Sunday, February 7, 2016

Panther Mountain From Willow Tree

Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:00 Hours
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended

Points of Interest: Good view and quiet area

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

This was a seasonably cold winter day, with a bright blue sky. We started by Willow Tree Park, and walked through some nice quiet neighborhoods until we got to the trailhead for the Pine Meadow Trail. The trailhead is at the Ramapo Equestrian Center, and it starts right behind the horse stables. We took the trail up, as it goes along the gas line and crosses the power lines, and then continued on the trail as it climbed the trail in the notch. At the intersection of the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, we took this trail north to the summit of Panther Mountain, which as a great view facing east and south. The Manhattan skyline is usually visible from here, though it was a bit hazy. We then turned around and went the same way down, though we cut across the shortcut along the stream past some nice cascades. We got a ride back to Willow Tree Park the area while walking on Route 202.

Map of the Route. Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Southern Map

The Horse Stables with Panther Mountain in the Background

The Beginning of the Pine Meadow Trail Behind the Horse Stables

New Sign Posted at the Brook Crossing Stating Gyascutus Brook

Summit View of Panther Mountain

Summit View of Panther Mountain, Facing East
Towards South Mountain and High Tor

Shimmy at the Summit

Me at the Summit

Me at the Summit, Facing South

Facing East

Zoomed in to South Mountai and Low Tor/High Tor

Looking South

Nice Tree with Deep Blue Background Sky

Shimmy at the Summit

Me at the Summit

Descending Back Down the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail

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