We’re happy to announce a soft opening First Hike on the new Ashokan Quarry Trail to introduce you to it! Afterwards, the trail will be open to the public for hiking according to NYCDEP regulations. (You can find those in our Skills and Info menu.) In Spring the DEP and CMC will welcome the public with an official opening ceremony.
The AQT is located on the Acorn Hill Parcel in Olivebridge. The quarry was one of several used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Interpretive signage has been installed along the route.
Only two miles long and with an easy climb to the rim of the quarry, the AQT offers an easy hike with historic interest and fabulous views stretching from Ashokan High Point to North Dome and Ticeteneyck Mountains. Features include abandoned infrastructure, the long quarry, a lovely mountain laurel path, and a mixed hardwood and white pine forest.
The trail is located 0.2 miles west of the Promenade parking lot which provides access to the dam and its fabulous views over the reservoir. Located south of the reservoir, the AQT will eventually be linked to the new Ashokan Rail Trail via the Promenade.
There is a parking lot at the trailhead, just off Rte. 28A. When full, please use the promenade lot.
Event Duration: 2 miles, 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Leader: Wendell George
Bring: good hiking shoes, something to drink, ice traction device and snowshoes depending on conditions. Hiking poles recommended.
Registration required by December 20th. Register by contacting the leader. See below.
Group size is limited to 25, so register early.
Dogs allowed: Yes, well behaved only.
Questions about this event and registrations can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-586-6273. Provide contact information for the morning of the hike, including email and/or a phone number. Please be sure to notify the leader asap if you will need to cancel your registration.
Driving Directions: The trail is on Rte. 23A, accessible from SR 28 in West Hurley, Shokan and Boiceville. Also accessible from Rte. 213 in Stone Ridge and Samsonville Rd/CR 3 in Kerhonkson.
GPS coordinates: 41.935802, -74.228469