Sunday, July 30, 2023

Madame Brett Park and Denning's Point

Dutchess Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Trail: White blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze
Klara Saur Trail: Unblazed
Denning Point Trail: White blaze
Klara Saur Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.5 Miles

Pros: Waterfalls, Scenic River Scenery
Cons: None
Hike Type: Lollipop Loop
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Joseph Friedman

Still continuing with my flat hikes, this one featured that one was a bit longer than the past few weeks, and combined several areas along the Hudson River including Denning's Point which is part of Hudson Highlands State Park. I parked at the Madame Brett Park parking area, across from the abandoned factories. We walked upstream from the parking area along the Fishkill Creek, which was flowing very strongly, and the waterfalls below the dam were very strong. 

We then walked back down, past the car again, and then took the wooden bridge along the White Trail. We then took the short spur at the Red Trail which goes along the Hudson River Tidal Marsh. We then continued back on the White Trail, alongside the solar panel farm, and then took the bridge across the railroad to Denning's Point.

At Denning's Point we took the Denning's Point Trail south down the peninsula to the end. We then continued along the peninsula loop back up, and noticed the return route lacked trail markers. Turns out when we got to the end of the trail at the completion of the loop that there was a sign that it was closed. Not sure why it was closed. 

We then took the Klara Saur Trail north towards Beacon, and after a small dock we turned around, and then took abandoned railroad back across the other railroad bridge and back to the White Trail, which we took back to our car.

Map of the Route

Madame Brett Park Sign

Raging Falls of the Fishkill Creek

Boardwalk Trail Over Fishkill Creek Next to the Abandoned Factory

Abandoned Factory

Tidal Marsh at the Outlet of the Fishkill Creek into the Hudson River

Dave Miller Connector Trail Connecting Madame Brett to Hudson Highlands Parks

Denning's Point Entrance

Old Building on Denning Point Being Converted to a Park Building

Tidal Marsh at Denning's Point

Information Kiosk at Denning's Point

City of Newburgh from Across the River at Denning's Point

Tip of Denning's Point

Trail at Denning's Point

Trail Closure at Denning's Point

View at the Klara Sauer Trail

Old Railroad Tracks near Denning's Point

Approaching the End of the Hike

Sunday, July 23, 2023

West Point Foundry Preserve

National Historic Landmark,
Cold Spring
Putnam Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Yellow Trail: Yellow blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze
Blue Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles

Pros: Historical area, scenic river views
Cons: Busy area towards Cold Spring
Hike Type: Loop, then back and out
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

I still had to take it easy so have been doing more exploring over hiking. This trip took me to West Point Foundry Preserve, the remains of a major ironworking and machine shop site that operated from 1818 until 1911. There are many historical plaques and artifacts, with one remaining structure still present. I explored most of the property, starting with the Yellow trail to the gun platform, passing the 1865 office building and ruins, then up the side of Foundry brook past some cascades. I then took the Yellow Trail up the stairs, up to the dam and waterfalls under the bridge of Route 9D. I then took Chestnut Street back to the Red Trail, back to the parking area. I then took the Blue Trail to the rail station, crossed the tracks on the overpass, and then to Foundry Dock Park. I walked through the park and then headed back on the Blue Trail back to my car.

Map of the Route

West Point Foundry Sign

Gun Platforms

In Front of the 1865 Office Building

Foundry Brook

Cool Mushrooms

Foundry Brook Waterfalls

Boring Mill and Waterwheel

Foundry Brook Dam and Waterfalls Underneath the Bridge

Yellow Path

Foundry Cove

1833 Chapel

Hudson River at Foundry Dock Park

Metro North Railroad Crossing