Sunday, April 7, 2013

Parker Cabin Hollow to Carr Pond
Mountain Harriman State Park

Orange County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Parker Cabin Hollow: Orange blaze
White Bar Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 1:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.75 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Scenic, tranquil area, beaver dam, nice view
Pros: Very remote and tranquil area of park, very scenic, good view at the end
Cons: Beginning of hike starts close to the Thruway and you can hear highway for first few minutes

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

The Parker Cabin Hollow Trail is a relatively new trail that starts  right near the Thruway and goes through a scenic valley called Parker Cabin Hollow. I parked at the trailhead on County 106 right near the Thruway, and took the trail east from its beginning. The trail goes through a nice evergreen grove near the beginning. I continued along the trail, where it flanks a large swamp on the north which has lots of beaver activity, including felled trees, a beaver dam, and beaver home in the middle of the swamp. I continued to the end of the trail at the White Bar Trail, where there is a nice meadow where the trail crosses the brook over a shaky bridge. I took the White Bar north to the steep but short ascent to the view of Carr Pond Mountain. Carr Pond Mountain has a nice view towards the east. I then turned around and returned the same way back.

Map of the Route

Beginning of the Parker Cabin Hollow Trail

Evergreen Hemlock Forest the Trail Passes Through

The Brook Through Parker Cabin Hollow

Swamp with a Beaver Dam and Felled Trees.
Carr Pond Mountain is in the Background.

A Closer Look at the Beaver Dam

The Swamp Again with Carr Pond Mountain

Tree Taken Down By A Beaver

The Bridge at the end of the Parker Cabin Hollow

View Atop Parker Cabin Hollow. Facing West.

The Same View Zoomed In

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