Sunday, May 19, 2013

Beech Trail Hasenclever Red Cross Loop

Harriman State Park
Rockland and Orange Counties,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Beech Trail: Blue blaze
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Slightly recommended
Points Of Interest: Waterfalls, historical mine
Pros: Very quiet area of the park
Cons: Lack of view, Muddy Areas in the rain

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was the first Sunday that it was raining in a long time. It was a soft steady rain all day long, so I decided to go hiking despite the weather in my waterproof rain gear.

I parked on Lake Tiorati Road at Beech Trail Trailhead. I took the Beech Trail southbound, where it passes alongside a stream. Due to the rain, the stream was very swelled, and had several pretty waterfalls and cascades. At the intersection of the Hogencamp Road I turned off the trail and took this woods road to the Hogencamp Mine, which is one of the earliest iron mines in the region. At the mine the Red Cross Trail intersects, and I took that trail, crossed the road, and took the trail along to the Beech Trail. This section contains numerous large blueberry bushes, so I will make an attempt to come back here in July. I took the Beech Trail back to the trailhead where I had parked.

Map of the Route

Greenery and wetness in the forest along the Beech Trail

Small Waterfall set off the Beech Trail

The Sliver Cascade in the Above Picture

Another Waterfall off the Beech Trail

SameWaterfall Different Angle

Newt Crawling Along the Trail.
There were lots of these out because of the rain.

Intense Green Along the Hogencamp Road

Water-filled Pit at the Hogencamp Mine

Red Cross Trail Crossing Tiorati Brook


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