Sunday, August 3, 2014

NY Appalachian Trail - Sections 4 and 5, Grape Hollow Road to Taconic Parkway

August 3, 2014

Miles: 12.8 miles
Time:  6 hours

Year to date miles:  305.3

Parking: Small parking lot off Route 52. Room for around 3-4 cars. We found the parking lot a little hard to find, as it looked like a driveway.

Rest rooms: None.

Hike directions:
Take blue trail from parking lot.
Turn left on AT.
Cross over Route 84 on overpass and walk to end of overpass where trail enters woods.
Retrace steps.
Cross Route 52 - careful, cars move very fast and visibility is limited.
Cross Hosner Mountain Road.
Walk along ridge.
At paved side road, turn left.
Turn right onto Miller Hill Road.
Walk underneath Taconic State Parkway.
Retrace steps.

Map: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York / New Jersey Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps

Hike description:
This was a long hike for us, on a warm day. The first portion (northbound) is level with nice terrain. There is a roadwalk at the end. The second portion (southbound) was pretty rocky in places. This section is hilly. There was also a lot of noise from Routes 84 and the Taconic. Water is limited. 

Crossing over Route 84

A field with purple flowers which look like bee balm.

After passing under the Taconic.

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