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Up from the outdoor center and down through rattlesnake swamp (almost steped on a copperhead)
Quick acent up red dot and down blue square to catch the sunset...... ankle injury held out good on this test hike...... sunset was wonderful......
Kinda appalled at the number of unprepared hikers going up for a sunset (no flashlights or anything)
Bushwack from sterling ridge to hasenclever hill, found 3 distinct view points, one near the summit, looked over the IBM complex to the east, black rock on the ny side, huge viewpoint, one of the better ones.... then a 3rd .2 miles from blackrock.... very similar but smaller........
On the way to big beech the trip fell apart, dog decided to chase a deer, draged me into a swamp, lost map, and compus in one shot..... (no luck finding it) bailed on big beach to avoid being hopelessly lost, kept sterling ridge to my left and followed the valley to a woods road that was the one I started on..... back to blue lake safe and sound....
Keep a strong head on your shoulder, don't panic, and use basic knowledge........ also respect the woods in nj...... the hills May not be big..... but they still can get you..... and they tend to be scrappy
Camera/ phone also lost (new York side,near the swamp by big beech mountian), if anyone does find it, I would like the memory card back, (rest is insured, but I can't get my photos back)- find me on Facebook Thomas j stabler if found
Hiked in from ramapo trailhead, took the wrong turn (fall activities include where's the trail for 100$), so decided to climb matty price hill, and wow what a veiw that one has, maybe the best of the day. The VP included most of the 1k peaks in the ramapos and basicly all the ramapo. Followed the marsh trail to the college between rocky and drag and Bushwack edwards the Ridge to rocky, veiws of the city are found near the top. Quickly climbed down to bear swap and climbed ilgenstein hill for the other realy good veiws of the day and followed the Ridge over to Halifax trail (losing the trail a lot do to leaves). Hit the road that goes to the pipeline and tower on the side of drag and blindly (sun angle) climbed to the top of drag, decent veiws. The climb down drag hurt a lot (foot injury and loose rock). All in all a great day.
From the park parking area, at to the blue trail to the snowshoe trail, to monument trail and back, excellent veiws
Up the red, down the blue...... wonderful intro to the list, great veiws, challanging footing, a hike with a lot more attitude then expected (from a catskill 3500 member).... loads of wilife including a 6 foot black rat snake, seen no copperheads but could smell the tell tale cumcumbers all day.... plan more trips, including the nj at trail