Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cascade of Slid and Halfway Mountain,
Harriman State Park

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time:
  1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Scenic brook, waterfall, and view

Google Map of Parking:

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This was my first hike after Hurricane Sandy. Sandy brought major destruction to the New York area. Although the coastal regions were pounded by a terrible storm surge, further inland including Harriman only received strong wind damage in the form of downed trees. Though there were downed trees everywhere, the part of the park was spared, and was open and available to hiking. There was still minor fall foliage left, but for the most part the trees were already bare.

I parked at the Reeves Meadow area, took the Pine Meadow Trail to the Stony Brook Trail, to the Kakiat Trail, and then to the Cascade of Slid waterfall. The waterfall had a healthy amount of water, which made for nice photographs. I climbed up the short climb on the Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail to the Halfway Mountain lookout, and then climbed back down, crossed the brook on the washed-out bridge, and then too the Pine Meadow Trail all the way back.

Map of the Route

Remainder Foliage Along the Trail

More Foliage

Approaching the Cascade of Slid on the Rocky Part of the  Kakiat Trail

Cascade of Slid Waterfall

Cascade of Slid Waterfall

Cascade of Slid Waterfall - Main Waterfall

Spring with Water Coming Out of Rock

Halfway Mountain View

Foliage While Descending Halfway Mountain

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