Schunemunk Mountain Loop from Otterkill Road via Jessup...

Schunemunk State Park (Schunnemunk State Park)

Glacial erratics along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Glacial erratics along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to a ridge composed of unusual conglomerate rock, with many 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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August 18, 2014
Bear Sighting
<P>I spotted my first bear while hiking here recently. Just before the railroad tracks I saw what I assumed was a large black dog bounding through the brush to my left. There was a large group of hikers ahead of me waiting at the tracks so I assumed the dog belonged to them. When I reached the tracks they said the bear had been next to the tracks and they startled it into the woods back towards me. I wish I had a better look at it now that I know what it was.</P> <P>Odd to see a bear between the busy Thruway and the railroad tracks.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>
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