Lewis Morris Park

Lewis Morris Park (1/19/2009)

This is hike #52 ("Lewis Morris Loop") in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York City (2nd edition). I had been to this park, less than 15 minutes from my house, several times in the past but only for company picnics. I had no idea that there were so many wonderful trails in this very hilly park. And it was snowing once again on Martin Luther King's birthday, so we headed into the woods to hike nearly 6 miles in 2.5 hours. It started snowing as soon as we parked. By midway it was coming down very hard. I had to put my camera away because it was getting so wet. And it didn't stop until later that evening.

Some of the trails in this park have been re-blazed since this book was published, but we managed to do the hike almost exactly as written, though it required hiking a short segment of a now-defunct trail where the blazes had been removed.

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A frozen Sunrise Lake

On the Yellow trail

[Photo by Laura]

Bull mastif out for a hike

Stream crossing

Beech color on Orange trail


At the park's high point

This guy is nuts!

Snowing harder


Back on Yellow

Snowing harder

And harder!


Gorgeous wintry path

Water break

Frozen stream crossing

Snowed over blazes

Parking area near Tempe Wick Road


Another partially frozen stream


Bridge on Green trail


Pond just south of picnic pavillion

Dan taking ... [photo by Laura]

... this photo

Picnic pavillion

Inside pavillion

Boat house across Sunrise Lake

A belted kingfisher!

Frozen Sunrise Lake

Not today!

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