Proactive would like to thank everybody who joined us on a creepy Proactive social hike this month. When we conceived the idea of spooky hikes, we aimed for a good balance between hiking and horror and we can undoubtedly say that we didn't neglect either.
We had the pleasure of taking a long hike through Harriman State Park - just starting to turn to autumn - to visit Hasenclever Mine and Rockhouse Mountain Cemetery. After the long haul through the forest, we took a short drive to Old Letchworth Village Cemetery to see the many numbered "T's" that mark the resting place of the patients from the nearby abandoned mental institution.
Thankfully the weather held out for a brief period between days of wind and rain. Our biggest group yet joined us for a rough climb up the side of Bald Mountain to enjoy views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, Bear Mountain, Anthony's Nose, and the Hudson River from the summit. Afterward, we returned to our vehicles via Doodletown, a ghost hamlet that has been getting overtaken by nature for over 50 years. The overgrown foundations of old buildings and both the June and Hebert cemeteries provided the spooky vibes.
Our last creepy Proactive social hike took place on a quintessential autumn day as we traversed the Four Birds Trail to visit St. Patrick's Cemetery, Hawk Watch, and Graffiti Cliffs. The cemetery is the most remote-feeling and is interesting due to its overgrowth and topography. The leaves were definitely in the midst of changing as the fall foliage finally seemed vibrant among the green holdouts. To make things interesting, we took some of the mostly un-maintained, unmarked trails back to the parking lot.
We'll be announcing our November social hikes on November 1st. We have also have an exciting announcement regarding our 10th social hike!