HAINES FALLS — The Mountain Top Historical Society’s Haines Falls campus will be the place to begin Columbus Day Weekend on Oct. 12. Starting in the KRT parking lot behind the Visitors’ Center on Route 23A, there will be four hikes to choose from varying in difficulty and points of interest around the area. The day will finish with a barbecue lunch from 1-3 p.m. at the MTHS’s historic U&D Train Station. Hikes are free, pre-registration required; $10 per person for BBQ lunch, all proceeds to MTHS.
Hike 1: Rip Van Winkle Hike – Join geologist Bob Titus in a moderate, 2 mile hike to Sunset Rock above North Lake. Along the way he will point out Devonian stratigraphy and Ice Age history while telling the tale of Rip Van Winkle. Meet at KRT Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to car pool to North Lake.
Hike 2: Historic Survey of North-South Lake – The area of North-South Lake has been home to various business, railroad, and recreational sites. Pete Senterman and Paul LaPierre will lead this easy 2 mile journey. Meet at KRT Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to car pool to North Lake.
Hike 3: Elka Park Colosseum - Join Nancy Allen on this easy to moderate 3 and a half mile hike through the historic community of Elka Park along a dirt road to the Park’s Colosseum (reservoir). Meet at the KRT Parking Lot at 9 a.m. to car pool to Elka Park.
Hike 4: Sphinx Rock and the Sofa on Prospect Mountain – Bob Gildersleeve will lead this approximately 2.5 mile easy to moderate hike starting from MTHS’s U&D train station partially following along the Kaaterskill Rail Trail and using old woods roads and a short bushwhack to the ledge above Molly Smith’s parking area. Here we will look down on the location of Sphinx Rock. Nearby is a natural bench once called the sofa, and a unique view taking in Kaaterskill Clove, Kaaterskill Falls, and across the clove, Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top. If hikers wish, we may also have time to visit the platform at Kaaterskill Falls and be back for the barbecue at 1 p.m. Meet at the MTHS’s U&D Train Station at 9 a.m.
Registration required. For questions and registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-589-6657. Leave your name, phone number, number of participants in your party, which hike you’d like to join and if you intend to stay for the lunch. Bring something to drink, good hiking shoes. All hikes limited to 12 so register early. Optional donation/membership encouraged for hike participants. Dogs are not allowed.