Weather for the week of November 23rd

After several days of unseasonably cold weather, the week of November 23rd begins with a warm but cloudy day on Sunday with temperatures rising to near 50 degrees. Monday will be even warm with highs in the 60′s. The forecast calls for a windy day on Monday with showers at left in the morning. The temperatures drop into the low 40′s going into Tuesday with some sun. The forecast for Wednesday calls for some snow with temperatures dropping again into the mid 30′s. The temperatures for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday will be about the same but there is no precipitation in the forecast. Friday will see a slight drop in temperatures but there will be some sun. Saturday the temperatures may rise again into the mid 40′s but there is the threat of some rain. This forecast is for the lower elevations. Hikers have already reported accumulating snow on the Catskill peaks! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Hodge and Frick Ponds

HodgeFrickNov2014_05camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, November 21st I was ready to hike after four days of filling in for the school nurse! I had considered going to Orange County to finish the Long Path sections there by hiking a 14 mile section from Hartley Road near Goshen to Mountain Road near Port Jervis. The forecast was for temperatures barely above freezing AND sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour. I knew the road walk would be unprotected and opted to wait for the warmer temperatures predicted for the days before Thanksgiving. I asked Cindy if she would like to go to Frick Pond to hike and she agreed. This is one of our favorite places and I had not been there in some time. When I awoke at 6:00 AM is was 16 degrees and there was a stiff breeze nlowwingthe1 morning progressed the temperature rose slightly. Continue reading

Weather for the week of November 16th

The week of November 16th began with a cold and cloudy Sunday. Temperatures barely made it above freezing and snow flurries were in the air. The forecast for Monday calls for freezing rain in the morning followed by rain later in the day as a storm moves up from the South. By Tuesday the temperature is expected to plummet into the 20′s and stay there until Thursday. The highs Thursday and Friday will hover right around freezing with snow possible on Friday. Saturday should be sunny with a high just below 40. This forecast is for the lower elevations. Hikers have already reported accumulating snow on the Catskill peaks! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Mountain Road to SRT

MountainRdSRTNov2014_06camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Saturday, November 15th I was ready to hike after three days of filling in for the school nurse! It was the first day of rifle season for deer and bear and it snowed some overnight. I stayed around to cover any morning ambulance calls and fortunately there were new. Cindy and I decided we would hike the new Ridgeberry parcel from Mountain Road to the SRT. This would help me finish up some of the Long Path in Orange County. I knew that hunting was prohibited on this land which was also a plus. Cindy and I got ready to go making sure we wore some orange and that Sheila wore her orange vest. We headed down Route 17 at 10:45 AM and I took exit 113 to get on Route 209 south toward Port Jervis. The temperature was still below freezing but I expected it to rise during the day. Continue reading

First Snow!

Snow showers began in Livingston Manor at dusk and continued throughout the night. Several inches of snow fell on the warm grounds and road surfaces. An accumulation of about 2 inches was on the grass in the morning with some snow adorning the bushes and trees. Most of the snow that fell on the roads melted on the warmer surface. Some roads were slippery in the morning as the melted snow froze as the temperatures dropped. By morning the air temperature was 25 degrees which was over 20 degrees lower than Wednesday morning!

Heritage Trail

HeritageTrailNov2014_03camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, November 11th I wanted to continue to work on some sections of the Long Path in Orange County to connect my Harriman sections with those to the north. I had finished the section from Route 32 to Monroe on Monday. The next section was the Heritage Trail from Monroe to just northwest of Goshen. This is an 11.5 mile stretch of paved trail most of which lies on the old Erie railroad right-of-way. I did not want to break this into two hikes and I knew I could not do over 23 miles as an out and back. I found that Alist Taxi in Monroe would transport both me and my dog so I hatched a plan. I decided to park at the end at the Heritage Trail parking area on Hartley Road west of Goshen and have the taxi drop me off at the beginning of the trail in Monroe. I could then hike one-way from Monroe back to the car. I talked to the driver and we tentatively agreed to meet at 8:15 AM. Continue reading

Route 32 to Heritage Trail

Route32HeritageTrailNov2014_17camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, November 10th I wanted to work on some sections of the Long Path in Orange County to connect my Harriman sections with those to the north. I had finished the section from Turkey Lake on Route 6 to Route 32 in the Town of Woodbury on Saturday. The next section was from Route 32 near the Metro North trestle over Schunnemunk Mountain to the Heritage Trail in Monroe. I did not want to break this into two hikes and I knew I could not do over 18 miles as an out and back. I found that Alist Taxi in Monroe would transport both me and my dog so I hatched a plan. I decided to park at the end at the Heritage Trail parking area in Monroe and have the taxi drop me off by the trestle. I could then hike one-way from the trestle back to the car. I talked to the driver and we tentatively agreed to meet at 8:30 AM. The only catch was I did not know if I could get a spot in the lot. Sheila and I left Livingston Manor a little after 7:00 AM. I drove down Route 17 and encountered no traffic delays due to construction. I took the Museum Village Road exit, number 129, and found the Heritage Trail lot on the right just before the two commuter lots. Continue reading

Weather for the week of November 9th

The week of November 9th began with a cool but sunny Sunday. The forecast for the rest of the week is much the same with temperatures through Wednesday in the mid 50′s and sunny skies. The sunshine will continue for the rest of the week but the temperature will drop into the low 40′s and high 30′s starting on Thursday. No precipitation is expected until possible snow showers next Sunday. This forecast is for the lower elevations. Hikers have already reported snow on the Catskill peaks! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Lake Massawippa to Route 32

LakeMassawippaRoute32Nov2014_03camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Friday, November 7th I had decided to continue to work on the Long Path. I had recently done some hiking around Kerhonksen to connect the Long Path in the Catskills with the Long Path in the Shawangunks. It was now time to hike through Orange county to connect the Long Path in Harriman to the northern portions I had hiked. My wife and I had hiked from the Turkey Hill lake parking area to the intersection of Route 6 and Route 293. I thought I could park at Lake Massawippa, hike about half a mile to that intersection and then continue north to Route 32 in the Town of Woodbury. I estimated this would be close to 14 miles so I decided to get an early start. The forecast was for temperatures rising into the low 50′s with partly sunny skies and a breeze. Continue reading

Thacher Park Escarpment

EscarpmentNov2014_019camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Fridday, November 7th my son Karl and I had planned to go to Beer World in Kingston for a tasting of Samuel Adams Utopias. This high alcohol (29%) brew sells for about $240 a bottle but I was glad to be able to get in on this tasting. We were supposed to be in Kingston between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Karl purposed that we hike somewhere first and suggested Thacher Park, a place where he had never hiked before. Cindy and I had hiked there during the summer but I was glad to return especially when I found out the Indian Ladder Trail would still be open. I checked the weather on Thursday and the forecast was calling for temperatures in the low 40′s and rain showers throughout the day. Karl had hoped to get away early in the morning but could not so he arrived at my house around 9:15 AM and we left a little after 10:00 AM. We decided we would take our chances and stick to our plan and I knew we would have plenty of time to get in a nice hike. Continue reading