Sunday, December 8, 2013

Route 6 To Stockbrige Mountain Loop

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Menomine Trail: Yellow blaze
Nawahunta Fire Road: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:20
Estimated Distance: 5.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Cave Shelter, Stockbridge Shelter, Lake Nawahunta
Pros: Less traversed part of the park, points of interest
Cons: View is not that great

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

When I had hiked the Long Path to Long Mountain several weeks ago, I had determined to also hike the Long Path going south from this point up Stockbridge Mountain. So this was my oppurtunity, and I did a loop going down the Menomine and then taking the Nawahnunta Fire Road back. I parked  at the Long Mountain semicircle trailhead, and took the Long Path south through the deep valley, up Stockbridge Mountain, and then along the ridge. Near the top of the ridge is the "Cave Shelter" a rock formation with a few small caves and passageways formed from fallen rock.

Just a short distance after is the top of Stockbridge Mountain, which affords a slightly overgrown view and a shelter. I met some hikers at the shelter making a fire and cooking a late breakfast. From here there is a short scramble down, where the trail meets the Menomine Trail. I took the Menomine Trail down the mountain to Lake Nawahunta, and then took the unmarked but well-maintained Nawahunta Fire Road. The Nawahunta Fire Road meets back with the Long Path, and I continued north upon reaching the Long Path back to my car.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain Trails - Northern Map

Long Path sign on Interesting Tree,
White Ascending  Stockbridge Mountain

Cave Shelter.
Note the  People Climbing up on the Long Path

Another View of the Cave Shelter

Rock Atop the View Area of Stockbridge Mountain

Fallen, Horizontal Tree on the Summit of Stockbridge Mountain

Group of People Camping at the Shelter Making a Fire

View Atop Stockbridge Mountain

Nice Pine Forest on the Menomine Trail, near Lake Nawahunta

Approaching Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahnunta

Lewis Mine

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