Friday, March 10, 2017

Liberty Rock, Sloatsburg

Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Liberty Rock Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 0:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 0.5 Miles

Pros: Very short and easy hike to a good view
Cons: Built up area surrounding

Liberty Rock is a small mountain jutting right outside of Sloatsburg. The top is a rocky promenade with a view of Sloatsburg and the surrounding area. I only recently found about this from the new Harriman maps which showed this trail on it.

It had snowed several inches in the morning, but the roads were fine. On my way home from work I decided to do this short hike. I parked in the new parking lot right off Route 17, and took the trail up. I noticed from the blazes that the trail markings and sign-post up front are relatively new. I climbed up pretty quickly, took some nice pictures at the view with my cell phone camera, and then headed back down the same route.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Popolopen Winter Loop

Popolopen Winter Loop
Bear Mountain State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
1777-79 Trails: Red blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.2 Miles

Pros: Good scramble, excellent views
Cons: None

This was a frigid March day. The day had started out in the single digits, and when I started out on the hike, it wasn't much warmer than that. I thererfor opted for a shorter hike. However, it was a bright and sunny day which helped counterbalance the cold weather. Poplopen is a short but very intense hike. I had non been to this hike in quite time, and this was a choice.

I parked at the Popolopen Trailhead, and took the 1777-79 Trails for a short distance to the Timp-Torne Trail. The Timp-Torne trail ascends and descends Popolopen in close proximity. I took the western part of the trail up and the eastern part down. The western trail a scramble, with a steep ascent and requirement to navigate over some large rocks. I took the eastern side of the trail down and headed back to the trailhead.