Sometimes you are working on a problem, or you’re hung up on a project at work, and although it’s stuck in your head, you’re not bearing down on it.
That’s when I hike.
An unmarked trail off Harriman State Park’s Island Pond Road — a woods road through western side of the park just north of Tuxedo — leads only slightly uphill, through a hemlock wood, and to the open vistas on a rocky hilltop overlooking Lake Stahahe.
To reach the trail, park in the pull-out on 106 (GPS: 41.23473, -74.14914) and take the White Bar trail on the other side of the road as it parallels the road, then turns to the right. Almost immediately, the trail forks; go left onto the woods road, and follow it for another half mile until another unmarked trails appears to the left, faint in the colorful fallen leaves, marked on the ground by four logs placed in the shape of an arrow.
Some “stealth” blue blazes mark the way through a laurel, then hemlock wood, and then uphill to a rocky bald where the grasses start to show, and soon you’re at the most beautiful overlook. Lake Stahahe glistens below.
It really is worth every step, you can reach it in less than a half hour, and it’s a great excuse to get away from the desk and still be working on something.