Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Westchester County, NY

On my third trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, I brought my girlfriend, Batya. Unlike my first two hikes in the park, which were hot, this day was cool, overcast, and it was also drizzling a bit. Thus, I wasn’t taking as many photos or recording as complete a description of the hike as I had previously. See my previous blog post for this park, here, for a more complete description of this hike and the trails.

We parked at the Trailside Nature Museum and hiked on the orange trail past the museum’s outdoor Delaware wigwam.

9:47 a.m.: Many of the trails in the park are flat and gentle:

Orange trail, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Orange trail

10:29 a.m.: The trail passes by rocks:

Rocks beside the trail, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Rocks beside the trail

 

Mossy rocks and fallen trees, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Mossy rocks and fallen trees

11:01 a.m.: As mentioned, it was a misty, rainy day. We saw a number of riders on horseback, but only one or two other groups of hikers.

Misty trail, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Misty trail

11:05 a.m.: We reached Raven Rocks, which affords a nicer view on clearer days:

View from Raven Rocks, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

View from Raven Rocks

 

View from Raven Rocks, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

View from Raven Rocks

11:28 a.m.: We continued our hike, on a wet, rocky trail:

Wet and rocky trail, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Wet and rocky trail

It was the second week of Fall, and while the trees still showed a lot of green, there were also many fallen leaves:

Fallen leaves and fallen trees, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Fallen leaves and fallen trees

12:25 p.m.: We took a lunch break at the Indian Rock Shelter, and then continued our hike:

Fallen leaves and fallen trees, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Fallen leaves and fallen trees

Rock covered with lichen:

Rock covered with lichen, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Rock covered with lichen

Wildflowers:

Wildflowers, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Wildflowers

12:45 p.m.: Batya hikes below a fallen tree:

Hiking below a fallen tree, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Batya walks below a fallen tree

1:17 p.m.: At the end of the hike, we were rewarded with some pretty Fall foliage:

Fall foliage, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Fall foliage

 

Fall foliage, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, NY

Fall foliage

Because of the misty weather, we shortened the hike a bit, but still had a nice time in the park. We then went to watch the move Gravity.

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