Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nordkop Mountain Rock Hop

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Total Time: 0:50 hours
Estimated Distance: 1.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points of Interest: Rock Scrambling and Nice Views
Pros: Good climb with view on top
Cons: View is very populated and busy
Hiking Trails: Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: White blaze

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a short hike as my time was short. I have been to Nordkop Mountain many times, and always enjoyed climbing the large rocks going up. The rocks go to towards the north although the trail veers towards to the east. So I decided to explore a little bit around the area of the large rocks.

I parked in the village of Suffern, on Chestnut St (where parking is legal) and walked on Route 202 to 59, underneath the wide Thruway underpass, to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trailhead, on Route 59. I climbed up the first short part, and by the rocky area, I scrambled to the north a little bit. I then turned around and went back along the large rocks further south towards the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail near its terminus, and took the same route back.

The larger summit of Nordkop is further north from where I was, and I would like to return there someday in the near future to do a bushwack to the summit.

Map of the Route

Looking South Towards the I-287 Overpass and Sheraton Crossroads

Looking South Towards I-287

Looking South Towards the Sheraton Crossroads and Suffern

Looking Northwest Towards Hillburn

Looking Northwest Towards Mt. Fuji Above Hillburn

Looking North Towards the Summit of Nordkop

Rock Crevice Along Nordkop

Large Commuter Trail Below While Descending the Rocky Part

Looking North at the Trails while Descending

Somebody Camping Out in a Tent While Descending

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