I started on the Trestle Trail on Otterkill Rd and this was my first ever hike on a mountain. I went in excited and came back absolutely battered. The views at the top are amazing but I WARN you that if you are a out of shape beginner like me, start at an easier mountain. There were lots and lots of climbing, rock scrambling and some steep descents here as I unwittingly had to explore a lot more of the trails then I intended. Trails are marked but be aware at some intersections. You can miss a trail marking easily at some points. Definitely bring a trail map. I got lost twice and had a long grueling hike back to the car. If your a fit person this place will be an awesome adventure. Overall Schunemunk mountain is amazing and as you head further up towards the summit the views just gets better and better. Bring lots of water and be ready for a workout!
Did the 9 mile loop with western trail (Orange). The track recording failed so sorry folks. Laurels were blooming, blueberries out (ate some) and yes bear, Saw a bear. Wonderful and whimsical cairns and rock trail indicators. Loved the start and finish through the meadow and the 3 mile Ridge walk. One of the best in downstate.
I went on a 75 degree day in November, so while it was beautiful weather, lots of leaves on the ground made for some slippery downhills. But even with the foliage colors hiding some markers, their wpnderful placement made finding them a breeze (slight exception on the trail down to Otterkill in a few spots--but ground leaves probs to blame).
Hiked a combination of trails at the Munk yesterday. One of the nicer trails. Views east, west and north are spectacular. The Megaliths are not to be missed. Terrain is quite varied. Quite a few scrambles. My track entered on the Otterkill Rd trailhead, using the Trestle Trail and covered a south leg, traversing the western peak, looped over to the eastern peak on the Ridge-to-Ridge trail;; to the Megalith; back on Jessup along the ridge of the eastern peak. Two rattlesnake were sunning on the western Orange trail.. Max elevation at the Megaliths is 1664'
This was a tough hike, but the scenery was amazing. The water areas were beautiful, and the water sparking clear. We saw two small snakes on the trail, and got a quick peek at a gorgeous white tail deer. Remnants of stone walls in parts of the trails were a nice attraction. There were some tough scrambles, and the views at the top were absolutely gorgeous. Even the train tracks gave it a rustic feeling.
This was a really great trail. We did about 10 miles and each part of the trail was unique and different from the part before. Well cared for with absolutely beautiful vistas. Other trail goers had marked the trail with logs and branches and cairns. It was fascinating and special. Would highly recommend. Very strenuous though. Be prepared for a workout.
Love this place. First hike here and it was superbly maintained. Followed Jessup Trail all the way through to Kiras Joel, had a friend drive me back to my car after a stop at the German Biergarten. Great ridge hike, awesome views. Only thing that gets an F on this hike is AllTrails tracking software. Aside from that a great day! 14 mile hike - sweet!
Great hike today! Took the Jessup trail from the car park all of the way to the Megaliths point and then back down via the Dark Hollow trail. I cannot thank the hikers or trail maintenance crew that has placed all of the cairns along the trail - especially along the top of Jessup. It made following the trail a joy! The hike ended up being 7.1 miles and good slightly over 5 hours, which included time to sit and eat a snack watching the Turkey Buzzards ride the air currents.