Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze
Total Time: 1:50
Estimated Distance: 2.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult in snow conditions
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Stony Brook and Halfway Mountain
Pros: Good hike for a fresh snowstorm
Cons: Been here many times
Google Map of Parking:
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It had just snowed about 8 inches on Saturday/Saturday night, so there was a fresh layer of new snow. When I headed out some of the roads were still covered with snow, and I ended up driving through Harriman first only to see that there was no parking at many of the trailheads since they weren't plowed yet. I ended up driving to the Reeves Meadow area, which is the busiest trailhead in Harriman, and I knew it would be plowed there.
It was still surprisingly quiet along the hike, with only few cars in the usually busy parking lot. Once I had gotten to the Stony Brook Trail there was only one pair of footsteps ahead of me, and when I took the HTS Trail I was the first one to take it since the snow. I turned around at the HTS views and went back down, and my plan was to cross the brook and go down via the Pine Meadow Trail. However, it was very hard to cross the show and ice-covered brook with all the new water and no bridge. Once I crossed I headed back down via the Pine Meadow Trail.
|Map of the Route.
Harriman/.Bear Mountain Trails Southern Map
|Snowy Bridge Near the Beginning of the Hike
|Snow and Ice Covered Stony Brook
|Thy Sky Starting to Clear at the Gas Line Crossing.
|The Stony Brook in the Scenic Narrow Area After the Gas Line
|Bridge Crossing the Pine Meadow Brook
|Climbing Up Halfway Mountain on the HTS Trail,
Making the First Footsteps up the Mountain
|View from Halfway Mountain, Looking Over the
Pine Meadow Brook Valley to Chipmunk Mnt
|View from Halway Mountain, Looking West.
|View From Halfway Mountain Looking West, Zoomed.
|Evergreen Mountain Laurels Along the Pine Meadow Trail