Sunday, June 2, 2013

Catamount Mountain Loop
Harriman State Park

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
Sherwood Path: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult
Level of Recommendation:
Points Of Interest: Catamount Mountain View
Pros: Quiet area of the park, good climb, good view
Cons: Power line and gas line detract from natural setting

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

The weather on this hike was quite a contrast to last week. It was in the 90's and oppresingly humid, though I figured I would be in the shade for the most part and there would be a breeze. I parked at the Horse Stables at Ramapo Equestrian Center off Route 202, and took the Pine Meadow Trail as it climbs the mountain through a notch with a stream. At the junction with the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail I took a right and headed on the joint Pine Meadow and Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. From there I split off to the Suffern-Bear Mountain trail to the excellent view here. Note that this view is missing from the NY/NJ Trail conference maps). I then headed towards the Sherwood Path, which is an unmarked trail road, and I took this trail back down the mountain. From there I followed the trail of the Gas Line back to my car.

Map of the Route

The Pine Meadow Trail near the beginning, near the Power Line

Small Cascade along the edge of the Pine Meadow Trail

Ant Eating a Caterpillar.

Pittsbollow Hollow Brook.
This is where the yellow trail and red trail split.

View from the viewpoint. Facing east.

Another view from viewpoint. Facing South

Another view shot, facing south.

Facing south towards Cobus Mountain

At the view, facing northwest

Shelter at Sherwood Path  and SBM Trail.

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