Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: View on top
Pros: Excellent view, good climb
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Kakiat is a great hiking area. Though a separate park from Harriman, it is adjacent on all three sides and shares the same mountain range and some of the same trails. The trees had just started to turn green, and this was really the first hike with everything in full bloom. We parked in the Kakiat Trailhead parking area, crossed the bridge over the Mahwah River, and took the Kakiat trail up the mountain. Near the end of its ascent we veered off to the Mountain Trail, which we took to the upper view, and then took continued along the Mountain Trail down in its entirety back to the entrance of the park and our car.
|Map of the Route
|Bridge Crossing the Mahwah River, from the parking area
|Crossing the Bridge
|Freshly Sprouted Plants on a rock with a trail marker
|View from the top. Facing southeast.
|View from the top, facing southeast.
|View from the top facing east.
Grandview Ave is the line in the middle.
|View facing northeast, towards South Mountain
|Zoomed in towards lower Manhattan with the
new Freedom Tower in the haze
|View Starting the Descent
|Sprouting Plants on the Mountain Trail near the bottom