Information about hiking at Manitoga
MANITOGA'S PATHS AND HIKING TRAILS
Manitoga's trails will be closed to the public Monday, November 27 through Tuesday, December 19 for deer management.
Please Note: The House & Studio are visible by guided tour only. For more information please visit the Tours page.
As of November 1, 2017, Manitoga has remarked all trails in conjunction with the launch of a new printed map of Russel Wright's designed landscape. In addition, new signs have been installed that illuminate original path names and features of the design. Still to come is an Interpretive Visitor's kiosk at Manitoga's public entrance. This work is funded in part through a grant from Open Space Institute's Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund.
In 2016, Open Space Institute and Manitoga worked in partnership to guarantee the protection the of the trail network designed by Russel Wright (1904-1976). The agreement guarantees permanent public access to Manitoga’s scenic footpaths while protecting a key access point to the Appalachian Trail, through the adjacent Hudson Highlands State Park.
Manitoga's trails were adopted by the NY/NJ Trail Conference in 2014.
Manitoga is grateful to The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew for their ongoing work to restore the stonework along the Killalemy Trail as a part of their Stewards of Stonework Program.
Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at Manitoga due to sensitive habitat. Manitoga has observed and determined that dogs, even on leash, threaten the character of the designed landscape. Stepping stones through fern meadows, moss carpets, and ephemeral pools that provide habitat for sensitive species are vulnerable to dog traffic and waste. To fully respect and contemplate the design and nature of the trails, please leave your pets at home.
You are welcome to picnic while hiking but please carry in-carry out. Please help keep the paths clean
Woodland paths are open year round during daylight hours unless otherwise posted. Manitoga reminds you to take care on our trails and that all hiking is at your own risk
Suggested donation: $5.00.
Public Entrance: Manitoga, 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524. Manitoga's trails begin at the edge of Mary’s Meadow across the knoll from Visitor/Guide House.
Please note that the Entrance Drive is not plowed in the winter. Please be mindful of trees and branches that have fallen during recent storms.
The trails offer opportunities for moderate loop hikes of varying distances on the west facing slopes as well as access to extended hiking on the Osborn Loop Trail and Appalachian Trail in the adjacent Hudson Highlands State Park. In the summer there are pocket views of the Hudson River. These are called “osios” at Manitoga, from the language of the Iroquois.
Three trail loops, named for an historic trail segment, story, or event unique to that loop are marked with blue, red, or white markers.
The trails are co-aligned, following a single path from the start, with the Wickopee Trail Loop (Red) first peeling off to a short inner loop; then the White Pine Trail Loop (White): and finally, the Lost Pond Trail Loop (Blue) extending up the hill to an elevation of 650’ (400’ above the start). Loops reunite at Four Corners and are co-aligned for the descent to the meadow origin.
In keeping with Wright’s original plan, all his trails were designed to be hiked in one direction; trail blazes reinforce that intention by being single colored in one direction, and the same color but with a black dot in the reverse direction.
Wickopee Trail Loop - Red Blazes
.74 miles 45 min.
- easy hike on Wickopee Trail includes Log Bridge stream crossing
White Pine Trail Loop - White Blazes
1.1 miles 1 hr.
- easy to moderate hike follows White Pine Path along the top of a great cliff; over a boulder stream crossing; past the fallen, giant white pine to Deer Pool; and through Fern Meadow
Lost Pond Trail Loop - Blue Blazes
1.5 miles 1-1/2 hrs.
- moderate hike crosses streams on boulder stepping stones and ascends to Lost Pond
- access to 3 view spots: Mossy Overlook, Lost Pond Osio, and Chestnut Ridge Osio
- connects to Osborn Loop and Appalachian Trail
Trails to View Spots and at connecting trail - Yellow Blazes
Trail to Sunset Osio .03 miles
Trail to Chestnut Oak Ridge Osio .16 miles
Osborn Loop & AT connecting trail at Lost Pond .12 miles
Guided Landscape Hike: "Quarry to Quarry"
2018 Dates TBD
Individuals and families are encouraged to join Manitoga's Landscape Site Educator, Kate Brittenham, on an interpretive walk from the highly designed Quarry Pool at Dragon Rock (the site of Russel Wright's Home and Studio) to Lost Pond, where the sense of coming upon an undisturbed primeval place is evoked. Part design, part ecology, Kate will open eyes to the deep and recent history of Manitoga's landscape. Space is limited, Reserve on line at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Guided Landscape Hike: "View Spots to the Hudson"
2018 Dates TBD
This moderate hike will feature 4 signature "view spots" and will be led by Manitoga Landscape Site Educator Kate Brittenham. Russel Wright called these framed views 'osios' from native Algonquin and intended them as dramatic moments within the landscape. You will visit Boulder Osio, Mossy Overlook, Lost Pond Osio and Chestnut Oak Osio with framed views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, West Point, Storm King Mountain and the Hudson River north to Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Space is limited, Reserve on line at BrownPaperTickets.com.
Manitoga's guided hikes do not include a tour of the House & Studio.
Kate Brittenham's experience as a New England Wildflower Society Horticultural and Propagation intern, as well as a student of New York Botanical Garden's Landscape Design Program lends special insights to these hikes.
The 1.25 mile hike to Manitoga's highest point and return is moderate to intermediate with some steep terrain. Please wear appropriate walking shoes, dress for weather and carry water.
Meet at Manitoga's Visitor/Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. You will be welcomed just before the tour begins. No pets please.
Photos: Chestnut Oak Osio: Manitoga Archives; Lost Pond: Robert Glenn Ketchum; Rock Sculpture: Robert Glenn Ketchum; Winter View