Time: 5 hours 41 minutes
Elevation gain: 2,132 feet
Year to date miles: 159.2
Parking: See directions
Map: West Hudson Trails - we have a 2010 map. Some of the trail names/blaze colors have changed. Comments in the hike description helped clear up the changes for us. I guess its time to order a new set of maps!
Directions: Schunemunk Mountain Loop
Marvelous hike! Nice views and beautiful ridgeline area. This hike reminds me a bit of Minnewaska. There is an initial strenuous climb in the beginning of the hike, and then multiple rock scrambles later. The ridgeline is relatively flat.
This hike crosses active train tracks twice. There are no road crossings. This hike is for athletic dogs only! There is a lot of rock scrambling. We left our older dog at home, and only took our younger dog. He needed help with 3 of the downhill rock scrambles because they were so steep. A harness is a must to help your dog.
There are a number of stream crossings on this hike. Still, I was concerned about water for both us and our dog. A lot of this hike is exposed to sun, and we were hiking on a warm day. We filled up our dog's water bottles (he carries a liter) frequently to make sure he'd have enough water until he got to the next stream. We ended up collecting an extra liter each for ourselves as well to filter if we needed it.
|Crossing a meadow in the beginning - a really pretty area|
|The strenuous incline|
|Taking a short break while Glen switches to shorts|
|Taking a lunch break on the megatiths|
|One of the rock scrambles we had to help Trek down|
|Slow going....rocky descent|
|This view reminds me of Minnewaska|
|We saw a lot of smoke in the far distance - we were guessing a forest fire|