STORM KING MOUNTAIN

Fall 2019 Social Hike? DONE! Today some of my bravest friends met me for the first social hike ever planned by Salvi Nomad. Some were friends I have hiked with several times before, and others who would be joining for the first time.

It was a difficult task deciding which trail to do. I wanted to give everyone enough of a challenge by having a little scramble and elevation. But not be too difficult to discourage anyone from joining in on future hikes. My other concern was knowing there was a good mix of athleticism and not wanting anyone to be slowed down or pushed too hard.

So after going through my pictures to recollect which hikes kicked my butt just enough, but not too badly, I came across the answer. The group would venture onto Storm King Mountain. And it was perfect for today’s group.

We took 2.5 hours to hike 3.0 miles and reached and altitude of 1,339 feet. The beginning of this hike really gets your heart rate going with some steady climbs. And you have a couple of descents where you can catch your breath before another steady climb. I’m also glad to report only one person fell took an unplanned seat (extremely graciously I might add lol).

I followed Hike the Hudson’s guide because he has a great 3.0 mile loop. Make sure to check his page out HERE if you’re venturing into the Hudson Highlands!

Click HERE for the coordinates to the parking lot. And below are the spark notes version of the trails we followed today:

  1. From parking lot follow ORANGE
  2. Continue on ORANGE past ruins 
  3. RIGHT onto Yellow/blue (NOT LEFT)
  4. RIGHT to Stay on blue/yellow (when blue/red intersects)
  5. LEFT to stay on yellow/blue (when blue blaze intersects from right)
  6. Follow BLUE/YELLOW down until WHITE.
  7. Follow WHITE (sometimes BLUE/WHITE) all the way back to car 
  8. Eat snacks you left in car 🙂

Below is a picture of my favorite type of hiker, the four legged kind. We saw at least three of them today and it makes my day every time! You can also see there’s still a lot of green left on the mountains. I was hoping there would be more red and orange. That just means I’ll have to come back again soon to make sure I don’t miss it.

Overall I would say this was a successful hike. We even went into town to have lunch afterwards. There are several places to sit and dine or grab a quick bite at a deli. And maybe I’ll see you out on the trail for the next social hike: Winter 2019.

Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.

– Unknown
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