Friday, June 26, 2015

Ward Pound Ridge - Blue Loop, Deer Hollow/Brown Loop

June 26, 2015

Distance:  5.5 miles
Time: 1 hour 53 minutes
Elevation gain: 1,022 feet

Year to date miles: 429.4

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

Parking: Enter park, pay for parking and keep driving straight until you reach the Kimberly Bridge parking area. There is plenty of parking. Cost is $10 without a Westchester County Parks Pass. $5 with a Parks Pass. There was no parking attendant when we arrived in the evening, so it was free.

Restrooms: Porta-potties in the parking lot

Cross the street, and take the blue trail uphill. Just keep following the blue blazes in a counter clockwise loop. Return to parking area.
Take the Deer Hollow Trail through the picnic area. Turn right on the Brown Trail. Turn right on the White Trail (first intersection). Turn right onto the Deer Hollow Trail again. Cross park road. Continue following Deer Hollow Trail back to parking area.

Notes: This is a very popular park. This hike was moderate. This trails are very clearly blazed. On some trails, you will come across a lot of people. We didn't see anyone on the trails - this was a weekday evening.

The trail starts out with a steadily uphill. This hike is a combination of hills & level areas. The portion of the hike that is on the outer edge of the park does have views of the backyards of some houses, but they aren't very close. Although there are no hill/mountain views, this is a pretty hike. The trails vary between dirt, rocks, and grass. The grass was tall in the grassy areas, but I managed to come home with no ticks on me. Very buggy out there.

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