Trail past the gas line and up the steep ascent, and then cut across on a bushwack to the south while still climbing. This area once provided a very easy bushwack to the Kakiat Lower Viewpoint. However, many downed trees since Hurricane Sandy have made it slightly more difficult to follow, though it is still a good bushwack. I bushwacked this route to the Lower Viewpoint, and then took the Mountain Trail back down to the trailhead.

Map of the Route

Rockface Climb on the Bushwack Part

Approaching the Viewpoint.
Looking South/Southeast to the Suffern School and Manhattan Skyline in Distance

Zoomed in View of Above Picture

View at the Kakiat Lower Viewpoint.
Facing South/Southeast toward Midtown and Downtown Manhattan

From the View Facing South

From the View Facing East Towards Rockland Community College

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