Ascent of Overlook Dune on 2014-04-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Overlook Dune
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:362 ft / 110 m

Ascent Trip Report

I found this area by browsing PB for hikes in the Albany area .... all the thanks must go to Jean Andre Laverdure who took the initiative to enter them in PB. This is truly a unique area ....?? sand dunes in NY State, who would have thunk-it. ?? I would not have discovered these dunes if not for Jean Andre.

The ALBANY PINE BUSH 3200 ACRE PRESERVE is located on the west side of Albany, NY State's Capital Region. The gentle rolling sandy area is home to rare plants and animals, including the federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly.
The area provides miles of trails for an assortment of non-motorized multipurpose activities. There are 10 official THs with kiosks, excellent trail maps are available at the respective THs.

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is located at 195 New Karmer Road (hwy #155), 1.4 miles south of Central Avenue (hwy #5). It provides the visitor with the ecology and natural history of the Preserve, complete with interactive exhibits ..... well worth a visit.
We visited the Center before going out for walks to 2 areas, Overlook Dune and Blueberry Hill. These are beautiful areas ideal for trail running, even though I am not a runner. I can see why Jean Andre makes frequent visits to these trails. It reminds me of some trails on the Atlantic/Florida coasts.

Blue trail loop clockwise from TH behind Discovery Center ...... .92 miles, 35 minutes RT.
I used the TH "Karens Barrens East and West" directly behind the Discovery Center. Trail maps are available at the kiosk.
I leisurely walked the sandy, blue trail loop (.92 miles), clockwise, going over the HP at just .2 miles from the TH. Mostly open with numerous interpretive signs en route, I was rewarded with great views of the surrounding area in the distance.
From here we drove to Blueberry Hill.

Red trail loop clockwise from TH at dead-end of Pitch Pine Road ...... 1.37 miles, 45 minutes RT.
There are 2 THs at the north side of this area, we used the west TH at the end of Pitch Pine Road. From the Discovery Center we drove south on New Karmer Road for .5 miles to a left of Washington Avenue Extension, .3 miles east turned left on first, un-signed road that led to South Frontage Road where we continued east a short distance to a right on Pitch Pine Road, then .6 miles south to its dead-end and the TH.
I picked up a copy of the trail map at the kiosk, and walked the sandy, red trail loop (1.37 miles), clockwise, going over the HP at just .24 miles.
This red trail, open most of the way, provides good views.

After Blueberry Hill we moved on to Dune Reist, a very short distance away.

"THE EARTH IS WHAT WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON." ....... Wendell berry
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:62 ft / 18 m
    Total Elevation Loss:62 ft / 18 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:62 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:blue trail cw from discovery center
    Start Trailhead:TH behind Discovery Center  300 ft / 91 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:62 ft / 18 m
    Route:blue trail cw from discovery center
    End Trailhead:TH behind Discovery Center  300 ft / 91 m

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