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Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Story and Photography by Maxwell Alexander

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails
by Maxwell Alexander [ Executive Editor ] Hudson Valley Style Magazine

Hudson Valley is famous for its amazing views and hiking trails. In fact, this is one of the main reasons people are moving into to the area or coming to visit from all around the World. For an avid explorer Breakneck Ridge, Mount Beacon, and Bear Mountain Park are on the bucket list, but that’s only the top of the iceberg!

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season

We moved to the area years ago (Dino, Vicka, Jack and Max on the picture above), and established a consistent nature’s beauty exploration schedule: the entire family goes hiking every other week or so. But can we say we’ve seen it all? Not yet! Every day we discover new places to explore and new mountains to climb – it seems like Hudson Valley is like a Pandora’s Box and keeps unfolding in front of you with no end in sight.

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season

This time it was Edward Payson Roe Memorial Park. The entrance to the trail is hidden on one of the back roads in Cornwall on Hudson. It’s an easy hike with rope railings around the trail that leads you to the Tablet in the middle of the mountain. However, the spectacular views open up quite a few steps up (for experienced and geared up explorers only!).

4 tips to make your hiking trip a success:

– Even if it feels like it will be a short stroll down the hill, gear up and get yourself ready for any challenge that might come up in the process. Wear hiking boots and appropriate clothing to protect your body from the elements.

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Hiking Tips for 2018 Hiking Season

– Charge your phone and bring a spare battery with you. Cellphone reception might be bad on top of a mountain and it will drain your battery fast! Solar batteries are great and can give you a peace of mind.

– Bring plenty of water and don’t drink it all at once at the beginning of the hike. You never know where the trail will take you, so ration your resources wisely.

– Try to stay on the trail and avoid high grass and bushy areas. Ticks are very common in Hudson Valley, so try to protect yourself, and children in particular, by wearing bright colored, long-sleeved tops and pants, tucking the bottoms of the pant legs into long socks. For an additional level of protection use a natural bug repellent like Woodland Trails Natural Bug Repellents from DA Aromatherapy Collection. Because this natural insect repellent is made with 7 essential oils, it provides broad-spectrum protection and repels not only mosquitoes and ticks but also fleas and many other pesky insects.

Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails - Photography by Maxwell Alexander
Hudson Valley Hidden Trails – Photography by Maxwell Alexander

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