Straddling the border of Schoharie and Greene county, Ashland Pinnacle at 3010’, and its slightly shorter neighbor, The Knob, sits in the shadow of Huntersfield Mountain. They are in a chain of peaks that could be considered to be the Huntersfield Range. Although no long views present themselves on this hike, when the trees are bare many peaks are visible and views into the valleys are inspiring.
Note, on the 2010 Trail Conference map, the viewpoint which was marked on The Knob heading up Huntersfield is now overgrown, it is not marked on later map versions. The lower yellow-blazed trail although easy to follow, is poorly marked at times, so care is needed not to head off on to a side path.
Located in the 948-acre Ashland Pinnacle State Forest one may start their hike at the end of B.G. Partridgerd Road. In the winter the section of road penetrating the state forest land is not maintained, so don’t count on making it to the parking area with snow on the ground.
At the end of the road, the pavement ends and it becomes a rough gravel drive to the parking area. There is about enough parking for about 10-12 vehicles.
The yellow marked trail leaves from the uphill side of the parking area. For the first few hundred yards of the hike, the trail is well blazed as it climbs away from the parking area. You’ll cross a small stream not too long after leaving the parking area.
As you crest the hill the trail will level and you’ll find a woods road where the trail blazes become less frequent. However, the woods road is easy enough to follow all the way to the col.
On the yellow trail heading to the col, the trail will swing left and follow below a rock ridge on the level.
At the end of the ridge, the trail will begin its easy climb to the col which is reached at 0.6-miles from the parking area.
Once in the large flat col, you head right following red markers to Ashland Pinnacle which is an easy 180′ ascent in about 0.35-miles. The trail does not actually go over the viewless summit but runs just below it on a contour line. You’ll notice remnant markers of the Long Path which does not traverse this section of trail any longer.
To the left from the col is a bump on the ridge to Hunterfield called The Knob that once had a viewpoint on ledges below the height of land. Heading in this direction will lead to Huntersfield Mountain which can make for a longer but excellent hike. From the col it is about a 150′ climb in about 0.20-miles to the top of The Knob.
When going to The Knob and the trees are bare, drop off the summit to the south and find a series of rock ledges. One of the ledges still has the vestiges of a past view looking toward Cave and Hunter Mountains and the ski resorts.
Also, you can spy the Lexington Range and the Western peaks of Devil’s Path.
Looking back you can get a glimpse of Ashland Pinnacle through the trees.
After climbing The Knob you can continue another 1.45-miles to Huntersfield or head back to the trailhead. From the trailhead, climbing Ashland Pinnacle and The Knob, your days total is a short 2.3-miles round trip with about 800′ of climbing.
|Ashland Pinnacle State Forest|
|Contact Information:||DEC Region 4 Stamford
Office hours: M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (607) 652-7365;
Backcountry Emergency: (Search, Rescue & Forest Fire): 518-408-5850 or dial 911
|Location:||Town of Conesville, Schoharie County and Towns of Ashland and Windham, Greene County|
|Map:||View Ashland Pinnacle State Forest map|
|Amenities:||Lodging and dining opportunities, as well as lodging, gas and other supplies, may be found in the nearby communities of Prattsville and Windham.|
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Trail map for Ashland Pinnacle
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