Hiked about 3.5 miles RT with nearly 1200 feet elevation gain. My 60th Catskill Hundred Highest in the bag.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Met up with my buddy Jim at the Slide Mountain parking area along County Route 47 early in the morning with the intentions of hitting a couple more Catskill Hundred Highest peaks. The goal was to leave my car at the Slide parking area and then drive Jim's vehicle to a spot further southwest along 47, and start from there. We intended to bushwhack to Spruce Mountain and Winnisook Lake Mountain. This was adventure #1 for the day as Jim couldn't find an area to pull his vehicle off. So, he got creative and parked off partially on the snow bank being sure to keep the car off the road. Adventure #2 was the impending clipper snow storm knocking on the door. Starting at an elevation of about 2200 feet, we crossed the road and headed north into the woods.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Visited the 143 acre Keep Conservation Preserve in southern Columbia County late Monday afternoon with the puppy. I was anxious to get out, because I had been laid up the past several days with a pretty bad head cold...and Bella is always anxious to get out. We parked in the muddy parking area(which is really just a small clearing in a field), and were lucky not to get stuck. The parking area can be found on the north side of County Route 8, 1.7 miles east of the 9G intersection in Germantown. Trails begin straight ahead just beyond a kiosk with trail map.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Another Tuesday off and yet another stormy Tuesday in the forecast. Looked like I had a window in the morning to get out for a local hike, so I headed just over the NY/Mass state line to the Hancock Shaker Village to hike the Shaker Mountain Trail. Parked in the pull off along the north side of Route 20 across from the Shaker Village. Elevation at the trail head was 1185 feet.
Continuing north, the trail soon meets up with Shaker Brook and closely follows it.
Nearly half a mile into the hike, the trail arrives at the Low Dam, which was built before 1818 and supplied North Family mills on the east side of the creek just downstream.
Just beyond the Low Dam and roughly half a mile into the hike, the trail crosses Shaker Brook on a sturdy foot bridge.
The Holy Mount Trail meets up with the Griffin Trail, which heads east above an impressive gorge, carved out by a branch of Shaker Brook.