Roosa Hole State Forest

Might 6, 2023 – Wurtsboro, NY

Issue: Simple to average

Size: Roughly 3.5 miles

Max elevation: 1,644 ft.– whole elevation achieve roughly 414 ft.

Route kind: Out and again

Free map: Roosa Gap State Forest Trail Map – 2021

Free map: Shawangunk Ridge Trail Map – 2016

Purchase Map (Paper & Avenza): Shawangunk Trails Map 106B – 2019

Trailhead parking: 159-143 Firetower Rd, Bloomingburg, NY 12721

Pull-off parking for a number of vehicles – No restrooms on website

Roosa Hole State Forest is a Carry-in/Carry-out space


Overview:

The 688-acre Roosa Hole State Forest (RGSF) is a part of an interconnected and preserved hall of land that stretches south from Ulster County, by way of Sullivan County and into Orange County, NY. It is sandwiched between two bigger state forests. The Shawangunk Ridge State Forest (1,411 acres) to the north, and the Wurstboro State Forest (1,139 acres) to the south. Roosa Hole State Forest is a part of the southern part of the Shawangunk Mountain vary often called the Shawangunk Ridge. Probably the most seen geological characteristic of the ridge is the white rock that kinds its “spine.”

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Looking and trapping are allowed throughout acceptable seasons.

Roosa Gap State Forest

Roosa Hole State Forest


Parking:

There are a number of entry factors into this state forest.

  • Cox Road Trailhead, which is the entry level into the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest.
  • Ferguson Road Trailhead, which is about the place the SRT/LP crosses the street.
  • Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest Trailhead on Ferguson Street, close to the intersection with Pickles Street and Shawanga Lodge Street.
  • Fire Tower Road, on the finish of the paved part there’s pull-off parking for a number of vehicles. That is the parking space that we used.
  • Fire Tower Road Trailhead, is on the prime of Hearth Tower Street alongside an unpaved part of street. The gravel street is severely rutted and eroded. I do NOT suggest this parking space except you could have 4-Wheel Drive and an SUV. There’s quite a lot of free gravel alongside this steep part of street and for those who don’t wish to harm your paint job, I might advise that you simply don’t try driving on this section of the street.
Fire Tower Road Trailhead - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street Trailhead – Roosa Hole State Forest


Historical past:

The forested slopes have been used within the 18th and nineteenth century for a wide range of farming makes use of, together with Silviculture. The summit of the ridge is generally pitch pine and slab rock, and never terribly usable for agriculture.

The Open Area Institute (OSI) and the NY-NJ Path Convention (NYNJTC) started buying parcels for the Roosa Hole State Forest within the 1990’s. The method continues in the present day, with OSI shopping for further parcels to additional defend and increase the state forest. In all, OSI and its conservation companion, the NYNJTC, created or expanded seven state forests, defending a lot of the Shawangunk Ridge between Minnewaska State Park Protect and the New Jersey border, some 30 miles to the south. Most of those lands, after being acquired by OSI or the Path Convention, are transferred to the DEC for possession and administration.

The identify “Roosa,” may be traced to a household of early Dutch settlers and later to rich landowners of the world that dates again to 1660.

The hearth tower at Roosa Hole is an Aermotor LS-40 35′ metal tower, erected by the Conservation Division in 1948 and closed in 1972. The stair risers run forwards and backwards up the fireplace tower between massive landings. It’s now formally open to the general public.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

The commentary room, a small, 7-foot by 7-foot sq. cab, is steel-framed, clad with metallic sheeting, and topped with a hipped metallic roof.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower


Trails Overview:

Roosa Hole State Forest includes a three-mile part of the coaligned Shawangunk Ridge Path (SRT) and the Lengthy Path (LP). The SRT is marked with round blue NYSDEC blazes. The Lengthy Path is marked with rectangular aqua blazes.

Coaligned SRT/Long Path

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path

Along with this part, there are about 2 miles of unmarked a number of use trails that department off from the Shawangunk Ridge Path.

The coaligned SRT/LP is pretty effectively blazed and comparatively simple to comply with. The path is effectively maintained and freed from litter. Let’s maintain it that method.

The path is maintained by volunteers of the NY-NJ Path Convention.


Hike Overview:

We drove up right here a number of weeks earlier, however the dense fog didn’t enable for any views. In truth, simply the drive up was a little bit scary with so little visibility. So we made a return journey when the climate determined to cooperate.

Roosa Gap State Forest

Roosa Hole State Forest

It is a fairly primary out-and-back hike, following the identical marked path for many of the hike. As soon as on the ridge, it’s a reasonably stage hike with little elevation achieve.

Roosa Gap State Forest

Roosa Hole State Forest

elevation profile - Roosa Gap State Forest

elevation profile – Roosa Hole State Forest


The Hike:

This hike begins on the finish of the paved portion of Hearth Tower Street. Proceed uphill on the gravel street, passing the Hearth Tower Street Trailhead and previous the gate. Proceed uphill till you attain a junction with the coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path. Flip left and in a brief distance, you’ll arrive on the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower.

Fire Tower Road

Hearth Tower Street

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road Trailhead - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street Trailhead – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Climb the fireplace tower for 360° views of the world.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

At one time, there have been fireplace towers at 124 places in New York State.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

Trying south in direction of Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest and the Basha Kill.

Looking south towards Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying south in direction of Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

Trying northwest over the route of the SRT/Lengthy Path and in direction of the Catskills.

Looking northwest towards the Catskills from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying northwest in direction of the Catskills from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

Trying northeast in direction of Sam’s Level and Minnewaska State Park.

Looking northeast towards Sam's Point and Minnewaska State Park from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying northeast in direction of Sam’s Level and Minnewaska State Park from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

Trying west over Summitville and farmlands.

Looking west from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying west from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

If you find yourself performed trying out the views, descend the steps of the fireplace tower fastidiously. In case you got here only for the views from the fireplace tower, then retrace your steps again to your automobile. If you want to proceed the hike, head north on the coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

You could not see any blazes at first, however as soon as there are bigger timber, the blazes will seem.

Coaligned SRT/Long Path

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path

Coaligned SRT/Long Path

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path

At a junction with an unmarked path, which begins on the left, there’s a memorial for John Hennessey, a devoted volunteer path maintainer.

John Hennessey Memorial - Roosa Gap State Forest

John Hennessey Memorial – Roosa Hole State Forest

Proceed heading north following the aqua/blue blazes. Quickly the path comes out of the forest and also you’ll now be strolling over slabs of Shawangunk conglomerate rock, with the vegetation together with scrub oak and pitch pine. The path continues alongside the ridge, with some ups and downs, with the scrub oak remaining the predominant vegetation, together with some blueberries and mountain laurel.

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

A brief distance later, views start to look to the northwest and west.

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

In slightly below a mile and a half from the beginning, you’ll come to 2 boulders on the path with views north in direction of Minnewaska State Park. That is the flip round spot for this hike. After having fun with the north-facing views, retrace your steps alongside the coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path again to the fireplace tower.

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

Looking northeast towards Sam's Point and Minnewaska State Park

Trying northeast in direction of Sam’s Level and Minnewaska State Park

Looking northeast towards Sam's Point and Minnewaska State Park

Trying northeast in direction of Sam’s Level and Minnewaska State Park

Coaligned SRT/Long Path - Roosa Gap State Forest

Coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path – Roosa Hole State Forest

You could wish to climb the fireplace tower once more to benefit from the 360° views earlier than you go.

Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

A zoomed in view of the Bashakill Wildlife Administration Space (middle).

Looking south towards the Basha Kill from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying south in direction of the Basha Kill from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

Trying south to the place the coaligned SRT/Lengthy Path climbs the ridge from Ferguson Street..

Looking south towards Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying south in direction of Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

A pleasant view over Roosa Hole State Forest, with the Catskills within the distance.

Looking northwest towards the Catskills from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying northwest in direction of the Catskills from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

A zoomed in view of the northern Shawangunk Ridge.

Looking northeast towards Sam's Point and Minnewaska State Park from the Roosa Gap Fire Tower

Trying northeast in direction of Sam’s Level and Minnewaska State Park from the Roosa Hole Hearth Tower

If you find yourself performed having fun with the fabulous views, retrace your steps alongside Hearth Tower Street, previous the gate, and again downhill to the paved part of the street, the place the hike started.

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest

Fire Tower Road - Roosa Gap State Forest

Hearth Tower Street – Roosa Hole State Forest


Assessment:

A very nice hike with some attractive views. The ridgetop is spectacular, as is many of the Shawangunk Ridge. We solely noticed 2 individuals by the fireplace tower initially of the hike and a couple of women close to the tip of the hike once we stopped on the fireplace tower a second time. Good spot for a straightforward hike with nice views.

Professionals:

Roosa Hole Hearth Tower, Shawangunk Ridge, scenic views, calmly trafficked.

Cons:

Parking scenario could possibly be higher.


Take a hike!

Roosa Gap State Forest

Roosa Hole State Forest


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