Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Otterkill Road

Schunemunk Mountain State Park (Schunnemunk Mountain State Park)

The Megaliths - Photo by Daniel Chazin The Megaliths - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs about 1,500 feet to reach a ridge composed of unusual conglomerate rock, with numerous viewpoints from open rock ledges dotted with pitch pines.

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From the parking area, proceed ahead (east) on Otterkill Road for 0.2 mile. About 150 feet before reaching the massive Moodna Viaduct (which spans the valley to the left), turn right onto a footpath, following the white-blazed Trestle Trail, which proceeds uphill rather steeply on a woods road, with the Moodna Viaduct to the left.

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November 06, 2015
Fence Installed at Moodna Viaduct at Otterkill/Trestle Trails
The MTA has installed a fence at the intersection of the Otterkill and Trestle trails to prevent hikers from accessing the trestle. Please do not cross the fence! Walking along the Moodna Viaduct is extremely dangerous and considered trespassing. Violators will be fined. 
May 31, 2010
Beautiful hike, great views of the Moodna Viaduct

Hiked this on May 15, 2010, just with this description, no map. The trails are very well blazed, with easy-to-follow cairns and rock lines in the treeless spaces. I could not find the trail to the Megaliths, tho.

The directions seem to read that you will reach the blue dot Western Trail very soon after the deep fissure, but this is not the case. You will pass over a woods road first, into someone's private tree farm for a while before you get to the Western Trail.

If the trailhead parking is full, drive up to the viaduct and see if there is parking available right underneath it.

Also consider driving over to Orrs Kill Road and Jackson Road for a full-length east-facing view of the viaduct. It is the tallest, highest railroad trestle east of the Mississippi.

Photos from this hike are here:

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