Michael Ciaiola Preserve Hike

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.

GPS directions:

Carrriage House Restaurant and Tavern, 2605 route 22, Patterson, New York 12563

[masked], [masked]

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.


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  • mary o.

    Just a little fun fact from one of our conversations....the dry town in NY that I was thinking of is the Town of Neversink. There are about 12 in the state.

    June 17, 2013

  • Ted

    So the hike could go on, out fearless leader Steve did an early bailout with a challenged novice hiker. Thr rapids were really rippen and the cascades roaring. Mud was not that bad, but 2 of us did do a butt bounce. Group was small, conversations were excellent and we all went to the Carriage house for more good conversation. All in all a great day.

    June 15, 2013

    • mary o.

      Ted - I still have your first aid kit! Will bring it on Wednesday.

      June 16, 2013

  • Brooks

    Spectacular day, hike, hikers, and leader!

    June 15, 2013

  • mary o.

    Beautiful day! We ended up being a small group, so that made for really nice conversations and opportunity to get to know each other! Not bad on the muddy end, and in spite of my early difficulties, I recovered well and had a blast! Thankfully the only thing I broke in my 1st fall was the plastic container that held my fruit. Ended with a great meal at the Carriage House!

    June 15, 2013

  • Mark M.

    Overslept, won't make it in time.

    June 15, 2013

  • Raymond R.

    Bike ridin

    June 14, 2013

  • Kate H.

    Sorry I have to cancel I will be out of town.

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry need to cancel traveling for work !! Have fun all

    June 11, 2013

  • Joni

    decided to go to clearwater river fest, have fun!

    June 10, 2013

  • Ted

    Thanks Kathy - 11am When I copied and pastes the hike, I forgot that there is a time posted in the text, have to remove that or mistake will happen again

    June 4, 2013

  • Kate H.

    The text says to be at the carriagehouse parking lot by 11.30, but the hike starts at 11. Which is it?

    June 4, 2013

  • Ilse

    Hi all, would love to join but as usual, limited by no car ..is anyone traveling from Manhattan/Bronx or surrounding areas (accessable by subway) and willing to carpool?? Thanks so much!

    June 4, 2013

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