Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Westmoreland Sanctuary

DateDistance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
12/30/2020 2.8 miles 1 hours 19 minutes 333' 83

Map: Westmoreland Sanctuary Trail Map
Parking: Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco, NY 

It's been 5 weeks since my knee surgery, so I felt it was time for a short hike. Left Krummholz at home, and went to the Westmoreland Sanctuary (no dogs allowed). The parking lot had quite a few cars, but we didn't see too many people on the trails. This park has a lot of options for making hikes of varying distances. The hiking is easy, but I still went slow, as my knee doesn't feel very stable. The trails are very well marked, with maps at many intersections. There are also "home" signs to help direct people back to the parking lot.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Harriman Trail Maintenance

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
09/08/2020 5.2 miles 4 hours 43 minutes 780' 80.2

Map: NYNJTC Northern Harriman Bear Mountain Trails, Map 119
Parking: Small side road/parking area off of Seven Lakes Drive

This was our first time doing trail maintenance this year. We skipped our spring trail maintenance due to covid/breaking my ankle. We were eager to get back to our section of trail and see how it was doing. We couldn't park at our normal area, because the parking lot was being used as a drive through covid testing area. We found another way in to our trail from the north. We didn't start particularly early, and I can't hike fast. We focused on removing tree branches and trees from our trail, since a recent storm caused a lot of blowdown. We didn't make it to the end of our trail section. It felt so great to be out. We love our little section of trail that we maintain.

This was the start of another hiking break for me. I developed knee pain after the hike, due to a torn meniscus and arthritis. Time to go back under the knife. Ugh. Glen went out 2 more times without me to do additional trail maintenance on our section.

Bear Mountain and the Perkins Memorial Tower

Easier branches to remove

Little Spring Trail and Pelnor Hollow Trail, Catskills

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
09/05/2020 4.3 miles 3 hours 26 minutes 713' 75.1

Map: NYNJTC Catskill Trails Map 144
Parking: Little Spring Brook Road
Directions: Hike north on Little Spring trail. Turn east on Pelnor Hollow Trail. Pass Split Rock lookout. Hike to intersection with Mary Smith Trail. Return the same way.

In general, I think Krummholz is going to spend most of his hiking life on leash. But, I'm trying to figure out how to make this safer for me. The past few hikes, the trails have been very narrow and overgrown. I worked on having him hike behind me on leash. He was very good about this, except for banging the pack into my left knee every step. This isn't the best. Today I knew it was unlikely we'd see anyone, so I let him hike off leash most of the time. He hiked right behind me again (which I like), but was continuing to bump the back of my leg. I use an "okay" to release him to hike in front of me. When he hikes in front though, he runs with abandon, and I'm not happy with how far away he gets. So back behind me (still off leash) he goes. I find it humorous how quickly he learned to just walk behind me. On the rare occasion we see someone, I just ask him to sit, and put a leash on him.
Fascinated by a puddle in the parking lot

We can't keep him out of the water now.

He didn't want to get out of this skanky beaver pond

Huckleberry Loop Trail from Ploutz Rd to unnamed peak

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
08/30/2020 6.2 miles 4 hours 43 minutes 888' 70.8

Map: NYNJTC Catskill Trails Map 142
Parking: Ploutz Rd.
Directions: Head west on Huckleberry Loop trail to unnamed peak at 2,800'. Return the same way.

This is our 3rd hike on the Huckleberry Loop trail. We'll need one more hike to finish this trail. 

From what I remember, the drive up Ploutz Road was tough - our car doesn't have great ground clearance. We may wait until my ankle is better and finish up this trail from another parking area.

Checking out a hole

Peaking into a stump