Hackensack River Canoe &
Hudson River from Beacon to Cold Spring and back
by Jim More
Saturday, July 17, 2010
With the start of our second back to back heat wave of the
summer, the day was forecast to be plenty HOT! Six sea kayakers:
Tony F, Dave M, Bill B, Phil B, Monica O, and Ted C met me at
the Sloop Club in Beacon. We gathered on the ramp, prepped our
boats and reviewed a few heat stroke avoidance procedures
anticipating the toasty 95 degrees.
Launched into the
Continuing on, we passed Denning Point where primitive (free)
camping is allowed as part of the Hudson River Water Trail. Just
to the south there was floating monitoring station that looked
to be recording meteorological data as well as tide, current and
The next highlight,
Everybody wanted their picture taken in front of the castle.
We continued south past the imposing Breakneck Ridge where we could see hikers, although from our vantage point they looked more like climbers. Our lunch stop was on the sandy beach at Little Stony Point. Some did a bit of exploring of the area and others relaxed and soaked while Phil and Monica had a rolling lesson.
After lunch we got back on the water and made our way to Cold
Spring. Monica and Phil had pre-staged a vehicle here. The
paddle ended here for them.
We then began our return trip north just as the
A brief stop was made at Plum Point where Dave did some "begging
for burgers" (or in this case fajitas) from some picnicking
Our final leg back to Beacon proved to be a bit more challenging
due to the wind, waves and the heat of the afternoon.
As advertised, the trip ended up being about 6˝ hours and a
little under 16 miles.
Plenty of water, some rolling, hat soaking and swimming seemed
to keep everyone cool enough. I think heard Tony say it was a
little chilly in standing in the breeze at Plum Point.