Total time: 0:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points of Interest: Scenic lake and boardwalk
Pros: Interesting boardwalk trail, scenic lake
Cons: Built-up suburban area, noise from road, and noise from train
The previous day was Sunday, and I had originally scheduled to go on a good hike. However, the weather was about as awful as you could ask for. It started raining in the morning, but was only 26 degrees, so the rain froze on impact creating a hazardous slick of ice. There were hundreds of accidents that morning. The temperature gradually warmed above freezing, but the rain remained unabated and strong all day as a cold hard rain.
I therefore pushed off my hike to Monday which was Martin Luther King Day. Although I was not off from work, it was lighter than usual at the office so I was able to get out a little bit for this hike.
Congers Lake is a scenic lake that is right nearby Rockland Lake. A loop path has recently been constructed around the entire lake, making this a great place to walk or bike. Much of the western side is acually a boardwalk, meandering above the lake in a boardwalk fashion. This is definitely more of a walk than a hike, but because of the scenery and unique boardwalk, I am including it here.
I parked at the main parking area for Congers Lake Memorial Park. I only noticed after that this parking area is for Clarkstown residents only, but there are plenty of other parking and access points around the lake to park at. Although the weather was cold, there were lots of people walking here. I presume in when the weather is warm it gets quite busy over here, especially on weekends. I headed north along the eastern side of the lake, and went fully around the lake, including the end of the walk where it loops along the peninsula. Towards the end of the walk a very large freight train passed along the tracks very close to the western shore of the lake.
I didn't bring my camera, thinking there wouldn't be any good photo ops, but I was wrong. The pictures below are therefore taken with my cell phone camera.
|Map of the Route.|
|Fawn I Encountered Right Off the Path Right After I Started Walking|
This Deer Must Have Been Injured as it Didn't Move Despite my Coming Close.
|View of a Frozen Congers Lake Looking from East to West|
|Congers Lake Looking from North to South.|
This Part Isn't Frozen Since its Right by the Inlet
|Boardwalk Snaking Across the Lake on the Northwest Park|
|View of the Boardwalk Along the Side of the Lake|
|Looking Towards the Northeast.|
|Facing South, with Hook Mountain on the Left Side in the Distance|
|Beautiful Colors. From the Southern Part of the Lake Facing North.|
|Freight Train Approaching.|