This is somewhat more than a "beginners hike," as we will be keeping a moderate pace.
The Intro to Night Hiking Series will have beautiful sunset & night hikes that are more moderately paced than your average night hike. Great way to get into night & sunset hiking! Headlamps are required.
Highlights: Easy hike to outstanding views. Near: Saugerties, NY Scenery: Hudson River, Eastern Catskills
Distance: 4.8 miles RT.
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet.
Hike Time: 2.5 hours.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots.
Special Gear / Requirements: Warm weather wicking clothing, food/water as you feel is appropriate, first aid, insulating shirt & rain jacket (just in case), headlamp & extra batteries, camera!
Who's Organizing? Joy Perkett, Joy.Perkett@gmail.com, & Matthew Nuss, 845-594-8684 (no calls prior to 24 hours before event)
Meetup Times and Locations: 6:00 p.m. - parking area on Platte Clove Road.
Google map link to the trailhead (http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=42.13332,-74.082549&hl=en&sll=42.132301,-74.083085&sspn=0.009946,0.022638&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=m&z=16).
Summary: This hike is a rarity in the Catskills. A hike to a beautiful overlook that doesn't involve a vigorous, 3-4 hour climb. The blue blazed trail (Part of the Long Path) starts at the parking area on Platte Clove Road. It begins as a gentle climb up a heavily eroded woods road. After about 3/4 mile it reaches a junction with the yellow blazed Huckleberry Point trail. Turn right here. The trail is more pleasant here, as it's now a narrow path through the forest. It crosses a stream, then climbs a bit before descending towards Huckleberry Point. Here you will find outstanding views of the Hudson Valley to the east and Indian Head, Plattekill and Twin Mtns to the south.
Trailhead: NYS Thruway to exit 20. 212 West to Centerville. Turn right (North) on CR-35, then left onto CR-33 towards West Saugerties. This becomes Platte Clove Rd. Parking area is on right just before The Bruderhoff (Lat: 42.1336 Lon: -74.08368)
NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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