Westchester County Sanctuary Intermediate Hike

  • January 20, 2013 · 10:00 AM

This is one that will be new to me. The total distance is 7.6 miles but judging by the map the elevation gain is minimal. I will check out the parking situation on Saturday.

For now, the meetup point will be the Katonah train station parking lot. The lot closest to Rte 35 and less than 2 minutes from exit 5 on 684.

Will update with additional directions at GPS coordinates on Sat

Description
Westchester County Sanctuary Ramble

The hike begins at the Hunt-Parker Memorial Sanctuary, owned by the Bedford Audubon Society. From the parking area across the street from the Bedford Audubon Society's headquarters on Todd Road, head towards the stone barn and kiosk. Follow the the Baur Meadow Hill Trail (orange) on the mowed path along the edge of the meadow.
Heading uphill the trail enters the upland forest and ends, at 0.7 mile, at the Katonah Ridge Trail (blue). Turn left, descend and then ascend to the high point in the sanctuary without a view. The Katonah Ridge Trail passes junctions with white trails as well as short orange trails which lead to neighboring developments. The Katonah Ridge Trail passes the Swamp Maple Trail (yellow) to the left at 2.0 miles. If taken, the Swamp Maple Trail (yellow) goes through a wetland and adds 0.4 mile to the hike.


After passing the Swamp Maple Trail a second time, the Katonah Ridge Trail reaches the Valley Brook Trail (white) to the left at 2.1 miles. If you wish to have a shorter hike, turn right to continue on the Katonah Ridge Trail to reach the Bauer Meadow Hill Trail to return to the parking lot for a hike of 3.8 miles.


To visit Mt Holly Sanctuary (owned by The Nature Conservancy), take the Valley Brook Trail (white) which goes through the wetlands on puncheon. An extremely wide stone wall is to your right, evidence that the area was once farmed. At the entrance to Hunt-Parker Sanctuary on North Salem Road, turn left and walk 275 yards to the entrance to Mt. Holly Sanctuary just past the driveway for #143 on North Salem Road.


Turn right to go through a gate beside an ATT post and follow the ATT right-of-way, which parallels a driveway. At ATT post 266, turn left to parallel a flat top stone wall in view of a horse paddock to the right. Enter Mt Holly Sanctuary and turn left leaving the ATT right of way. The unmarked trail heads down hill and passes a rock outcropping to the left. Almost immediately it goes over a short causeway and shortly reaches the Pond Trail (yellow) at 2.7 miles.


Follow the Pond Trail to pass ponds and wetlands. The Pond Trail first ascends and then descends to end at the South Main Trail (blue) at 3.2 miles. Continue straight following the South Main Trail. When it reaches the North Main Trail (red), turn right. The red trail joins and leaves the blue trail twice. When it joins the blue trail for the third time at 4.3 miles, turn right on it. When the blue trail reaches the ATT right-of-way, turn left to follow it.


Just after passing ATT Post 271, the trail leaves the ATT right of way. Aside from occasional round black blazes on trees, the trail is unmarked. At the Pond Trail at 5.4 miles, turn left and begin to retrace your steps back to North Salem Road. After passing the rock outcropping, bear left at a Y junction. Just after leaving the sanctuary, the unmarked trail joins the ATT right of way down to North Salem Road.

Turn left, walk along the road, and turn right at the entrance to Hunt-Parker Sanctuary at 6.0 miles. Just after the Valley Brook Trail (white) crosses a stone bridge, it ends at the Katonah Ridge Trail (blue). Bear left and begin a gradual climb to the Baur Meadow Hill Trail (orange) At 7.0 miles, continue straight and head downhill. Just before the meadow, bear left onto the white trail and follow a stone wall. Turn right, leave the woods, and pass a house to return to the parking lot, having finished a 7.6 mile hike.

$1.00 fee for this event

Preserve Rules - Dogs are not allowed on this hike

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  • Mohani

    great hike

    January 21, 2013

  • Marie

    Thank you to our fearless leader Steve for another great hike. I enjoyed the group!

    January 20, 2013

  • magaly

    Great discovery hike.

    January 20, 2013

  • Steve

    We didn't do the full 7.6 but we worked in 6+ miles and we discovered that there are parts of the Bayou in Westchester County. We also found unique ponds, artifacts, and some lovely homes. Will go back in either late spring or summer and see if I can make friends with some of the neighbors.

    January 20, 2013

  • Patrizia

    A special THANK YOU to Jeff for sharing his camera with me!

    January 20, 2013

  • Patrizia

    What a fantastic hike!!! Thank you for organizing, Steve!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Jeff

    A quick fun hike on a beautiful day. Good group of people.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Ann B.

    Great hike!

    January 20, 2013

  • Annette G.

    I would be interested to go on this hike, what is the date?

    January 20, 2013

  • Madhu

    Ok thanks. Will call.

    January 20, 2013

  • Steve

    Madhu - If you have any issues just call or text

    January 20, 2013

  • Steve

    No -when you get off train follow the crowd to the town side. I will be waiting in a green lumina. Your train gets in at 9:55 and it is a short ride to the larger lot. For everyone else, please give us a few minutes grace as we should be at your location by 10:05

    January 20, 2013

  • Madhu

    Steve...will be taking the train to Katonah...I am assuming the parking lot closest to I 684 is the parking lot outside the station or is there another one?

    January 20, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Still meeting at the Katonah station, the closest to I-684?

    January 20, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes - meeting at station - lot closest to 684

      January 20, 2013

  • Steve

    Updated the time - thank you.

    January 15, 2013

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