Along the East Mountain Loop - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the East Mountain Loop - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs Round Hill and East Mountain, reaching several viewpoints and passing historic stone walls and other remnants of the area's former agricultural use.

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Walk back along the paved road to a junction with a grassy road on the left. Turn left on the grassy road and, almost immediately, you’ll reach a gate. A triple-white blaze on the gate marks the start of the white-blazed School Mountain Road, and a triple-blue blaze marks the start of the blue-blazed Fahnestock Trail. Continue ahead on the road, which soon crosses two streams -- the first, on...

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July 30, 2017
Great hike!
I love hiking in this area. The trails are well marked and there is no reason to think you are making a wrong turn. It was a bit hot, humid and buggy, but on the other hand, it was peaceful and enjoyable. Anyone hiking here should look up the history of the stone walls and just the park in general, as it is very interesting.
February 26, 2017
Just finished this hike today (only to realize afterward that there is a description here of the exact route I took). Awesome hike - the views are okay, but what really stole the show was the cascading streams everywhere. This are also cool stone walls everywhere...EVERYWHERE. To get the most out of this route, I recommend going later Winter/early Spring, so that the leaves are down (offering more views), and the streams are in full force from rain/melting snow. I did this in about 3 hours, but I had a strong hyper hound dog tugging me along :) One note of caution: the I-beam bridge near the start of the hike is DOWN, pretty much completely. The stream is still crossable, but please be careful - the only non pet-friendly part of the hike.
July 12, 2015
Round Hill/East Mountain Loop
My husband and I hiked the Loop today (i.e. July 2015). It was very well-marked, and a lot of fun for us.  I only wanted to thank you for the terrific route description.  We had it with us, and it was so clear and accurate that a trail mail wasn't necessary (though we had one).  It took us 4 hours of hiking (not including our lunch stop), and I would characterize it as "moderate", as you have here.   Then, we took a short drive east on 301 and went swimming at Canopus Lake, also in the Park. 
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