Friday, August 2, 2013

Popolopen Loop
Bear Mountain State Park

Orange County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
1777-1779 Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult but short
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Good scramble and outstanding views 
Pros: Good scramble up mountain, panoramic views
Cons: You can hear the noise from the Palisades Parkway the whole time.

Hiking Partner:
Avigael Friedman

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

Popolopen is one of the best short hikes in the area. It climbs steeply up a rocky scramble to an outstanding view, but its a pretty quick round trip hike. The whole hike can be done in about 45 minutes. We had planned to park on Mine Road at the trailhead where Popolopen climbs the mountain, but there was a truck with a modular house on it making a delivery blocking the entire road. It didn't look like they were moving any time soon, so I just parked my car on the side of the road right there and took the combined Timp-Torne/1777-9 Trail where it emerges from the road. This more then doubled the length of the hike, but this part is very easy. We took the trail to the western spur of the trail, which is the better loop to climb up Popolopen. We then took the other route down, and went along the trail confluences back to the car.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park - Northern Map

View While Ascending


View from the top facing the Bear Mountain Plateau.
Facing South.

View Facing Southwest Towards the Palisades Parkway

Me at the Top

View Facing North

View Facing Southeast Towards the Hudson River,
The Bear Mountain Bridge, and Anthony's Nose

Over the Mighty  Hudson

Classic Popolopen View of the Bear Mountain Bridge and Anthony's Nose

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