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Sketch & Hike: Learn to Keep a Field Journal Like the Naturalists of the Past

@ Black Rock Forest Consortium

  • September 10, 2017, 10:00AM

Learn to keep your own field journal like the naturalists of the past while discovering flora and fauna in the forest. NO DRAWING SKILLS required! Enjoy a beautiful walk around Arthur's pond in the heart of Black Rock Forest.


Hike at Fuller Mountain Preserve

@ Fuller Mountain Preserve

  • September 16, 2017, 10:00AM

Join the Orange County Land Trust for a hike at one of Orange County’s best kept secrets, Fuller Mountain Preserve. Enjoy spectacular views of Orange County's highest peaks, as well as the Shawangunk Ridge and Catskill Mountains.


Bear Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail and Major Welch Trail

@ Bear Mountain State Park

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM

Beginning at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail near the southern end of Hessian Lake, the steep ascent up Bear Mountain starts by way of many hundreds of impressive stone steps along the Appalachian Trail, which takes you through a section of large boulders, over a bridge, and to beautiful views of Iona Island and the Hudson River. Transitioning to a more gradual ascent, you walk through pine flats, blueberry and mountain laurel to the summit. Here you will enjoy panoramic views to the south and west over Dunderberg and West Mountains. Perkins Memorial Tower provides more views with interpretive signage. After a break for lunch, a snack or just to enjoy the views, the Major Welch Trail will take you to more vistas to the north and east as you begin the descent. Traversing rock outcrops and stone steps, the steep path down ends at a paved footpath at Hessian Lake, which takes you back to the start.


Storm King Mountain Loop Hike

@ Storm King State Park

  • September 17, 2017, 9:00AM
  • September 30, 2017, 9:00AM

Beginning and ending with some fairly steep stretches and some rock scrambling, this 2.5 mile loop meanders from stunning view to stunning view, summitting both Butter Hill and Storm King Mountain. This hike is moderate to strenuous.


Sterling Forest Fire Tower Ramble

@ Sterling Forest State Park

  • September 30, 2017, 10:00AM

The Fire Tower Ramble is a moderate 4 mile loop highlighted by scenic views of Sterling Forest. Hikers are able to observe the surrounding Hudson Highlands from a 60 foot fire tower built in 1922.


Long Mountain Loop Hike

@ Long Mountain in Harriman State Park

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 9:00AM

Meeting at the Turkey Hill/Long Mountain parking area, this 2-mile trek along the Long Path and woods road makes gradual then steeper ascents to the Raymond H. Torrey Memorial atop Long Mountain. You will enjoy east-facing views of Bear Mountain, Popolopen Torne and Anthony's Nose, with Turkey Hill Lake below. The rapid descent is along a rocky section of trail to Deep Hollow Brook at the base of the mountain and return to the parking area is by woods road.


Pine Swamp Loop Hike

@ Begins in Lake Skannatati parking area in Harriman State Park

  • September 16, 2017, 9:00AM
  • October 1, 2017, 9:00AM

This hike begins with an easy walk on the Long Path through open woodlands along the shores of Lake Skannatati and crossing Pine Swamp Brook. Gradually climbing, it takes you past huge rock ledges and through hilly blueberry patches, until it intersects with the Dunning Trail. Following this old mine road, you ascend to Pine Swamp, home to pitcher plants, sundews, beaver and historic mines. Intersecting with the Arden-Surebridge trail, you bend around the shoulder of Pine Swamp Mountain and rapidly descend through open forest to the parking area.

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