Schunemunk Mountain and Moodna Viaduct

Schunemunk Mountain Travel Blog

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Almost at the top

In August 2008 I first visited Schunemunk Mountain (also called Schunnemunk Mountain), see here. Schunemunk Mountain is a beautiful and very special mountain at the west side of the Hudson, near the town of Woodbury. The name Schunemunk is derived from the Algonquin language, the language of the native Indians, and means 'Perfect Fire Place'.

Schunemunk, with an altitude of 507 m (1664-ft), is the highest mountain in Orange County. It has many specific characterists like, being the only significant mountain in the rather flat nearby area, having a long stretched shape, being initially steep, having two parallel ridges, the base rock is pudding stone.

The Moodna Viaduct seen from the mountain

A huge part of the mountain is part of the Schunnemunk State Park, and contains several trails. These trails also leave the state park and cross private lands of which the owners kindly allow hikers to cross their territory.

Schunemunk is crossed by a still active railroad. After leaving the mountain's ridge the rails have to cross the Moodna river valley. In order to make this happen a huge viaduct was built, by the Erie Railroad, between 1904 and 1908, the Moodna Viaduct. This 975-meter-long (3200 ft) iron casted structure stands 59 meter (193 ft) high at its highest point, making it the longest and highest trestle east of the Mississippi. It is still in use for both freight and passenger trains.

The Moodna Viaduct

Since there are many different trails in the region I chose to hike some other trails than I did in 2008. The weather was hot and humid and the 440-meter climb to the long top ridge was extremely exhausting in this heat. Fortunately, the views were still as great and impressive as during the earlier hike.

At the end of the hike I had great views on the Moodna Viaduct. First from above, later on a "feet on view"  when I arrived at the exact location where the viaduct leaves Schunemunk mountain and reaches out to the other side of the Valley. It was tempting to walk over the viaduct but, although there were no signs that forbid this, which was something I did not do. 

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt.

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Almost at the top
Almost at the top
The Moodna Viaduct seen from the m…
The Moodna Viaduct seen from the …
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
The long stretch of Schunemunk Mou…
The long stretch of Schunemunk Mo…
At the start of the trail
At the start of the trail
Midway on the mountain ascent. Vie…
Midway on the mountain ascent. Vi…
Pudding stone
Pudding stone
The Megaliths, some extremely larg…
The Megaliths, some extremely lar…
The Megaliths, some extremely larg…
The Megaliths, some extremely lar…
Tree art
Tree art
The Moodna Viaduct seen from the m…
The Moodna Viaduct seen from the …
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
The Moodna Viaduct
At the end of the hike
At the end of the hike
The hiked route
The hiked route
The GPS height profile for the hike
The GPS height profile for the hike
Schunemunk Mountain
photo by: mdalamers