Sunday, May 19, 2019

Appalachian Trail at Buchanan Mountain, Sterling Forest

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Area and Sterling Forest State Park
Orange Co.
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.3 Miles

Pros: Good views, scenic and quiet area, good scrambles
Cons: No other trails in the area, no loop possibility

This was the first Sunday in a while without rain, and it was sunny and warm. I am trying to complete all sections of the Appalachian Trail in my region, and this was helping me complete this segment in the Sterling Forest area.

I parked on East Mombasha Road, near Little Dam Lake, and took the Appalachian Trail up the mountain, where there is somewhat of a view on the top, and then the trail descends very steeply on a rocky scramble before climbing again to the next view. This hike is a constant up and down and contains several scrambles. The next view is a much better view. After the view, I continued down the mountain, parallel to a steep rocky cliff wall. I continued along the trail to Lakes Road, and crossed the road, where the trail goes over a boardwalk. I then turned around and went back the same way that I came.

Map of the Route

National Park Service Boundary and AT Marker at the Beginning of the Hike

View after the First Climb

Steep Descent after the First Vista

AT Steep Rocky Scramble Descent

Approaching the Main View on Buchanan Mountain

Buchanan Mountain View, Facing South

View of Tuxedo Ridge Ski Area to the South

Me at the Buchanan Mountain View

View Facing Southeast

Leaving the View at Buchanan Mountain

"Pink Ladies Slipper" on the Top of the Mountain
(Thanks Mordy Neuman for the identification.)

Boardwalk at the End of the Hike where I Turned Around

Trail Scrambling Through the Rocky Area

At the Top View Near the End of the Hike after the Scramble Up

Nice Purple Flowers on the Trail

Me at the Trailhead

1 comment:

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