HIKE & EAT: Camp Smith Trail & Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

25 Jan

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A challenging day hike a mere 45 minutes from New York City is the Camp Smith Trail from the Bear Mountain Bridge Toll House to Anthony’s Nose and back.  We recently completed this hike on Martin Luther King Day.   According to our mapmyhike reading, it is a 7.77 mile hike back and forth.   I have found mapmyhike to be relatively accurate in determining distances.  The Town of Cortlandt lists the hike as only being 2.5 miles each way—this is absolutely wrong as the road distance between the two trails is 2.5 miles and the trail is anything but straight.  In fact, part of what makes it a challenging day hike is the constant change in direction and elevation changes. 

Given our struggles at Storm King as detailed in my last post, we came prepared with Yaktrax.  Bear Mountain to the West appeared covered in snow.  Fortunately, the trail was in great shape and except for a few icy areas we could hike at a quick pace.  As with most of our hikes, the Red Headed Stranger led the way.  We can always tell if there are hikers ahead as she pushes the pace to absurd levels in their pursuit. 

There were a few stretches where we might as well have been running. 

We made it to Anthony’s Nose in about a hour and 15 minutes.  The views overlooking the Bear Mountain Bridge are impressive.  Most people take the Appalachian Trail to the Camp Smith Trail to Anthony’s Nose.  We chose this route: steeper, but significantly shorter. 

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I usually prefer hikes that are not up and back.  But, if you are looking for a reasonably tough day hike in the winter, this one is a worth an afternoon.   The Toll House is located on Route 6/202 in Cortlandt about 2.5 miles from the Bear Mountain Bridge.  Follow the blue blazes to Anthony’s Nose.  If you reach the Appalachian Trail, you have gone past the Anthony’s Nose viewpoint.

And here is a healthy Abs Diet inspired meal for after a cold hike.  Add a bowl of lowfat tomato and basil soup to complete the meal.

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Healthy Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Oregano
  • Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Tomato (optional)
  • avocado (optional-I’ve been told it is good with grilled cheese)

Directions

Heat oil on skillet over medium heat.  Place thinly sliced mozzarella cheese and tomato slices (optional) onto a slice of whole-wheat bread. Sprinkle on oregano. I prefer to sprinkle the oregano over the oil rather than in the sandwich.  Cover with the second bread slice. Grill the sandwich until the mozzarella melts.

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