Monday, July 5, 2010

Diamond Mountain

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County, NY

Pine Meadow Trail: Red Blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow Blaze
Kakiat Trail: White Blaze
Seven Hills Trail: Black Blaze
Hillburn Torne Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange Blaze

Total Time:
2:30 min
Estimated Distance: 4 Miles

Hiking Partner:
Avigael Friedman

This was another day of the hottest heat wave of the summer. Temperatures were in the upper 90s, but we were mostly in the shade.  July 4th was on Sunday, and this was July 5th so we were off for the Holiday. We started at the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center on 7 Lakes Drive and took the Pine Meadow Trail and headed east till the Stony Brook Trail to the Kakiat Trail. Continued along the Kakiat Trail till the Seven Hills Trail, and then veered off north on the Seven Hills up the scramble, and then continued to the great view on the top. It is interesting that the trail conference maps don't show the view lookout here despite this being one of the best lookouts in the park.

Continued to the intersection of the Hillburn Torne Sebage (HTS) Trail on top of Diamond Mnt, and headed down the HTS back toward the Pine Meadow Brook valley. From there took the Pine Meadow Trail back to the trailhead.

Map of the route

Climbing the scramble on 7 Hills Trail

Climbing to the lower view on Diamond
Mountain on the 7 Hills Trail 

The view from Diamond Mountain facing west
towards the Pine Meadow Brook Valley 

View from 7 Hills Trail facing south.

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