Monday, September 4, 2017

Clausland Mountain Long Path Loop Hike

Clausland Mountain Long Path Loop Hike
Nike Overlook Park and Clausland Mountain County Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Orange Trail: Orange blaze
Blue Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.0 Miles

Pros: None
Cons: No views
Level of Difficulty: Very easy

Hiking Partner:
Josef Friedman

I was off of work for Labor day, and had traveled on the newly opened Tappan Zee Bridge earlier in the day. I therefore  attempted a hike in the area where I could also get a good view with the new bridge in place. Unfortunately, this hike did not afford any views of the bridge, or any good views at all. We parked at the parking area on Nike Overlook Park, and took the Orange Trail southern portion to the Long Path. We then went south on the Long Path the Cemetery, labelled as "Fremont Monument" on the map. It was unusual for the hiking to enter the cemetery, especially when its not labelled on the map. The map also shows a viewpoint at this area, which doesn't exist.

We then turned around and went back north on the Long Path, and continued to the northern part of of the Orange Trail, which we took back to the parking area. We then continued at this point to the Blue Trail, which is a short loop that leads right back to the parking area. we looped around back to the parking area and ended the hike here. I thought perhaps this loop would also feature a view, but it did not. However, we bushwacked slightly to the right to observer a view of the Hudson River and Irvington across the river.

Map of the Route

Signs at the Trailhead

Park Entrance Sign

Long Path Entering the Cemetery

Long Path Blaze within the Cemetery

Long Path in Clauseland Mountain Park

Bushwack from Blue Trail to get View of Irvington and Hudson River

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