High Tor Revisited
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On the 5th of September last year I made an impressive hike in the state of Alaska. I hiked the Granite Tors Trail near Fairbanks. When you visit my weblog entry of that day (see the link in the previous sentence) you can read that a Tor is a typical Geological phenomenon created by old hardened lava.
Tors are rather rare in the world. And when I typed my Alaska weblog I was surprised to find out that there is actually a Tor close to New York City. I had even visited it (see here) but had never realized that I was walking on a (geological) Tor. Since that hike had been during summer, it was about time to re-do the hike, but now in winter en look more carefully for the geological phenomenon.
Since it is along the trail I, like the previous time, made a detour to the site of the former High Tor Vineyards and the ruins of the Van Orden House.
When I got at High Tor, which is with 254 meters (832 feet) the highest point of the Palisades, I saw the rugged surface of the lava heads. Unlike in Alaska the Tor was not an obelisk-like stone formation but just an asphalt-like surface. It is easily accessible and thus (unfortunately) subject to graffiti "artists". Some of the rocks looked like covered in ice, but with (ridiculously high temperatures near 20° C (68 F) that was impossible.
More pictures below!