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Minnewaska State Park Preserve January 2013 Events

  |   January 8, 2013  |  Comment


 

Pre-registration is required for participation in all public programs. Please call the Park Office at 845-255-0752.

For outings, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring snacks and water.

A parent or guardian over the age of 18 must accompany children wishing to participate in any programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs meet at the Nature Center.

Saturday, January 12, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Snowshoe and Winter Tree ID
The winter woods offer a rich diversity just waiting to be discovered. But, who can tell trees apart without their leaves? You can! On this moderately challenging two mile excursion, you can start to stock your tree identifying toolkit, not just for winter, but any season. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. This program will meet in the Peter’s Kill Area. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, January 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Snowshoe Mossy Glen
Dust off your snowshoes or try out your new holiday gifts on this nearly four mile-long walk in the woods along the edges of the Peter’s Kill stream. This picturesque trail offers a relatively flat route for people just learning to use snowshoes, however there are two unimproved stream crossings. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Meet in the Awosting parking lot. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, January 20, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Snowshoe Beacon Hill
Join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for a two-mile long snowshoe hike along two carriage roads and one hiking trail. Views along the Beacon Hill hiking trail, which does include some challenging terrain as it follows along an escarpment edge, are particularly spectacular on clear winter days. Signs of wildlife can be abundant in this area as well. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Preserve Office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Please note, once ski trails are groomed, the entrance fee for this area of the Park Preserve is $6 per adult and $5 per junior and the Empire Passport cannot be used. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Tuesday Trek: Cross-Country Ski to Echo Rock
Grab your cross-country ski equipment and join Laura Conner, Environmental Educator, for this five mile ski on a combination of groomed and ungroomed carriage roads. Our final destination, Echo Rock, offers very pretty views of the Palmaghatt Ravine below. This ski does include some challenging hills and breaking trail is hard work, so previous experience is required. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: High Peter’s Kill Snowshoe
Do you need a new point of view? Come explore a two mile section of the upper High Peter’s Kill trail. This moderately challenging, yet striking foot trail which rambles through mountain laurel, hardwoods and conifers offers scenic vistas along the way. We will meet in the Awosting Parking Area and travel the same route both directions. Snowshoes may be rented from the Park Office, located at the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Early arrival is suggested for snowshoe rental. If there is no snow, this outing will be a hike. Pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register for programs, please call the Park Preserve Office at 845-255-0752. The Park Preserve is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $8 per car. Once trails are groomed for cross-country skiing, a per-head trail fee will be charged instead. The trail fee is: $6 per adult and $5 per junior. Snowshoes rentals are available at the park office for $15 per adult and $14 per junior. All fees are subject to change. There are no additional fees for public programs, unless noted otherwise. Minnewaska State Park Preserve consists of approximately 22,000 acres of wild and scenic land located on Route 44/55, five miles west of the intersection with Route 299 in Gardiner, New York.

 

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