Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Timp Loop

Bear Mountain State Park
and Harriman State Park
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

1777 Trail: Red blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 6.1 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Excellent Views and Tough Climb

Google Maps of Parking:

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This is a an excellent, yet long and difficult hike. Although it was already September, the weather was hot and muggy, adding to the difficulty in this hike. The main destination on this hike is a rocky, almost vertical mountaintop known as "The Timp". This mountain affords one of the best views in the area.

I parked on Route 9W/202 on the southern trailhead of Dunderberg Mountain, by the 1777 trailhead. Took this historic trail which traces the revolutionary war route (there is a plaque at the beginning of the trail explaining this), and took it up the mountain until the intersection of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. Went east on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail and crossed over to the Timp-Torne Trail at the intersection before The Timp. From there went ahead to The Timp, and took a break to take in the great views and snap some good photos.

 From The Timp summit, I headed down on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, steeply down into the Timp Pass, passing along interesting boulders and rock formations along the way. I got off the trail in the deep notch and took the Timp Pass Road south briefly until the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. This trail skirts around the bottom of the Timp, descencing slightly, before turning back up to a very difficult ascent of the mountain, where it eventually meets up with the Timp-Torne Trail. I took the Timp-Torne Trail east, back to the 1777 trail, where I headed back down the mountain and the way I had come.

Map of the Route

View Approaching The Timp, Looking South.
Note the Pretty Yellow Flowers

View From The Timp Looking South.

A View of the Rocky Timp Summit,
Facing West to West Mountain

Another View from The Timp of West Mountain

Looking Northwest to Bear Mountain

Facing Southeast, with the Hudson River Behind the Trees

View of West Mountain Across The Timp Pass

View North to the Hudson River and the Hudson River

Same View, Zoomed Out

Interesting Rock Resting on Tree, Approaching The Timp Pass

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