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Candlewood Hill Loop – Fahnestock State Park


June 12, 2021 – Putnam Valley, NY

Problem: Reasonable

Size: Roughly 3.3 miles

Max elevation: 986 ft.– complete elevation acquire roughly 779 ft.

Route sort: Lollipop Loop

Purchase Maps (Paper & Avenza): East Hudson Trails Map #103

Free Internet Map: Fahnestock State Park Path Map 2020

Free Avenza App Map: Fahnestock State Park Path Map

Trailhead parking: 11 Sunken Mine Street, Putnam Valley, NY 10579

Roadside parking for about 6 automobiles – No loos on web site


Overview:

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park, also called Fahnestock State Park, is a 16,171-acre state park situated in north central Putnam County with parts within the cities of Carmel, Kent, Philipstown and Putnam Valley. The park is traversed by the Taconic State Parkway, US Route 9, NYS Route 301 and several other native roads. Rail stations operated by Metro North Railroad are inside ten miles of the park at Garrison, Chilly Spring and Beacon. The park doesn’t have a single, formal entrance. The park is managed and maintained by the New York State Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park

Fahnestock is characterised by parallel ridges and hills that pattern in a southwest to northeast path. Steep slopes are sometimes discovered on the southeast and northwest points of a few of these ridges. Elevations vary from roughly 400 ft within the lowest space of the park alongside Clove Creek within the neighborhood of U.S. Route 9, to a most of over 1300 ft on a ridge west of Canopus Lake. The vast majority of the park is at elevations higher than 600 ft.

Because the peaks of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park are extra hills than mountains, the mountaineering is mostly much less strenuous than others within the area. This makes the park a preferred vacation spot for informal hikers.

Candlewood Hill is an extended ridge with its summit at an approximate elevation of 986 ft above sea degree. It’s situated on the southeast finish of Fahnestock State Park and is without doubt one of the park’s most distinguished peaks. The northern finish of the of the ridge is simply west of the Durland Scout Reservation (previously Clear Lake Scout Reservation), divided by Sunken Mine Street. The southern portion of Candlewood Hill rises out of the western banks of Oscawana Lake. Present roadside parking alongside Sunken Mine Street supplies entry to the Candlewood Hill Path within the northern a part of this space. The southern portion of the Candlewood Hill Path descends sharply to Bell Hole Street. Latest acquisitions have prolonged the park southward. A few undesignated trails lengthen from the Candlewood Hill Path south alongside the ridge. There isn’t a parking space designated for entry from roads to the south.

This scenic space contains views of the hills and ridgelines of Fahnestock State Park and many of the East Hudson Highlands from the summit of Candlewood Hill. The panorama contains the encompassing hemlock forests, hills and valleys, and even a slice of the Hudson River and Indian Level viewable to the southwest.

Candlewood Hill – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill – Fahnestock State Park


Historical past:

In 2004, NY state bought a 261-acre tract at Candlewood Hill in Putnam Valley and added it to Fahnestock State Park, saving it from residential improvement. The property contains woodlands and a couple of,000 ft of undeveloped frontage on Oscawana Lake, which is in any other case ringed with bungalows and homes. Two land conservation teams, the Open House Institute and the Belief for Public Land, negotiated the contracts for the state, which within the early summer season quietly purchased the land for $1.5 million.

For his farewell hike as Governor, George E. Pataki led a small entourage of aides, administration members, environmentalists and a few state troopers up the granite-flecked path to the summit of Candlewood Hill.

By means of a collection of acquisitions since 1995, Fahnestock State Park has greater than doubled in measurement, from 6,670 acres to 16,171, a rise of greater than 9,000 acres. The Belief For Public Land collaborated with its accomplice, the Open House Institute on various the offers making up this growth. The Belief for Public Land labored with Governor Pataki, the workers of the New York State Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Division of Environmental Conservation to guard greater than 100,000 acres in NY state throughout his administration.


Trails Overview:

This hike incorporates a bit of the unmaintained and unpaved Sunken Mine Street that’s closed to vehicular site visitors from December to April. This highway divides Fahnestock State Park from the Durland Scout Reservation (non-public property). Sunken Mine Street is situated inside Fahnestock State Park and is a gravel highway that traverses the realm, operating north from Oscawana Lake to Dennytown Street. The highway climbs regularly from the south earlier than reaching the trailhead for the Candlewood Hill Path.

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

The Candlewood Hill Path is marked with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation “Taconic Area” purple plastic discs. This path ascends, generally steeply to the 986-foot summit of Candlewood Hill to lengthy views in all instructions. It traverses a brief part of the ridge earlier than descending steeply to its terminus on Bell Hole Street. The Candlewood Hill Path is nicely marked and straightforward to observe.

Candlewood Hill Trail - Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

An deserted part of Bell Hole Street is used to attach the Candlewood Hill Path to Sunken Mine Street. This highway climbs alongside the western flank of Candlewood Hill and though unmarked, is nicely outlined and straightforward to observe.

Bell Hollow Road – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hole Street – Fahnestock State Park

It’s possible you’ll encounter some diamond formed mild blue blazes with an “HT” on them all through this hike. You’ll be able to disregard them. These blazes characterize the Hudson Path, an extended distance mountaineering path from Excessive Bridge in Manhattan ultimately reaching Mt. Marcy within the Adirondacks, overlaying current trails and making use of public roads. It’s a work in progress. In Fahnestock State Park it makes use of the Candlewood Hill Path in addition to a number of others.

Hudson Trail in Fahnestock State Park

Hudson Path in Fahnestock State Park

Except for the summit, the paths are largely nicely shaded and provide some safety from the recent solar.


Hike Overview:

I used to be on the lookout for a brief hike to do earlier than the rains got here on a Saturday morning, however sadly the rain got here as we have been starting the hike. With the rain got here the fog and obscured views, which was disappointing. We accomplished the hike nonetheless, however not with the ability to benefit from the views caught with me. The next week we determined to go again as much as the summit only for the views and it was nicely value it. Our second journey was a brief out and again to the summit to benefit from the views earlier than it acquired too scorching. This put up incorporates photographs that I captured from each visits up till the summit.

This average loop hike is ideal for these trying to do a brief hike with some nice views and a few shaded trails. On each visits, we didn’t encounter some other hikers. The hike begins close to the southern finish of Sunken Mine Street the place there’s pull-off parking for about 6-8 automobiles simply earlier than the gate.

Candlewood Hill Loop – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Loop – Fahnestock State Park

Though there are some steep sections on this hike, they’re brief lived.

elevation profile - Candlewood Hill Loop

elevation profile – Candlewood Hill Loop


The Hike:

Proceed previous the gate on Sunken Mine Street (generally known as Sunk Mine Street) because it heads regularly uphill. Sunken Mine Street is situated inside Fahnestock State Park and is a tough, unmaintained highway that’s closed to vehicular site visitors from December to April. On the left facet of the highway (west), you might discover NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation indicators. To the appropriate (east) of the highway there are indicators to “Hold Out” of the Durland Scout Reservation. Proceed uphill on this scenic highway for a couple of half mile.

Sunken Mine Road

Sunken Mine Street

Sunken Mine Road

Sunken Mine Street

Sunken Mine Road

Sunken Mine Street

Sunken Mine Road

Sunken Mine Street

In about 0.5 mile, The trailhead for the Candlewood Hill Path will likely be on the left, marked by a picket put up and purple markers. Flip left right here and observe the purple blazes as they lead uphill, regularly at first then extra steeply. You’ll be following the purple blazes for the following 1.2 miles.

Candlewood Hill Trail - Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail - Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail - Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

In late spring and early summer season, the Mountain Laurel is in bloom alongside the path.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

The path steepens some extra because it nears the summit of Candlewood Hill, climbing over naked rock. To the appropriate of the path there are restricted views as you close to the highest.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Simply earlier than reaching the summit the place the path turns left, go away the path and switch proper on a faint footpath to huge ranging views from northwest to southwest. The hills of Fahnestock State Park might be seen to the west in addition to many of the East Hudson Highlands.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

A zoomed in view to the southwest reveals a sliver of the Hudson River and the Indian Level Nuclear Facility within the Village of Buchanan, close to Peekskill, NY.

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill summit – Fahnestock State Park

If you find yourself able to proceed, return to the Candlewood Hill Path and proceed forward alongside the summit to a different rock out crop with extra views.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

That is the view on a foggy morning with mild rain falling.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

That is the view on our return go to the next week.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

The path turns left on the rock outcrop and descends a bit of, ducking slightly below the ridgeline then leveling off, with some attention-grabbing rock formations on both facet of the path.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Quickly the Candlewood Hill Path descends steeply, turns proper on a woods highway and descends on a extra average grade. A brief distance later, the Candlewood Hill Path ends at Bell Hole Street.

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Trail – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Path – Fahnestock State Park

Flip proper on the deserted part of Bell Hole Street and observe it uphill for the following 1/2 mile. You could possibly see and listen to Canopus Creek down under on the left as you stroll alongside the highway.

Bell Hollow Road – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hole Street – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hollow Road – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hole Street – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hollow Road – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hole Street – Fahnestock State Park

Bell Hole Street ends at a junction with Sunken Mine Street. Flip proper right here and observe this scenic highway uphill for about 420 yards. Search for a woods highway on the appropriate, marked by boulders, that leads uphill a brief distance to a different viewpoint.

turn right on Sunken Mine Road

flip proper on Sunken Mine Street

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Flip proper on this unmarked woods highway and observe it uphill for about 350 ft, to views of Candlewood Hill and the encompassing space. This makes a great place to take a break.

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Road

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Street

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Road

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Street

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Road

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Street

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Road

Viewpoint off of Sunken Mine Street

If you find yourself able to proceed, return to Sunken Mine Street, flip proper and proceed in a southerly path. A brief distance later you’ll move the trailhead for the Candlewood Hill Path. Keep on Sunken Mine Street because it heads downhill, now retracing your steps, again to the parking space, the place the hike started.

Turn right on Sunken Mine Road

Flip proper on Sunken Mine Street

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Road - Fahnestock State Park

Sunken Mine Street – Fahnestock State Park


Assessment:

A really nice hike with spectacular views. The paths/woods roads are simple to observe in a seemingly unfrequented part of the park. The realm is freed from any litter and for those who determine to go to, please maintain it that method. An pleasing and scenic average hike that the majority would take pleasure in.

Execs:

Excellent views, nicely maintained path, simple to observe woods roads, quiet space, litter free.

Cons:

None.


Take a hike!

Candlewood Hill Loop – Fahnestock State Park

Candlewood Hill Loop – Fahnestock State Park


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