At first I was a bit hesitant since it is a Schenectady County Park and I didn't want to spend my whole day driving around. (Schenectady isn't always convenient for me to access from home) After plugging in the coordinates in my gps (N42 47. 770' / W73 51.588') I found that it actually wasn't far.
After a fairly quick drive ( the park is about 3.5 miles northwest of the Albany airport) I found the lonely parking lot. I was the only car there and only person to sign in for the day. I sent a quick text to a friend just in case...
I headed straight in on the red trail, the trail has lots of roots and rocks, but could be managed while running. I had failed to see the above map before hand and was relying off the one in my little book which is similar, but lacks colors and therefore more challenging for someone like me to understand. ( good luck to those kiddos i'm teaching orienteering to next week...)
What's neat about the preserve is that these trees are old growth. I followed the red trail in, to the far perimeter and ended along the kill ( which is a Dutch term -kille- for waterway) because my book promised waterfalls, I was looking for it, but I did not find any. I ended up sitting a long the water for a while enjoying the peace.
|what my feet see...|
|a very slow moving snake with a suspicious bulge.|
At one point, I surprisingly got very turned around. My choice was to follow the trail to the parking area, or go to Paul's Trail ( blue trail). I opted to go onto Paul's trail but was confused how I could be so close to the parking lot. As it turns out, I wasn't its just where the red trail bend back towards itself. Had I seen the map before hand, I don't think I would have been so confused, but since I hadn't taken any side trails I wasn't worried about turning it around.
Overall the trail was very nice, it would be a challenging trail run, but not significantly different from something like Peebles. Including hanging by the water I was in the park for about an hour.
It's free to enter and worth signing in because I bet it helps with funding. I look forward to returning soon to go for a run.