Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area, previously known as Merritt Park (and also sometimes known as Haviland Hollow), consists of over 800 acres and is Putnam County's largest county park. Wildlife abounds in this conservation area.
Wewill hike to two overlooks and snack at the second one. Then we will hike along a fast running stream to a small waterfall and gorge. We will take a brief brake at the waterfall.
Because of the steepness, this is not a beginners hike. If you have any concerns or questions, click on my picture and send me an email.
Distance: 6 miles
Pace: Moderate (fast walk) to vary with heat and humidity. Downhill and exit will be at a slower pace. Your cardio workout will be on the first 1/2 of the hike.
Terrain: There are some steep inclines.
Elevation: Max elevation is about 1200'. Base altitude is 500'. Total hiking elevatioon gain for both overlooks will be about 1200+'.
Time: This hike will be 3+ hours.
Optional Post Hike Meal: For those so inclined, we will meet at the Carriage House afterwards for some socializing and a bite to eat.
Prior to coming - check your directions.
Directions: Due to the large turnout and the limitations of the parking lot, we will have to carpool from a local restaurant. The Carriage House, that is located 2 miles from the trailhead. Please be there at least 15 minutes early, so we can make carpooling arrangements.
From Westchester - 684 North past the intersection of 84. 684 turns into Route 22. Go North for 7 miles to a traffic light (There is a diner on the corner.) Immediately after the light, turn left into the Carriage house parking lot and pull to the back of the parking lot.
Carrriage House Restaurant and Tavern, 2605 route 22, Patterson, New York 12563
Ted's cell phone number (203) 240-2706.
Liability Waiver: This is a fun and interesting group of people that enjoy hiking and socializing, it is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have
inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death.
You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.