Posts Tagged ‘markers’

Game Changer: The Hudson Trail is Back

June 28, 2011

As you may know, the Hudson Trail is a project to build a long hiking trail from the High Bridge in NYC to Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks. The strategy is to link together existing trails using public roads and right-of-ways. The trail is made up of 4 parts, we call treks: South Trek, Stissing Trek, the Bend Trek and North Trek (see the page About the Hudson Trail). Development was proceeding nicely. Officials, hikers and casual walkers told us that they appreciated our markers. However, something went wrong about two years ago. Our markers were torn down on and around the Old Croton Aqueduct, markers that people had told us were very helpful in making the connections on streets. NY State officials stopped communicating with us. We do not know the problem, but it may have been that we suffered from not being a formal group focused on a local project. We believed and still believe that our strategy of getting a whole trail marked and then working with local groups to improve it is a good one. We also did not want to compete for donations with existing groups, groups that we each belong to as individuals.

But something happened. Fourteen members of the New York State Assembly, led by Assemblyman Bob Castelli, 89th Assembly District, the district for Mt. Kisco where Bob Jessen resides, have written a letter to Commissioner Rose Harvey, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, requesting action to rectify the situation and allow the Friends of the Hudson Trail to proceed.

Please contact us if you want to work on this project. The weather is beautiful. Let’s to out and build a trail.

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Spring Work

March 3, 2009

The return of the grackles to Mt. Kisco has prompted us to start plans for the Spring and Summer. As you may already know, we are replacing painted blazes in the NY State portions of the South Trek with our spanking new markers.

The South Trek is composed of 7 sections, each a day’s march. The status of each section is:

  1. Urban (High Bridge to Lamarine Ave, Yonkers): the 4+ miles from High Bridge to the Bronx-Westchester border is unmarked at present. The route is not difficult to follow except for the portion going through Van Cortlandt Park, which requires a map to negotiate. The northern portion from the Bronx border to Lamarine Avenue is marked, mostly in paint, and markers need to be tacked up.
  2. Suburban (Lamarine Ave to footbridge over Rt. 117 in Sleepy Hollow): this section is in the process of having the proto-blazes replaced by markers.
  3. Croton (Rt. 117 bridge to New Croton Dam): we are almost finished replacing the proto-blazes with markers. We have started the writing of the trail guide with this section.
  4. Blue Mountain (New Croton Dam to Route 6): Since this section is Westchester County property and roads, the marking is painted blazes and is complete.
  5. Gallows Hill (Route 6 to Bell Hollow Road): this section is marked completely in paint.
  6. Fahnestock (Bell Hollow Road to McKeels Corners–Routes 9 and 301): The Hudson Trail here is marked in paint up through Bell Hollow to Sunken Mine Road where it crosses the AT. We will replace the blazes along Sunken Mine Road with markers. The route in the state park is under negotiation.
  7. Highlands (McKeels Corners to the city of Beacon): the beginning of this section is marked to Nelsonville in paint. The portions in Highlands State Park are under negotiation.

We have only begun measuring the route using our measuring wheel. You know, folks, this is quite an adventure. If you want to join us in any of these activities (wheeling, putting up markers, painting, walking, or writing the trail guide), please let us know.