The Osborn loop and Sugar Loaf Hill
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FINALLY! After so much rain and bad weather, the weather had turned nice again, and it is a weekend without obligations. A hike is no must but after being locked in by the city and the rain I desperately wanted to enjoy some nature and quietness.
I headed to the Hudson Valley to the Osborn Preserve. The lands of the Osborn Preserve had been private property of William Osborn II whose grandfather obtained the lands in the 1800s for vacational purposes. William donated the land to the state in 1974. The preserve contains a nice forest, marshes, streams, ponds and hills. The most distinctive hill in the preserve is Sugar Loaf Hill (in the past also referred to as Sugar Loaf Mountain). The hill is about 230 m (760 ft) high and was named as such by the Dutch who found the specific cone shape of the hill looked like a sugar loaf.
The presence of the marshes was very evident. At this time of the year the mosquitoes that breed in the marshlands were abundantly present. They must have collectively decided to make me their lunch and dinner. I was stung so many times that I had red arms for the rest of the week.
Suger Loaf Hill has a very nice viewpoint that offers a nice view on the impressive Bear Mountain Bridge and of course the majestic Hudson River. The trees unfortunatly block the northern views.
The whole hike was only about 11 kilometers, but since the weather was so pleasant and the view at the Sugar Loaf Hill viewpoint was so impressive I spent 5+ hours in the reserve and returned past 7:30 pm at my car.
More pictures below!