Fahnestock Hike
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2023 MGV Guided Hikes


MGV Guided Hikes 2023

  • Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sunday, June 18, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 15, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

About the Hikes

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County Master Gardener Volunteers on guided hikes as we explore Putnam County’s natural beauty, ecological history, and the invasive species that threaten our natural resources.

The Details

Hikes will take place on Saturday with the rain date the following Sunday. Each hike starts at 10am and lasts between 1.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on the location and the speed of the group. Upon registration, you will receive meeting location information. - No Dogs/Pets allowed

What to Bring

Hikers are advised to wear long pants, socks, hats, hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with treads.

Insect repellant with DEET or a CDC approved active ingredient, long sleeves and pants are suggested to protect against ticks. Hikers should bring a backpack with water, appropriate trail snacks, and a bagged lunch. Keep in mind that all parks are take in, take out. All we will leave behind are footprints.

Visit NY-NJ Trail Conference to learn about trail safety before you hit the trail:  https://www.nynjtc.org/content/10-hiking-essential...

To be on the waiting list, please email Maureen Salerno at ms2648@cornell.edu

Hike List  (registration open 1 month prior to event)
Date Difficulty Level Location
May 20

Rain Date:

May 21


4.5 hours,

4.5 miles

Wonder Lake State Park hike starts with a 200-ft ascent. Features include an engineered lake, succession pastures with reforestation, and old carriage trails. The park is home to otter, barred owls, coyote, black bear.  
June 17

Rain Date: June 18

Moderately Strenuous

4.5 hours,

4.8 miles

Granite Mountain, Hudson Highland Land Trust starts with a steep, 600-foot ascent through hardwood forests to Lookout Rock, one of Granite Mountain preserve’s three peaks.  REGISTRATION NOW FULL
July 15

Rain Date:

July 16


2 hours,

1.5 miles

Family Oriented

Pelton Pond Nature Trail, located in Fahnestock State Park, is an ideal hike for families with young children. This scenic trail loops around Pelton Pond, a man-made body of water created by flooding a mine shaft.


Aug 19

Rain Date: Aug 20


3 hours,

3.5 miles

Hawk Rock—Whangtown Road (starting at 9am)

features a 30-foot-high rock with petroglyphs. There is an overall 200 ft rise in elevation. We’ll also see the old Mead farm with stone chambers and farm ruins. Pre-registration with DEP is required for each attendee.


Sept 9

Rain Date: Sep 10

Moderately Strenuous

4 hours,

5 miles

Hubbard Lodge Fahnestock State Park loop begins at Hubbard Lodge, combining a walk along an old road through long-abandoned farms with gradual elevation change along East Mountain. Hike includes scenic views, impressive stone walls, and a ridge of red cedars. REGISTRATION NOW FULL


Registration will be open and available one month prior to hike date ~ Space is limited.

Children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All hikers will need to sign a waiver.



Last updated September 25, 2023