On Saturday morning, May 22nd firefighters of the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 gathered to complete part two of the mountain rescue informational course that was begun on Tuesday May 17th. After a brief breakfast, and introductory GPS demo, firefighters departed the headquarters in the Company Brush Truck (13-3-1) and Polaris Ranger ATV (13-3-2) and headed to the Washburn Trailhead (white trail) just north of Cold Spring, near Little Stony Point (Sandy Beach). Firefighters entered the white trail with 13-3-2, clearing downed trees from the path as they continued up the mountain to the old Hudson River Stone Corporation Quarry (abandoned in 1967) – where they all continued on foot a bit farther to an overlook of the Village of Cold Spring.
Afterward, the group continued farther north on Route 9D to the Brook Trailhead (red trail) located just south of Breackneck Tunnel. Here they entered the woods and continued up the red trail, through the ruins of the Cornish Estate, to the crossing of the New York City Aqueduct, before looping around on the Cornish Trail (blue trail) and back to the trail head.
The objective of this short hike was to familiarize firefighters with a few of the different trail heads that we frequently utilize to initiate rescue operations, and to insure that the woods roads and trails were clear of debris. It also served as a good team building exercise, and allowed firefighters to get a feel for carrying rescue equipment up the rugged terrain of the area.
The Hudson Highlands is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor destinations on the East Coast. It is also one of the most difficult hiking/climbing areas in the country. We ask that people please review the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation guidelines and recommendations before you set out on the trail. You may find maps and other info here. Be prepared!