Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Stagecoach Road, Patterson, Putnam County, NY
A 453 acre state facility with hiking trails.


Directions:

Just south (0.3 miles) of the intersection of NY 311 and NY 22, turn east onto Birch Hill Road. If you are coming north on NY 22, turn right on Thunder Ridge Road and in .3 of a mile turn right onto Birch Hill Road. Drive past Big Birch ski area, and on for 2.0 miles to the T intersection. Turn right onto Stage Coach Road. The road narrows and turns to dirt. Go. 0.6 miles. The parking entrance is on the right.


Habitats:

Rich woods, ponds, and fields.


Animals:

9/26/04.  Chance meeting with Richard Nicolaysen who told us that about a week previous he saw a mountain lion while riding his mountain bike at dusk on one of the trails off the main circular trail.


Trails:

This mountain walk is relatively easy since you are already on the top of the mountain when you begin.

9/26/04.  My son Carl and I walked the circular walk going clockwise from the main parking area.  Headed west on a short asphalt area of the path; saw a pond on the left; passed several fields, some with corn and some with millet or sorghum (?); headed northwest into the rich woods; lots of spicebush which really likes moist soil; find a big side path on the right heading north; path on the left heading south; another path on the right, also heading north; on the right we find a circular field area with paths leading off from it; a path on the left heading west; reach a big pond with quite a bit of Phragmites; reach a T-intersection; turn right heading compass reading 340 degrees; bearing right heading east; heading southeast then south;  we come back to the main circular path just below the fields; turn left and re-walk past the fields; decide to explore the small pond that we saw when first starting out on the trail. Find a couple of species to add to the plant list. Returned to the car.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:

Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney


Trees:
Acer pensylvanicum (striped maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Betula papyrifera (white birch)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Castanea mollissima (Chinese chestnut)
Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Picea abies (Norway spruce)
Picea alba (white spruce)
Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Thuja occidentalis (arbor-vitae)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (striped wintergreen)
Comptonia peregrina (sweet fern)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rosa palustris (swamp rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Rubus sp. (dewberry)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Salix sp. (willow)
Spiraea alba var. latifolia (meadowsweet) 7/21/93
Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush) 7/21/93
Vaccinium angustifolium (low bush blueberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Clematis virginiana (virgin's bower)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury)
Achillea millefolium (yarrow) 7/21/93
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Arctium minus (great burdock)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit)
Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) 7/21/93
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) 7/21/93
Aster acuminatus (sharp-leaved aster) 9/26/04
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) 9/26/04
Aster lanceolatus (panicled aster) 9/26/04
Aster novae-angliae (New England aster) 9/26/04
Aster novi-belgii (New York aster) 9/26/04
Bidens cernua (nodding bur marigold) 9/26/04
Bidens comosa (strawstem beggar ticks) 9/26/04
Chelidonium majus (celandine)
Chelone glabra (white turtlehead) 9/26/04
Cichorium intybus (chicory) 9/26/04
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) 7/21/93
Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle) 7/21/93
Conyza canadensis (horseweed)
Coronilla varia (crown vetch) 7/21/93
Daucus carota (queen Anne's lace) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) 7/21/93
Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaved willowherb) 9/26/04
Erechtites hieraciifolia (pileweed)
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) 7/21/93
Eupatorium maculatum (spotted Joe-Pye weed)
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) 9/26/04
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) 9/26/04 a few in bloom
Fragaria virginiana (strawberry)
Galinsoga sp. (quickweed) 9/26/04
Galium mollugo (wild madder) 9/26/04
Galium sp. (marsh bedstraw or something similar)
Galium verum (bedstraw) 7/21/93
Geranium sp. (geranium)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem artichoke) 9/26/04
Hesperis matronalis (dame's rocket) 9/26/04 only one plant in bloom
Hypericum sp. (St. Johnswort) with black dots on leaves and petals
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) 9/26/04
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) 7/21/93
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Nuphar variegata (white water lilies) 7/21/93
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 9/16/04
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 9/26/04
Polygonum lapathifolium (nodding smartweed) 9/26/04
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb) 9/26/04
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium (narrow leaved mountain mint) 7/21/93
Rudbeckia hirta v pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Rumex crispus (curled dock)
Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet) 9/26/04
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) 9/26/04 only a few blooms
Silene antirrhina (sleepy catchfly)
Silene latifolia (white campion) 9/26/04
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) 9/26/04
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod) 9/26/04
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod) 9/26/04
Solidago rugosa (rough-stemmed goldenrod) 9/26/04
Sparganium sp. (burreed)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 9/26/04
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 7/21/93 9/26/04
Trifolium repens (white clover) 9/26/04
Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)
Verbascum blattaria (moth mullein) 7/21/93
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola spp. (violets)
Zea mays (corn)
a blue vetch, cow vetch?

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex latifolia type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Scirpus cyperinus (wool grass bulrush)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Digitaria sp. (crab grass)
Eragrostis spectabilis (purple love grass)
Leersia oryzoides (rice cut grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Panicum sp. (a hairy panic grass with love grass type inflorescence)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass)
Setaria faberi (nodding foxtail grass)
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)
Tridens flavus (purple top grass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Lycopodium lucidulum (shining club moss)
Lycopodium obscurum (princess pine)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)

Others:
Cladonia lichen like at pine barrens? reindeer lichen?