Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tom Jones Mountain

Tom Jones Mountain
Harriman State Park,
Orange County
New York

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red Blaze
Victory Trail: Blue Blaze

Total Time: 1 Hour
Total Distance: 1.5 Miles

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg 

We had left to go hiking on one of the frozen lakes in Harriman, as it had been very cold the last several weeks. For some strange reason the lakes were posted as unsafe for walking on. This is very strange as it had been below freezing for a long time. My guess is that the park rangers were just lazy. In any case, we had to do a different route instead of hiking one of the lakes.

We first drove to Lake Welch, then Skanatati/Askoti, then Lake Tiorati, and after all these were posted as unsafe, we turned around in disappointment and headed past Lake Kanauwake to Tom Jone Mountain. This is not a long hike but is a nice short climb with a gorgeous view at the summit. Although the sun was out, the weather was very frigid in the 20's. And the wind blew strongly on top of the mountain, making this a very cold hike.

Parked on County Route 106, and climbed up the mountain on the Dunderberg Trail. It was a clear and crisp day with excellent visibilty, and we were even able to get some pictures well north into the Catskills. Continued down the mountain on the Dunderberg Trail, where we discovered a fascinating natural "icicle-house" formed over a rock overhang, and continued along to the Victory Trail. Went north on the Victory Trail back to the road, and hiked along the road east back to our car. Along the road is a small swamp, and interestingly there are beavers in this swamp as evidenced by the downed trees, beaver huts, and a beaver dam.

Map of the route

View while ascending.
Looking north across the valley
toward Black Rock Mnt.

Me near the summit

From summit looking Southeast
towards the Jackie Jones Tower

Shimmy with Black Rock Mnt behind him

The Catskills in the far north.
This is over 50 miles to the north!
The mountain before the Catskills is
the Shawangunk Ridge.

The shelter on Tom Jones Mnt.
The lake behind is L. Skenonto.

The arm of Lake Sebago in the far distance.

Descending Tom Jones Mnt.

Me inside the Icicle House

Another view of the Icicle House

A group of people ascending Tom Jones.
We descended this part.

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