Sunday, March 26, 2017

Appalachian, Carriage Connector & Osborn Loop

Hudson Highlands State Park
Putnam County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Carriage Connector Trail: Yellow blaze
Osborn Loop Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.9 Miles

Pros: Remote and scenic area
Cons: Views are limited

I wanted to go a bit further north so I could still get some snow in the hike. The snow was still present along most of the hike, but was melting and left things very wet. I parked on Cross Road between Route 403 and Route 9 right near the Appalachian Trail. I walked the short distance south on Route 403 to the Appalachian Trail. The beginning of the hike features a boardwalk going over a swamp area, and the boardwalk is quite dilapidated and in need of repairs.

I continued along the Trail as it climbs the mountain gradually in a scenic valley beside a stream. At the trail intersection of the Carriage Connector Trail, I continued in the same direction along Carriage Connector Trail climbing the the valley until the trail headed east and then intersected the Osborn Loop by a small pond. All along the route, I was very much enjoying the dense greenery of the evergreen mountain laurels and hemlocks, especially in contrast with the snow.

I continued up the Osborn Trail to the highest part of the trail, which unfortunately featured no view. Right after the high point, I reached the Intersection of the Appalachian Trail, which I took down the mountain to where it connects to the Carriage Connector Trail. At this point realizing I still had a bit of time, I bushwacked up the hill up ahead which showed a view on the map, labelled as "White Rock." I climbed the steep ascent to the view, and on the top I noticed that one of the gloves that I had placed in my pocket was missing. I therefore opted to take the same route down the hill so I can trace the route, and actually found my glove right at the bottom at the intersection of the Appalachian and Carriage Connector Trails. I then took the Appalachian Trail back to my car.

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