The Osborn loop and Sugar Loaf Hill in winter

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Icicles along the road

Last year I hiked the Osborn Loop and Sugar Loaf Hill, just above Peekskill (see here). A nice and pleasant hike. And despite the fact that the panorama from the 230-meter (760-ft) high Sugarloaf Hill was really good, the presence of the many trees and their leaves obstructed the views significantly.

Since the days are still pretty short, the 3.5-hour hike seemed a great opportunity to push it in the short daylight time window. And since the trees do not have leaves at this time, I hoped the view aspect would become even more impressive.

Well that worked! Although I still had to look through the branches, the views were way better! And, there were more advantages! Unlike last week when I hiked at 17° C (63 F) the past days the temperature had been around -6 °C (21 F).

View from top of the hill
Because of this the swampy and muddy parts of the hike had turned into a concrete-like, easy to hike surface. And, more important, the many mosquitoes that tried to eat me to the bone, last spring, were all gone! Some impressive icicles had appeared now.

Sugarloaf is very easy to "climb" so, after completing the access loop, I found myself once again on the summit, overlooking the great Hudson River. And, as said, the views were much better. Unfortunately the almost setting winter sun was so low that the overall result was not really much better than in spring. The heavy wind chill made my stay on the top really short. A good thing, because the sun was almost gone so I had to keep moving.

Despite this, a worthwhile revisit!

More pictures below!

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Icicles along the road
Icicles along the road
View from top of the hill
View from top of the hill
The same location in different sea…
The same location in different se…
The same location in different sea…
The same location in different se…
The first part of the hike follows…
The first part of the hike follow…
Indeed less leaves on the trees!
Indeed less leaves on the trees!
Indeed less leaves on the trees!
Indeed less leaves on the trees!
I can finally see what is behind t…
I can finally see what is behind …
Icicles along the road
Icicles along the road
Icicles along the road
Icicles along the road
I encountered these strange ice cr…
I encountered these strange ice c…
Frozen pond with a crystal clear i…
Frozen pond with a crystal clear …
Less crystal clear ice layer
Less crystal clear ice layer
Curry Pond
Curry Pond
Curry Pond
Curry Pond
View from top of the hill
View from top of the hill
View from top of the hill
View from top of the hill
The cactuses that grow on the top …
The cactuses that grow on the top…
Just before sunset, just before th…
Just before sunset, just before t…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
The trail (map by gpsvisualizer.co…
The trail (map by gpsvisualizer.c…
Sugar Loaf Mountain - NY
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