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Started at Greenwood Lake airport and fed our curiosity in the remains of the Jungle Habitat. So much fun! With a short bushwhack we easily found the Blue blaze ridge trail and a pretty walk to the peak.
Ascended Family Style.
Happy my hiking partner like this one.
Trails up the Yellow, Blue, Red/Silver are still nice pack single tracks.
Bushwhacked NW back to the Red/Silver.
My co-pilot clearly thinks this peak lives up to its name – What a Drag. She couldn’t bear to stay awake, even with all the heavy panting and sweating her out of shape daddy was doing.
Up the Yellow, to white, to the pipeline we went from the parking lot on 202.
Most of the trails were well packed single tracks in the snow. Microspikes worked perfectly. Though the last bit up to the top may have warranted snowshoes.
Great hike! Beautiful views at the flag.
We set off from the Berkshire Valley Parking lot off of Rte 615. We ignored the spaghetti bowl of ATV trails and herd paths and just bushwacked NE. The terrain undulates this way and that but it is easy to know your gaining elevation as you go. The forest here is mature and easy to walk though the low scrub and occasional blow down.
Found the 4 concrete bases easily at the peak. Best of all, besides the many turkeys which we enjoyed scaring (or them scaring us really) we had the place to ourselves! Co-pilot approved.
Went for our second peak of the day - to my co-pilots chagrin. From Sparta Glen Park we followed the Blue, to the orange, to the green, to the yellow. The color variety of blazes seemed to cheer up my hiking partner and makes for easy navigating to the top on this rocky and steep ascent.
My co-pilot giving this one a "thumbs up". Easy, smooth trails for a nice mid-week walkabout. Saw a hand full of other hikers, all of which were very respectful of "social distancing" (thank you all) during these very weird times.
We hiked up the Highlands trail and whacked the last bit to the "peak". Not much to see up there but a good short hike nevertheless. For our return we followed high ground/ATV trails southward to the the power lines and then to the railroad tracks.
We set out from Blue Lake in Sterling Forest and followed woods roads to the Black Rock viewpoint. What a great view and a sweet spot for a break and picnic! From there the woods road seemed to have disappeared but the short bushwhack to he southerly most portion of the ridge was easy going. A few Interesting erratics kept the scenery even more interesting. From the high point we bushwhacked a north then northeast route back to Blue Lake and past an old abandoned mine.
All in all, this was a really nice little hike!
A little messy as portions of the trail were wet/muddy but overall a very nice hike in this well traveled park.
We enjoyed strolling the gardens and buildings afterwards.