View from Sunset Rock, a view preserved for 168 years
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I think I may safely state that I am very fascinated by the Catskill Mountains Area of North and South Lake. More specific, the area of the former Catskill Mountain House (this is a new and very cool link) and the former Otis Elevating Railway. Following this, this, and this link you can see more weblog entries I submitted about this area. The first link describes a hike on the Escarpment Trail, a 38-km (24-mile) long path that leads mostly along the steep cliffs of the so called Escarpment, also know as Great Wall of Manitou.
Today I decided to hike a bit further north on the same trail, my aim was the approx. 900-meter (3000-feet) high North Point and several other spectacular points along the way.
I started at the parking of South Lake and hiked via the still deserted camp site to the Escarpment Trail. The trail was a favorite of the guests of the former Catskill Mountain House. The Mountain House was first built in 1824 so people have been hiking the Escarpment Trail for at least the past 188 years. And it is very understandable that it was a popular hiking area since the northern section of the trail passes by several great spots like: Artist's Rock, Sunrise Rock, Sunset Rock and Newman's Ledge. Artist's Rock is a typical outcropping of rock. One tiny step to close to the edge may kill you by falling into the deep abyss. Sunset Rock is a steep plateau of rock with also treacherous gaps and cliffs. A challenge today since despite summer like temperatures, the rocks were still coated with some tricky ice layers.
The famous local painters like Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), were also fans of the area. In 1844, 168 years ago, Cole visited Sunset Rock and looked at the lakes, just like I did today. Cropsey did that 11 years later. In all these years the view has not changed at all. Well, OK, the impressive Catskill Mountain House painted by both painters has disappeared.
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. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten