Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Taylor Road via Jessup,...

Schunemunk State Park (Schunnemunk State Park)

Glacial erratics along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Glacial erratics along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to a ridge composed of unusual conglomerate rock, with many viewpoints from open rock ledges dotted with pitch pines.

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From the parking area, cross the road and proceed south on the joint Jessup (yellow), Sweet Clover (white) and Highlands (teal diamond) Trails, which climb gently to the crest of a field and then descend to a woods road. To the right, you can see Schunemunk Mountain, which you’ll soon climb.

Turn right on the woods road, going past a chain that blocks off the road. When the white-...

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August 18, 2014
Bear Sighting
I spotted my first bear while hiking here recently. Just before the railroad tracks I saw what I assumed was a large black dog bounding through the brush to my left. There was a large group of hikers ahead of me waiting at the tracks so I assumed the dog belonged to them. When I reached the tracks they said the bear had been next to the tracks and they startled it into the woods back towards me. I wish I had a better look at it now that I know what it was. Odd to see a bear between the busy Thruway and the railroad tracks.  
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