March 21, 2021 – Carmel Hamlet, NY
Size: Roughly 2.3 miles
Max elevation: 1356 ft.– complete elevation achieve roughly 440 ft.
Route sort: Circuit
Maps: Ninham Mountain MUA DEC Path Map – Ninham Mountain MUA Path Map
Trailhead parking: Ninham Mountain A number of Use Space
Mt. Ninham Court docket, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512
The 1,054-acre Nimham Mountain A number of Use Space could be very common with bikers, hikers and horseback riders and has an in depth community of trails and outdated roads. Forest cowl is especially combined hardwoods with some conifer plantations. Please remember that forest administration actions, corresponding to timber thinning or harvesting, could disrupt path use at instances. The forests listed below are managed to provide forest crops, preserve numerous wildlife habitats, shield water high quality and supply leisure alternatives.
Mount Nimham is a sprawling promenade situated in the course of the City of Kent. The ridge consists of three separate summits with the middle summit being the tallest. It kinds the southwestern wall of the valley referred to as Whang Hole. It’s the highest level within the City of Kent and is well-known for its steep slopes and excessive ridge traces. The mountain boasts rocky outcrops, deep gorges and excessive ridges. It’s dotted with glacial erratics and boulder fields.
Please be aware: This A number of Use Space can be closely utilized by hunters in season.
The identify was lately modified from “Ninham” to “Nimham” to appropriate an extended standing spelling error.
Positioned on the 1273 ft. summit of Nimham Mountain is an 82-ft. 6-inch metal tower that’s open to the general public. With 360° views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills seen within the distance, makes the Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower the first focal point when visiting. From the highest of the hearth tower there are excellent views of the encompassing countryside. To the east lies Whang Hole, together with Pine Pond, Townsend Ridge, Barrett Hill, Beaver Hill, and Hemlock Ledge; to the north, Stockholm Hill and Little and Large Buck Mountains; to the west, Clear Pool and the Boyd Reservoir and Dam; and to the south, Coles Mills and the West Department Reservoir.
Initially identified domestically as Smalley’s Hill, the mountain is known as after Chief Daniel Nimham, the best Wappinger Sachem and a real American hero. A patriot, Chief Nimham fought and gave his life for American independence, regardless of having misplaced his ancestral homeland to the Philipse household and the very settlers he was combating for. It’s reported that Chief Nimham got here to this mountain on each birthday he celebrated, climbing to the highest to proclaim all that might be seen because the ancestral homeland of the Wappinger.
The unique outdated progress forest was cleared to create planting and grazing fields, with the wooden used to construct shelters, gasoline fireplaces, and supply a income for the farmers. As well as, mining operations have been performed to take away serpentine and mineral deposits, significantly arsenic. When farming declined within the early 1900’s, New York State bought the outdated farmland and finally designated nearly all of the mountain as a A number of Use Space.
Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower:
A street to the highest of the mountain was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1940. The CCC from camp P-135 in Peekskill, NY (Tompkins Corners from 1-5-38 to 1-15-42), obtained the 82 ½ foot tower and by the tip of the 1940 work season, the tower, an observer’s cabin, and a telephone line have been all constructed. The station went into service in 1941 and in its first 12 months reported 73 fires.
Mount Ninham’s tower quickly turned a well-liked vacation spot for the general public because it supplied nice views in all instructions. The tower remained in service into the 1970’s when the observer’s place turned extra of an assistant Forest Ranger (very like many within the State), and the tower was staffed on these increased hearth hazard days. Formally paid as an observer, the tower’s staffing reportedly ended after the 1988 hearth season and the tower was formally closed in early 1989 when the Division of Environmental Conservation decided that fireplace towers have been now not efficient and determined to section them out of service.
Shortly after its official closure, vandals moved in and destruction took its course, first damaging the tower & home windows. The observer’s cabin was damaged into and burned in 1994. The tower sat derelict for various years with rumors of its elimination being held up by NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. The Kent Conservation Advisory Committee restored the tower in 2005 and the official re-dedication was held on July 24, 2005. Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower is at present open to the general public and is on the the Nationwide Historic Lookout Register.
The Kent Conservation Basis owns the formal stewardship settlement to take care of the Nimham hearth lookout tower and coordinates volunteer actions to maintain this outdated hearth lookout tower open and accessible to the general public. Immediately, the Kent Conservation Basis, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group, maintains this historic hearth lookout tower by way of donations. Their predominant objective is the increase sufficient funds to repaint all the construction to proceed to guard the metal from getting old and weathering. It was final absolutely painted in 2004 and it’s due for a repaint. They do common upkeep portray to cowl graffiti and hold the hearth tower trying neat in addition to preserve the stone chamber close to the car parking zone.
The Ninham A number of Use Space is bisected by Gipsy Path Highway and has roughly 10 miles of trails and unpaved forest entry roads that enable for a number of sorts of recreation. To the west, from the Mount Nimham Court docket parking space, two north-south predominant filth hearth roads start from the parking space. The hearth roads move by way of outdated fields, deciduous woods, and by a small pond. There may be an in depth community of single monitor trails that department off from the primary hearth roads which can be utilized by hikers, bikers and horseback riders. To the east, from the Gipsy Path Rd parking space, there are extra trails to discover.
Please be aware: There are such a lot of trails that snake by way of the mountain, some insufficiently blazed or under no circumstances, that if venturing off the primary hearth roads, it’s strongly suggested to hold a path map and a compass to keep away from getting misplaced.
There are 4 entry factors that enable parking on the Ninham A number of Use Space. They’re as follows:
Having visited the Catfish Fireplace Tower within the Delaware Water Hole the earlier weekend, I used to be within the temper to get pleasure from some extra 360° views from one other tower. This additionally made for a beautiful various to among the extra common and crowded mountaineering spots within the Hudson Valley. Once we arrived on the trailhead at roughly 8am, there have been a number of automobiles already there and noticed a runner leaving his car at the moment. On the summit, we noticed a lone hiker that stopped briefly and upon our return to the trailhead, on the completion of our hike, we noticed a number of folks simply embarking on their hike.
It is a quick loop hike using Tower Highway and an outdated DEC path that’s primarily utilized by mountain bikers. This path is marked with sporadic blue DEC blazes, however the single monitor path is properly worn and comparatively straightforward to observe. We didn’t encounter any bikers, however there have been recent tire tracks seen.
Useful Trace: I used Gaia GPS (free app) to assist navigate this path as their map layers present most if not the entire trails on this property.
In case you are not sure of your navigational abilities, you may merely return on the hearth street, retracing your steps after visiting the tower.
There’s a stone chamber proper on the parking space. This one is totally different than others that I’ve seen. This metal roofed chamber was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a storage locker for tools once they have been engaged on constructing the hearth tower and different features on Nimham Mountain. Not like the mysterious stone chambers which can be discovered all through the world, this stone construction has mortared stones, metal beams throughout the inside ceiling and a corrugated metal roof.
From the parking space, proceed previous the gate to the precise of the kiosk. That is proven on the map as “Tower Highway.” The street, inbuilt 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, snakes its means up Ninham Mountain.
In about 200 yards or so, simply off the path on the precise, is one other stone chamber. Within the hotter months, this chamber could also be obscured by foliage and troublesome to see. You could need to cease and take a look at this attention-grabbing historic characteristic.
Tower Highway continues climbing and after about 0.7 mile and almost 350-ft. of elevation achieve, the street reaches the hearth tower.
Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower is an Worldwide Derrick Mannequin 1937, made from Carnegie Metal. The design of the 1937 mannequin is solely a U.S. Forest Service design making minor adjustments from the mannequin 1933 design.
The stairway configuration on the Worldwide Derricks rises up from the bottom working from nook to nook inside the hearth tower’s superstructure between small triangular landings. The stairway design created security considerations and have become unpopular with state officers. Because of these considerations, when the state bought ten new hearth towers between 1948 and 1950, the Aermotor LS-40 hearth tower was chosen.
After climbing greater than 100 steps to the cab of the roofless hearth tower, one is greeted with 360° views, that makes the climb worthwhile.
Wanting south in direction of the West Department Reservoir from Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower.
The Catskill Mountains to the northwest.
Not removed from the hearth tower is the survey marker.
We didn’t spot any raptors, however did see a number of Japanese Bluebirds whereas enjoyable close to the bottom of the tower.
If you end up able to proceed, retrace your steps alongside Tower Highway. In about 500 toes from the tower, search for a footpath that goes off to the precise. Observe the footpath because it leads away from the hearth street then begins to parallel it. You could start to see some blue DEC markers. Quickly the path begins to run alongside an outdated stone wall, bordering personal property because it descends.
There are some minor ups and downs alongside the path because it zig-zags by way of the woods. Hold an eye fixed out for mountain bikers.
The path turns into higher blazed because it descends, however it’s properly worn and comparatively straightforward to observe for many of the means.
In about 0.8 mile from the beginning of the Blue Path, it involves a T-intersection. Flip left and a brief distance later, the path widens to a woods street bordered by stone partitions.
In about one other 750 toes, the path reaches Tower Highway, straight reverse of the stone chamber that you simply handed on the best way up. Flip proper and observe Tower Highway again to the parking space, the place the hike started.
A pleasant stroll up the hearth street to excellent views from the hearth tower. The return on the Blue Path was extra of a real hike by way of the woods. In the event you get pleasure from hearth towers and the views that they supply, this place is certainly price a go to. I plan on a return go to to discover extra of the paths.
Mount Nimham Fireplace Tower, 360° views, stone chambers, not as crowded as different hearth towers within the area.
Aspect trails might be higher blazed.
Take a hike!