Parking on the NY Appalachian Trail

Section 9 - US 9 to Bear Mountain Bridge Displayed from North to South

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0.0
US 9
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The AT crosses US 9 at the intersection with NY 403. This is .5 mile north of the Graymoor Friary and 4 miles north of US 9/US 6/202 intersection just north of Peekskill. Parking is available on a short road between US 9 and NY 403 about .1 mile north of the AT crossing. 2/7/2006
The roadside along this road, which is now called, not surprisingly, Cross Road seems more overgrown than when I first hiked in this area several years ago. There is probably enough room for a few cars to park. Better parking is at a small dirt pull-out on NY 403 a short distance north of the intersection with NY 9. This has room for 3-5 cars. 09/18/07 Limited parking. See comments. 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The A marker on the attached map indicates the actual AT crossing of US 9. Northbound to Section 8 is to the east, southbound to Section 9 is to the west. Click on the A icon and rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail. An AT information kiosk can be seen. The B marker indicates the roadside parking on NY 403. Click on the B icon and rotate to the north to see this parking. 08/13/09 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
at 403 and route 9 only 2 spots on the side of the road. I asked and parked at the pediatricians office. They are OK if you ask and also park out of the way and off to the side 05/24/10
mceh @ nycap.rr.com
The A marker on the attached map indicates the actual AT crossing of US 9. Northbound to Section 8 is to the east, southbound to Section 9 is to the west. Click on the A icon and rotate the street view to the west to see the southbound trail. An AT information kiosk can be seen. The B marker indicates the roadside parking on NY 403. Click on the B icon and rotate to the north to see this parking. 08/13/09 The parking at B icon is now posted as no parking 06/26/13 0 1
wdlists @ gmail.com
Current Directions. Better parking is at a small dirt pull-out on NY 403 a short distance north of the intersection with NY 9. This has room for 3-5 cars This is no longer possible as there are several No Parking signs now posted along that stretch of road. However, Cross Rd still has room for 2-3 cars. 09/04/14 2
waibel100 @ verizon.net
0.5
Carriage Connector Trail
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See Mile 1.0 Given that this point is only 0.5 miles from a road via the AT, Its utility as an access is limited. Probably it is best thought of as an alternate. It avoids much of the climb to the crest of Canada Hill. See Mile 1.0 for trail directions from the Castle Rock Unique Area. Instead of turning right at the intersection with the yellow-blazed Carriage Connector Road, go straight ahead and continue 0.9 miles mostly along an old carriage road to the AT. Here the southbound At goes right, while the northbound goes left. Coordinates at the intersection are 41.3551 -73.9041. 08/04/10 4.5
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.0
Osborn Loop Trail to Castle Rock Unique Area
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The Castle Rock Unique Area is part of the former Osborn Estate. This piece is now owned by the state. The main residence was the Osborn Castle, which is still privately owned. The entrance to the Unique Area is on the east side of NY 9D, 4 miles north of the east end of Bear Bridge. From the north it is 4.5 miles south of Cold Spring or 0.5 miles south of the intersection of NY 9D and NY 403. It is across from the Garrison Institute. There is an easiy missed sign for Castle Rock Unique Area and also a street sign for Wing and Wing Road. The A marker on the attached map indicates this intersection. The street view to the east shows Wing and Wing Road. Follow Wing and Wing Road. In a short distance bear left (north) an pass a house and barn. At the next fork, bear right to the gravel parking area. This is just to the east of the B marker on the attached map. This route provides access to the AT from the west. From the parking area, follow the trail north. This wings to the south and eventually becomes red-blazed. In about a mile, the intersection with the Osborn Loop Trail is reached. This goes straight ahead and to the left. The red-blazed trail goes right to the summit of Sugarloaf. Go left on the Osborn Loop. In another 0.3 miles or so, the yellow-blazed Carriage Connector Trail goes straight ahead while the blue-blazed Osborn Loop goes right (south). Follow this about another half mile to the AT. Coordinates here are 41.3538 , -73.9365. The northbound trail goes left, the southbound trail goes straight ahead. I have hiked only small portions of this route, but have checked out the trailhead. 08/04/10 4-5 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.9
Manitoga via Curry Pond Trail
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Se Mile 2.4 Directions to the AT: Follow the trail directions at Mile 2.4 as far as the Osborn Loop Trail. Go left on the blue-blazed trail. This drops down into a low area in about 0.1 miles and meets the yellow-blazed Curry Pond Trail. Go right on this. Initially level this trail starts climbing after the pond. The AT is reached in 0.6 miles from the Osborn Loop. Total distance about 1.7 miles. There is no sign at the intersection which has coordinates 41.3414 -73.9406. Tehe southbound AT goes right, while the northbound goes left. 08/03/10 10-15
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.4
Manitoga via Osborn Loop Trail
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Manitoga is the former home and workshop of Russel Wright, a noted designer of pottery and landscape in the mid 20th century. The estate has a network of trails, which can provide access to the Osborn Loop Trail and the AT. The entrance is on the east side of NY 9D, 2.5 miles north of the east end of Bear Bridge. From the north it is 6 miles south of Cold Spring or 2 miles south of the intersection of NY 9D and NY 403. a five dollar donation is requested. There is a small gatehouse at the east end of the parking lot where there is a payment slot. The green arrow on the attached map indicates the parking area. The street view to the north shows the entrance to Manitoga on the right. Trail directions to the AT. Follow signs to 'paths' from the parking area. There are two trailheads in a small meadow. The first is marked by a large sign. The second which the desired one is a short distance to the south. This one has a sign for the AT. The trails are marked with disks. Follow the route marked by white disks with the AT symbol. For most of the way there are also white disks with a black circle. AT the trail intersection known as Four Corners, the route to the AT goes right and climbs to Lost Pond. Teh blazing and trail get less clear after this point. Go right at the pond, then bear left and go up and over a small point at the south end. After reaching the east side of the pond, the trail bears northeast and climbs to the crest of a small ridge, then descends a short distance to the blue-blazed Osborn Loop Trail. This last section from Lost Pond is quite rocky. AT the Osborn Loop Trail, go right (south) for 0.7 miles to the AT, generally climbing modertely. . Here the northbound trail goes straight ahead (east) while the southbound trail goes right. There is no sign at the intersection. Coordinates at the intersection are 41.3384 --74.9455. .
Trail Directions from the AT: Follow the blue-blazed Osborn Loop Trail descending to the west then north for 0.7 miles to the intersection with the trail to Manitoga. There is a small sign at the intersection. Go left and climb to a gap in the ridge just west of the intersection. The blazes on this trail are infrequest, but are the white disks with the AT symbol. The trail bears to the southwest and eventually reaches the east side of Lost Pond. Continue around the south side of the pond, then bear right. Turn left and follow a much clearer route downhill. The AT disks are less easily seen in this direction, so follow the white disks to Four Corners. Turn left and descend to the trail head. Bear right then left at the meadow to reach the parking area. 08/03/10
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dlcul @ conncoll.edu
3.4
South Mountain Pass Road
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From the east take US 9 to South Mountain Pass Road. South Mountain Pass Road is a bumpy gravel and dirt road. From the west take Highway 9D to South Mountain Pass Road. A 2-3 car lot and a wide shoulder is available for parking where the AT crosses South Mountain Pass Road (on the southern side on the road). About 3.4 miles from US 9 06/17/07 6-7
froto
From the south: Follow NY 9D north 1.3 miles from the east side of Bear Mt. Bridge. Turn right on Manitou Road. Shortly bear left to stay on Maintou Road. In another 0.1 miles, go right on South Mt. Pass Road. The trail crossing is 0.5 miles further. Thre is roadside parking for several cars.
From the north: Proceed south on NY 9D for 7 miles from Cold Spring NY or 2.9 miles from the intersection with NY 403. Bear left on South Mt. Pass Road. The trail crossing is 0.7 miles further. The marker on the attached map indicates the approximate location of the crossing. There is roadside parking for several cars. See pictures.
The southbound trail comes in from the north after descending from Canada Hill. It turns right along the road for 250 feet, then goes left, initially following a dirt road. 08/03/10 Several roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.1
NY 9D (North Jct.)
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This point is on NY 9D 0.2 miles north of the east end of Bear Mt. Bridge (junction of US 6/202 and NY 9D). This is just north of the sign indicating entry into Putnam County. There is roadside parking for several cars. See pictures. The northbound AT goes east as a foot trail and begins to climb steeply. The southbound trail follows the road towards Bear Mt. Bridge. 09/19/07 Several at roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
There is more roadside parking available a few hundred feet north on NY 9D. From here one may walk back along the road to the trailhead or follow a herd path a hundred feet or so to meet the AT (at approximately mm 5.0). 06/21/11 2-3 at this point
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.3
East end Bear Mt. Bridge.
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This point is at the east end of Bear Mt. Bridge (junction of US 6/202 and NY 9D). There is roadside parking for a few cars on NY 9D just north of the intersection. See pictures. The northbound AT goes north along NY 9D. The southbound trail crosses Bear Mt. Bridge across the Hudson River. 08/14/09 A few at roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
5.8
Bear Mountain Bridge (West End)
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The official southern end of Sec. 9 is at the tollgate on the western side of Bear Mt. Bridge across the Hudson River. The marker on the attached map indicates the location of the toll booths. There is no parking here, but there is ample parking at Bear Mountain Inn (See Mile 0.8 of Section 10). There is also roadside parking at points along NY 9D going north on the east side of the bridge. (See miles 5.1 and 5.3). The northbound AT (to Section 9) goes across the bridge, then goes left along NY 9D for about 0.2 miles. The southbound trail (to Section 10) soon goes left and enters the Trailside Zoo via a back entrance. 09/18/07 0 but see Directions 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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