Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kakiat Mountain

Kakiat County Park /
Harriman State Park
Rockland County, NY

Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.65 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Good climb and view on top

Google Maps of Parking:

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I was short on time so had to do a quick hike with a good workout, so Kakiat was perfect. The snow had all melted earlier last week, and the weather was relatively mild. I started in the main parking area, climbed up the Mountain Trail to the view atop Kakiat Mountain, and continued along the Mountain Trail past the power lines to the end of the trail at the Kakiat Trail. Took the Kakiat Trail all the way down, and at the intersection with the Old Mill Trail cut across straight into the woods along the stream for a short shortcut to the Old Mill Trail. From the Old Mill Trail went along the side of the Mahwah River and back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

The Bridge Across the Mahwah River.
At the Beginning of the Hike.
The Water Level is Very High

View at the top of Kakiat,
Facing Lower Cobus Mnt and the power lines.
Facing Northeast

The View from the top of Kakiat.
Facing Southeast with the Parking Area and the Mahwah River Below.

Another View from the top.
Facing East.

The Mountain Trail Directly Past the View,
Heading Towards the Power Lines.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Halfway Mountain/Diamond Mountain

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County, NY


Pine Meadow Trail: Red Blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow Blaze
Kakiat Trail: White Blaze
Hillburn Torne Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange Blaze
Seven Hills Trail: Black Blaze

Total Time: 3:00 hour (took longer due to snow)
Estimated Distance: 4.5 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult, especially in the snow
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended. One of the best in Harriman.
Points Of Interest: Excellent climb and views, and very scenic along brook.

Hiking Partners:
Mordy Neuman
Sruly Rosenberg

Google Maps of Parking:

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We have finally gotten a snowstorm. Although there have been a few frigid days here and there, generally this winter has been very warm with no snow. It had finally snowed a real snowstorm, with about 6 inches the day before. We started at the Reeves Measow Parking area on Seven Lakes Drive in Sloatsburg, and headed up along the path along the brook, from the Pine Meadow Trail to the Stony Brook Trail to the Kakiat Trail, past the frozen Cascase of Slid, and from there we took the HTS Trail up Halfway Mountain. We took a break and some pictures here, and then continued to the intersection of the 7 Hills Trail, where there is a very good view. From here going down was really crazy in the snow, and more than once we didn't know how we would make it. Part of the area down required us literally sliding down the side of the rock. Once we got down we crossed the brook and took the Pine Meadow Trail all the way back to the trailhead.

Map of the Route

Mordy & Sruly at the Pine Meadow Brook

Cascade of Slide Waterfall,
Almost Entirely Frozen Over

Frozen Cascade of Slid

Me at the Halfway Mountain Viewpoint.
Facing southwest.

Sruly & Mordy at the Diamond Mountain view.
Facing south.

Diamond Mnt View.
Facing Southwest.

Me and Sruly, Diamond Mnt

Me at rock ad Diamond Mountain

Sliding down the Mountain.
That rock is the same one as above.

View at the Lower part of Diamond Mnt, before descending.
Facing west, towards the Pine Meadow Brook Valley.

Same view as above, facing east-southeast.

Mordy maneuvering down the scramble

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lake Welch and Conklin Mountain

Lake Sebago / Conklin Mountain
Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Seven Hills Trail: Blue blaze
Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail: Red blaze

Total Time:
1:10 hr
Estimated Distance: 2.8 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Slightly Recommended. Tranquil, but no view.
Points Of Interest: Good climb, tranquility, and excellent lake views.

Google Maps of Parking:

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This was my first totally frigid hike of the winter season. When I started the hike, my car thermometer measured 12 degrees. When I finished the hike, it measured 16. At least it was sunny and the wind was minimal. But since I was alone and the weather was so cold, I did a smaller hike than usual.

I started at the Lake Sebago Boatch Launch area off Seven Lakes Drive. It is opposite here that the Seven Hills Trail starts. I took the Seven Hills Trail up the mountain, past the Diamond Brook, and then veered off on the road towards Lake Wanoksink for just a short bit until the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail. I then took the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail down the mountain to the Lake Sebago Dam, and then took the path parallel to the shoreline of the lake heading north back to my car.

Map of the Route

Lake Sebago from the Boat Launch.
This part is entirely frozen with clear ice.

Ice Formations on the Lake Shore.

Another View from the Boat Launch of the Frozen Lake,
with an overturned beached boat.

On the northern part of Diamond Mountain at the intersection
of the 7 Hills and Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail.

The Lake Sebago Dam with 7 Lakes Drive Directly Above.

Southern part of Lake Sebago.
For some reason this part of the Lake was not frozen.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

West Mountain Loop

Bear Mountain State Park /
Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

1777 W Trail: Red blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blazed
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hr
Estimated Distance: 4.3 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Good climb and Many excellent views

Hiking Partners:
Debbie and Raphael Koegel

Google Maps of Parking:

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This was another unseasonably warm day. It was so warm that we didn't even need to wear our coats. We parked at the hiker's trailhead off 7 Lakes Drive near Perkins Drive, took the 1777 W Trail briefly to the Appalachian Trail, and then took the Appalachian up West Mountain. As you are nearing the top there is an excellent view here facing north directly towards Bear Mountain which is opposite. This part of the Appalachain Trail has recently been renovated and slightly rerouted in a few areas.

Continued along to the intersection with the Timp-Torne Trail, and then took the concurrent Appalachian and Timp-Torne trails along the West Mountain Ridge, which continuously passes along excellent views. After the trail split, continued on the Timp Torne, until the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. We then took the Suffern Bear Mountain Trail slightly down and up again, and then steeply down and then alongside the brook, back to the 177W Trail, and then back to the car.

Map of the Route

View along the Appalachian while ascending West Mountain.
Facing east towards the Hudson and Dunderberg

View of Bear Mountain from the above view. Facing northeast.
Note the Bear Mountain Tower near the left side.

Me and Raphael with Bear Mountain behind us.

Me posing at the same view.

Another pose.

View from West Mountain view over Anthony Wayne.
Facing west with the Palisades Parkway directly below and
Lindley Mountain in the background.

Another view from West Mountain.
Facing South.

Me and Raphael over the Anthony Wayne parking lot.

Raphael on top of a rock formation on West Mountain.