Field Notes: Blue Mountain Reservation

There are days where a walk through one of the city’s parks, as beautiful as they are just doesn’t cut it.

Luckily, there are a ton of different places to head out from the city if you want to go for a day hike.

A week or so ago, I decided it was time to go hiking somewhere new, and so I headed to Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill.

I had never been before, but it’s about an hour trip or so from the city, not including either a walk to the trails or a quick cab ride.

I really appreciated the peace and quiet – I didn’t see more than three other hikers in the couple hours I spent there.

Though the hike itself was far from intense, and there wasn’t a lot of elevation gain on the trail I walked it was still enjoyable – more of a pleasant walk in the woods than a hike, but I’m not complaining.

The views aren’t spectacular, but they are definitely pretty – I’d like to do some more exploring there in the future!

The blazes are somewhat inconsistent and so I would recommend you print off a map, take a clear picture of the one at the trail head, or download a full map online if your sense of direction is anything but stellar – I wish I had.

Initially the trails seemed to be marked well and visibly (so I didn’t worry too much) but I eventually I realized not at all consistently…

There was actually some backtracking involved and as a result I definitely didn’t cover close to the 20 miles of trails in the park so and I’d definitely like to go back again.

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