Sunday, February 19, 2012

Black Rock Mountain

Harriman State Park
Orange County, NY

Ramapo Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze

Dunning Trail: Yellow blaze
Nurian Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.88 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Amazing Scenery and views, good climb

Google Maps of Parking:

View 2012 Winter in a larger map

This is one of my favorite hikes in Harriman! The scenery and terrain is incredible and the climb is also excellent. I I parked on the trailhead on Lake Kanawauke Rd (County Route 106 - the same trailhead as last week's hike) and went north on the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail snaking up Black Rock Mountain. There is a beautiful view up on the top here. Once at the top continued along the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail through the interesting scenery or large bedrock exposures and stunted trees. From there headed west on the Dunning Trail, down past Surebridge Mountain, and then to the Nurian Trail. Took the Nurian Trail south, continuing alongs its combination with the White Bar Trail, and then back up Black Rock Mountain and down again back to the car.

Map of the Route

View Near the top of Black Rock Mountain.
Facing east towards Jackie Jones.

View from Black Rock near view.
Facing south looking at Tom Jones Mountain.

View from Black Rock facing southwest.

Hikers atop Black Rock, at the R-D and Nurian Trail crossing.

Black Rock.

Another view at Black Rock. Facing west.

View continuing north atop Black Rock.
Facing northwest.

Another view continuing north.
Facing northwest, with Schunnemunk in the distance.

Ascending the treeless true summit of Black Rock Mnt.

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