TT: Hiking 2021 – Mid-Year Update

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Once the Pandemic hit in March 2020, I knew that running 30 or more races including one half marathon each month would not likely happen.

I planned to continue to run hoping that the Pandemic would end but just in case, I knew that I needed an additional goal to stay active. Since I was working from home with no travel plans, I would have extra time.

In April, I decided that in addition to running, I would visit 25 trails in my area.

Before 2020, I had NO idea how many nearby opportunities there were for hiking. I wound up enjoying my trail walks, both solo and with friends, even more than my runs.

So I made the effort to visit as many trails each week as I had time for. Both after work and on weekends. By June, I changed my goal to 50 trails and to also re-visit the ones I liked and in different seasons.

And at the end of 2020, I had visited 72 different trails!!!!

2021 began and the Pandemic continued.  And even when things started opening up and races being held, I vowed to continue my hiking adventures. No goals other than re-visit trails that I enjoyed plus discover some new ones.

So here’s a list of the NEW trails that I have visited so far in 2021:

  1. Indian Kill Preserve 
  2. Burden Pond Preserve  (2)
  3. Sanders Preserve 
  4. Plotterkill Preserve  (2)
  5. Secret Woods Preserve (Ft Lauderdale, FL) 
  6. Grafton State Park 
  7. Ooms Conservation Area
  8. Hand Hollow Conservation Area
  9. BeeBe Hill Forest Trails
  10. Cohoes Falls Trail (Waterford)
  11. Owen D. Young Nature Trails
  12. Wintergreen Park
  13. Buttermilk (Yatesville) Falls (Montgomery Cnty)
  14. Paint Mine Trail (Thacher Park)
  15. Escarpment Trail (Thacher Park)
  16. Barbersville Falls Ridge Trail (2)
  17. Barbersville Falls – Creek Trail
  18. Ferncliff Forest Fire Tower
  19. Poet’s Walk
  20. Myakka State Park (Sarasota, FL)
  21. Falling Waters Preserve
  22. Saugerties Lighthouse Trail
  23. Postenkill Gorge Trail
  24. Dionondahowa Falls
  25. Hudson Crossings Park Trails
  26. Kaaterskill Rail Trail
  27. Kaaterskill Falls (lower falls)
  28. Kaaterskill Escarpment Trail
  29. Lawson Lake Trail
  30. Indian Ladder Farms Trail
  31. The Pinnacle


That doesn’t count the times that I have re-visited many of the trails.

You may have noticed that Hiking Sunday has been replaced by Boating Sunday.

But don’t worry. I have discovered a new love. And there are so many more places that I have not hiked yet.

And I’ll be back out there come Fall.

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Happy Running! Any non-running goals or accomplishments in 2021? Please share.

36 thoughts on “TT: Hiking 2021 – Mid-Year Update

  1. I love your hiking challenge and your hiking photos! If ever I’m in your area, I will know who to ask for the best hike.
    How long is your drive to these trails on average? How long does it take you to get to the closest and the farthest?

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    • Jan & I were not impressed with Olana at all. But maybe we expected more or it was the time of year. It’s a long drive and not many trails or views to make it worth it IMO.

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  2. I’m seriously jealous of all the trails you have access to. We’ve been on some rail trails, for biking, but these are all 20 miles away (at the minimum). I just don’t feel like driving that far unless there’s an actual race or a full morning or afternoon time slot available. I know…high standards LOL


  3. Wow, thats alot of trails! I don’t even know if I could name more than 5 trails near me and I’ve only been to 2 or 3 of them. What a great way to get outside and explore!

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    • It’s funny. I never knew we had so many. And with the Pandemic hiking has become so popular.

      I would love to visit you!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Wow! You have a lot of beautiful places to hike, and you’re really making the most of it! I love my Florida trails but they aren’t as interesting as yours. But we’re in Texas right now and I’m hoping to have some good hikes- unfortunately it’s hot, rainy, and the kids aren’t really into it, ha ha, but we’ll be hiking anyway!

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  5. To plan and additional goal was a very good idea. Those trails look very very beautiful and scenic.
    To stay active I choose 10 different routes around and through my city logging the top ten finishing times.

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