Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pine Meadow Lake - Stony Brook Loop

Harriman State Park
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

7 Hills Trail: Blue blaze
Diamond Mountain Tower Trail: Yellow blaze
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze

Poached Egg Trail: Yellow blaze
Raccoon Brook Hills Trail: Black blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Orange blaze
Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 3:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 6.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Pine Meadow Lake, Stony Brook Trail
Pros: Several ups and downs, very scenic area, Pine Meadow Lake, Beautiful brooks
Cons: Hard to follow all the different trails and intersections

Hiking Partner:
Daniel Coren

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a hot and very muggy day. We parked at the Lake Sebago boat launch which is also the 7 Hills Trailhead, and took the 7 Hills Trail up Conklin Mountain and then to Diamond Mountain, and then down the first leg of the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail. From there we took the Pine Meadow Trail to Pine Meadow Lake, and took a short break hear. We continued south along the path at the western shore of Pine Meadow Lake, to the Poached Egg Trail. The Poached Egg Trail is one of the shortest trails in Harriman, if not the shortest, and connects Pine Meadow Lake with the Raccoon Brook Hills Trails. It has a distinctive yellow and white marker.

At the Raccoon Brook Hills Trail we took it south to the Kakiat Trail. This part of the Raccoon Brook Hills Trail can use a bit better marking. We crossed the brook on the wooden footbridge, and continued west on the Kakiat Trail past the Cascade of the Slide to the Stony Brook Trail. We took the Stony Brook Trail Northeast along the side of the Brook to its intersection with the HTS/TMI Trail, and then to Seven Lakes Drive at the Lake Sebago Dam. We took the road a little bit and then cut across to the path along the eastern side of Lake Sebago which goes past the old beach, back to our car.

Map of the Route

Lake Sebago in the Haze from Diamond Mnt
Facing Northwest

A better view of Lake Sebago from the view

Daniel on the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail
Before Descending to Pine Meadow Lake,
with Pine Meadow Lake in the distance

Pine Meadow Lake

Pine Meadow Lake

Me on the rock going into the lake

One last view of Pine Meadow Lake, near the Dam

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