Sunday, August 12, 2018

Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest

Shawangunk Mountains,
Sullivan Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Connector Trail: White blaze
Long Path/Shawangunk Ridge Trail: Green blaze/Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:05 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Scenic and quiet area
Cons: None
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking Partners:
Debbie Koegel
David Koegel

We were traveling to Monticello for a family event, and left a bit earlier to do this short hike on the way. The area is in the lower part of the Shawangunk Mountains, and while the scenery isn't as dramatic as the Minnewaska area, there are still nice views and rock formations. We parked at the VFW Post off Old Route 17 after exit 114 on Route 17, on the descent towards Wurtsboro. We parked in the VFW Parking area and took the very short Connector Trail to the Long Path/Shawangunk Ridge Trail combination. We climbed up the ridge to the first view, where we took a short break, and then headed back down the same route.

Map of the Route

View Approaching the First Lookout

Long Path Sign on Tree

At the View, Facing West

Me at the View

Me at the View Again

Shawangunk Conglomerate at the Top

David at the View

View Facing North

View Facing West Towards Route 17

Me at the View, with Picture Towards the South

View Facing South

View Facing North

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