Schunemunk Mountain Ridge Loop and The Megaliths (10 Miles - Intermediate)

  • August 20, 2011 · 9:30 AM
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Schunemunk Mountain, standing at almost 1,700 feet, has a long, impressive ridge line and countless stunted pitch pines anchored in bare rock. The mountain itself has an interesting history. The name “Schunemunk” means “excellent fireplace” in Lenape, the ancient language of the Lenni Lenape Indians, who lived in a village on the northern tip of the mountain before the arrival of the Europeans. Also, during the American Revolution, the mountain was often the site of skirmishing between Tory and Patriot irregulars.

Starting with a steep uphill climb amidst unique rock types and formations, enjoy exceptional views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills as we undulate over the mountain peaks. Over the course of the day, we'll cover a moderate to challenging 10 miles. We'll stop for lunch at the Megaliths, a group of huge blocks that have split off from the bedrock. (This is a great place to explore and I spent a good amount of time here just climbing the rocks and hanging out..)

Most of this hike is on an open double ridge with 360 degree views and tons of blueberries on the trail! Expect to cover 10 miles, with an elevation difference of 1300 feet. With all the ups and downs the total ascent is around 2500 feet. The hike should take 6-7 hours and could be more or less depending on our pace. We'll be sticking together as a group and I'll be going at an average pace taking pictures along the way. There are way too many views here not to appreciate whats around you. 

Hike Description:

From the parking lot on Otterkill Road, we will follow the White Trestle Trail to the Red Trail and onto the Long Path. We'll hike along the ridge on the Long Path until we reach the Red Trail. We'll follow Red for about 0.1 mi to the Blue Trail and climb another 300 feet to the Yellow (Highlands) Trail. We'll have lunch at the Megaliths, then we'll follow Yellow to White, and back to where we started.

Trailhead Coordinates: N41°[masked] W074°[masked] (Remember to input in the correct format!)

Directions:

Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 16 (Harriman). Proceed west on N.Y. Route 17 to Exit 130, and continue north on N.Y. Route 208 for 2.7 miles. Just past the Blooming Grove Plaza shopping center, bear right at the fork onto Clove Road (County Route 27). In 4.4 miles, turn right onto Otterkill Road and proceed for 0.7 mile to a trail head parking area on the side of the road. You will see white blazes on poles indicating the start of the trailhead on the road.

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  • Justin C.

    A truly awesome hike, with a great group of people.

    August 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    5 star hike, 5 star group! I had a blast and am still laughing at Jose's running comedy.

    August 21, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    you go girl......

    August 21, 2011

  • Becky

    Jose, 24 hours later, I am still laughing, you are precious.

    August 21, 2011

  • Colm

    A top day with a top bunch of people. Thanks again Manny.

    August 21, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    This was my second tour of the Schunemunk Mt and Megaliths...this is by far the most fun i had ever had with any meet up group,Manny was a 5 star general leader that always stayed with his group ELMO was great keeping the back end together..and the group has become my outdoor family...you guys made me laugh all the time..i need to learn how to freeze FANTA orange soda..i dont know who was the MOLE in or group....but i will find out..thansk COLM for the pics,Mae lost so much weight that her pants were falling off..man i wish we had 1 more mile to go..Erika...theres no reward for me $$$ forget about it....Rana ur a cute serial killer...Lori next time do it in heels please....Becky ur way to fast for me to mug you..no need to run...and to all the guys...well...im no longer in jail for me to say sweet things..

    August 21, 2011

  • Glenn

    This was a great hike with a great group of people. Plenty of entertainment was provided by Jose and the rattlesnake added a nice sense of danger.

    August 21, 2011

  • erika

    I loved every second of this hike. The hike, the laughs, the people made 10 miles seem like a piece of cake. Can't wait to do it again.

    August 21, 2011

  • Manny

    Awesome hike and fun mix of personalities on this particular event. Everyone just got along very well with random jokes and funny stories flying throughout the hike. Our "bodega" comedian Jose kept everyone laughing and it was just simply one of the more fun hikes I've hosted in this group.. Good times with great people and maybe one of these days, all our resident comedians will come on the same event, I predict tons of laughs and mayhem that day... people will have to cover their virgin ears!

    August 21, 2011

  • David K.

    Great Group of People. Great Hike. Couldn't have asked for a better day in the woods . . . or the pub.

    August 21, 2011

  • Becky

    great fun hike with a very friendly group, lot of laughs thanks to our Section 8 comedian Jose providing endless stories. Thank you Manny for organizing and Elmer, it was fun chasing you down the mountain. Thank you everyone for a great day.

    August 20, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    bring some good boots for this hike.....only because if it rains those huge rocks on top can be slippery...............

    August 19, 2011

  • David K.

    Driving from Near JFK. Can pick up in Queens at convenient locations. email me ([masked]) or call me [masked]) if you need a lift.

    August 19, 2011

  • Glenn

    I?ll be stay by Hunter for the weekend so I can provide a ride to anyone from exit 20 on the Thruway down.

    August 19, 2011

  • Masood M.

    I will be driving from Clifton, NJ. Glad to give a ride. [masked]

    August 19, 2011

  • Manny

    @ALL - The parking area can probably fit 10 cars at most when its completely empty, so lets all try to carpool.

    August 18, 2011

  • Marsha

    My summer is being shot to...
    Maybe on the next!

    August 18, 2011

  • Andrei

    Hi guys, anyone driving from Brooklyn or Manhattan? Thanks!

    August 17, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving from Bloomfield, NJ and happy to either provide a ride or join a carpool!

    August 16, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    Manny...is that lot small also.....?

    August 16, 2011

  • Manny

    Yeah, its a different parking area.. there's room for a small amount of cars, but I'd encourage everyone to carpool as much as possible...

    August 15, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    opps......OPPS AGAIN.....the parking lot that i went to was alot closer then OTTERKILL RD.......it was on CLOVE RD........

    August 15, 2011

  • JOSE "PALLBEARER" M.

    TO ANYBODY reading this......get there early...the parking lot is kinda small...and in a way hard to spot....

    August 15, 2011

  • Marsha

    Please lets get there hike and return before 5pm. I gotta see Step Afrika! perform. Anyone can offer a ride?

    August 15, 2011

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