Beautiful wildflowers, including lady's slippers. Partridges, squirrel too.
Saw very long-legged deer cross Taconic Parkway just ahead of me on the way down.
Bruised my ankle crossing stream on the way out.
Chose this short hike because of high heat today.
Route up/down: South Taconic trail
Solo. Easy, short and pleasant.
Toad, moth, birds.
Route up: S. Taconic Trail South, Sunset Rock Trail
Route down: Sunset Rock Trail, S. Taconic Trail North
We were pleased to find the road open all the way to the fire tower. In fact, the state forest road was in better condition than Leonard Hill Rd. itself. Somewhere we lost a hubcap, but never found it. We were recuperating from yesterday's climb of Thomas Mt. and didn't look forward to the windy, chilly conditions, so we appreciated the pleasant drive up.
Route up/down: Leonard Hill State Forest road