Sunday, September 6, 2009

North Hill

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County,
New York

Total Time: 2 Hours
Total Distance: About 4 miles

This was another gorgeous late summer day. The weather was about 75 degrees with little humidity. I finally had my camera back. I parked at the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center off 7 Lakes Drive in Sloatsburg, and took the Reeves Brook Trail up until the intersection of the 7 Hills Trail. Then took the 7 Hills Trail up the scramble which leads to an excellent view. This scramble, although short, is one of the best in the park. Took the 7 Hills up to the top of the North Hill, where there is a really good Panorama through the brush. Much of North Hill along this trail is not forested and just contains brush and short shrubs - this is presumably the result of a significant forest fire many years ago. Continued along the 7 Hills Trail down to the valley where I picked up the Pine Meadow Trail, and went down the Pine Meadow Trail, switched along the new trail to the Stony Brook Trail, and back to the Pine Meadow Trail and back to the car.

Map of the route.

Steep scramble up 7 Hills Trail

View while ascending the scramble.
Looking southwest.

Continuing up the scramble

Towards the top of the scramble

View at the top. Facing southwest.

Facing north towards "Almost perpendicular".
("Almost Perpendicular" is the exposed cliff in the middle)

Open Brush area ascending the summit
of North Hill.

At the summit. Facing North.

View towards "Almost Perpendicular"
from the summit.

Starting the descent from the summit.
Facing northeast towards Diamond Mnt.
Jackie Jones Tower can be seen in the
far distance on the right of the photo.

Panorama from the summit.

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