So after being in a few Midatlantic parks and wandering adjacent to mountains in Colorado, naturally I thought “I am one with the hills. My vacations shall be built around the purple mountains’ majesties.”
Thus a trip was planned to the Hudson River Valley, a place renowned for its fall foliage with some historical sites I could visit on the way back. I selected Bear Mountain, as the reviews promised a moderate hike, which I thought would be a challenge full of sights but doable because moderate means medium and I am a fully medium person and I would ignore hiking terms like rock scrambles because how bad could they be.
So I drove right to Bear Mountain’s Major Welch trailhead and was on my way in my adorable hiking outfit of a questionably practical fuzzy Patagonia vest with running capris, no map, and 20 oz of water for a few hours’ walk in the woods.
About 30 minutes in I come to the first of the scrambles. Turns out scrambles means walking straight up slippery rock.
Photo Via Things You Must Know, a blog that did not exist when I researched this hike.
And up some more…
You get the idea.
This was hard and scary. But what are you going to do but keep going? And thank goodness I did because 1100 feet later:
Panorama of the Hudson River and the trees of the valley. Of course turns out it was a particularly poor year for foliage, which I had not checked out before I left either, but it was worth it. My ignorance about hiking meant I took on this totally scary thing that I had to finish and would have never done otherwise.
Of course this euphoria was before I made a wrong turn on the way down and had to climb those 1100 feet a SECOND time…
And before I came the right way down and realized I could’ve gone up a side with stairs.
But hindsight is 20/20 and my calves forgave me after a few weeks.
Moral of the story is to probably pay a little more attention when researching things but also maybe not because how else will you find adventure!? And also I definitely recommend this area for its beauty and also its challenges. Scary does not always equal bad!