Sunday, August 19, 2012

Panther Mountain View

Harriman State Park
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

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

Total Time: 1:30 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a short but good hike
Points Of Interest: Good climb, nice view

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Maps of Parking:

View 2012 Hiking in a larger map

This is a short and quick hike with a good view. I was preparing to go on vacation, so had to wake up early and do this hike first thing in the morning and be back quickly. We parked at the Horse Stable trailhead at the Ramapo Equestrian Center of Route 202, and climbed up the mountain on the Pine Meadow Trail. The trailblazers added a new shortcut cutting through the gas line. Took the trail up halfway towards the Suffern-Bear Mountain (SBM) Trail, and then continued the ascent along the SBM Trail, which is quite rugged. At the top there is a very nice view facing east southeast, with a view of much of the lowland of Rockland County, the Hudson River, the Palisades, and the Manhattan skyscrapers in the distance. At this point we turned around and went back the same way, the taking the shortcut along the stream and then bushwacking the overgrown part before the gas and power lines.

Map of the Route

Shimmy on the new shortcut part of the path,
marked by large rock piles

View ascending looking toward the notch. Facing south.

View from top facing east, towards the terminus of the Palisades

At the top, facing southwest, with the NYC Skyline in the distance.

Me at the top view.

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