Just a few miles north of the Leatherman’s Loop site and easily drivable from New York City and Connecticut, the course traverses through the park’s over 1000 acres of scenic woodlands, beautiful vistas, and around the lakes that give the park its name. See the course map here ››
If you’re familiar with the Leatherman’s Loop trail race, then you know how fun and challenging the terrain in Northern Westchester can be. This course passes Lookout Point overlooking Lakes Waccabuc, Rippowam, and Oscaleta then goes over Bailey Mountain (at 982 feet, the highest point in Westchester) before touching the Connecticut border and finishing near Hemlock Lake.
Along the way, you’ll traverse single-track narrow trails and wider abandoned carriage roads that are perfect for picking up some speed. There are seasonal streams that that you’ll cross but nothing too deep. Still, with 1000 feet of overall elevation gain in the 10k race, there are plenty of challenging hills to make things interesting.
If you’ve run the Leatherman’s Loop, you’ll understand why we like to say that Sarah Bishop is hairier than the Leatherman. Sarah Bishop lived during the Revolutionary War and was famous before The Old Leather Man – read about her local legend here. We’d like to think if they had known each other they would have been friends. You may notice they even look alike…
Come out and experience Mountain Lakes Park and run in the woods that Sarah Bishop called home.
Hope to see you on the trails!
-The Sunday Run Crew