Sunday, November 9, 2014

Long Mountain & Howell Mountain with Commsar

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Long Mountain climb and view, Howell Mountain View, Lake Massawippa
Pros: Good climb with good views, lake
Cons: Lots of ticks

Hiking Partners:
Commsar Search and Rescue Members

Google Map of Parking:
Note: The new Google Maps Engine doesn't allow me embed the maps I have created. It only allows me to embed the entire map set! So what I did for the embedded maps was just zoom in as much as possible, and parking areas are in the middle of the screen. I apologize about the missing marker - Google doesn't let you do this anymore (or they did a remarkable job of hiding it!)



On this hike, I led a group of members from Commsar (Community Search & Rescue) on a hiking training mission on various terrain in the park. We did a two car hike. One car was at the trailhead for Long Mountain/Turkey Hill, and the other car by Lake Massawippa. We started the hike at the Long Path, and took this trail up to the summit view of Long Mountain.

Long Mountain has an excellent view, and it also overlooks Turkey Hill Lake. From Long Mountain, we headed back down and continued along the Long Path. This part of the trail is at the northern end of the park boundary and further north is West Point property. It seems to be following a former wide path, which I presume was at one time telephone wires.

We continued along the Long Path up and over Howell Mountain, and at the stream in Brooks Hollow we cut across and bushwacked to wards the dam over Lake Massawippa. From the dam we crossed over the east side of the Lake and took the unmarked path through the old ruins here.

Mapf of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain Northern Map

Me Ascending Long Mountain

View Ascending Long Mountain

COMMSAR Search & Rescue Members on Our Training Hike
Near the Summit of Long Mountain

Popolopen Torne from the Summit of Long Mountain. Facing E/NE.

Turkey Hill Lake from the Summit of Long Mountain. Facing SE.

Long Mountain Summit Facing North

Me at the Long Mountain Summit Facing North

Zoom In to Popolopen Torne and the Adjacent Mountain in West Point Property

Along the Wide Trail Area of the Long Path, Prior to Ascending Howell Mnt.

Atop Howell Mountain

Late Season Foliage Atop Howell Mountain

View From Howell Mountain Facing West

View from Howell Mountain Facing Southwest

Commsar Members at the Brooks Hollow Dam on Lake Massawippa

Lake Massawippa from the Dam

Lake Massawippa with Late Season Foliage

Ruins Along the East Side of Lake Massawippa

Lake Massawippa, Facing West

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