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Trip length: 4.6 miles; 600 ft elevation gain. 5 hours + Brief Travel
Intensity level: + 1 2 3 4 5 !
Where: Cornwall, NY
When: May 17th. 9:30am-2:30pm. Check-in at 9:00am.
Join us as we explore one of the lower Hudson Valley's greatest Hidden Treasures - Black Rock Forest. The forest boasts many diverse ecosystems accessible within a single day's hike, and is home to more than 160 bird species, dozens of amphibian and reptile species, and a multitude of spring ephemeral wildflowers not often seen elsewhere.
If you love the outdoors, and haven't made a trip to Black Rock Forest yet, you are missing out.
Answers to your burning ecological questions!
Spring hikes to high quality habitats offer limited-time opportunities to see flowering plants and animals that we cannot see for the rest of the year.
Want to know why and which ones to watch out for? Join us!
This is a relaxed, small group, educational hike with lots of opportunity for discussion.
We'll cover a little over 4.5 miles, and ascend (and descend) about 600 ft on woods roads and mildly technical terrain. We will travel at a relaxed pace, making many stops along the way to highlight and discuss spring wildlife and wildflowers. We'll have lunch (provided) at a beautiful place along the trail, be it a scenic overlook or good spot for birdwatching. We will pass through many habitat types and examine life more closely with binoculars and hand lenses (provided).
Theme: Spring's Best-Kept Secret in the Lower HV
Spring ephemeral wildflowers. Life history, ID, role in forest ecosystems, and why they are so precious
Birdwatching in the wild: Sight & Sound. Introduction to identifying birds by sight and sound.
- The many faces of wetlands. Reservoirs, swamps, and temporary woodland pools all play vital roles in protecting our drinking water and providing wildlife habitat.
Kali Bird, a local naturalist, educator, and outdoor guide who lives for Spring.
What You Get
The Inside Scoop on spring ephemeral wildflowers, migrating birds, and other spring happenings
A scientist at hand to tell you what you're looking at, why it matters, and answer your questions
Plant & bird identification guidance and use of binoculars and a hand lens to examine life more closely
Lunch from a local business, which uses locally sourced and organic ingredients
Opportunity to share nature's best with your friends, family, and other like-minded individuals
Freedom to look around without having to pay attention to where you are going
Exclusive access to an online ecology mini-guide specific to your hike
Peace of mind hiking challenging trails with a licensed outdoor guide, trained in Wilderness First Aid
Terrain: Varied, but generally less technical, with moderate inclines.
Stream Crossings: Bridge(s) and closely-spaced rock hops.
What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes w/ good grip on the bottom (preferably waterproof)
- Clothes you don't mind getting muddy
- 2 Liters of water
- Layers of clothing
- Waterproof jacket if there's the tiniest chance of rain
- Camera & or fully-charged cell phone
- Hiking poles
- Extra snacks
What We Provide
- Hand Lens
- Plant & Bird ID guides
- Eco-groovy Snacks (as local, organic, & sustainable as possible)
- Group First Aid & Emergency Kit
- Bug repellant with DEET
- Knowledgeable, NYS-licensed guide
By car: Parking information and detailed instructions will be sent by e-mail prior to our hike.
*Depending on the number of cars traveling, we may carpool from the town of Cornwall to our hike location (a 7 minute drive from the town center). Please let us know if you are willing to be a driver. If you are willing, able, and called upon to drive, you will receive good karma and a $10 discount on your next hike.
By train: This hike is not directly accessible by train. However, limited private transportation may be available from Beacon, NY at no charge. Contact us for details.