Sunday, September 4, 2011

West Mountain

Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks
Rockland and Orange Counties,
New York

Anthony Wayne Trail: White Blaze
Fawn Trail: Red Blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue Blaze
Ramapo Dunderberg Trail: Red Blaze
Appalachian Trail: White Blaze
Beechy Bottom Road

Total Time: 2:40 hr
Estimated Distance: 4.4 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Good rock scrambles and excellent views

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West Mountain is one of my favorites in Harriman. It affords a good climb with some scrambling, with amazing views. This was a hazy, hot and humid September day. We parked in the northernmost section of the Anthony Wayne Rec Area, and took the Anthony Wayne Trail for a short distance, to the Fawn Trail up the hill for a short distance, and then went south on the Timp-Torne Trail. This trail climbs to the top of the mountain with rocky ridges and slopes. The Timp-Torne Trail joins up with the Applachian Trail for some short time, and then splits off near the main summit. After that started the descent on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail past the Fire Escape and the Cat's Elbow, and then down all the way to Beechy Bottom Road. Took the Beechy Bottom Road down back to Anthony Wayne.

Map of the Route

Atop West Mountain.
Looking West Towards Black Mountain.

View from the Top. Facing Northwest Towards
the Route 6 Traffic Circle.

Me at the same view.

Facing Northeast Towards Bear Mountain,
Anthony's Nose, and the Hudson River.

View From the Cat's Elbow. Facing South.
It's too Hazy to See Down to Haverstraw and Hi-Tor.

View from Cat's Elbow Facing South Towards Pyngyp Mountain

Timber Rattlesnake We Encountered on the Beechy Bottom Road.

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