Good Lord, how long has it been? A few months judging by our last post. Winter set in, keeping us away from the trails. My snowshoes went unused due to a lack of snowfall, sub-zero temperatures scared us away from going outside. But alas, that appears to be over. In our first hike of 2018, it could not have been a more beautiful day in February. It started out in the low 40’s, overcast and foggy. It gradually warmed, with the sun coming out right as we finished up around noon. We picked a relatively simple hike to kick off the year. Arden Point and Glenclyffe in Garrison, NY.
We started at the Garrison Train Station off Lower Station Road. We parked at the train station because that appears to be the only parking available in the area of the trailhead. It cost $3.50 to park, but it is free on weekends and holidays. In the future, there is a little parking area on the Glenclyffe side of the trails, which is free, so that is where we will park going forward. The trailhead starts at two stone pillars, along with a sign for Arden Point. You walk along the train tracks on what appears to be an access road, there was just some snowfall a few days ago it and it appeared to be plowed. There are a couple of remnants of old brick buildings to your right.
You arrive at a junction, right takes you over the train tracks to the Arden Point Loop, straight goes to the Glenclyffe loop. We went right, over the tracks. Once you go over the tracks, go right which is north to the tip of Arden Point, with views of West Point and others. It was a bit tough for us to see as there was a lot of fog, but it was still a nice view. For a nice detailed description of what you are seeing, along with the history, read the NYNJTC writeup here. It is far better than what I can do. When you continue to the southern tip, there is a little lookout area with a bench, and down the river you can see the Bear Mountain Bridge. After enjoying the views, continue on the loop to the bridge over the tracks and head towards the Glenclyffe section.
The Glenclyffe section was my favorite part. Varying terrain, plus the history intrigued me. As big fans of the show Turn, it was fun walking the same area as Benedict Arnold did with his escape from the area. When you begin the “Marcia’s Mile” trail, follow it to the right, there is a gazebo overlooking the Hudson up the stone stairs. Continue along the Garrison Institute property, through a bamboo “forest”, and wind your way through the woods to the historic overlook. The historic overlook is a rickety appearing deck that kind of hangs over a cliff. We didn’t know what was so historic about it, as there are no signs saying what it is, but it turns out it was the area of the dock that Benedict Arnold escaped after John Andre was caught, the coward that he was. After not falling to our deaths, we continued through the woods, along a creek, and came out to an opening where they have a sign with the history of Benedict Arnold and how he escaped. You then walk along Route 9D, with Castle Rock to your right, until you reach the entrance for the Garrison Institute, and find the little parking area I mentioned earlier. Walking through the woods, you come across some random crosses, not sure why they were there, but creepy nonetheless, and finally you join back up by the gazebo. From there, you go on your merry way back to the Garrison train station, or wherever you decided to park your car.
This was a nice easy hike, the “hardest” parts being in the Glenclyffe section, which has more hills to go up and down. Certain parts of the Arden Point trail were hard to follow, as they had faded trail blazes and some missing blazes. This would be a great hike to take the kid on. It would also be better to come on a clear day to see all the amazing sites along the Hudson River.
See the tracking of the hike here