FKT: Delia Kulukundis - Wilkinson Memorial Trail (NY) - 2022-10-02

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one way
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Total time
2h 2m 59s
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On October 2, 2022 I ran the Wilkinson Memorial Trail solo from west to east after taking the Metro-North train to Breakneck Ridge. I started at 11:33am and finished the trail in 2:02:58. My watch recorded just over 2700ft of elevation gain. 

I waited to start the trail for a few minutes after getting off the train, to let a few groups of hikers disperse. Most of them walked down the road to the Breakneck Ridge trailhead. On my run I saw several groups of hikers (and one trail runner with a sweet dog) going the opposite direction. A trail crew was working on a set of stone stairs in the first mile of the trail. 

Early fall was a great time to run this trail - the weather was cool (high 50s) and the wind was refreshing. I enjoyed seeing the landscape change after I dropped off the Scofield Ridge and ran down and into the valley in the last mile before the finish. The dry oak woodland on the ridge was already starting to turn red and brown, but the forest below was lush and still green. 

I enjoyed the simplicity of this route - one trail, consistently blazed, with great views and a surprising amount of variety for its length - and the fact that it is easily accessible by public transit.