Saturday, February 6, 2016

Harding Road Trail to Inspiration Point and Sunset Rock, Catskills

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
2/6/2016 7.8 miles 3 hours 38 minutes 1,794' 2.4 mph 62.7

Trail Map
Parking: Routes 23A
Catskill All Trails Challenge: Map 141

Take the yellow blazed Harding Road Trail.
Cross over a stream.
Pass another yellow blazed trail on the right.
Join the blue blazed Escarpment trail (follow sign to Inspiration Point).
Continue on the Escarpment Trail to Inspiration Point view.
Continue on the Escarpment Trail to Sunset Rock view.
Retrace steps back to parking area.

Nice easier Catskill hike. The Harding Road Trail is a steady climb uphill, but the grade is never too difficult. It felt easier than recent hikes I think because there was no ice on the trail - no microspikes needed today. There are a number of views across Route 23A, which are probably better in the winter than in the summer. The terrain on this hike is mostly easy. No clouds today - sometimes there are great hiking in the clouds views in this area.
Start of the trail from the parking area

A lot of the trail has easy terrain

There are a number of nice views along the trail

Head towards Scutt Road.

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