Sutherland Pond/Scenic Trail/Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine...

Black Rock Forest

Sutherland Pond/Scenic Trail/Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine Hill Road - Black Rock Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin Sutherland Pond/Scenic Trail/Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine Hill Road - Black Rock Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to several panoramic viewpoints, passes two ponds and follows Continental Road past the historic Chatfield Stone House.

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The hike begins by following the yellow-diamond-blazed Mine Hill Trail, which starts on the opposite side of the road, just beyond the parking turnout. The trailhead is marked by a triple blaze. Follow the trail uphill, steeply in places. At a switchback turn, there are views over the Shawangunks and Catskills from open rocks to the...

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October 15, 2017
Sackett Trail in Good Shape
Did this hike of couple of weeks ago. Some of the comments below state Sackett Trail was quite overgrown. That is no longer the case. I had no problem walking this section of the hike. Some folks/volunteers have done a great job of clearing all the overgrown areas. Thank you! Also I did not see the cable barrier mentioned in the hike description before you get to the Sackett Trail. And a large sign pointing to Sackett Trail is also part of the scenery now (I surmise this sign was not there when Mr. Chazin did this hike for his write up). This is a great hike with outstanding views. I highly recommend it as we approach peak foliage in our neck of the woods.
August 04, 2016
Sutherland etc hike from Mine Hill
Three NYNJTC East Hudson maintainers/trail & crew supervisors took today off to enjoy some West Hudson hiking. It was our first time in Black Rock Forest.  Thoroughly enjoyed this hike, especially the spectacular views.  The only concern - the Sackett Trail is quite overgrown.  We did not have trouble following it but many sections resemble an animal track rather than a trail. Overgrown with blueberry, laurel and other shrubery.  We are also curious about the trail (indicated as "under construction") to the HHNC.
September 01, 2015
Great hike! Some minor points
My wife and I did this hike on 8/29/15 using both the turn by turn guide given om this page, and the PDF map available on the Avenza app.  It was the first time using that app and is such a great tool, although we tried to avoid pulling out the phone as much as possible. After the first view point over Sutherland pond (gorgeous!), it instructs to continue ahead northeast, past the split rock, and descend to Sutherland Road, where you make a right.  But at this intersection with Sutherland Road, there are actually 3 options.  A left turns, a slight right, and a hard right.  We were able to figure out it was a hard right to head back towards the pond, and the abandoned mine along the way proved we were right, but still it could be confusing. Also, one of the commenters (GenieA1) mentioned that the Rut trail blazes look red instead of orange as described here, and I agree.  It is most certainly a deep red trail blaze marking the Rut trail. And lastly, we also had a bit of confusion at the Two Gates intersection, as it was not at all clear that going straight counted as "continue ahead along the road".  We used the PDF app to figure it out, and then saw the triple yellow blaze quite quickly, but thawould not have been obvious given the description.
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