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Monday, April 24, 2017

Kinderhook Creek Preserve(East Nassau)

Got out for a short evening hike on a beautiful spring day, just down the road from my house, at the Kinderhook Creek Preserve in East Nassau.  Started along the yellow blazed Stone Wall Trail along the western edge of the property.
 Beautiful stone walls.
 I stuck to the perimeter trails at first, hugging the southern edge of the Preserve along the yellow and red trails before meeting up with the black blazed SAY Trail.  Passing over a high point on the SAY Trail, complete with bench, just before dropping down into the steep gorge of the creek.
 Descended all the way down to the gorgeous Kinderhook Creek.
 Followed fisherman paths along the shoreline, offering up plenty of nice views.
 Fisherman path skirting the Creek.
 After coming to a bend in the creek, I headed back into the woods, regaining the SAY trail and followed it back south beneath some incredible rock cliffs.
 Enormous rock cliffs tower above the trail.
 I kind of zig-zagged my way through the preserve from here, following a brown marked Ridge Bottom Trail north back up to the SAY trail again, then following a red blazed Ridge Top Trail south.  I explored some of the ledges just off trail along the ridge top, finding some screened views of the surrounding hills.
 The late day sun shining beyond the west slopes of the ridge top.
 Finally met back up with the white blazed woods road, following it north all the way back to the car.  Hiked about 2.3 miles total on a mild, spring evening.  As I headed back home, I paused to enjoy the late April sunset that is fast approaching 8pm.

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