High Tor Revisited

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High Tor Summit, the village of Haverstraw and the Hudson

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.

Old lava blocks, with graffiti
Compared to the last visit I could see much more now. The absence of the view blocking leaves was very helpful. Some more info on the Vineyard is here.

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!

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High Tor Summit, the village of Ha…
High Tor Summit, the village of H…
Old lava blocks, with graffiti
Old lava blocks, with graffiti
Despite a temperature of almost 20…
Despite a temperature of almost 2…
A part of the Van Orden House.
A part of the Van Orden House.
The Van Orden House.
The Van Orden House.
The backyard of the Van Orden Hous…
The backyard of the Van Orden Hou…
The Van Orden House.
The Van Orden House.
The last track to the High Tor sum…
The last track to the High Tor su…
High Tor Summit, the village of Ha…
High Tor Summit, the village of H…
More lava, and more graffiti
More lava, and more graffiti
Along the ridge, and old erratic f…
Along the ridge, and old erratic …
Near Sunset, view on the Hudson fr…
Near Sunset, view on the Hudson f…
Near Sunset, view from High Tor
Near Sunset, view from High Tor
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
GPS Map (rendered by gpsvisualizer…
GPS Map (rendered by gpsvisualize…
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