Anthony-Wayne Trail: White blaze
1779 Trail: Blue blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Fawn Trail: Red blaze
Total Time: 2:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 4 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate, but more difficult because of snow
Level of Recommendation: Not recommended, although end is very scenic.
Points Of Interest: Queensboro Lake, last small ascent up West Mountain
Google Map of Parking:
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I was off for New Years, and had some time at the end of the day to take a nice hike in the snow. While not particularly scenic or difficult, this hike was both very pretty and strenuous due to the snow along the route. One of the biggest problems with this hike is that its entire route crisscrosses busy roads and highways, so the tranquil element is kind of missing. However, the pristine snow conditions made up for this.
I parked at the northernmost part of the Anthony Wayne Parking area, and took the Anthony Wayne Trail, crossing the Palisades Parkway and then parallel to the highway, until the 1779 Trail. I took the 1779 Trail to the traffic circle and then alongside towards Queensboro Lake. From there the trail joins with the Popolopen Gorge, and zigzags along the northern part of Queensboro Lake. I then took the Timp-Torne Trail, crossed over the Palisades Parkway again, and then climbed up a small portion of the Timp Torne Trail. This part of the trail is the most scenic, climbing the foot of West Mountain on a narrow ridge with beautiful views of Bear Mountain and beyond. At the intersection of the Fawn Trail I headed back down to the Anthony Wayne Trail and then back to my car.
|Map of the Route
|Crossing over the Palisades Parkway on the Anthony Wayne Trail.
West Mountain is on the Left.
|Hiking along the Snowy Anthony Wayne Trail.
I was the first person to hike here since the snow,
and made the first tracks.
|Popolopen Torne in the Background on the Anthony Wayne Trail
|Queesnsboro Lake, Facing Southwest from the North Part.
It is about an hour to Sunset.
|Partially Frozen Queensboro Lake.
|Another View of Queensboro Lake, facing Southeast.
The Hill in the Distance is the Northern Ridge of West Mountain,
Which is the Part of the Mountain I would Climb
at the End of this Hike.
|Lone Pine Tree on the Time Torne Trail before Descending.
|View Along the Timp-Torne Trail while Ascending West Mountain.
|A view of a Snowy Bear Mountain above the Trees
while Ascending West Mountain.