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Palisades: John Ringling's 'Grey Crag'

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Hidden : 08/09/2010
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Geocache Description:

Cache Location: Palisades Interstate Park

Parking: PIPC Headquarters Parking (Waypoint PARK01)

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (Weather Conditions Permitting)

Cache Type: Lock N Lock

Trail Map: NYNJTC Hudson Palisades Trails Map #108/109

Palisades Interstate Park

The Palisades Interstate Park was created in 1900, in response to concern over the quarrying of the Palisades. The new park was formally dedicated in 1909. Before the creation of the park, all of the Palisades had been in private hands, the lower portion, along the river, consisting mostly of riverfront villages, the cliff top mostly either wood lots or the site of large summer estates.

The New Jersey section of the Palisades Interstate Park encompasses about 2,500 acres along the Hudson River from Fort Lee to the New Jersey state line, where it continues into New York State. It is a long narrow park averaging less than an eighth of a mile wide.

The Palisades is a unique geological formation offering stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, not to mention its own imposing splendor.

Cache Description

'Grey Crag' is an old concrete span crossing a 20 foot deep crevasse and providing access to a free-standing crag of rock. At some 300 feet long and 10 to 20 feet wide, this crag is the largest free standing piece of rock separated from the Palisades cliffs within the park. The bridge to the crag was built by John Ringling, of the Ringling Brothers' Circus, to accompany his summer mansion at this location. Some of the foundation remains of the mansion can still be found just south of the concrete bridge.

Accessed via an unmarked side trail off the Long Path, the crag affords impressive views of the Palisades up close. The many-sided columns you will see were formed by huge vertical fissues in the rock which were produced as magma cooled and contracted. The horizontal cracks often intersecting these vertical fissures result in diabase rock breaking down into distinct masses resembling stairs. Thus, these intruded igneous rock formation have been termed as traprock, derived from the Swedish "trapp" meaning stairs.

The cache is located on the crag, however, it is not necessary to scale down the rocks. Please look carefully, do not destroy the area, and ensure the cache is replaced as found.

WARNING: Cross this bridge at your own risk, noting that the crag is prone to poison ivy growth!


NY/NJ Trail Conference

Palisades Interstate Park

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