Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
Total Time: 1:30
Estimated Distance: 2.9 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Irish Potato Rock Formation, Pound Swamp
Pros: Scenic, quiet hike, features one of the few natural and remote ponds in the park
Cons: Pound Swamp Mountain has no view at the summit
Google Map of Parking:
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This was a quick hike which we did during the week. We parked at the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trailhead on County Route 106, right after the Harriman State Park sign, and took the trail up the Irish Potato. We continued along the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail down Irish Mountain and then up again to Pound Swamp Mountain. There is no view here at the summit - its full of trees and shrubbery all around. We turned around and took a detour to the Pound Swamp, and then cut back to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail and took the same route back.
|Map of the Route.
Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Southern Map
|Large Toad at the Beginning of the Hike
|Yehuda at the Irish Potato,
a large Rock Sitting Atop Irish Mountain
|Yehuda near the Summit of Pound Swamp Mountain
|Looking Down from Near the Summit of Pound Swamp Mountain.
Not Much of a View Here!
|Upper Pound Swamp.
A beautiful, serene, and natural pond.
|Upper Pound Swamp
|Beaver Chomps on the Tree on the Shore of Upper Pound Swamp