Sunday, September 22, 2019

Greenwood Lake and Bearfort Mountain

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Area
Greenwood Lake Village area,
Orange Co.
New York

Hiking Trails:
Village Vista Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.7 Miles

Pros: Quiet area, scenic view, interesting rock formation
Cons: None

This hike was on the last day of summer. It was a beautiful day with a bright blue sky, and somewhat on the warm side. Earlier in the summer I had hiked Bellvale Mountain from Route 17A to Village Vista, a prominent view overlooking Greenwood Lake. I wanted to continue along that trail further south on the Appalachian Trail on Bellvale Mountain, and this hike did that.

I parked at Lions Field Park in the village of Greenwood Lake, where the Village Vista traihead begins. I took the Village Vista Trail up Bellvale Mountain, where it makes an ascent along many switchbacks. At the end of the trail, I took the Appalachian Trail south to the short distance at the Village Vista viewpoint on Bellvale Mountain, where it has an incredible view over Greenwood Lake.

I then continued further south on the Appalachian Trail to the next view, and then turned around and went back along the same route that I came from.

Map of the Route

Information Plaque at the Beginning of the Hike in Lions Field Park

US Park Boundary for the Appalachian Trail on the Village Vista Trail

View of Greenwood Lake Village from the Village Vista Trail

Another View from the Village Vista Trail

End of the Village Vista Trail at the Appalachian Trail

View of Greenwood Lake from Village Vista

Another View of Greenwood Lake

Me at the Village Vista View
View Facing North

A Better View of Greenwood Lake

Interesting Character at the top of the Mountain

Me on Bellvale Mountain

View Before Descending Along the Appalachian Trail

Cool Rock Formation Along the Appalachian Trail

More Cool Rock Formations and Early Foliage Colors

More Foliage Colors

More Rock Formations and Colors

View Along the Appalachian Trail

More Nice Scenery

Additional Early Foliage

View from the South View on Bellvale Mountain

View Facing North, Towards Schunnemunk Mountain

Another View Facing North

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