Short Hike Notes – Mianus River Gorge

The Old Growth Forest Trail

The Old Growth Forest Trail

This is the first of a new category of post, “Short Hike Notes”. I’ve been posting “Day Hike Notes” for two years now, mostly for treks of 4-5 hours and up. Since my – hopefully recovering – knee will probably see me taking shorter outings for a while, I decided to create the new category. Knee-cessity is the mother of invention. I expect the hikes will be much like this one to Mianus River Gorge Preserve; about 2 hours, 4-5 miles, fairly local.

DATE: Friday, October 30th.
START & FINISH: Mianus River Gorge Preserve parking, 167 Mianus River Rd, Bedford, NY.
ROUTE: Old Growth Forest Trail, out and back, but ending with the River Trail.
DISTANCE: 5 miles.
TIME: 2¼ hours (10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
TERRAIN: Mostly smooth trails with gentle ups and downs.
MAP: Available at Preserve kiosk and website.
OTHER INFO: Dogs not permitted.

WEATHER: Sunny, breezy, low- to mid-50s.
WILDLIFE: A murders of crows gathering noisily in a tree.
PHOTOS: Here.

UPS: If a sunny fall day in the northeast is not heaven, what is?
DOWNS: The background drone of leaf blowers on one stretch of trail.
KIT: Superfeet insoles, a brace, one ibuprofen, and trekking poles to cosset my knee.
COMPANY: A few other walkers, not many. I bet weekends are busier.

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