is an easy hike of just over a mile each way with a slow but
steady climb to the summit.
This trail begins on Highland Road
in Philipstown directly across from the Garrison Fish and Game
club. For easy navigation always take the RIGHT fork on the way
up - you can't go wrong this way.
Follow the trail upwards,
as it gently climbs above a small gorge which is on your right
and seek the remains of an old dam.
At the first fork bear right (always
bear right!). The left fork heads off to Catfish Pond.
now passes through a beautiful wetland and climbs a slight
hill wherein it meets another fork at a hemlock/pine glade. The
fork heads into the park and eventually comes out at Dennytown
road. Stay right here.
The trail now descends through
a wetland on your right with a dry hill on your left, then begins
its climb up the ridge. You will soon reach another fork where
you stay to the right. (the left fork heads down to the Osborn
residence, and is private property.
The climb now is easy and quickly
tops out along in a xeric landscape. It winds a bit here and
there and woon there's a hint of a view through the forest before
you. With another short upwards walk you'll come out onto the
bare rock that signals the end of our hike.
Follow your steps for the return being careful
to make the appropriate turns.
Visitors since May 11, 2007