The Wilkinson Trail re-opened on Sugarloaf on Tuesday (Oct. 8) following a wildfire last month that burned at least 50 acres on the mountain, mostly ground cover. The familiar gnarled tree at the summit survived. Sugarloaf, located north of Breakneck Ridge, is part of Hudson Highlands State Park.
Hank Osborn, a senior program coordinator at the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, said a crew would begin to make repairs to the trail soon. “Most of the trees will survive,” he said, noting that the pitch pines on Sugarloaf depend on occasional fires to reproduce.
Photos by Brian PJ Cronin