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"Frying Pan" parking circle, by Ashokan Reservoir. (GPS latitude-longitude = N41.9478,W74.1815 = 41.9478,-74.1815)

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1.0

pass gate on west (Left) side of parking circle, go on paved path along side of lake (unsigned).

1.0

T

R

0.1

Monument Rd (going West)

1.1

 

R

0.1

Reservoir Rd (North)

1.2

 

site

 

View from the midst of the Ashokan reservoir, and the summits around its West end, especially Mt Cornell, Mt Wittenberg. The highest summit in the Catskills is Slide Mt, visible behind the others.

1.2

 

turn around

0.1

Reservoir Rd (going back South)

1.3

T

R

0.4

Monument Rd (going West)

1.7

 

L

0.1

unsigned- road into parking circle -- (closed as of May 2004 -- see Reports)

1.8

 

site

 

monument to J Waldo Smith, Engineer of the New York City water supply

1.8

 

turn around

0.1

unsigned- road out from parking circle

1.9

T

L

0.8

Monument Rd (West). Road narrows and crosses the main dam for the Ashokan reservoir.

2.7

 

site

 

junction with Rt 28A -- West endpoint of route.

   

Parking

  Alternate parking by the west end of the route (GPS latitude-longitude = N41.9335,W74.2219 = 41.9335,-74.2219)

2.7

 

turn
around

1.3

Monument Rd (go back East). Narrow road across top of dam.

2.7

 

Variation
 A

 

To extend distance of route on pleasant roads:  R on Rt 28A West as far as you want, then turn around and return on Rt 28A East. It is 4.3Mi to West Shokan. After that the hills get a bit bigger. Making the round trip to West Shokan lengthens the total route to 28.2Mi.

2.7

 

Variation
 B

 

To see the main reservoir buildings, at the cost of some hill work: L on Rt 28A East 0.2Mi, pass by Rt 213 and BL to continue down long hill 1.8Mi to main Reservoir buildings. Continue Straight on Rt 28A East 1.3Mi to climb gradually and reach the access road for the "Frying Pan" parking circle. Rejoin main route by continuing Straight on Rt 28 East. Adds 0.7Mi to route total.

3.9

 

 

 

pass by Reservoir Rd

4.0

gate

L - path

1.0

unsigned- just after Reservoir Rd, pass gate onto paved path -- runs beside lake.

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gate

 

 

pass gate, return to "Frying Pan" parking circle.

5.0

 

R

0.3

access road for parking circle (unsigned)

5.3

T

L

6.1

Rt 28A (East)

5.9

 

site

 

spillway of reservoir

17.3

 

Variation
Q

  to cross a spectacular gorge and see some pretty houses, but with more climbing:  After the 0.5Mi on Rt 28A, just before the spillway bridge turn south onto Stone Church Rd for 0.7Mi, then just after crossing bridge over gorge, turn L on Spillway Rd 3.9Mi to its end, T - R on Rt 28A for 1.1Mi to rejoin main route at Dike Rd.

11.4

 

L

0.9

unsigned- Dike Rd (North) (just after pass by Dug Hill Rd on R)

12.3

 

site

 

View west across the lake.

12.3

 

turn 
around

0.9

unsigned- Dike Rd (South)

13.2

T

R

6.1

Rt 28A (West)

19.3

 

R

0.3

unsigned- road into "Frying Pan" parking circle.  This turn comes about 0.5Mi after the spillway and Stone Church Rd.  There may be a sign that says "Dead End"

19.6

 

Finish

 

"Frying Pan" parking circle, by Ashokan Reservoir

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