Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ward Pound Ridge - Yellow, Rock, Red, and Green trails

February 28, 2015
Distance: 6.7 miles
Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Year to date miles: 26.2

Map: Ward Pound Ridge Pick up a map when you pay for parking.

Parking: Enter park, pay for parking and take your first right onto Michigan Road. Park at the end of the road. There is plenty of parking. Cost is $10 without a Westchester County Parks Pass. $5 with a Parks Pass. I went on a weekend, when they do charge. In the winter we haven't been charged on weekday evenings.

Restrooms: None

More information on the park: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Start on the Red and Green trail.
Turn left onto the Yellow trail.
Where the yellow trail forks, keep right on the Yellow trail.
At intersection 22, turn right onto the Rock Trail.
Pass Bear Rock Petroglyph.
Pass Spy Rock.
Pass Castle Rock.
Pass Raven Rocks.
At intersection 48 leave the Rock Trail and turn left onto the Red Trail.
At intersection 36 turn left onto the Red Trail.
At intersection 35, turn right onto the Green trail.
At intersection 53, stay straight on the green trail.
Arrive back at parking area.

Winter and spring/fall weekday evenings are my favorite times to visit Ward Pound Ridge. This park can be very busy in the summer, but if you go at the right time of year, you can enjoy a quiet hike. We saw no other hikers today except for one person finishing right after us. We did this as a snowshoe. Some of the trails (yellow, red, and green) looked like they have been groomed for cross country skiing. The Rock Trail was mostly completely un-broken trail. We ended up getting off the Rock Trail earlier than planned, because breaking trail was very slow and tiring. We ended up finishing this hike past sunset. No need for headlamps because we finished the hike by moonlight.

Trails are very clearly marked

Easier groomed trail

Bear rock

Breaking trail - hard work - for both humans and dogs

Sometimes its just easier to slide down those hills on your rear end

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