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Suri and Greg joined Batya and me as we drove up to Beacon. It had been four years since I last enjoyed this same hike, but it was new to the three of them. The parking lot at Mount Beacon Park was full, but we parked on the street just outside the parking lot, next to a non-native Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana):
Having previously hiked the western section of the Shore Parkway Greenway, we decided to hike half of the eastern section, from Brigham Street to the Canarsie Pier. (We had intended to take this route on our last walk, but had mistakenly turned right on Flatbush Avenue, leading us to walk across the Marine Parkway Bridge to the Rockaway Peninsula.)
Batya and I went for another walk in Brooklyn. We parked at Brigham Street off Emmons Avenue, and began hiking east on the Shore Parkway’s eastern half. This was a relatively short stretch, which provided views of Rockaway Inlet:
The Shore Parkway Greenway is a walking and bicycle path that runs on the bay side of the Shore Parkway automobile route. The Greenway exists in two noncontiguous sections, separated by Coney Island. The western section runs 4.3 miles, from Bay Parkway at the southern end, passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and continues to Bay Ridge Avenue at the northern end. [The eastern section runs from 68th Street in Brooklyn to 84th Street in Queens.]
This was my third trip to the western part of Black Rock Forest. I only took a few photos. For a more complete record of this part of the park, see my blog post from 2010.
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.
After weeks of temperatures in the 80s and 90s, I took off from work to benefit from a day with temperatures in the low 70s. I drove to the parking lot of Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, where I began my hike. I did not investigate the historic site, and do not believe there is much to see there, other than earthen redoubts. A companion fort, Fort Clinton, was built a short distance to the south, across Popolopen Gorge, but was later demolished during construction of U.S. Route 9W and the Bear Mountain Bridge.
Jon, Nachi and I drove to the Lake Sebago boat dock in Harriman. We were supposed to be joined there by another man, which would give us two cars with which we could do a shuttle hike beginning at the park’s southwest corner and leading back to Lake Sebago.
Six of us met on Route 17A near the Mt. Peter Ski Area, then shuttled in an SUV 3.7 miles east on Route 17A, to a parking area inside Sterling Forest. There, around 11:00 a.m., we began hiking northeast on the Highlands Trail.
My hiking partners today were Suri, Greg and Malky. We went to the southwest corner of Harriman, a part of the park I had never visited before. From Route 17, we turned east onto Seven Lakes Drive, and parked at the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center.