Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kakiat Snow Hike with Commsar

Kakiat County Park and Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow trail
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 2:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Good climb with good views
Cons: None

Hiking Members:
CommSAR Search and Rescue Staff

This hike was a training session with CommSAR, a search and rescue organization. The training featured a mock search of a lost subject where two teams fanned out using clues to find the subject. The subject was a lost and despondent child, and the teams used clues to successfully find the the child in the snow.

The hike featured the first snow of the season, with about 5 inches of snow falling the day before. We parked at the Kakiat Parking area, taking the Kakiat Trail at the foot of the mountain and then ascending along that trail. At the intersection of the Mountain Trail we continued along the side of Cobus Mountain, until the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, which we took alongside the rock formations and the Grandpa and Grandma Rocks. We took this trail until the gas line, and then went east along the gas line to the Mountain Trail. We took the Mountain past the power line to the summit view of Kakiat Mountain, where we took a short break before heading down. We descended down the Mountain Trail to the end of the trail and back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

CommSAR Members on the Exercise Staging 

CommSAR Team Ascending Kakiat Mountain

CommSAR Team Members

A Balanced Trip Rock at the Grandpa and Grandma Rock Areas

View Lookng Down from the Gas Line

View From the Gas Line Facing West

CommSAR Members Posing

View from the Top View of Kakiat 
View from Kakiat View Facing East

Me at the Kakiat View

Me with Cobus Mountain the Background

Manhattan Skyline in the Distance from Kakiat

Midtown Manhattan Skyscrapers in the Distance

View Facing East/Northeast Towards South Mountain

View Looking Towards Monsey and Airmont

Me at the View

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