Clove Creek Pond--Fahnestock State Park
sam. 14 décembre à 15:30
Winter has brought us cold weather and a perfect day for a quiet walk in the woods. Winter walks mean no ticks, no mosquitos, no gnats, and no snakes. Even the black bears should be in their dens, fast asleep. Today we will take a walk to "nowhere," unless we decide to push on to the "lake with no name," the one I call Clove Creek Pond since it's fed by Clove Creek. Take a look at the NY/NJ Trail Conference Map for East Hudson Trails (Trail Map 103); just north of Glynwood Road, off Route 301 in Fahnestock, and west of Jordan Pond, is the unnamed body of water. We can explore Clove Creek one of two ways: We can start out from the north on the yellow-blazed Trout Creek connector trail, head south on the blue-blazed Charcoal Burners Trail, and then follow the white-blazed Clove Creek trail to the end, where it meets the blue-blazed Fahnestock Trail. If we decide to continue on, Clove Creek Pond is just one-third of a mile south, on the Fahnestock Trail. The total round-trip distance is a little more than 4 miles. Another option is to explore Clove Creek from the south. beginning with the green-blazed Round Hill Bypass, to the red-blazed Perkins Access Trail, then to the yellow-blazed Perkins Trail, and finally to the blue-blazed Fahnestock Trail--staying to the right and heading north to Clove Creek Pond. The total round-trip distance is a little less than 4 miles. The good news is that we don't have to decide which approach to take until the day of the meetup. We will meet at the parking area for the Round Hill Bypass trailhead on Route 301. If we decide to start from there we're ready to begin. If we decide to start at the Trout Creek Trail, everyone can follow me in their car to that parking area--and carpooling is encouraged. Directions: The parking area for the Round Hill Bypass is 4.3 miles west of the Fahnestock Park office, and one mile east of Route 9, on the south side of Route 301. It is 500 yards west of Glynwood Road. The parking area for Trout Creek is N[masked], W[masked]. To get to the Trout Creek Trail parking area you have to take Route 9 to East Mountain Road South. If you are heading north on Route 9, it's a few miles north of Route 301, on the right (east) side of the road. Take East Mountain Road S. to Trout Creek Road. The parking area is opposite the tennis courts. I recommend we all meet at the Round Hill Bypass parking area and travel together to Trout Creek if we decide to start there instead of Round Hill Bypass. Hike Summary: Distance: 4 miles Type: In and out Total Elevation Gain: 400 feet (est.) Maximum Elevation: 800 feet (est.) Advertised Hiking Time: ? Actual Hiking Time: 3 hours, plus time for lunch, conversation, and picture taking Features: Clove Creek Pond Trail: footpaths. Map: Trail Map 103, Eastern Hudson Trails, NY/NJ Trail Conference Pathfinder -- Clove Creek Pond from the south: North (Green) Round Hill Bypass, 500 feet East/Right (Red) Perkins Access, 1/3 mile North/Left (Red) Perkins Access, 3/4 mile North/Left (Yellow) Perkins Trail, 1/4 mile North (Yellow) Fahnestock Trail, 1/2 mile North/Right (Blue) Fahnestock Trail 1/3 mile to middle of Clove Creek Pond Pathfinder--Clove Creek Pond from the north: East (Yellow) Trout Brook Trail, 1/3 mile South (Blue) Charcoal Burners Trail, 1/4 mile South (White) Clove Creek Trail, 1 1/3 miles South (Blue) Fahnestock Trail, 1/3 mile Rain Date: In the event of rain or heavy snow you will be notified by 6:00 p.m of the prior evening. A new date will be scheduled. Gear: It is recommended you wear sturdy hiking boots, a hat and gloves, and bring trekking poles, a backpack, a liter of water (or more), a compass, snacks, and lunch. Bring several layers of clothing that can be added or removed as weather conditions warrant. Pack an extra pair of hiking socks in case your feet get wet. Wear a base layer made of either silk, Merino wool, or a wicking-type synthetic. Don't wear cotton! Optional gear might include sunglasses, scarf, light rain jacket, binoculars, and a thermos of hot tea, coffee, or similar beverage. I sometimes bring my MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove kit, especially when the weather is cool, which allows me to make hot coffee or cider; and when the mood strikes my fancy--a hot lunch. I especially like Tasty Bite’s Indian Madras Lentils, which I can make in 10 minutes on my Pocket Rocket. Now that winter is upon us, and trail conditions can be icy, always pack MicroSpikes (snow or ice from 1 to 6 inches) or NanoSpikes (snow and/or ice up to 1 inch). Important links: Kahtoola MICROspikes ( https://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/ ) Kahtoola NANOspikes ( https://kahtoola.com/product/nanospikes/ ) Liability Waiver: This hike is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.
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