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A winding switch-backed trail up Illinois Mountain


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Map Key

5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

Point to Point

1,033' 315 m

High

410' 125 m

Low

1,004' 306 m

Up

527' 161 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

The protected parkland on Illinois Mountain is owned by Scenic Hudson and the Town of Lloyd. Please stay on marked trails and carry out your trash. Free and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Description

Red: 0.38mi
White: 0.80mi
Blue: 2.27mi
Yellow: 2.01mi

'In the early 1800s, homesteaders who migrated from New England to the Northwestern Territory often passed through the Mid-Hudson Valley. Smitten by the area-or simply tired from the arduous journey-some settled here instead, naming this highest point in the region "Illinois Mountain" after their intended destination. Even earlier, the mountain provided refuge for the local citizenry as the British bombarded the waterfront during the Revolutionary War.
Later, it was home to one of Highland's most colorful characters, Levi Calhoun. A genuine American "mountain man," Calhoun was born in 1890, one of 18 children. Presaging modern environmentalists, he constructed his house out of recycled, flattened tin cans and lived off the land collecting ginseng, snakeroot, horehound, and coltioot. He trapped foxes, raccoons, rabbits, and muskrats, all of which still inhabit the forests, orchards, and rocky slopes of Illinois Mountain.
Today, as part of Berean Park, adventurers can choose their own level of adventure. At the mountain's base, recreational fishing, picnicking, and lake swimming are complemented by gentle hiking paths. More strenuous trails that venture deeper into the wilderness and higher toward the peak (1,125 feet above sea level) pierce the same landscape navigated by earlier explorers. Seasonal activities include mountain biking and snowshoeing. Whatever your pleasure, immerse yourself in all of nature's bounty, little changed from the time of those westward-migrating New Englanders.

Contacts

Land Manager: Scenic Hudson

Shared By:

Brandon Latimer

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Illinois Mtn Trail.
Feb 20, 2022 near Highland, NY
Section of Blue Trail.
Feb 20, 2022 near Highland, NY
Water crossing.
Feb 20, 2022 near Highland, NY

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