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I will post the exact location and weekend date (I will include all day Friday due to distance) once i set up my reservation for a close bye park. I'm leaning toward a late April weekend so it wouldn't be too cold/spring time. Any questions you can contact me/text Dawn M[masked]. Leader is a Certified CPR and First Aid for emergencies. This will be a camp, hike,bike and explore the local towns trip for those that haven't been on one of our trips! I'll have a spot open to share space-first come first serve to be fair.
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Park Address: 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Minnewaska State Park Preserve was once the site of two mountaintop hotels. Many of the scenic trails and historic carriageways wind their way around two "sky lakes." Lake Minnewaska and Lake Awosting are the centerpieces of the park preserve, from which most other scenic attractions can be reached. These lakes are well known for the exceptional clarity of their water and their aquamarine color. Both lakes are set into white conglomerate cliffs and encircled with carriageways that provide ready access to many views.
The southernmost promontory of the Shawangunks is a massive cliff called Sam's Point (http://www.nysparks.com/parks/193/details.aspx), which affords broad views extending from the Hudson Highlands in the southeast to High Point State Park and the Kittatinnies in the southwest. The name "Sam's Point" has also been used to designate the plateau-like mountainscape north of the promontory formed of thick slabs of Shawangunk conglomerate. A miniature forest of evergreen heaths, blueberries, and pitch pines finds a tenuous foothold in this harsh, rocky environment. According to The Nature Conservancy, "the majestic views and unique landscapes of Sam's Point represent one of the best examples of a ridgetop dwarf pine barrens in the world."
The numerous scenic overlooks in the park are destinations by themselves, with varied and sweeping views of the lakes, cliffs, expanses of pine barrens, and valleys below. They include Hamilton Point, Castle Point, Gertrude's Nose, Millbrook Mountain, Murray Hill, Margaret Cliff, Beacon Hill, and the High Peters Kill cliffs. Many are accessible by both trail and carriage roads. Use Web Map link on this site for a trail map and brochure from NYS Parks.
The Beacon Hill Trail [0.8 mile; yellow] is one of the most scenic short hikes in the immediate area of Lake Minnewaska. It begins at the Beacon Hill Carriage Road, 0.7 mile from the Lake Minnewaska parking area. It can be combined with the Beacon Hill Carriage Road and the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road for a two- or three-mile loop hike.
The Blueberry Run Trail [2.2 miles; blue] begins at the crest of Castle Point, where the Shawangunk Ridge Trail [SRT blue] joins the Castle Point Carriage Road, 3.2 miles from the Lake Minnewaska parking lot.
Castle Point Carriage Road [4.3 miles; blue] is the highest within the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, skirting along the tops of the series of bluffs that define the western rim of the Palmaghatt Ravine, with lofty outward views. It is popular with mountain bicyclists. It begins from Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, on the west side of Lake Minnewaska, 0.4 mile from the parking area.
The Gertrude's Nose Trail [3.4 miles; red] begins on Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road, 2.1 miles from the parking area at Lake Minnewaska.
The Hamilton Point Carriage Road [2.8 miles; yellow with black H] follows the northern rim of the Palmaghatt Ravine, an immense V-shaped ravine whose side walls consist of a double row of high, vertical cliffs. This is one of the most scenic routes between Lake Minnewaska and Lake Awosting.
Rather than taking a direct route across Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the Shawangunk Ridge Trail [9.5 miles passing southwest from Jenny Lane to Mud Pond; SRT blue] meanders through the park on a winding course, passing ridge-top viewpoints and waterfalls, and scrambling up and down rocky cliffs. Co-aligned with the Jenny Lane Trail [blue] at the start, the SRT crosses many of the park's trails and carriage roads making it possible to plan a variety of loop hikes. The Jenny Lane parking area is a convenient place to begin a hike.
Trail hikes Camping & Such cannot be held liable for any said loss of any said kind. Hope to see ya'll on the trail!
Once I book the reservation and make sure there is space for others I will post all missing info. We will be doing this in early May as the best time according to the website for this river is spring or fall. Due to the long distance for members, this will be a full Friday through Sunday weekend. For kayaking, as the date gets closer, I will call a local kayak rental place for shuttling/transportation of kayaks and where to portage. Hope you can make it!
The 8,500 acre park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing. Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent and trailer campsites, cabins and organized group tenting are available. Enjoy the beauty of Cook Forest by hiking on one of 27 marked trails. The terrain is of rolling hills and cool valley streams. Special scenic areas are the old growth forest, Fire Tower/Seneca Point and the Clarion River. Part of the 140-mile Baker Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail pass through Cook Forest. Bikes are permitted on all one-way, dirt roads within the park. Two designated bridle trails and portions of Brown's Run Trail comprise 4.5 miles of trails for horseback riding. There are 12 miles of snowmobile trails, three acres of sledding slopes and three designated cross-country ski trails in the park. About 7,000 acres are open to hunting and trapping. Common games species include: deer, turkey, bear, and squirrel.
Trail hikes camping and such cannot be held liable for any said loss of any kind. Hope to see ya'll on the trail. Happy hiking!