3011 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY
Location: North of Cold Spring, NY on Route 9D
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Access: From the Taconic parkway, take route 301 east towards Cold Spring till you encounter Route 9D in the Village of Cold Spring. Go North (right) on route 9D for about two minutes till you come across Little Stoney Point (Sign on left when Northbound). A parking lot is on the right hand side of the street but you can also park on the the left hand side of the street if needed. You will be close to the parking lot as you come down the small hill on 9D the water will come into your view on the left.
With summer here, I am going to try this hike in a new way. We will start with the easy walk past the Cornish Estate and ruins. We will then take the back way around Tauras (which may be new to some of you) past the Croton Aqueduct and then come up the STEEP side trail which should provide some new views of Cold Spring and the Hudson. We will take that trail for additional views of Breakneck, circle back (.5 of a mile) and take the Blue trail down passing the quarry. (I'd say if you have fold up polls then bring them as the path down the side of the quarry is a little steep. Nothing dangerous but polls can make it easier for those with sensitive knees.) At this hour of the day we should have some nice views of the water. I am estimating the total distance in the 5-6 mile range.
General note- If you have attended any recent Breakneck hike or any mid level hike with me over the past three months then you should be fine. If your sole hiking experience is Rockefeller or Ward Pound Ridge, this is a much harder hike due to the strenuous up at the 3/4 mark.
Please check with me first if you fall into that category and you are interested in trying. I don't like to say no but I also want to make sure you are aware of the general expectations. There is a difference with being able to do the hike at your own speed and doing the hike at the general speed of the group.
I can't put an exact end time on this as I don't know what the temps will be or the makeup of the group. I will estimate 7:30 ish but that could be plus or minus 30 minutes depending on the group, pace, temps and photo ops.
Until we hit the 3/4 mark which is the major up, we will be under shade for the majority of the hike.
One important note - Please bring plenty of water. Unless you are a camel, one bottle is not enough.
Dogs are welcome on this hike. Kids 8 and up are welcome as well assuming they can handle this type of hike. If you are not sure, then play it safe and don't sign up.
$1.00 fee for this event
Note: At this time of day, parking in this area could be an issue. I do encourage carpooling. If you do plan on going out post hike, one potential option is to organize a carpool from Whistling Willie's which is less than a 5 minute drive from the trailhead. (Intersection of 301 and 9D)
One Final Reminder - Do not speed in the Village of Cold Spring. While I have not received a ticket, I know the officers are very active and love to share paper with their new friends.