Verdrietege Hook and Hook Mountain
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I had big plans for today. The weather forecast was finally a positive one after so many days with bad weather I just had to go out and get some fresh air. Unfortunately I overslept, so I chose a hike nearby, a hike through Nyack Beach State Park, about 30 mile north of New York City.
The state park is located near the town of Nyack, which is situated at a very specific mountain range in a bend of the Hudson River. The Dutch settlers called this "Verdrietige Hoek", (Sad Hook), because the bend and the high mountains made it very difficult to pass this specific part of the Hudson. The place still bears the name, more or less. Nowadays it is called "Verdrietege Hook".
The hike I had in mind was listed as a 6-hour hike. I could not believe that, and stubborn as I am, I just started the hike at 14:30 hrs.
The first part of the hike was on a really easy path (which is also a bike route). It was almost horizontal, not more than 30 meters above Hudson level. It winded along the Hudson shore, through fresh green forest and gave amazing views on the Hudson and the impressive clifs of the former quarry of Hook Mountain. My love for abandoned buildings was also fed. In the past the state park had been much bigger and featured bath pavilions and even a bungalow camp. These buildings can be found around the path, sadly deteriorating.
After about two hours of walking I arrived at Nyack Beach State Park, the southern entry point. The idea was to return via and over the ledge of Hook Mountain. But in order to get a the mountain right above the south parking, I had to climb 100+ meters, which took one hour and three kilometers of zigzagging. After that I was still at the South Parking. But it became worse. Hook Mountain is roller coaster like mountain. It feasted me on stunning views, but also on an up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down-up-down etc. trail. And not a few meters, several tens of meters every time, some of them over 60 meters. Really tough! My GPS indicated a small 22 kilometers (14 miles) when I got back to the car, at 20:00 hrs, half an hour before sunset. Rewarding, but killing!
More pictures below.