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Sat 03 Oct
Beautiful Fall Foliage Hike to Castle Point Scenic Vista
Saturday, October 3, 2020 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join Student Conservation Association/Americorps member, Sarah LaLumiere, for this spectacular seven-mile hike. We will follow the Castle Point Carriage Road all the way to the less visited Blueberry Run Footpath which we will then take to Upper Awosting Carriage Road. This hike offers magnificent views of the Palmaghatt Ravine, Hudson Valley, and Catskill Mountains. We will stop at multiple scenic vistas along the way to enjoy the fall foliage. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Oct
High Peter’s Kill and Awosting Falls Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 10, 2020 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Would you like to hike to Awosting Falls via the more quiet, lesser known route? Join Sarah LaLumiere, Student Conservation Association/ Americorps Member, on this approximately five-mile hike to discover the lovely footpath that many miss. We'll start by walking downhill on the High Peter's Kill Footpath, which features a variety of terrain, along a cliff escarpment with numerous, scenic viewpoints where we can gaze over the breathtaking fall foliage. For our return trip, we'll walk along the gently climbing Awosting Falls Carriage Road, past the beautiful and iconic Awosting Falls. This hike does include rocky, narrow sections of trail that may be challenging for some.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 13 Oct
Tuesday Trek: Hamilton Point Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Come join Student Conservation Association/ Americorps member, Sarah LaLumiere, for an approximately eight mile outing to Hamilton Point and beyond, traveling on a combination of picturesque carriage roads and footpaths. This hike will take participants on the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road, Hamilton Point Carriage Road, the exciting and often overlooked Rainbow Falls Footpath and on Upper Awosting Carriage Road. The footpath section of this hike features sections of trail with steep, rocky and narrow footing, which some may find challenging. All participants should come well prepared with appropriate footwear, food and water.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Oct
Gertrude’s Nose and Millbrook Mountain Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 17, 2020 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Sarah LaLumiere, Student Conservation Association/Americorps Member, for this approximately seven-mile long hike on the Lake Minnewaska and Millbrook Mountain Carriage Roads and the stunning Gertrude's Nose and Millbrook Mountain Footpaths. Considered one of the most outstanding hikes in the entire Hudson Valley, this cliff-edge, wildly scenic route does not disappoint, featuring panoramic views of landmarks as far away as High Point State Park in New Jersey. We'll hike out to Gertrude's Nose, a cliff promontory, and then continue our hike and get a chance to see equally gorgeous views from other locations.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Minnewaska Nature Center. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Oct
Jenny Lane Loop Hike at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 24, 2020 09:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Sarah LaLumiere, Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Member for a hike along the Jenny Lane section of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail and the Blueberry Run Footpaths, through a section of forest that was burned during the 2008 forest fire. This route brings hikers to the verdant Mossy Glen Footpath, which follows along the edge of the Peter's Kill stream. This loop hike will finish up with a one-mile hike on the Wawarsing Turnpike Footpath, a section of the toll road built in the 1850s that crossed the Shawangunk Ridge. This five-mile-long hike includes some hilly sections, two stream crossings and lots of walking on exposed bedrock.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. This outing meets at the Awosting Parking Area Information Kiosk. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Tue 27 Oct
Forest Bathing Wellness Program at Minnewaska
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Jane Dobson, a Kripalu-certified, Mindful Outdoor Nature Guide with MindtheForest LLC, and Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, to learn about and experience the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing or "Shinrin-yoku". Forest Bathing is a wellness practice that reconnects us with nature and its healing properties. This practice integrates light exercises, light hiking, breathing techniques and quiet nature observation to heighten our connections to ourselves, to others and to the natural world. This directs our attention to our senses and allows us to find inner stillness in the beauty of the present moment. This program is recommended for people 16 years of age and older. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent. Please wear outdoor-appropriate clothing and proper foot wear and bring any water or food that you may need. There is no fee for this introductory program.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to ten individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet at the Peter's Kill Park Office. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Oct
Hike around Lake Awosting at Minnewaska
Saturday, October 31, 2020 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Student Conservation Association/Americorps Member, Sarah LaLumiere, for this lovely, long hike around Lake Awosting. On this approximately nine-and-a-half-mile hike, we will take the cool and beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath along the Peter's Kill stream to Blueberry Run Footpath. Then we will spend the remainder of the hike walking historic carriage roads including Upper Awosting, Lake Awosting, and Lower Awosting Carriage Roads. These carriage roads are wide and level, making them much easier to hike on than the footpaths. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to nine individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area Information Kiosk. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required
Sun 01 Nov
Hike along the Stream Edge on the Mossy Glen Footpath
Sunday, November 1, 2020 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
(845) 255-0752

Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, and Sarah LaLumiere, Student Conservation Association/ Americorps Member, for this approximately four-mile hike along the Peter's Kill stream, through mixed forests and across exposed, quartz conglomerate rock. The first part of this hike will take participants on the easy-to-walk Lower Awosting Carriage Road. The return trip will follow along the full length of the beautiful Mossy Glen Footpath, which is just under two miles. The footpath may include challenging conditions for some, including slippery rocks and tree roots.

Due to COVID protocols, the total number of participants for this program is limited to twelve individuals. All participants must wear face coverings or keep a minimum six foot distance away from others who are not part of your immediate household. Meet in the Awosting Parking Area Information Kiosk. Pre-registration is required by calling Minnewaska at 845-255-0752.

Registration: Required