South Vly Mountain
|Quick Look - South Vly Mountain|
|Difficulty||Round trip||Total climb||Location||Internet Maps|
|4.5 mi.||1865 ft.||N42.2291 W74.4388||Google Maps|
As with all bushwhacks, there are many different ways to approach South Vly and some may require permission from local landowners. The peak itself is on DEC land and there is also DEP land access. Popular routes include the DEP access from Beech Ridge Road, the DEC parking area on Condon Hollow Road or hiking in from Sleeping Lion or Vly Mountain.
Park at the DEC parking area at the end of Condon Hollow Road. The easiest route seems to be hiking out Condon Hollow Road and returning the same way. The road goes from woods road to trail but it is on DEC land. From the parking area hike along the woods road for around 2 miles. The road switchbacks several times. It has stone walls on either side in places and you may get some views into the Spruceton Valley along the way. The surface varies from rocky road to grassy trail. There may be some nettles and prickers depending on the season but far fewer than other routes. After descending into a hollow at about 2 miles, you can head directly north for the peak or slightly northeast. Both directions are steep climbs with ledges near the top. The northeast route will take you to an open clearing about .25 miles from the peak. Retrace your route to get back to the parking area.
Another route is to head directly into the woods from the parking area in a northeast direction. The woods have some of the highest and best constructed stone walls I have ever seen. These walls also can be seen along the sides of Condon Hollow Road. This route will take you over a bump before South Vly. You will have to gain and then lose some elevation. I bushwhacked a little to the north to avoid this but ran into nettles and prickers during the summer to rival any I had ever encountered. I returned from this by way of Condon Hollow Road a wiser and bloodier person.