Saturday, April 10, 2010
Schunemunk Mountain (Woodbury, NY)
ABOUT THE PARK: NY/NJ Trail Conference Park Description / Wikipedia
TRAIL MAP: NY/NJ Trail Conference West Hudson Trails Map #114
PARKING LOT GPS COORDINATES:
TRAIL DESCRIPTION and DIRECTIONS: NY/NJ Trail Conference Schunemunk Mountain Via Dark Hollow & Jessup Trails
WEATHER FORECAST: Weather.com for Woodbury, NY
This is not an easy hike, lots of very steep ups and downs, some challenging rock scrambles (especially for the dog) but the views are awesome and well worth the effort to get to the top. Early on there is traffic noise from the nearby New York State Thruway and you have to cross active railroad tracks but you do get away from all of that after about the first mile and will be very pleasantly surprised at how nice of a hike it turns out to be. This is a popular place so get there early if you want solitude (and a parking spot).
The New York State Thruway early on in the hike:
The Hudson River:
The Shawangunk Ridge and Catskills:
First signs of spring:
Be VERY careful crossing the railroad tracks. I stopped and listened and thought I heard something so I stayed put. Within seconds, the train whooshed by.
And our litter haul for the day, now in the recycling bin instead of on Schunemunk Mountain for the next thousand years.