Sunday, February 3, 2013

Stockbridge Mountain Appalachian Trail

Harriman State Park,
Orange County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Tiorati Brook: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 1:50 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.68 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Slightly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Viewpoint, scenic and tranquil part of park

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

Much of the snow had melted during a brief warm-up during the week, but on Saturday night it had snowed an inch, which covered everything again. However, this small snow cover had covered many icy patches along the trail, making the hiking conditions very difficult. In fact, I had fallen at one point at badly bruised my arm.

I parked in the parking area at Tiorati Beach, and took the short Tiorati Brook Trail up the hill. I then took the Appalachian Trail north, going right near a large group of hikers, partially up Fingerboard Mountain, and then on the side of Stockbridge Mountain. There is a view here towards the south, but its not that great and pretty overgrown. I then took the trail gradually down Stockbridge Mountain back to the road. I was planning on continuing along the Appalachian Trail and cutting toward the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail, but due to the very difficult conditions I opted to head back along the road back to my car.

Map of the Route

Large Group of Hikers on Tiorati Brook Trail

Descending to the Stream Between Fingerboard
and Stockbridge Mountain
Ascending Towards the Viewpoint

The Viewpoint. Looking Southeast Towards Fingerboard Mountain

Another View of the View
Large Grove of Downed Trees, with the
Appalachian Trail Going Right Through Them.
This Grove was Downed by Hurricane Sandy.

Appalachian Trail Bridge Crossing the Brook

The Brook from the Bridge

Lake Tiorati and Tiorati Beach

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