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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mt Pisgah and Mine Kill Falls

Woke up to a cool spring morning, cloudy skies and a light rain.  The birds were out chirping and my dad was coming over to go for a day trip to the northern Catskills.  It was going to be a good day.
Headed down to the Mt Pisgah State Forest just above the Catskills northern boundary.  Here the Long Path crosses the road and heads up to the summit of Mt Pisgah.  Although snow is mostly gone at lower elevations, there were several sloppy inches here in the woods.  As we began our hike, a snow shower began to fall.
The Long Path is painted with aqua blazes and runs from Fort Lee, NJ all the way up to the Mohawk River.
Walking was a bit sloppy on the snowy, often soggy trails.  Screened views through the trees offered glimpses of Mt Hayden to the south and east.
The trail climbs the slopes of the mountain on an old woods road, where there were a lot of signs of red shale.
More broken views towards Mount Hayden.
As my dad and I climbed the trail, we began to see views back to the southwest into Windham.
The ski slopes of Windham clearly visible.
Greene County countryside.
The countryside unfolds below the steep slopes.
The views near the summit began to open up, but my dad was slipping on the snowy slopes and decided to turn back.
A nice view of the countryside through the bare trees.  Mt Pisgah's summit was only about .1 mile ahead but I went back when my dad couldn't continue on.
In a clearing near the trail are nice views beyond the trees.
Skies were clearing out a bit as we headed down the mountain.
After we got done with our hike, we went for a nice drive towards Schoharie County and visited Mine Kill Falls overlook near North Blenheim.
Mine Kill Falls is formed from the Panther Creek and can be reached by a short walk.  A wooden railed stairway leads to several views over the falls and gorge which is framed nicely by the route 30 bridge.
A series of falls cascades down through the gorge with a clear view down over the middle falls from the walkway.  The power from the spring rains and snowmelt can be seen by how strong the water flows through the narrow chasm.
The Mine Kill is a medium sized stream that empties a short distance below the falls into the Schoharie Creek.  An even lower falls can be seen by taking a trail all the way to the bottom of a gorge, where it empties into a large pool.
The Schoharie Creek flowing north from the park.
The Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project lies at the foot of Brown Mountain.
This is a nice state park with many miles of trails for hiking, among other recreational opportunities.  I look forward to coming back and exploring these trails once the weather improves.

The day stayed cool and breezy, but was just warm enough to finally begin ridding Nassau Lake of its ice.  It's nice to see open water again.  A peaceful sunset illuminated the lake.
 Early evening reflections.
 Serenity.

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