Friday, April 2, 2021

Kakiat Early Spring Lower Summit Loop

Kakiat County Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 0:55
Estimated Distance: 1.6 miles

Pros: Nice view
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop hike
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Google Maps of Parking:

This was an exceptionally cold and windy day of spring. Although it was already April, it felt more like January. I parked at the Kakiat parking lot, and crossed the Mahwah River bridge and took the Mountain Trail up to the first viewpoint. I then bushwacked along the lower ridge of Kakiat to the Kakiat Trail near its crossing of the Gas Line. I then went down the Kakiat Trail, which I then took a short distance to the Old Mill Trail, which I took back to my car.

Map of the Route

Beginning of the Mountain Trail

First Signs of Spring

Newly Emerging Spring Greenery along the Mountain Trail

Budding Red Maple Flowers

Lower Summit of Kakiat

Lower Kakiat Summit Facing South

View from Kakiat Lower View Facing Southeast

View of Manhattan Skyline in the Distance 

View from Kakiat Lower Summit Facing South

Zoomed in to the Manhattan Skyline from Kakiat

Another View of the Manhattan Skyline from Kakiat

View of the Sheraton Crossroads and Campgaw Mountain to the South

Suffern High School Zoomed in from Kakiat

Me at the Kakiat Lower Summit

View from Kakiat Facing North

View from Kakiat Facing Northeast

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