Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

June 23, 2024 – Rosendale, NY

Problem: Simple – Reasonable

Size: roughly 2.2 miles

Max elevation: 482 ft. – complete elevation acquire: 471 ft.

Route kind: Circuit

Map: Joppenbergh Mountain Map 2021

Trailhead parking: Willow Kiln Park – 5 Hardenburgh Lane, Rosendale, NY 12472

Joppenbergh Mountain is freed from cost and open every day from daybreak till nightfall to be used by the general public.

Transportable rest room situated close to the beginning of the path.


Overview:

Joppenbergh Mountain is an almost 500-foot tall mountain in Rosendale, NY (Ulster County). The mountain dominates the pure panorama of the City of Rosendale. It’s situated on the very northern finish of the Shawangunk Ridge and, north of the Rondout Creek. Newly marked trails result in the highest of the mountain from Willow Kiln Park, with a view of the Rosendale Trestle and the rolling hills past.

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Willow Kiln Park is situated behind the municipal parking zone off Foremost Avenue, behind the Rosendale Theatre. Trails to Joppenburgh Mountain are accessed from the park. The park is the location of the previous cement kilns, which give the park its title and likewise hosts a Farmer’s Market on weekends.

Willow Kiln Park

Willow Kiln Park


Historical past:

Joppenbergh, or Jacob’s Mountain, is known as after Colonel Jacob Rutsen, a service provider and the son of a Dutch immigrant from Albany. He based the primary settlement in what’s now the city of Rosendale within the late seventeenth century. The spelling of the mountain’s title has been disputed, and has been rendered as Joppenberg and Joppenburgh. It has additionally been known as Jacob’s Nostril, Jacob’s Mount, and, in an early 18th-century deed, Jobsenbright.

Joppenbergh Mountain - October 2018

Joppenbergh Mountain – October 2018

In September of 2011, the Open Area Institute’s land acquisition affiliate, the Open Area Conservancy, bought Joppenbergh Mountain, a 117-acre parcel that towers over Rosendale, NY. Pals of the Shawangunks, by way of its land-trust affiliate, The Shawangunk Conservancy, agreed to lift $85,000 (46%) of the sale worth in an effort to safe the mountain’s preservation.

Joppenbergh is laced with a community of previous roads, paths and trails. The mountain’s wealthy historical past is mirrored on this community. Farming, logging, mining, leisure sports activities and communication expertise have all had a spot at completely different occasions, and every of those has left its traces.

Over 100 years in the past, Willow Kiln Park was a really busy spot. The kilns that kind the parks backdrop burned all of the rock mined underneath Joppenberg Mountain. It’s this cement firm’s declare that its product constructed the Brooklyn Bridge, in reality calling its cement “Brooklyn Bridge Model.” America’s first railroad steam engine, the Sturbridge Lion, handed by way of at present’s park on a canal boat on the Delaware & Hudson canal situated on the south facet of the park.

Willow Kiln Park

Willow Kiln Park

At present the Wallkill Valley Land Belief (WVLT) owns and manages the property.


Trails Overview:

Once I hiked Joppenburgh in 2018, the paths had been unmarked.

In 2019, the WVLT and its volunteers, added yellow blazes to the Lookout Path and constructed the Pink Path. In 2021, they started chopping extra trails, and in 2022 started putting in bathroom bridges alongside the Multi-Use Purple Path.

At present, the paths are largely properly marked with loads of signage and are properly maintained.

A leg of the Purple Path was closed off on the day of my go to. Undecided whether it is everlasting or only a short-term closure.

Detour - Joppenbergh Mountain

Detour – Joppenbergh Mountain

The paths are marked with WVLT spherical plastic discs of varied colours.

Trails used on this hike:

  • Entry Path/Hyperlink Path (inexperienced) is the primary path encountered upon leaving the Willow Kiln parking zone. It serves as a connector path to entry the opposite trails at Joppenbergh Mountain. I didn’t see any inexperienced markers, however it’s the one path till you attain the junction with the yellow-blazed Lookout Path.
Green Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Inexperienced Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

  • Lookout Path (yellow) is the crown jewel of Joppenbergh mountain, providing path customers wonderful views of the Wallkill River, Rosendale Trestle, and the Shawangunk Ridge. It’s 1.02 miles lengthy and solely accessible on foot, not MTB. Heading up the Hyperlink Path from the Car parking zone, the Lookout Path might be in your left and encompasses a fast climb as much as the look-out earlier than persevering with to the summit of Joppenbergh Mountain at 482 ft.
Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

  • The Outcrop Path (purple) is reasonably simple to traverse. The outcrop path is known as for it’s distinctive geological options, with glacial erratics from the final ice age and bedrock ridges seen from the path. It’s a multi-use path, accessible to each pedestrians and bicyclists. Bathroom bridges assist hikers and bikers traverse the moist areas of the path.
Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

  • Buteo Path (pink/pink?) is a multi-use path that’s appropriate for Mountain climbing, Path Operating, and Mountain Biking. It’s a good, broad path for many of its size. A few of the markers on the path could seem extra pink than pink.
Buteo Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Buteo Path – Joppenbergh Mountain


Hike Overview:

Not lengthy after I did this hike in October 2018, I learn that they had been chopping new trails and including blazes to the present trails. I lastly obtained round to climbing Joppenbergh once more, and I’m glad that I did.

Except for the birds-eye view of the Rosendale Trestle and past, this can be a comparatively quiet spot to hike. I solely encountered two separate hikers throughout my time there. The canopied forest offers ample shade from the recent solar, making it a very good hike in any season.

This clockwise loop begins and ends in Willow Kiln Park.

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

As you possibly can see from the graph beneath, after the preliminary steep ascent, the grade moderates considerably.

elevation profile - Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

elevation profile – Joppenbergh Mountain Loop


The Hike:

There’s loads of parking within the Rosendale Municipal Parking Lot, which is adjoining to Willow Kiln Park. The Farmer’s Market was organising after I arrived at simply earlier than 9am on a Sunday morning in June.

Willow Kiln Park

Willow Kiln Park

As you stroll alongside the rear of the park, it’s possible you’ll wish to take a minute to take a look at the cement kilns earlier than you embark in your hike.

Willow Kiln Park

Willow Kiln Park

The kiln wall which runs 100 ft alongside the park, is 35-foot-high wall (at its tallest part) and is constructed of stone rubble and grout core, with a stone and mortar face.

Willow Kiln Park

Willow Kiln Park

The hike begins on the jap finish of the park, to the far proper of the kilns. There’s a kiosk with a map. For those who don’t have a printed map, then it’s possible you’ll wish to take an image of the map on the kiosk. That is the Inexperienced Path as proven on the map. I didn’t see any inexperienced markers, however the indicators point out the best way.

Trailhead - Willow Kiln Park

Trailhead – Willow Kiln Park

Trailhead - Willow Kiln Park

Trailhead – Willow Kiln Park

Comply with this gravel path because it bends to the left and crosses the hillside above the kilns.

Green Trail - Willow Kiln Park

Inexperienced Path – Willow Kiln Park

In a brief distance, the path involves a junction. On the left is the yellow-blazed Lookout Path. That is the shortest distance to the point of view. Comply with the Yellow Path because it begins to climb progressively.

Turn left on Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Flip left on Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The path climbs steadily alongside the southern slope of Joppenbergh Mountain, with the City of Rosendale is seen by way of the bushes beneath.

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

After about 0.6 mile from the beginning, the path reaches a small rock outcrop with views to the south and west. It’s possible you’ll wish to take a couple of minutes to benefit from the view.

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The view level is small, and you must stand on a slanted rock to get the complete view, however what a view it’s. Use warning when attempting to get a glance. Particularly whether it is moist or icy.

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The Northern Shawangunks, together with Big’s Ledges Pocket Park.

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Rosendale Trestle is a 940-foot lengthy former railroad trestle rising 150 ft above Rondout Creek. When it was inbuilt 1872 it was the best span bridge in the USA. Since 2013 it has been a pedestrian walkway on the Wallkill Valley Rail Path, a 22-mile path by way of Ulster County.

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Simply after leaving the point of view, a big department got here crashing down, taking different branches with it, simply off the path.

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The path continues to climb, quickly reaching the peak of land, simply west of the summit. It then ranges off considerably, earlier than starting a gradual descent on an eroded woods highway.

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Trail - Joppenbergh Mountain

Lookout Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

We arrived at a detour. I consider that that is the southern leg of the Purple Path, however I didn’t see any markers. I wasn’t planning on going that approach. I turned left and took the northern leg of the Purple Path.

Detour - Joppenbergh Mountain

Detour – Joppenbergh Mountain

Detour - Joppenbergh Mountain

Detour – Joppenbergh Mountain

Terminus of Overlook Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Terminus of Overlook Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The Purple Path meanders by way of the northern finish of the property, spending some attention-grabbing trying rock formations alongside the best way.

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Keep alert for mountain bikes. I didn’t see any, however you by no means know.

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

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Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Bathroom bridges pave the best way alongside moist sections of the path.

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The Purple Path climbs somewhat because it curves to the south.

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The Purple Path then ends at a T-intersection with the Pink Path. Flip proper on the Pink Path (a few of the blazes could look pink), and comply with it in a southerly course.

Terminus of Purple Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Terminus of Purple Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Once you come to a junction the place the Pink Path goes each left and proper, TURN RIGHT, now heading southwest.

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

The Pink Path passes some rock formations with bushes rising out of them.

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Pink Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

On the path map, the Pink Path ends at a junction with the southern leg of the Purple Path, however continues forward on the woods highway because the Inexperienced Path. It passes a brief blue blazed bike path on the left. Proceed descending on the woods highway passing by way of a powerlines reduce.

Green Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Inexperienced Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

A brief distance later, the path reaches the junction with the Yellow Path. Bear left at this junction and retrace your steps again to Willow Kiln Park, the place the hike started.

Turn left on Green Trail

Flip left on Inexperienced Path

Green Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Inexperienced Path – Joppenbergh Mountain

Green Trail – Joppenbergh Mountain

Inexperienced Path – Joppenbergh Mountain


Evaluation:

Though the mountain now has marked trails, it might probably nonetheless be somewhat complicated. There’s sufficient signage for hikers to seek out their approach round, however you could listen. This was a beautiful hike by way of a very scenic space. The perspective overlooking the Rosendale Trestle, is the spotlight of the hike. The luxurious, inexperienced forest and attention-grabbing rock formations make exploring the opposite trails worthwhile. I might positively suggest this hike to learners and seasoned hikers alike.

Execs:

Scenic panorama, good view, not closely used, higher marked trails.

Cons:

Path map wants updating.


Take a hike!

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop

Joppenbergh Mountain Loop


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