Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Foliage on the Tanbark Trail

Tanbark TrailOne of my hiking principles is "never spend longer getting to the hike than hiking." Sadly, this year I had managed to book up my weekends in such a way that I couldn't get anyway for a long weekend to enjoy the fall color. And the fall foliage report declared that this weekend would be peak color in the Catskills! Thus I decided to throw principle aside and daytrip up to the Catskills on a Sunday for a short hike.

There are only a few hiking trails easily accessible by bus. One of those is the Tanbark Trail, in Phoenicia, which has been on my to-do list for a while.

It turns out that it is a nice little hike. The map shows it as being something of a squashed figure eight (or if you prefer Greek, a theta), but I never did find any connecting trail across the middle of the loop. The irony is that the area in general is criss-crossed with old roads, so some kind of connector in the right place ought to have been easy to find.

Tanbark Trail

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dater Mountain group hike

Dater Mountain

I was tapped to lead a Ramblers hike at the last minute, as the original leader had a minor injury. This meant I hadn't scouted it in advance, and some (well, most, as it turned out) of the trails were new to me. So the hike was something of an adventure.

We ended up hiking 12 miles, much of it rather flat for Harriman (about 1,700 feet of gain overall). It was a pretty hike, and the recent rain meant we saw a lot of interesting mushrooms.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ferries, bridges, and Governor's Island

Two bridges + Two ferries

Sunday's Ramblers hike was an urban adventure in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Governor's Island. We walked about 13 miles all told, I think, nearly all of it flat and on pavement.

The photo above is of old military housing on Governor's Island.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Joining the crowd at Breakneck Ridge

On Saturday I hiked Breakneck Ridge with a friend. The weather was perfect, so as usual the hike was very popular. It's not exactly a place to go for solitude. But it still is beautiful.

Breakneck Ridge

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A stroll on the rail-trail

Rail-Trail

After my backpack, I found myself in Tannersville for the day with no car. With limited options, I decided to walk along the rail-trail. Previously, I'd done some of the western part of it, and I didn't expect much. The western part, after all, passes along the lovely lake seen above, but the view from the trail itself isn't much.

The eastern half turned out to be much more interesting. It follows the old railbed alongside a creek, and much of it is attractively shaded with evergreens.

Rail-Trail

Of course it's flat and not very long (the entire thing is under 3 miles). It ends when it hits a road crossing; while the railbed continues, it is apparently on private land.