Harriman Park in Autumn

November 9, 2010

Fall is one of my three favorite hiking seasons, along with winter and spring. The dry, once colorful  leaves blow off the trees and open up views of the distant hills and valleys. Hikers make the most of the cooler, often breezy weather, hiking longer distances than in summer.  There is adequate sunshine on your […]

Mohonk Mountain House

September 16, 2010

One of the most interesting areas of the Hudson Valley — especially for the breadth of its activities — is the Shawangunk Ridge near New Paltz, home of the Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve, totalling over 20,000 acres. The two Smiley Brothers — Alfred and Albert — purchased the land […]

Harriman Park in Spring: 4-Mountain Loop

May 18, 2010

A popular Harriman hike is a four-mountain circular known as the Parker Cabin/Black Rock Mountain Loop.  While moderately strenuous, it’s a bit less than 5 miles and boasts some excellent views from the hilltops.  The loop is bisected by county route 106, with small parking areas at each of the two trail crossings.  You can […]

Harriman Park in Winter: The Nickel Mine

February 10, 2010

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood… Harriman Park is most every downstate hiker’s favorite place for solitude and keeping in shape.  I like winter best for hiking because there is no vegetation to block the views, fewer people out, no snakes, and – if there is enough snow for snowshoeing – I can walk […]

Hudson Valley’s Puddingstone Mountain

December 25, 2009

Different geologically from nearby mountain areas of the Hudson Highlands is Schunemunk, the puddingstone mountain. At 1664 feet, the peak of Schunemunk is Orange County’s highest point.  Located in Woodbury, Cornwall and Blooming Grove, the mountain provides a welcome respite from the pressures of suburbia.  The northern part is a state park on land assembled […]

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