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John Burroughs Slabsides Geology Ramble
John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary at Slabsides
Burroughs Drive, off Floyd Ackert Rd.
West Park, NY 12493
Region: Mid Hudson
- September 28, 2019, 9:00AM
DetailsEvent Type Walk/Hike Description The rocks were one of naturalist John Burroughs' favorite aspects of the Slabsides location, but even he did not realize that the rocks represented sediments eroded from a Himalayan-scale mountain range nearly 400 million years ago. Since they were deposited in a shallow sea, the sediments were repeatedly caught in continental collisions which bent them and stood them literally on end. As if that wasn't enough, they were most recently scraped clean by a mile-thick sheet of glacial ice which melted a mere 14,000 years ago. Join Vassar College geology professor Jeff Walker for hike to read the many stories in the rocks of the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. The newly developed trails are part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System. Meet at Slabsides. Sponsoring Organization John Burroughs Association
RegistrationAdvance registration required.
Sept. 26, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional InformationTallus piles and some moderately rough terrain on new, well-developed trails, many with stone pathways and steps.
Activities: Tour John Burroughs' rustic cabin retreat "Slabsides," a National Historic Landmark and a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Site of Special Interest, where he wrote about nature. Cabin will be open until 4:00pm.
Additional Equipment Required: Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and bring water.
Event Duration (hours): 2
Not suitable for children under age 10.
Length (miles): 1.5
Path: Returns to start
Boots Needed: No
Barrier Free or Wheelchar accessible? No