Mt. Philo end-of-season update

Another season has ended for Mount Philo State Park. After a rainy June the summer was filled with sunshine and smiles. Once again, over 35,000 visitors came through the gates from both far and near this season to visit. And, of course, we had our local walkers and hikers, two-legged and four-legged, enjoying the mountain on a regular basis and appreciating this incredible resource.

We had over 35 weddings here this year, as well as many family reunions, retirement parties, birthday parties, life celebrations, work retreats and graduation parties. Many special memories were born this year on top of our special “island in the sky.” Several Adirondack chairs and benches were generously donated to commemorate loved ones and for the enjoyment of other visitors. Mt. Philo is indeed a special place for many, many people. We are very grateful to be part of this beautiful and vibrant community.

Our gates closed for the season on October 12. As always, our trails and the mountain road are accessible by foot after that date. All facilities, however, including bathrooms and water fountains, will be closed.

We have wonderful winter volunteers who have graciously offered to maintain the doggie-pot stations. Please help them by bagging and properly disposing of pet waste.

Please remember that many people, especially children, are afraid of dogs. Responsible dog-owner etiquette should be followed, especially if you have your dog off leash. When dog owners meet other trail/road users, please call your dog back to you and yield the right of way. If another owner has a dog on a leash, please be respectful and sit/stay your dog until that owner and dog pass. Do not allow your loose dog to approach a leashed dog unless permission is given first. Be respectful and consider yourself a dog ambassador.

We hope that you continue to enjoy Mount Philo as the seasons change. We ask of those who frequently use the mountain to be our eyes and ears with respect to break-ins and vandalism. If you see anything out of the ordinary, please take note and report it to the local police department immediately. Since the lower parking lot will not be attended, don’t leave valuables in your car. Even if your car is locked, the tendency is to break the windows.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

John and Kim Frigault 

Mt. Philo State Park