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Hill of Pines

I visited Black Rock Forest in May 2010, see here. This beautiful piece of nature is on privately owned land, but accessible for free, as long as one promises to stick to the (logical) house rules. The land is located west of the GW highway, next to Storm King State Park.

During my first visit to the forest I had visited the western side, today I had programmed a longer hike in the eastern section. I arrived slightly late and saw that the parking lot would be closed at 8 pm, so I started hiking like a madman, just in order to be back at the lot in time.

The Black Rock Forest has an extensive trail system. It took me some time to get used to the slightly different way of trail blazing they used, and I almost immediately got "lost". The trails took me over several peaks, along several ponds and reservoirs, and along the last standing structure in the Forest, the Stone House.

Sunset at the parking lot
Built in 1834 it used to be the home of two families who lived in the forest and made a living from it. The house has not facilities, water must be obtained using a pump.

The hills I visited were Hill of Pines (427 m / 1400 ft), Rattlesnake Hill (428 m / 1405 ft), Spy Rock (445 m / 1461 ft), Eagle Cliff (440 m / 1443 ft), Mount Misery (386 m / 1268 ft), and Whitehorse Mountain (378 m / 1240 ft).

The end of the hike brought me some bad luck and big luck. After a day full of sunshine it started pouring like hell. I was totally soaked but arrived at 7pm sharp at the parking lot, finding out that it actually closed at 7pm, not at 8pm! I was just in time. And also in time for a stunning sunset that appeared after the rain had cleared away.

More pictures below!

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Hill of Pines
Hill of Pines
Sunset at the parking lot
Sunset at the parking lot
One of the trails
One of the trails
View On Black Rock which I did n…
View On "Black Rock" which I did …
It was a clear day, the Catskill M…
It was a clear day, the Catskill …
Aleck Meadow reservoir
Aleck Meadow reservoir
View from Rattlesnake Hill
View from Rattlesnake Hill
Spy Rock
Spy Rock
Eagle Cliff
Eagle Cliff
View from Eagle Cliff
View from Eagle Cliff
Tamarack Pond
Tamarack Pond
Stone House
Stone House
Arthurs Pond
Arthur's Pond
Aleck Meadow reservoir
Aleck Meadow reservoir
Sunset at the parking lot
Sunset at the parking lot
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height profile
GPS Height profile
Black Rock Forest - NY
photo by: mdalamers