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Hiking in Catskill Park
Located on the northern border of the Catskill Preserve is the 1355 acre Elm Ridge Wild Forest. The northern end of the overly popular Escarpment Trail is located in the wild forest and travels south over 20 miles to North-South Lake Campground. The Long Path coincides with the Escarpment Trail. A new four mile multi-use trail system was constructed in 2010 just to the north off the blue marked Escarpment Trail.
The yellow marked Elm Ridge Trail travels 0.9 miles from the end of Peck Road to the Escarpment Trail near the Elm Ridge Lean To and the boundary of the Windham Blackhead Range Wilderness. The short trail follows an old road. The trail can be used as another option to reach Windham High Peak. You can find more information on the Elm Ridge Wild Forest from the NY DEC Website.
Directions: The parking area for the Escarpment Trail/Long Path Trailhead is located in East Windham at the intersection of NY 23 and Cross Road. The GPS coordinates are N42 18.758 W74 11.389 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.
The parking area for the Elm Ridge Trail trailhead is located at the end of Peck Road. From East Windham by continuing west on NY 23 for 1.3 miles to the village of Windham. Turn left on NY 296 for 1.5 miles to Hensonville. Stay straight on County Route 40. Follow CR 40 for 1.9 miles and turn left on County Route 56. Drive for about 1.8 miles then turn left Peck Road. Drive 0.6 miles to the end of the road. The GPS coordinates are N42 17.749 W74 10.148 for those who have a GPS devise.
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