What: Kakiat Trail
Where: 592 Haverstraw Road Suffern, Rockland County
Points of interest: View from the top of the escarpment
We’ve yet to have a heavy snowstorm this winter, keeping many area trails intact for use. That includes some of the more difficult tracks.
Kakiat Trail is an example of one of those that requires a little more effort than others, but the view from the top makes the effort worth the work.
After parking in the circular lot, cross the bridge and keep heading straight down a wide, paved path. Almost immediately after crossing the bridge you’ll come across the blue-blazed Old Mill Trail; ignore it and keep heading straight.
As you continue down the path you’ll see a pavilion on your left and the Kakiat Trail on your right. Ignore the trail for now, but take note, as it’s where you’ll be coming out later.
Continue straight down the path until it turns into the orange-blazed Mountain Trail, at this point you’re probably wondering, “Where’s the hike start?” Don’t worry, we’ll come to that in a minute.
Continue following the orange blazes on the Mountain Trail; in a couple minutes you’ll cross a road/gas pipeline. Ignore that and continue on the Orange Trail, where it starts to feel like an actual hike.
Almost immediately after crossing the pipeline, the trail suddenly starts a steep ascent and doesn’t stop climbing until you get to the top of the escarpment. From the top of the escarpment turn right to continue following the orange blazes — the best view can be found about halfway across the ridge.
Once you’ve taken in the view, continue following the orange blazes until you arrive at the black-blazed Kakiat Trail. Turn right to follow the Kakiat Trail as it follows a small stream back down the mountain.
In about 15 minutes you’ll come to come to an intersection with the pipeline again; turn left and follow the pipeline for about two minutes until you reach the Mountain Trail again. From there turn left and follow the orange blazes until you’re back at your car.
Overall this hike would be good for when you want a short hike, but still want to get a good workout. I know this trail technically started in a park, but the hike itself was anything but a walk in the park.