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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Acra Point and Burnt Knob

Headed down to the Catskills for a nice evening hike with my nephew Holden.  Due to a late start we were somewhat limited on choices so decided on these two peaks that can be reached in one hike.
A short distance into the trail, a sturdy footbridge crosses the Batavia Kill.
The Batavia Kill gently running through the woods.
A beautiful evening in the woods.
After 1.0 mile, you arrive at a trail junction with two options.  To the right is Acra Point, only .7 miles further.  The north facing view from Acra Point.  Unfortunately the surrounding vegetation is slowly impeding the view,
Rural countryside far below Acra Point.
At 3100 feet, Acra Point provides very nice views well north.
Near the north facing view is a side trail that provides beautiful southerly views.  
My nephew Holden.
The Blackhead Range rising beautifully just to the south and east.
Evening sun.
Returning back to the trail junction, we decided to continue on for the 1.5 miles to Burnt Knob's views.  A short distance down the trail is a small side trail that provides southerly views.
From left to right-Blackhead Mountain, Black Dome Mountain and Thomas Cole Mountain.
Holden admiring the view.
Blackhead Range.
Vast woodland.
A lone house amongst the green.
A large clearing offers a magnificent place to soak in magical views.  Windham High Peak can be seen rising steeply just to the west.
North views. 
Holden enjoying the view.
Burnt Knob's view point to the south provides a remarkable view of many Catskill peaks.
View of the Black Dome valley.
Distant views into the hear of the Catskills.
Unbelievable views.
While on the return walk, we came upon a porcupine strolling along the trail.
The porcupine became a little nervous as we approached so he disappeared into the woods.
We enjoyed the remaining walk with several views  far below along the way.
Holden realy enjoyed our hike and even wants to do it again.  Hiked a total of 6.4 miles RT.

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