Hawk Watch at Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area

View from the Hawk Watch - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar View from the Hawk Watch - Photo credit: Jeremy Apgar

This loop hike in the Farny Highlands climbs to a panoramic viewpoint over the Rockaway Valley from the Hawk Watch and goes by an interesting beaver pond.

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From the kiosk, head east on the orange-blazed Flyway Spur Trail, which initially goes along a woods road. In about 100 feet, at a locked gate, follow the orange-blazed trail as it turns right, leaving the road, and proceeds through a deciduous forest with an understory of blueberry bushes. After a level stretch, the trail climbs to reach an exposed bedrock slab with glacial striations, and...

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April 16, 2018
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Mileage checked, between 2.4-2.5 miles

Glad you enjoyed the hike!  I haven't been up to the Hawk Watch in a few years, but it's a neat area for sure.

I checked the mileage for this particular hike, and it is about 2.4-2.5 miles based on our accurate GIS-based track of the route.  A straight-line measurement of the trails is about 2.4 miles, but an additional 0.1 mile can be added to account for elevation and fine trail wiggles that might not be captured by the track.

I'm not sure how you arrived at a mileage of 3.25 miles, but since you indicate you followed this hike exactly, my guess is the track mileage from your GPS unit or phone may have been too high.  Often, GPS readings can be fairly reliable, but there can be times where they are not quite correct due to a variety of potential errors.  A GPS distance can sometimes differ based on type of device, the collection interval on the device, or even within different apps in a smartphone device.  Other errors can also creep in, such as poor GPS satellite configurations and GPS wandering if you are stationary for a while (such as if you were at the Hawk Watch for an extended period of time).

~Jeremy, TC Cartographer

Jeremy Apgar
April 14, 2018
4
Mileage incorrect
Great hike. Note that mileage is actually 3.25 mi following the directions here exactly.
erik3
August 15, 2016
0
Hike description has been updated
I rehiked this hike today.  I, too, had trouble finding the trailhead, and I agree that description needed to be clarified.  I have now updated the description, and I think that the revised description makes it easy to find the trailhead.  The yellow trail has indeed been reblazed, and I have incorporated this trail into the hike.
Daniel Chazin
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