Sunday, April 11, 2010

Black Rock Mountain and Surebridge Mountain

Black Rock Mountain & Surebridge Mountain
Harriman State Park
Orange County,
New York

Total Time: 2:30 Hour
Total Distance: 3.5 Miles

Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Trail: Red Blaze
Nurian Trail: Yellow Blaze
White Bar (WB) Trail: (white Blaze)

Hiking Partner:
Feige Koegel (My sister)

This was a gorgeous early spring hike. The hike was gorgeous and the weather was gorgeous. The sky was bright blue and the trees were just beginning to bud. We started the hike on Co. Rt. 106 (Lake Kanawauke Rd) at the R-D trailhead by the road, and headed north up Black Rock Mountain. Its a nice climb of a few hundred feet, with a good view at the top. At the view is the intersection with the Nurian Trail, which we took due west climbing back down the mountain until the intersection with the WB Trail. The WB and Nurian Trail join together here for several hundred feet. Then took the WB back up the edge of southern end of Surebridge Mountain.

The top of Surebridge Mountain was totally destroyed by a forest fire years ago, and the tree cover is very sparse, making the top full of exposed bedrock and excellent views throughout. We decided to bushwack up the top of the end of this ridge, as we could observer the panoramic views it beheld from below it. We found an old deerpath and bushwacked through to the rocky viewpoint for some excellent photos of a 360 degree view.

We then returned back to the WB Trail, where it shortly met the R-D Trail, which took south back to the Black Rock viewpoint. The back end of Black Rock Mountain is also very pretty with its fire-burned summit full of rocky points and rock scrambles. From there headed back down the mountain and back to our car.

Map of the Route

Black Rock Mnt Summit facing Southeast.

Me at the summit of Black Rock

On Black Rock Summit

White Bar and Dunning Trails Together

Feige ahead on the Dunning Trail in 
forest of exceptionally tall trees

Me on the summit of Surebridge Mountain.
What a view!

Me posing on Surebridge Summit

On summit of Surebridge Mnt
looking northwest with Island Pond below

Ascending the summit of Black Rock.
You can see the Sparse Tree Cover
Caused by the Forest Fire

Continuing ascent up Black Rock on return route.