Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chipmunk Mountain Loop
Harriman State Park

Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
7 Hills Trail: Blue blaze
Hillburn-Torne Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time:
Estimated Distance: 3.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Scenic Brook, Good view
Pros: Enjoyable popular hike in harriman, good blueberries on top of mountain
Cons: Very busy with people on weekends - the beginning is the busies trail in Harriman

Hiking Partners:
Shimmy and Morty Rosenberg

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a very hot and steamy day, and the first day of the week-long heatwave where the temperature was in the mid-90's. This trail is mostly wooded and covered, so we remained cool most of the time, except at the summit, which is exposed. We parked in the Reeves Meadow area, and headed up the Pine Meadow Trail, to  the Stony Brook Trail, to the Kakiat trail, to the HTS Trail, where we crossed the brook where the bridge was out to the Pine Meadow Trail again. From the Pine Meadow we took the 7 Hills Trail up the mountain to the view at the top of the mountain. I always called this area "North Hill", but really this is a bigger mountain that deserves a better name. I saw now on the new editions of the trail conference maps that they named this summit where the view is "Chipmunk Mountain". Although I think this name lacks originality, I will use this name in the future for this mountain, for the lack of a better name. At this point we took the HTS Trail down back toward the brook, and then took the Pine Meadow Trail all the way back.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Southern Map

Shimmy & Morty on a fallen tree over the Stony Brook.
Camera is hazy from the humidity

Ascending the blueberry patch on the 7 Hills Trail
right before the intersection of the HTS Trail

Morty At the Top

Me at the Top in the Huckleberry Bushes

View at the Top

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