Once we reached the peak of Bull Hill we stopped from a lunch break. There were views of the Hudson River Valley with ice floats and Bear Mountain across the way.
Once we reached the blue blazed Notch trail it was smooth sailing down the mountain through stream beds and canopied woods to the red blazed trail then onto the blue blazed Cornish trail. We passed some old stone structure ruins. All I've discovered about it is that the first set was a Cornish barn and stable and the next set was from the Cornish mansion. Michael suspects that the sunken well-type structure was a cistern.
The hike was about 7-7.5 miles and took approximately 4 hours which is pretty good considering the ice and snow.
Afterwards we attempted to warm up at the Bar and Restaurant in the old train station in Cold Spring. The "Broken Leg" (hot apple cider and ginger brandy) was delicious!
Some great realizations:
- This was Carol's first winter hike in snow. Yay Carol!
- Rebekah hasn't been hiking in the snow since she lived in Colorado.
- Tal has asthma, but she kicks ass and made it up that mountain without her inhaler.