Short hike with a view

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Short hike with a view

New postby Birdman » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:15 pm

My son and his wife are visiting from Connecticut around November 8th for a weekend. I live in Saugerties and looking for suggestions for a short hike 3 miles+- with a view. Thanks.
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Re: Short hike with a view

New postby dundee » Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:52 am

Somewhere in the North/South Lake area. If the tollbooth is open at the campground, they will give yoou a free hiking map of the area, and charge you a day-use fee to enter. You can park for free and go to North Point and swing around to bear Den, Artists Rock and the site of the Catskill Mt. House.

You can also do the Escarpment Trail

Stop at the Mountaintop Historical Society in Haines Falls. They may have some free maps, too and also have many nice books of the area for sale.
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Re: Short hike with a view

New postby kennykb » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:59 am

It's hunting season. Wear orange.

North-South Lake has really nice views, of course, but don't they close the gates after Columbus Day? If they're not open, you'll have to walk in from the Schutt Road parking. There are still nice hikes that start from there, but it won't be a quick 3-mile jaunt unless you do just the Mountain House site.

One thing I did with my daughter when she was a kid was the in-and-out to the base of Kaaterskill Falls and then the in-and-out to the top from Laurel House Road. She loved that one. If you son and daughter-in-law haven't been there, it's surely worth a visit.

Or how about the Overlook Mountain or Mount Tremper fire tower? Overlook also has the ruined hotel to explore. I don't have time to look up the mileage, it might be a little longer than what you asked for, but it's all on a maintained gravel road. The television people still drive up there to maintain the tower. The fire tower cabs will be locked, but there are still great views from the top landings of the stairways. Red Hill is an even easier hike in, but the view isn't quite as spectacular as the others. (Balsam Lake Mountain has spectacular views, but the easy way in is a good bit more mileage than you're asking for, and the short-mileage route is pretty scrambly.)

Acra Point from the end of Big Hollow Road might also be a possibility. I don't remember how far the first viewpoint is from the Batavia Kill trail junction.

If you're willing to spend a little $$$$ and make a day of it, ride the chairlift up Hunter to Colonel's Chair and hike from there to the summit. Whenever I've been up there in good weather, that's how most of the people I met got there. (They've expressed considerable surprise when I told them, "no, I climbed the mountain from the other side.")

None of these possibilities involves any rock scrambling. I'm presuming that if you're looking for about 3 miles, you want to avoid the places wheree you can touch the trail in front of you without bending over. :)

Watch the weather. Mid-November is getting dodgy at high elevations. The Escarpment should still be safe, unless we have a really freakish year, but there may be ice on the peaks even that early.
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Re: Short hike with a view

New postby Birdman » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:46 pm

Thanks for the advice
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Re: Short hike with a view

New postby Birdman » Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:49 pm

Took my son and my daughter in law to Falling Rivers preserve in Glasco. Its about 2 miles with 1/2 along fields and the other along the Hudson River. After that took them to the Saugerties lighthouse. Did a club hike this week at a place called Christman's Sanctuary in Duanesburg. Easy hike for about 3.8 miles. We saw a what appeared to be a sick porcupine. We skirted around it. Overall a great day.
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Re: Short hike with a view

New postby mtnclimber » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:24 pm

Never been there. Sounds like everyone had a good time.
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