Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Long Path and First Reservoir

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 0:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Slightly recommended
Points Of Interest: Serene hike with tranquil reservoir

Google Map of Parking:

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It had just snowed about an inch the night before, and although by the time I went on this hike much of the snow had melted, there was still a little bit left. I parked on Call Hollow Road at the Long Path, and crossed the stream (which was a bit of a challenge since it was overflowing and the bridge was out). I took the Long Path up the mountain, where it climbs steadily on the north flank of the notch, and continued along past the ruins and eventually to the wide trail with the fiber optics line. Many trees had been down from Hurricane Sandy, but the crews had already reached this trail and cleaned it up nicely.

I then went down on the Fiber Optic Trail, to the First Reservoir, which is impressively tranquil body of water, and looks beautiful from the side of the dam where you can look ahead at the water and into the mountains. I then took the gated service road back down and back to my car.

Map of the Route
Small cascade at the beginning of the hike

Wet and snowy trail, with Horse Chock Mountain in Background

Old Ruins Along the Long Path

First Reservoir

First Reservoir with Horse Chock Mountain in Background

First Reservoir. The Water is Crystal Clear!

First Reservoir, with Beautiful Valley in Background.
Black and White.

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