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Monday, December 28, 2015

Sage Estates(Menands)

After leaving the Crossings of Colonie, Kalli and I warmed up for a bit and then headed over to Menands to visit a small preserve called Sages Estates.  I had never heard of this place, but saw it featured on another local blogger's page, so thought it would be nice to check it out. The preserve is literally found in a residential neighborhood, located between Broadway and Van Rensselaer Blvd, with the trail entrance located between two houses on Park Drive, across from Mountain View Rd. 
 The trail begins on a wide, easy to follow woods road.
After traveling north for a short distance, the trail turns at a steep ravine.
 Just around the bend in the trail is an open meadow.  Several yards to the right of the meadow is a fence and pond, created by damming a small creek, just past that. 
 The backyards and houses of nearby Sages Estates can be seen on the far shore of the pond.
 Just below the dam, the tiny creek flows into the deep ravine.
 The trails are all unmarked and at times hard to follow, as they wind through the woods.  Looking down at Kalli crossing a footbridge in a small ravine.
 We followed the trails west and then back south and east for about 1.4 miles total.

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