Schunnemunk Mountain State Park
ElevationAscent: 1,442' 440 m
Descent: -1,441' -439 m
High: 1,666' 508 m
Low: 265' 81 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A nice mountain loop accessible by bus from NYC that goes through a meadow, up a mountain, and along a creek.”— Karl W
From the bus stop, you'll have to hike along the road until you come to the parking area at the trailhead. If you drove, this is where you can park.
From here, the first section on the Jessup Trail and Sweet Clover Trail is very flat and meanders through a lovely meadow that was packed full of flowers when we went. Head left, staying on the Sweet Clover Trail. Next, you'll enter the forest and cross an active train track before joining the black-blazed Dark Hallow Trail.
This trail climbs quickly to the top of the mountain. Watch for rattlesnakes - the park doesn't get a ton of visitors so we encountered one warming itself on the trail even though we only got there around 11am.
Once on top of the mountain, head south on the yellow-blazed Jessup Trail. Keep an eye out for the Blue and White connector trail that heads down and west through the valley and back up onto the lower ridge to the west. You can then head north on the orange-blazed Western Ridge Trail.
This trail follows the ridge and offers some nice views. Head northeast on the red-blazed Barton Swamp Trail until it quickly meets up with the yellow-blazed Jessup Trail again. The yellow, Jessup Trail will head down the mountain to the railroad tracks again. Stay on the Jessup Trail out of the forest, back through the meadow, and to your car or the bus.
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