----Rescheduled due to unploughed parking lot ----
Enjoy a relaxed/moderate pace winter hike around Sylvan Glen in Yorktown. We will do about 3-4 miles on mainly easy hiking trails with some short hills. We will stop and view some old mining areas on the way.
Friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome, but should be on a leash (6 ft or less).
Terrain: Easy hiking trails with some short hills. Remember though that winter brings more difficulty to the terrain.
Distance: 3-4 miles (length will depend on conditions and group)
Pace: Relaxed to Moderate
What to bring and wear:
Bring water, something to snack on, and anything else you need to enjoy the hike. As with all winter hikes you should wear hiking boots. Remember to dress in layers and bring enough clothing for the conditions. Please no cotton or jeans, these can be especially dangerous to wear in the winter or at least uncomfortable if they get wet or damp (which can happen just by sweating). For more information on preparing yourself for a winter hike see clothing_for_winter_hiking
Traction devices will likely not be required for this hike but depending on the snow/ice conditions they may prove useful. Hiking poles can also help with balance.
The park is the site of the largest single industry known to the Town of Yorktown. After generous deposits of granite with unusual rich mellow tones of coloration were discovered in the area, quarries were established, probably as early as the 1850's. It was not until after the turn of the century, however, that the site was exploited to its fullest. The period of greatest activity was from 1900 to 1940. The quarries were operated by various owners - all of whom called their product Mohegan Golden Granite. The last owner, operating the quarries throughout the period of greatest production, was Grenci and Ellis, Inc. Granite from the Mohegan Granite Quarries was used in the construction of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the main entrance to the City Bank-Farmer's Trust Co. building at William Street and Exchange Place (NYC), the New York State Office Building - including the carved Great Seals of the State and City of New York (NYC), the Arlington Memorial Bridge (Washington, D.C.), the Westchester County National Bank (White Plains), the Memorial to (poet) Eugene Field (NYC) and many other buildings, mausoleums and memorials. Barracks and commissaries were built to accommodate the hundreds of laborers attracted to the area. In full production during the 20s, it was not unusual to have two $1,000,000 jobs running at the same time with two hundred men employed for a total weekly payroll of $15,000!
I will be monitoring the weather prior to the hike and if conditions are not good, the hike is subject to cancellation. As always please make sure to check your email/site prior to leaving for the hike, any cancellation notices will be sent prior to 8.45 am if required.