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Schunemunk Mountain State Park (Schunnemunk Mountain State Park)
|Park Overview:|| |
Hikers on Schunemunk Mountain have much to marvel at, from the continuous views along the ridge to the unforgettable rock beneath their feet.
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||25 miles|
|Park Acreage:||2100 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||NEW!! West Hudson Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||New York Walk Book |
|Park Description:|| |
West of Black Rock Forest in the northern Hudson Highlands, a land formation rises that has several unique and striking features. Usually pronounced skun-uh-munk, the name means excellent fireplace in the Algonquin tongue. Schunemunk Mountain features a number of unusual geologic features. Soaring well above the surrounding region, its summit reaches an elevation of nearly 1,700 feet above sea level. A striking feature of the mountain is its double crest. For nearly three miles, there are two ridges running parallel to each other, separated by the valley of Baby Brook. Each ridge consists of layers of the same conglomerate sloping inward towards each other, thus forming a geologic downfold or syncline. The caprock of the ridges is a reddish-purple matrix, studded with pebbles of white quartz and pink sandstone, some of which reach diameters of eight inches.
|Trails Overview:|| |
With over 25 miles of trails, Schunemunk Mountain offers hikers opportunities to walk along ridges, view cascading streams, and investigate megaliths. The hiker should be alert to different ways of trail blazing- painted blazes on trees and rocks, cairns [rock piles], and plastic rectangles nailed to the twisted trunks of the pines and to sudden changes in the trail's direction, especially as there are so many distracting views along the ridge. Use extreme caution when crossing the active Metro-North railroad tracks. Passenger trains traveling at high speeds regularly use these tracks, and the trail crossings are at curves in the tracks, making it very diffcult to see approaching trains. Make sure to Stop, Look and Listen before crossing these tracks!
Car access is by NY 17 or the New York State Thruway to Exit 16 [Harriman], then north on NY 32 to Highland Mills, Woodbury, or Mountainville. Parking areas for specific trails are mentioned in the trails overview.
Public Transport: Short Line [Coach USA] buses, from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, stop at these towns.
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