ElevationAscent: 614' 187 m
Descent: -614' -187 m
High: 755' 230 m
Low: 474' 144 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Butler Preserve is 300 acres of forest and crags. Part of greenway connecting 6 parks and preserves.”— Rob Cummings
From the junction with the Red Trail, continue to head around the perimeter of the park. The Red Trail defines the northern border of the park, before turning back south and joining the Yellow Trail to head south again.
There will be an offshoot for the Orange Trail - South branch, which will add on a little more distance for the first return to the trailhead. This branch meets back up with the Yellow Trail after a short distance.
After returning to the trailhead area, take on of two trails the cut through the middle of the park. Both the Red Trail and the Blue Trail terminate in the northeast corner of the park, so take one on your way to the north end, and cruise down the other on your way back to the car.
The preserve features the well known "Hawk Watch" complete with bleachers and a raptor silhouette chart. The trails are hilly and challenging. Part of the trail goes right over the border between the Hudson River watershed and the Long Island Sound watershed's northernmost headwaters. This is sort of the Westchester County equivalent of the Continental Divide.
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