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:
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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