Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail: Red blaze
Blue Disc Trail: Blue blaze
White Bar Trail: White blaze
Triangle Trail: Yellow blaze
Total Time: 3:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 6.75 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Claudius Smith Den, Black Ash Swamp
Pros: Good climb, great views, rock formation, beutiful mountain laurel forest
Cons: Black Ash Mountain is high but lacks views, return part of hike is a bit boring.
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We parked at the parking area in Tuxedo on East Village Road, right by the Thruway highway underpass. We crossed under the highway, took the trail along the road, and then up the mountain. The first stop is Smith Rock, which affords a nice view of Tuxedo. We then continued along the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to the Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail, which goes to the Claudius Smith Den. At the Claudius Smith Den we met up with Steve Fishman, a professional hiker well-known in the local mountains. Besides for the cool cave formation in the rocks, the Claudius Smith Den has an excellent view on its top, and is the confluence of several trails.
From the Claudius Smith Den, we took the Blue Disc Trail north, further climbing up to some other good views, and then headed down to the Black Ash Swamp outlet. The outlet has a really cool natural dam that acts as a waterfall. From here we met up with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail again, and took it up the Black Ash Mountain. Upon the descent of the Black Ash Mountain there is a very pretty Mountain Laurel Forest, which was in full bloom with pink and white flowers. Upon meeting up the White Bar Trail, we took it for a short period of time until the Triangle Trail, and we took this long portion of the Triangle Trail back to the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail near the beginning of the hike, and then back to our car.
|Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park Southern Map
|View of Tuxedo from Smith Rock
|Eli Inside the Claudius Smith Den Crevice
|Eli Hanging Out the Claudius Smith Den Crevice
|Black Rat Snake at the Claudius Smith Den Trail Intersection Cairn
|View Atop Claudius Smith Den. Facing South.
|View from Claudius Smith Den, Facing Northwest.
|Me Atop Claudius Smith Den
|With Steve Fishman, Whom I Bumped Into Atop Claudius Smith Den
|View on the Blue Disc Trail before Descending to the Black Ash Swamp
|Black Ash Swamp Natural Drainage Dam
|Large Blueberry Patch Atop Black Ash Mountain on the R-D Trail
|Beautiful Pink Mountain Laurels in Bloom on Black Ash Mnt