To get some time in the outdoors - Grafton Forest Hiking

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where: 2 Brick Church Rd, Cropseyville, NY 12052
 
Scenes from the trail - Hiking September 25 2021

hikingHiking on Saturday September 25 was pleasant! Oleg  Korobchenko led us 6 miles long trail in Grafton Forest. The trail features a couple scenic views over the Dunham Reservoir. We had taken a group picture at the 2nd stop over the reservoir. Weather was sunny perfect. This hike turned out to be excellent mushroom hunting.  We gazed at the miniature world at our feet, and had seen many different kinds of mushrooms during our hike. We even hit the jackpot with honey mushrooms.  Our mushroom hike was wonderful.

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Scenes from the trail - Hiking July 10 2021

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Hiking on Saturday July 10 th was awesome! Alexander Buyantued led us 7 miles long hiking
from the Kaaterskill Falls to Inspiration Point in the Catskills Mountains. Weather was sunny perfect. From Scutt Rd parking lot we proceeded straight along the trail, our first stop being the viewing platform that overlooks Kaaterskill Falls. We had taken a group picture there. Breathtaking views of the waterfall with a ton of water flowing down due to recent rains. The trail was very swampy on this day. After a short descent, the trail reaches Layman’s Monument. The  memorial was erected in 1901 to commemorate Frank Layman, who died on the site of the memorial on August 10, 1900, while fighting a forest fire. In 500 feet, after a steep climb up a large rock, it reaches a panoramic viewpoint. Kaaterskill Clove is directly below. This first viewpoint was very crowded. Since Alexander knew there were other viewpoints on this hike, we did not stay long and continued on. A
little further along, we reached another expansive viewpoint on the right. This was a much smaller rock ledge and we took a short break here. From here there are panoramic views to the west and south.  The trail begins to climb away from the slope….. and passes through very picturesque and rocky area.  During the hike we took so many wonderful photos. Our group of 19 people was probably too large and becouse of it we lost 3 people who took a wrong turn. Thanks to a smart suggestion by Sevil Breton to use Iphone’s Send My Current Location feature the group leader found the missing persons who rejoined the group.

This was a fantastic hike that is achievable by most beginners! 

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