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