Dater Mountain Nature County Park
Total Time: 1:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.0 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult (due to conditions)
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points of Interest: Frozen lake, islands
Pros: Hike on a lake
Cons: Freezing cold
Shimmy and Morty Rosenberg
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This was a frigid hike. The lakes had finally frozen over, and the temperature was about 10 degrees with a strong wind. We had all covered up from head to toe including ski goggles and a ski mask. We wanted to hike on Lake Kanawauke first, but it seems like this lake never freezes over properly, even in the most frigid of temperatures. Lake Tiorati is probably the largest lake in Harriman State Park in terms of water area, and has several islands to explore. There were several ice fishermen present on the frozen lake.
On this hike we walked across the lake from north to south, making sure to go on all the islands and even small rock islands in the lake. There are two large islands in the middle of the lake; the rest are all much smaller. Though it was extremely cold and windy, the sun was out with a beautiful blue sky.
|Map of the Route. Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Northern Map
|Driving Up 7 Lakes Drive.
There was a Snowstorm the Previous Day
|At the Beginning of the Hike Along Frozen and Snowy Lake Tiorati
|Footsteps in the Snow on the Lake
|Shimmy Running Ahead
|Me All Bundled Up.
Fingerboard Mountain in the Background
|Lake Tiorati - Looking South
|Morty up ahead. Note the Blowing Snow on the Lake
|In the Middle of the Lake Facing North
|Me in the Middle of the Lake
|Heading Towards the Large Island
|Morty in Front of a Fishemans Tent
|View from the Big Island. Facing East.
|Me on the Island
|The Rosenberg Brothers Walking Away from the Island
|Mort Doing a Cartwheel on the Island
|On a Smaller Island
|Me in a Surfboat
|Shimmy Coming Up to the Dock
|Me at the Dock on the South End of the Lake
|South End of the Lake. Facing West.
|Heading Back. Walking North.
|Me on Another Small Island
|Another View Facing South with the Sun