Monday, September 15, 2014

NY Appalachian Trail - Section 6 - Taconic State Parkway to Route 301

September 14, 2014

Miles: 14 miles
Time:  7 hours 50 minutes
Elevation gain: 3,606 feet
Year to date miles:  356.6

Parking: Long Hill Road, Room for around 5 cars on side of gravel road.

Rest rooms: RPH Shelter

Hike directions:
AT Northbound.
Pass RPH Shelter (phone number inside for pizza delivery!)
Pass Hortontown Road.
Arrive at Miller Hill Road (underpass for Taconic State Parkway).
Retrace steps to parking area.
Continue AT Southbound.
Pass Shenandoah Mountain (view).
Hike parallel to Canopus Lake on left.
Arrive at Route 301 intersection (some roadside parking).
Retrace steps to parking area.

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

Hike description:
Moderate hike. The only part that felt steep to me was the descent down to the Taconic. Again, I brought no trekking poles due to having 2 dogs. This was a mistake - my knees aren't tolerating the steep declines without poles. I ended up hiking the last 5 miles with knee pain. I recognized part of this hike as one of the first snowshoe hikes we had done - at Fahnestock Winter Park - paid to snowshoe on groomed trails - which included the AT. Remembered that portion was pretty icy & steep in the winter. Some car noise on this hike at both ends. The hike never gets really close to Canopus Lake - though this didn't stop one of our dogs from taking off to go for a quick swim.

Canopus Lake

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