Turkey Mountain Hike
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Turkey Mountain Park
902 route 118, yorktown heights, new york - see directions.
Optional - going out for something to eat afterwards.
EQUIPMENT - We will come out at dusk to dark - bring headlamps or flashlights. Insect repellant (area has good drainage and generally light on the insects.). If you like - bring a goat or a chicken for a quick sacrifice - kidding - animal sacrifices are against park rule number 76B.
I HAVE SOME EXTRA HEADLAMPS THAT MAY BE BORROWED.
Terrain - Up 1 steep Mt
Distance - under 3 miles
Pace - Moderate up, slow down
Time - Depending on conditions about 1 1/2+ hours
"Turkey Mountain and it's surrounding parkland of 150 acres are a triumph of public purpose. The measure of a strong community is not just what it does to preserve and promote civilized culture, but what it also does to maintain an oasis, or retreat, for the wild." (lohud.com, "A Trip Up Turkey Mountain", Dec., 2005)
(Photo, William Kellner, hillsofhome.blogspot.com/, July, 2008)
Join Ted for a mid-week opportunity for some quick exercise and socializing. It is a short hike of under 3 miles. The first half of the hike will be slightly fast. The very beginning is a relatively short stretch, allowing for a nice warm up. The next mile is a steady undulating uphill walk (many short uphills and a few longer ones). This is the obvious exercise portion of the hike. We will take a break on top, to take in the views of the Hudson, New Croton Reservoir, Bear Mountain, Storm King and on a clear day the NYC skyline. The return hike will be over the same path, but at a slower pace to accommodate a bit of socializing and taking in nature. Round trip should be around 1 1/2 hours.
DIRECTIONS: From the South (New York/White Plains) Take the New York State Thruway/Major Deegan North to the Saw Mill Parkway North. Follow SMP to 26: Taconic State Parkway North. Follow TSP to the Underhill Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Underhill Ave. At traffic light turn right onto New York State Route 118. Drive 1.6 miles south. You will find the road to the trailhead on the right, directly across from the sign for Peter Pratt's Inn.
CONTACT: Send Ted any questions you have regarding this hike. If you are lost or running late the day of the hike, give Ted a call (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.