Sunday, January 6, 2013

Diamond Tower Mountain Trail,
Harriman State Park,

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail: Red blaze
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze
Diamond Mountain Tower Trail: Yellow blaze
Seven Hills Trail: Blue blaze

Hiking Partner:
Debbie Koegel

Total Time: 2:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.0 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult, especially difficult in the snow
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended - this is a great hike with a tough climb, good views, and lakes.
Points Of Interest: Strenuous climb up Diamond Mountain, Excellent Views, Lake Sebago shoreline

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was an absolutely stunning hike in the snow. We parked at the parking area and boat launch by Lake Sebago off Seven Lakes Drive, and walked along the scenic, unmarked path along the eastern shore of Lake Welch. We took this all the way near the southern end of the lake, at the dam, where we crossed the road and header for a very short distance on the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail. We went off on the HTS Trail, which steeply climbs Diamond Mountain. At the top of the mountain we went off to the Diamond Tower Mountain Trail, which descends the mountain on the other side towards Pine Meadow Lake and then ascends back up the mountain again, forming a U shape. Right before the descent is a fabulous view east of Pine Meadow Lake.

After coming back up the mountain, we reached the other end of the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail, taking  this trail in its entirety. We then took the Seven Hills Trail, went over the edge of Conklin Mountain, and then descended back down to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Frozen Lake Sebago. Facing southeast.

Whitetail Deer in the Snow,
Ascending  Diamond  Mountain
View from top of Diamond Mountain at HTS/7 Hills Jct.
Facing northwest.

View of Pine Meadow Lake from the great view
atop the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail.
Facing East.

Me at the Above View.

End of the Diamond Tower Mountain Trail.
Viewpoint at Diamond Mountain on 7 Hills Trail.
Facing North.

Another view at the Above Viewpoint.
Facing Northwest Down Toward Lake Sebago

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