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Fahnestock Spring

April 19, 2013

Two great ladies: give them a mess of markers and a hammer, the results …

Jane the nailer:

and Liz a tacks


Hudson Trail: Working on signage for Clarence Fahnestock State Park

February 23, 2012

We are working on signage for entering and exiting the Clarence Fahnestock State Park and the Hudson Highlands State Park, where the Hudson trail overlays existing trails. We also are working on a possible new trail in and next to the Hudson Highlands State Park. Please join us for indoor (designing signs, blogging, Google Earth work) and outdoor work!
Here is a tentative draft of a sample sign. Please comment.

Sign for Hudson Trail on entering Fahnestock State Park

Hudson Trail in Clarence Fahnestock State Park

CommuniTyler Event

December 10, 2011

On December 3rd, as the NYC CommuniTyler
kickoff event, a group of 2 dozen New Yorkers, led by Kacey Ronaldson, worked with Friends of the Hudson Trail to do maintenance on a portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct used by the Hudson Trail.

communiTYler on the Hudson Trail

CommuniTYler helping out Hudson Trail / Old Croton Aqueduct

Branches were moved and garbage was carted out and a good time was had by all.

NY NJ Trail Conference Hikes

October 7, 2011

The New York New Jersey Trail conference is having the annual meeting and pancake breakfast on October 15. Go to
to register. All proceeds to the “Good bye Irene Trail Restoration fund”. Bob Jessen will be leading a hike on the Hudson Trail at Blue Mountain.

Off the roads and into the woods?!

October 23, 2009

We have had encouraging meetings with the NYC DEP concerning routing the trail off Rte. 129 into the woods just north of the New Croton Dam. This would be approximately .7 miles.  There is still work to go: a formal proposal to make, but we are encouraged.

the proposed off road adjustment

the proposed off road adjustment


August 16, 2009

Even though we toiled this unusual summer sporting umbrellas and cold weather gear, we have checked many of our original painted blazes. They are in great shape, due in no small part to the paint, disabled-parking blue.

We also did the indoor work using Google Earth to divide the trail into 36 sections, each estimated at a day’s walk, roughly 10 miles.¬† Please look at the updated About the Hudson Trail page at the upper right of the screen. Please comment.

Scouting on the Bend Trek

July 20, 2009

We went camping at the Cherry Plain State Park and drove up to the Grafton State Park. Everybody we met was enthusiastic and encouraging about the Hudson Trail and full of useful advice about the project. Much appreciation to Bob, Liz, Ranger Joe, and all the interns.

The photo shows the beauty of the area and is typical of the Rensselaer Plateau.

Cherry Plain State Park

Cherry Plain State Park

The next photo shows a monument in Dutch Church, formerly called West Berlin.

Evangelical Lutheran Church marker

Evangelical Lutheran Church marker

Next generation

June 17, 2009

Bob took his grandson, a Cub Scout who lives in Florida, and other family, to Sunken Mine Road and to a side trail up Candlewood Hill for the 360 degree views. Here is Thor Gabriel putting up a marker.

National Trails Day 2009

June 10, 2009

Our group was small but lively and a good time was had by all. We saw many specimens of Natrix Sipedon (the Northern water snake) basking in the sun’s rays after a heavy rain: pictures of fauna and flora coming. Here is our photographer putting up a marker.

National Trails Day–2009

May 28, 2009

We will return to Sunken Mine Road with our new Voss markers. Please join us for the hike (about 2 miles round trip) and conversation about summer plans. We will have potables and depending on Jeanine’s mood, baked goods. Let us know you are coming and, if you are among the first ten, you will get a specially designed T-shirt.