Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lake Tiorati to Ramapo Dunderberg Trail

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Lake Tiorati Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:10 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Not Recommended
Points Of Interest: Views of Lake Tiorati
Pros: Very quiet part of the park
Cons: No views, Lacks significant points of interest

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Map of Parking:
View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was the coldest day I ever remember in November. We started the hike at 19 degrees and it was 21 when we finished. There were also very high winds with gusts over 30 miles per hour, making this one of the coldest hikes in a long time. We knew it was going to be cold, but being only November we weren't dressed properly. We had planned on making this hike longer as well, but do to the brutal conditions had to cut it short.

We parked at Tiorati Circle and took the short Lake Tiorati Trail up to the Appalachian Trail. This part of the trail is combined with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, and we headed north on the two trails, and continued along the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail by the split. The trail passes an area called Youman's Flat. I am not fully sure what this area is, but it seems to be where they dump all the garbage in the park. Anyone with any knowledge on this is welcome to comment. From there we crossed Seven Lakes Drive, and continued along the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail. At the point where the trail goes from south to east, there is an old unmarked trail that used to be the Ramapo-Dunderberg that takes you back to Seven Lakes Drive. We cut across to Seven Lakes Drive, and then crossed the road and walked along the northern shore of Lake Tiorati back to the traffic circle and back to our car.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park Northern Map

Shimmy Ahead of a Fallen Tree on the Lake Tiorati Trail.
Note the Light Snow Cover from the Flurries the Night Before.

Youman's Flat, along the side of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail.
Looks Like There is a Garbage Incinerator Here.
Not Quite Sure What Goes on Here.

Shoreline of Lake Tiorati.
Facing Southwest Towards Fingerboard Mnt

Northern Shoreline of Lake Tiorati.
Facing West.

Me on a Rock in Lake Tiorati


Nice Colors on the Northern Shoreline of Lake Tiorati.

Right Near the Beach at Lake Tiorati

Nice View of Lake Tiorati

Tiorati Circle

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