Moderate Beginner Hike of 5 miles - Parking is limited at trailhead so if there is a large response I may change the meetup location to the Dunkin Donuts (Same lot as BJ's) in Yorktown and carpool from there. I will leave the list at 18 for now.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Take the Taconic State Parkway to Route 202 and turn west. At the traffic light at Lexington Avenue, at 1.8 miles, turn right. Drive 0.6 mile to Morris Lane. Turn right and go into the parking lot at the bottom of the hill.
From the parking lot, take the Turtle Pond Trail (white) past an outdoor classroom and at a woods road, turn left uphill to visit some quarries. Turn left at the Sylvan Brook Trail (yellow). Go left at the Grant Lookout Trail (red), pass a quarry (no view), and turn left on the Sylvan Brook Trail which ends at the Turtle Pond Trail. Go left again and almost immediately cross a gas pipeline at 0.8 mile.
After reentering the woods, the Turtle Pond Trail passes through white pines and crosses Sylvan Brook. Foundations and remnants of quarrying operations and interpretive signs are along the trail. After passing the High Quarry Trail (blue) to the left, turn right to stay on the Turtle Pond Trail. At 1.1 miles, the trail turns left, passes the end of the Sylvan Glen Trail (red), and ascends. It turns left again and passes the entrance to the High Quarry, now overgrown.
When the Turtle Pond Trail ends at the High Quarry Trail, turn right. Pieces of abandoned quarry machinery and cables are scattered along the trail. The large stones make a perfect place to have lunch or a snack. The trail goes under a rock bridge with more quarry equipment off to the left. It passes a water-filled quarry and then a stone shed that housed explosives. At 1.7 miles, take the side trail to a view into the quarry pit and to the west. Observe caution and stay back from the edge.
Leave the view and follow the co-aligned High Quarry (blue) and Sylvan Glen (red) trails away from the quarry operations. When the trails split, go straight on the Sylvan GlenTrail (red), which crosses wet areas and goes up and over a knoll. After going through several stone walls, it passes a large pond to the right.
At the junction with the Old Farm Trail (green) at 2.5 miles, turn left. To the right, the trail leads to parking on Stony Street. The Old Farm Trail heads uphill and passes an orange blazed trail to Quarry Drive (no parking). After going through a stone wall, it turns right onto the Ring Trail (yellow), an old riding ring. In about 100 feet, turn right to go through the stone wall a second time. The trail crosses a bridge over a large ditch dug in hopes of draining a wet area to the north.
After following a woods road, the Old Farm Trail ends at the High Quarry Trail at 3.0 miles. Turn left and follow the High Quarry Trail back to the quarry area and take the Sylvan Glen Trail (red) behind the pile of discarded rocks.
The Sylvan Glen Trail heads left uphill along a narrow path and turns around the end of the knob of the hill. It descends gradually at first and then turns to descend steeply. At 3.8 miles reach stone steps, built by the Jolly Rovers, a highly skilled group of Trail Conference volunteers who specialize in rock work. They spent 706 hours to build the 36 steps, moving 21 tons of stone in the process.
A side trail at the bottom of the steps leads 200 feet to the 18-foot circumference Quarry Oak.
The Sylvan Glen Trail turns right, passes a large pile of discarded rocks, and enters the quarry. Large stones in the quarry floor are another place to have lunch or snack. The trail leaves the quarry and ends at the Turtle Pond Trail. These trails were built in 2010 by Trail Conference volunteers as part of the East Hudson Community Trails program in Yorktown. Go straight to follow the Turtle Pond Trail back to the parking lot for a 4.9-mile hike.
$1.00 donation for the hike
Please remember to dress in layers, bring water (at least one bottle) and perhaps a light snack.
Will update with number as we approach the date.
Rain or snow cancels