Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sleater Hill Loop
Dater Mountain Nature County Park,

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Orange Trail
Blue Trai

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.4 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Points Of Interest: Viewpoint, views of Sloatsburg
Pros: Good views, nice loop, nice lookout of Suffern
Cons: Close to highway and loud at certain points, view of built up area takes away serenity.

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

I parked on the small parking area on Johnstown Road by Daters Mountain County Park, which is adjacent to Harriman State Park near Sloatsburg. I climbed the short steep part at the Orange Trail trailhead, and then continued along the Orange Trail north to the view (this view is not listed on the trail map). I then continued along the Orange Trail until its intersection with the Blue Trail, and looped back the entire length of the Blue Trail passing the view overlooking the Thruway, and then heading  back down the Orange Trail back to my car. I don't think these trails have any official names, so if anyone does now if these are named please feel free to comment.

Map of the Route

The view on top of the mountain from the Orange Trail.
Facing Northeast.

Same View Facing East Toward North Hill

Some Remaining Snow Near the Crest.
This may be the last remaining snow of the season.

View of Thruway from Sleater Hill.
Facing South, where Thruway cuts through Sloatsburg

View from Sleater Hill Facing  Northwest.
Thruway and Washington Ave. Neighborhood of Sloatsburg

View Facing Southeast from Sleater Hill
Part of Sloatsburg with Ramapo Torne in the Distance.

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