Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stony Brook and Gas Line

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County,
New York

White Bar Trail: White blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 1:05 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.1 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Somewhat recommended
Points Of Interest: Good views on Gas Line

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Maps of Parking:

View 2012 Hiking in a larger map

This hike was really going to be an extension of the hike we took last week, but we ran out of time and didn't have the time for a long hike this time either. So this was a good but short hike and kind of a continuation of last week. We parked at the Johnstown Road Trailhead dead end (same place as last week), and took the White Bar up to the Kakiat, and header east on the Kakiat Trail. This area goes through some old foundations and stone walls, which adds interest to it. The bridge where the Kakiat crosses to the Stony Brook Trail was washed out last year during Hurricane Irene, and is yet to be rebuilt. Instead of crossing where the bridge once spanned, we stayed on the other side of the brook without crossing it, and walked along the edge on the side of the steep embankment. We walked until the gas line, climbed up the steep incline on the gas line and then over and down back to the trailhead and back to our car.

Map of the route.
Note that the map is old, and Johnstown Road is now the trail
and the road is 7 Lakes Drive which is parallel to the trail.

Me walking along the White Bar Trail.
Note the plants turning green.

Note about washed out bridge on the Kakiat Trail

Foundation at the Kakiat Trail, between the White Bar and Stony Brook

Washed out bridge on the Kakiat Trail.
Note the trail markers across the brook.

Shimmy Walking along Stony Brook.

Climbing the gas line.

Me atop the hill on the gas line.
Behind me is North Hill. Facing south.

Another view of the gas line towards North Hill.

Me descending the gas line on the other site,
with Daters Mountain straight ahead.
We had climbed that cliff right in front of us the week before.

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