Sunday, August 7, 2016

Peters Kill Area / Mossy Glenn Minnewaska

Minnewaska State Park
Ulster Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Mossy Glen Trail: Yellow blaze
Blueberry Run Trail: Blue blaze
Jenny Lane Trail: Light blue blaze
Lower Awosting Carriageway: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:30 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 5.3 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Beautiful creek area
Cons: Lack dramatic views of other parts of Minnewaska

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

I had been in the lower Catskills over the weekend, and wasn't too far from Minnewaska State Park. We needed a lighter hike that wasn't too dramatic, so this seemed like a good choice. The weather was very hot, as its been for much of the summer, and there was a bright blue sky and strong sun.

We parked at the lower parking area for Minnewaska. It looks like they are restructuring the entrances for the park by making all traffic go through the lower entrance. We took the Lower Awosting Carriageway for a very short distance until the Mossy Glen Trail. This trail starts off without much fanfare, but then crosses the Peters Kill and goes alongside this creek. The Peters Kill is very scenic, with interesting rock faces and many small cascades along the way. At the end of the Mossy Glen Trail, we took the Jenny Lane Connector Trail west up the hill, crossing the Lower Awosting Carriageway, and then reached the Jenny Lane Trail. We took the Jenny Lane Trail south, looping around back to the Lower Awosting Carriageway. We then took the Lower Awosting Carriageway straight all the way back to the parking area.

Map of the Route
Shawangunk Trails

New Informational Plaque on the Mossy Glenn Trail

Crossing Peters Kill on the Mossy Glen Trail 
Peters Kill from the Bridge

Me on the Bridge Crossing the Peters Kill

Trail Along the Peters Kill

Shimmy at a s Small Cascade on the Peters Kill

On the Blueberry Run Trail Crossing Peter's Kill

View on the Jenny Lane Trail

Another Photo of the View from Jenny Lane

And one More

Timber Rattlesnake Snaking Across Jenny Lane.
We Backed Off and Patiently Let him Pass us.

Sign at the end of the Jenny Lane Trail

Pretty Swampflowers and Cattails Near the Parking Area.

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