Friday, April 22, 2011

Catamount Mountain

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County,
New York

Pine Meadow Trail: Red Blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow Blaze

Total Time:
1:15 hr
Estimated Distance: 2.5 Miles

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Catamount Mountain is along the Ramapo Escarpment, and affords some excellent views of Rockland County. It is a little-known mountain and is not extensively hiked. As you can see from the pictures, the trees were just starting to bloom. We parked at the Horse Stables on Route 202 where the Pine Meadow Trail begins. We took the trail up to the Gas Line, and then when it crosses the Power Lines there is a stream that comes down the mountain, and we veered along the side of this stream along an old worn-out unmarked trail. At the beginning of the stream is cute little waterfall. We veered off on another unmarked trail along the side of the Catamount Mountain, and right before this trail hits the S-BM Trail we took another unmarked trail (not on the map) along the summit of Catamount, and then a little further down where we were afforded good views.

I didn't know how far down this newly discovered trail goes, so eventually turned around since I needed to get back. I'll have to continue exploration another time. I took the S-BM Trail back down towards the notch, and then where it intersects the Pine Meadow Trail took the Pine Meadow Trail all the way back to the trailhead.

Map of the route.
Waterfall at the foot of Catamount Mountain
Me at the Waterfall
View Near the Catamount Summit
Viewpoint. Facing Southeast.
Looking towards Manny Schwab's house and Powder Horn.
The same view above. With Palisades in the Distance.
Another view
Shimmy Descending the notch.
On the Suffern-Bear Mnt and Pine Meadow combined trails.
Me in the notch, at the intersection of the S-BM and Pine Meadow Trails.
Interesting sign for the horses at the end of the hike.
They don't want you to scare the horses.

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