A cloudy but mild November day beckoned me to get out for a post work walk, so I stopped by the Poestenkill Community Forest, high up on the Rensselaer Plateau. Parking is found in a marked lot off of Legenbauer Road in East Poestenkill. I had previously visited the forest back in April 2016, when there was no formal parking area yet, as well as having a limited amount of trail options. A large kiosk with a trail map is available by the parking area and many new trails have been added since my last visit. I began by heading south on Gravel Ridge Road and then onto the Ridge Trail, which passes by several private residences through a lovely stretch of white birch.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
My buddy Jim and I have wanted to hike Big Rosy Bone Knob for a while, due to its...well...odd name.. and because we couldn't find much info on the peak, meaning not a lot of folks have climbed it(relatively speaking). To make it more interesting, we planned on bushwhacking up to Spencers Ledge from below the ledges before continuing over to Big Rosy Bone Knob forming a large loop. We drove to the end of Trails End Road, which climbs up to nearly 1800 feet at a parking area near the Long Path.
Although the temperature was in the mid 30's to start, the past few days have been very winter like, leaving behind pockets of ice.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Headed east to the Berkshires after work this afternoon to hike up to 1896 foot Mahanna Cobble on a pleasant, sunny November day. Mahanna Cobble is actually the northern summit of Lenox Mountain's long Yokun Ridge, extending all the way down to Bosquet Ski Area in Pittsfield. Bosquet would be my starting point today, at an elevation of 1130 feet.