Schunemunk Mountain State Park

Check out the longest and tallest railroad trestle east of Mississippi, climb the tallest mountain in the Orange county, survey the landscape for miles from the top of the ridge, and explore the ancient megaliths!


The Hike: 

We'll do a 9 mile long loop, starting with the Trestle trail, then taking the Western Ridge trail to the Jessup trail.  About 5 miles into the hike we'll take a lunch break at the summit and spend some time exploring ancient megaliths. After the lunch break, we'll continue following the Jessup trail, until we reach the Otterkill trail which will lead us back to the parking lot. This is a moderately difficult trail, with a few lengthy steep sections and with some rock scrambling. The entire hike with all breaks, at a decent pace, should take about 6 hours. 

Gear:

Proper footwear is essential for this hike - a pair of comfortable, broken-in shoes, with good traction. Please no flip-flops, clogs, skate shoes and similar footwear on this hike. 

Bring enough water for the entire day. There is no water source anywhere along this hike, so come with your bottles/hydration packs filed up and ready to go.

You will need a small backpack to carry your food, water, and extra clothing. On some portions of this hike you will need to use your hands to climb up rocks, so you need your hands to be free.

The weather in the early spring can be unpredictable, and with a bit of a wind chill at the summit, a sunny day can turn into a cold one - so be ready and dress in layers. Bring an extra layer, a hat,  and rain/wind jacket that can fit into your backpack. A pair of gloves can be helpful on a cold, windy day.

As on any given hike - it is always a good idea to have your own map of the area you are hiking. You can purchase NY/NJ conference's West Hudson trail map pack - map 114, or at least print out this map:

(http://www.hil-marlodge.com/images/Hil-Mar_Hikers_Map.pdf)

Sunblock and insect repellents are good to have handy.

We should be done with this hike long before it gets dark, but it's always a good idea to pack a headlamp/flashlight - for unforeseen circumstances.


Getting there: 

We will carpool, and share the cost of gas/tolls. Drivers - please use comments field to offer rides to other members of the group.

Driving Directions 

From the New York State Throughway/I-87 North, take exit 16 onto US 6, heading West. Drive about 5 miles, and then follow signs for Route 208 North. After about 3 more miles, make a slight right onto Clove Road/CR 27. After about 4.5 miles, turn right onto Otterkill Road. Look for the parking area on the left.

 GPS Coordinates: [masked], [masked]


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  • Alex the T.

    I can pickup from 20ave station on the d line in brooklyn at 745am

    May 2

    • Cindy

      Thanks Alex! Unfortunately my phone died two days ago, but I will be there on time. I will be wearing a red jacket.

      May 2

    • Alex the T.

      Ok see u there I'm.in a red mazda

      May 2

  • Ania W.

    work called...of course;( can't make it tomorrow, have a great day guys, see you next time.

    May 2

  • David T

    Hey Cathy... Can I ride with you tomorrow ? If so what time is the pick up?

    May 2

  • Goran

    As of right now, there is a chance of showers forcasted for Saturday, mainly in the afternoon - so with a bit of luck, we'll be done before the clouds roll into the area, but plan on packing your rain gear just in case...temperature should be in mid 60s - just right...I'll give you an update tomorrow in the afternoon...

    May 2

    • Tushar

      No showers till the night, as of right now and temperature around mid 60s. This is great! Looking forward to tomorrow!

      May 2

    • Goran

      30% chance of scatter showers in the afternoon. With some luck we won't see any rain before we finish the hike but to be safe - please pack your rain gear for tomorrow's hike.

      May 2

  • Cindy

    Hi! Would anyone be able to offer me a ride from NYC or outer boroughs? Thanks!

    May 2

    • Goran

      Cindy, Alex is leaving from Bensonhurst. You can try to contact him and arrange the details with him directly. The other option is to ride with Cathy and meet her in Astoria or by the GW bridge (see her comment bellow).

      May 2

    • Cindy

      thanks Goran!

      May 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving from Astoria, have room in my car for 3 people who can meet me at Astoria or by GWB Manhattan side, 179th St.

    April 30

    • Tushar

      Hi Cathy. I'm looking for a ride from Manhattan and can come to GWB. Sent you an email through meetup about the same.

      May 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Tushar for the delay, responded to your message.

      May 1

  • Lizbet

    Too sick to hike. ;( . Have fun.

    April 30

  • Mercedes

    Cannot make it. Have fun!

    April 29

  • Tushar

    Hey all. I'm looking for a ride from the city. I can get to anywhere in Manhattan (or even the outer boroughs) on Saturday morning. Thanks!

    April 28

  • Lizbet

    Also looking for a ride. I live in Hoboken but can meet in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

    April 27, 2014

  • David T

    Looking for a ride. I'm next to GWB on manhattan side. Will chip in for all expenses. Thanks

    April 27, 2014

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