Information about hiking at Manitoga
PATHS AND HIKING TRAILS
Please help protect this precious resource and place of beauty
Dogs are not permitted due to sensitive habitat
Do not pick flowers, branches or mushrooms
Do not swim, fish or hunt
Do not smoke or light fires
Stay on paths to protect our fragile moss and wildflowers
Carry out what you carry in
Enjoy the trails, and thank you for your cooperation.
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Woodland trails 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.
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.
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
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The House & Studio are visible by guided tour only. For more information please visit the PUBLIC TOURS page.
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DOG POLICY: 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.
PICNICKING: You are welcome to picnic while hiking but please carry in-carry out. Please help keep the paths clean.
DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: To control deer over-browsing, bow hunting will take place in the woodland landscape from October 1 through December 18, 2019 by members of the Garrison Fish and Game Club. All other hunting is prohibited. Please direct any question or concerns to Manitoga Landscape Manager, Emily Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845 424 3812.
OCT. 1 - NOV. 16, Monday though Friday only, dawn to dusk
NOV. 17 - DEC. 18, Daily from dawn to dusk
All trails will remain open to the public.
Please stay on marked trails.
PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORT
In 2016, Open Space Institute and Manitoga worked in partnership to guarantee the protection the of the trail network designed by Russel Wright. 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.
An interpretive Visitor's kiosk, new trail signs and restoration of stone work and other landscape features have been funded in part through grants from Open Space Institute's Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund.
Manitoga is grateful to The Jolly Rovers Trail Crew for their ongoing work to restore the stonework along the trail network as a part of their Stewards of Stonework Program.
Photos: Chestnut Oak Osio: Manitoga Archives; Lost Pond: Robert Glenn Ketchum; Winter View; Rock Sculpture: Robert Glenn Ketchum;