Sunday, February 23, 2014

Frozen Lake Welch

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Total Time: 1:20 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.1 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult snow and ice conditions
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points of Interest: Frozen lake
Pros: Hike on a lake
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

The lakes in Harriman had been consistently frozen for several weeks now, and according to the rangers the ice was 14 inches thick (it needs to be 6 inches thick to be safe). Lake Welch is a big lake with a few islands, and makes a good winter hike. You'll usually meet some ice fishermen as its the first lake in Harriman coming from the southeast part of the park. We parked in the boat launch area right after the causeway, and entered the lake by the boat launch. We headed east/southeast towards the islands, and then walked along to the beach area on the eastern side of the lake.

It had briefly warmed up over Friday and Saturday, so the top snowy layer on the lake was partially melted, making the top part of the ice wet and slushy and very difficult to walk through. Despite having waterproof boots, we both got our feet very wet from this hike. Once we got to the beach we realized it was too difficult to walk back on the lake, so we took the road on the shore of the lake which was plowed, and when it ended we hiked along the path on the side of the lake. Even the hike part was very difficult, with a thick cap of ice above the snow that sometimes you floated above and sometimes you sank through.

Map of the Route

Ice is Safe!

Trail Towards Lake Welch Boat Launch

Sandyfield School Site Plaque
Sandyfield was a hamlet that was covered by the Lake when it was Dammed

"No Aquatic Hitchhikers!"

Me at the Beginning of the Lake

Looking Southeast Towards Jackie Jones Tower

Ice Fishermen

Me on the Island
The Gap Between the Two Islands

Knee Deep in Snow.
Parts of the Island Were Really Deep when you Sunk in!
Shimmy Navigating Through the Dense Brush on the Island

Shimmy Relaxing on the Lake
Shimmy With the Expanse of the Lake

Frozen Lake Welch from the Beach, Facing West

Shimmy on a Lifeguard Chair

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