Finished up in the early evening after completing the 5.2 mile RT hike.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Drove down to Litchfield County in northwest Connecticut after work this afternoon to hike a scenic section of the Appalachian Trail that leads up over Mt. Prospect to an open meadow known as Rand's View. This section of the AT can be accessed from either Salisbury to the west or Falls Village to the east along the Housatonic River. I would be starting from Great Falls located in Falls Village, which is actually in the town of Canaan. Following Route 44 east out of Salisbury, I turned south onto gravel Housatonic River Road and followed it for several miles to the parking lot on the left above Great Falls. The drive along this quiet road is very nice with pleasant river views.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
After a busy holiday weekend it was nice to get out for a nice hike in the Catskills today. Skies didn't look too promising as we headed out this morning, but the forecast called for mostly dry conditions. Giant Ledge is one of the most popular trails in the Catskills and 3720 foot Panther Mountain is found just north beyond. We parked at the trailhead at a hairpin turn off of County Route 47(Oliveria Road) about 7.5 miles south off of Route 28. Luckily there were only three other cars when we arrived so we could enjoy a little solitude in the woods.
Over the next .75 miles, you will climb another 410 feet on your way towards Giant Ledge. This section wasn't quite as bad, but still rocky.
Taking a rest on a very humid day.
A short distance before the summit, and at an elevation of about 3300 feet, we came to a large meadow area, which seemed a bit unusual for this elevation.
The views from Panther Mountain's summit are good but certainly not on the same level as Giant Ledge's views.
We were lucky enough to stay dry and the sun was shining brightly on a very humid afternoon as we arrived back at the car, after completing the 6.7 mile RT hike.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Amidst a busy holiday weekend, I found enough time to get out for a couple of nice walks along two sections of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire, Massachusetts today. There are many different access areas to the trail, but I got started along Farnums Road in Cheshire, which just happens to be my favorite part of the entire trail.
There were many folks out enjoying the water today.
Walked about 3.5 miles total on a fabulous holiday weekend.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Went for an interesting walk along the east banks of the Hudson River today on River Road in Schaghticoke. To find the road, you must follow Route 40 north out of Lansinburgh for about 3 miles and then bear left onto Calhoun Road(Cty Rte 122). As the road reaches the Hudson River, it forks, and this is where you turn left onto River Road. This part of the road is gravel and driveable, albeit very quiet. I followed the road south all the way to the end and parked the car there.
It does make for a very interesting walk with very pretty river views as well as historical context.
A short distance into the trail walk, I saw the tip of Campbell Island on the river come into view.
I pressed on just a bit further, but turned around at a muddy stream crossing, where the Cool Kill drops through Thieves Hollow. Arriving back at the car on the maintained road, I decided to continue my walk from there. Conditions were nearly perfect.
Looking across the shores to the Lock One Marina.
Made for a very nice historical walk, but would love to explore the area further south of Thieves Hollow some other time. There are also many quiet access spots along the road for fishing. Walked a total of just over 2 miles total on a relaxing Thursday afternoon.