Sunday, February 20, 2011

Diamond Mountain

Diamond Mountain
Harriman State Park
Rockland County,
New York

7 Hills Trail: (blue blaze)
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago (HTS): (orange blaze)

Total Time: 1:45 min
Estimated Distance: 3.0 Miles

Hiking Partner:

John Taylor

This was a nice yet cold late winter day. There was a layer of thick ice glazing the snow which made the steep downhill part of this route very challenging. I did not realize just how icy it was and how much snow remained. We parked in the parking area off 7 Lakes Drive at the Lake Sebago boat launch, where the 7 Hills Trail begins, and we climbed up the trail up Conklin Mountain. Continued past the creek and Monitor to the summit of Diamond Mountain. We took a slight detour to the east to get a view of the other side of the mountain at Pine Meadow Lake and Lake Wankosink. Diamond Mountain has a beautiful view to the west with perhaps the best and most onubstucted view of Lake Sebago. It was very windy on the top viewpoint so we couldn't spend much time there.

Right after the summit is the interesection of the HTS Trail, which we took down the mountain. This trail is very steep and going down it on solid ice was quite interesting. We had to slide carefully down on our rears for this part. Continued down to the end of the trail at the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail, which we took briefly to the Sebago Dam and 7 Lakes Drive. We walked the rest of the way back on the road back to our car.

Map of the route.
The road shows the old Johnsontown Road,
which has since been replaced with 7 Lakes Drive
and follows a slightly different route parallel to the lake.
John at the beginning of the 7 Hills Trail
Me on Conklin Mountain, in an evergreen
Mountain Laurel forest

View of Lake Wanoksink from the top of Diamond Mnt.
Lake Sebago from the view atop Diamond Mnt.
Facing northwest.
Me at the view.
Lake Sebago, facing north.
John Descending through an ice-covered
crevice down the HTS scramble.
John continuing the arduous descent.

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