Thursday, October 24, 2013

Harvey Mountain, Austerlitz, NY

The weather was uncertain on Tuesday but we decided to hike anyway. What's a little rain! 

We parked on East Hill Road off Rte 22 and climbed Harvey Mountain in Austerlitz, New York. It's a moderate hike, only about 3.5 miles round trip to the summit, which is the highest elevation in Columbia County at 2,065 feet. The mountain is widely known for its blueberries, usually ripe in mid-July. Since 1999, the area has been preserved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as Harvey Mountain State Forest.

Some hardwoods had completely lost their leaves
so we could see the mountain behind them.
The atmosphere was hazy
and gray, but the view was still surprisingly good.
The bushes and vegetation on the summit were cut this summer
to promote the growth of the blueberries which should be excellent
next summer! 
The beech trees still had their leaves. Some beech branches will
hold their dried leaves through the winter until the buds swell in the spring.
The deep red oak leaves were shiny in the light rain.

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