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Winter at Shaupeneak Ridge



Hiking in Esopus New York

Winter at Shaupeneak Ridge

Shaupeneak Ridge is located in Esopus New York and just a short drive over the Mid-Hudson bridge. It has both a lower and upper lot. However, in the cold weather, keep in mind that the upper lot by Louisa Pond is off a seasonally maintained road. So if you have a car similar to a Kia Sol, I wouldn’t attempt it during the winter months  Well, unless you have a herd of harnessed hamsters to pull you out. Don’t try it.

Shaupeneak Ridge

Overall it has over 900 acres. We recently had gone before the snowfall to build fairy houses out of autumn objects on the side of the trail. So if you see tiny villages, it’s the work of me and Abby Girl. Don’t build on the trail, you don’t want people tripping on your village. No Godzilla stomp.


After the snow fell, we went to the same trail and attempted snow shoeing. It’s truly beautiful and with over 900 acres, you have plenty to explore here. I particularly enjoy all the rock formations and varying degrees of scenery.


There is a waterfall. We have hiked to the waterfall and over the ridge to Louisa Pond and back down in the warm weather. We hope to accomplish the waterfall again very soon in the winter weather on snowshoes and child on back. If you do go, make sure you have proper winter hiking gear on, a flashlight and water. There are usually maps when you pull into the lower lot. At least in the beginning, it’s just one trail and it’s well maintained. So getting lost would be impressive and very unlikely. Not like our time in Fahnestock or when we lost signal in the middle of the Catskill Mountains and our car hiked a mountain according to Abby. But, that’s for another post. 

Shaupeneak Ridge

Some key things to remember and are very important are as follows. You know how brides traditionally wear something blue? … Well, hikers wear something orange this time of year and that goes for your four legged friends as well. I didn't realize that hunting is allowed by permit here and would explain the gunshots. In fact, anywhere you hike, you should be wearing something orange this time year. Sadly, some hunters do not obey the rules and think it’s alright to hunt on land they shouldn’t. Second point, is to make sure your car is out of the lot by 6 pm. If it isn’t, you might get locked in with your vehicle or your vehicle can be towed. However, since it gets dark at around 4:30, you shouldn’t be in there anyways at 6 pm.

Shaupeneak Ridge

So go enjoy Shaupeneak Ridge and take in all the acres they have to explore. Perhaps we will see you there. 


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