Sunday At The Reservation

“I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm.”
-John Mackey

It was another beautiful morning in the Hudson Valley. I would really love it if it were about 15 degrees cooler, but that’s ok, it’s just good to get outside. As you can see below, the sunrise was spectacular and an outstanding way to start today’s hike.

The most important thing that I have come to love about Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is the flexibility that you have in determining the length of hikes. With the marked trails and the plethora of connector trails, you never have to do the same hike two times in a row. Going in the opposite direction of what you are used to also adds to the diversity of what the reservation offers.

So to mix things up today I traveled the initial mile on the Red Trail and then made a right turn on a connector trail. This trail took me to the Leatherman’s Loop Trail which I stayed on until it returned to the Red Trail. Almost immediately after getting back on the Red Trail, another connector trail veered off to the left and traveled through the woods until it came back again to the Red Trail. You then stay on the Red Trail until the finish.


Happy Hiking!!!

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4 thoughts on “Sunday At The Reservation

    1. The Zen Hiker Post author

      And thank you for the positive comments! I thought that getting up this early for most of my hikes was going to be a real pain, but I actually have really enjoyed it, Let’s see if I change my tune when fall turns to winter!

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  1. The Zen Hiker Post author

    Thank you! One of the best things about hiking in the area I live is that everything changes with every season. The views are different, the smells in the woods are different, everything is delightfully different!!! That is what makes hikes that may seem old, new again!



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