Saturday, May 18, 2013

Giant's Ledge

Hiked up to Giant's Ledge today with some nice folks from the group Ulster County Outdoors.  Typical Catskill's hike, mostly uphill one way and downhill the other with a rocky trail.  The views from Giant's Ledge were well worth it, however.

Here's a panorama from the ledges - one of the best views in the Catskills.  Nice cirque (bowl-shaped depression carved by glaciers during the last ice age) over by Wittenberg and Cornell on the right side of the panorama.  Click here for a big version.

Also quite a few wildflowers along the trail.

Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum) & White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) & Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
I should write about nearby Panther Mountain, site of a possible ancient meteorite crater, but it will have to wait for another day.

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