Sunday, April 5, 2015

NY Appalachian Trail - Section 12 - West Mombasha Road to woods road before Wildcat Shelter

April 5, 2015

Miles: 8.4

Time:  4 hours 12 minutes 
Elevation gain: 2,125 feet

Year to date miles:  72.4

Parking: Lakes Road (Route 5). Room for around 8 cars on gravel on side of street.

Rest rooms: None
Hike directions:
Head north on AT.
Cross power cut.
Pass Fitzgerald Falls.
Turn left on AT at intersection with Highlands Trail.
Hike up to Mombasha High Point.
Descend and cross two woods roads.
Hike to West Mombasha Road (Route 91).
Turn around.
Cross two woods roads.
Hike up Mombasha High Point.
At intersection with Highlands Trail, keep right on AT.
Leave AT and turn right on blue blazed side trail near waterfall.
Stay straight on AT when blue blaze side trail rejoins AT.
Cross Lake Street.
Ascend steep hill.
Continue along level top of hill until trail takes sharp left turn (woods road to the right).
Retrace steps back to Lake Street.

Map: Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York / New Jersey Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps or Sterling Forest Trails (Trail Map 100)

Hike description:
Lots of people park on Lakes Road and just visit the falls. We've had a lot of snow melt, so the falls were looking good. Note that the short blue loop around the falls doesn't have a view of the falls, but the AT does.

Nice hike with a couple of steep climbs.

Intersection with Highlands Trail

Mombasha High Point

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