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The Final Hike: Schunemunk Mountain Traverse Followed by Wine at Vineyard

New Year's Eve Schunemunk Mountain Traverse with a Stop at Palaia Vineyards Following the Hike (If Time Allows)




Total Mileage: 8-10 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1,000+ Feet
Estimated Hike Time: 3-5 Hours
Difficulty: Intermediate (No Beginners Please)
Special Gear / Requirements: Headlamp, 2 liters of water, food, map, cold weather hiking gear, fleece or puffy jacket, Hat, Gloves, microspikes, snowshoes, hiking poles optional.

Who's Organizing?
Eric Ortner
(914)[masked]


Meetup Times and Locations:

10:00 AM Otterkill Road Parking Area

10:15 AM Route 32 Parking Area Corner of Evans Drive

 

Web links for additional information:
1) http://www.nynjtc.org/park/schunemunk-mountain-3

2) High Nob and Schunemunk Mountain

3) Palaia Vineyards


 

Trail Description:

We will meet at the Otterkill Road Parking area which is underneath the Moodna Viaduct (MTA train trestle) and SPOT CARS HERE. We will then drive to the parking area on Route 32 at the Corner of Evans Drive in Highland Mills, NY Where we will begin the hike.

We will then walk North East on Route 32 for about a quarter of a mile until we meet the Teal Blazed Long Path. We will then follow the long path along the MTA railroad tracks for another quarter of a mile until it veers left and begins to ascend High Nob. The Long Path then begins to steeply ascend High Nob with a short rock scramble. (This is my preferred climb up Schunemunk) At the top of High Nob we will stop briefly at a scenic view which overlooks Black Rock Forest and Storm King Mountain. We will continue to follow the Long Path as it looses elevation before ascending the main Schunemunk Ridge. Once we've reached the top of the ridge after another brief scramble, we will turn right (North East) on the Yellow Jessup Trail which remains relatively flat as it follows the ridge line. The group will then follow the Yellow trail until we meet the white Megaliths Spur Trail. The group will stop at the Megaliths and possibly explore the large rocky boulders there depending on weather and trail conditions. We will then continue following the Yellow Trail past several scenic views overlooking the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain, until it reaches the White Unnamed Trail. We will turn left (West) on the white trail as it descends the Eastern Schunemunk ridge into the valley and then ascends the Western Ridge crossing a red trail before meeting up with the Long Path Again. We will then follow the Long Path until it reaches the White Trestle Trail. The group will then follow the Trestle Trail as it descends past several scenic views including the Moodna Viaduct Testle and ultimately the cars spotted on Otterkill road.

If time allows we might be able to stop off at Palaia Vineyards for wine tastings on the way back to the cars parked on Route 32 following the hike.


Rain Cancels.

Snow?...  Game On!

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  • John G.

    Lots of fun, good group.

    January 3, 2014

  • Christopher M.

    Chilly, windy, and a whole world of fun!

    January 1, 2014

  • Christopher M.

    Heck of a way to end 2013 and start off 2014!

    January 1, 2014

  • Mike F.

    Great group

    January 1, 2014

  • Intaba L.

    Thanks, Eric. You are the best!

    December 31, 2013

  • Kathrin H.

    Great weather, great people, great hike!!! Thank you!!!

    December 31, 2013

  • Kathrin H.

    I wish everyone a happy new year and thank you for the great hike today!!!

    December 31, 2013

  • Hammering H.

    Happy new yr and thanks for the great hike today

    December 31, 2013

  • Hammering H.

    Happy New Year to everyone it was sweet!!!

    December 31, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Great hike, thanks Eric!

    December 31, 2013

  • Jim P

    Thanks Erik, great hike, fun group

    December 31, 2013

  • Marcello (.

    GREAT WEATHER, AND GREAT PEOPLE

    December 31, 2013

  • Zoey

    Sorry for the last min.cancelation. Hope you all have fun!

    December 31, 2013

  • Kathrin H.

    I would come with a friend and he have no Microspikes. Are they a must have on this hike? Or is anybody who have one pair for lend? That would be great!

    December 30, 2013

    • Eric O.

      You might be able to do it without them. It's always best to be prepared for the unexpected. Also, your friend needs to sign up for the hike to attend. I need everyone to sign the legal waver.

      December 30, 2013

    • Kathrin H.

      Ok Eric, i tell him! Thank you! See you tomorrow :-)

      December 30, 2013

  • Jesse

    This is Meredith's 40th HVH event!

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Eric O.

    I'm picking up Minuoung at 9:07 at Suffern Train Station. If anyone else needs a ride please let me know. If you have decided not to attend please update your RSVP.

    December 30, 2013

  • Kathrin H.

    Is there someone who`s driving from NYC or Long Island? I would need a ride to join the hike.

    December 26, 2013

    • Jim P

      I'm headed back to Stamford, CT. I can drop off, Spring Valley, Peekskill, or White Plains.

      December 30, 2013

    • Minyoung

      Thank you! I would love to be dropped off at White Plains. There is a train every 10 mins from White Plains to Penn.

      December 30, 2013

  • NK

    would love to come..how long is this hike and where exactly would we be meeting uo

    December 29, 2013

  • NK

    would love to come..how long is this hike and where exactly would we be meeting uo

    December 26, 2013

    • Eric O.

      Please read the description.

      1 · December 26, 2013

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