Sunday, March 2, 2014

Frozen Lake Skannatati Lake Askoti Loop

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Total Time: 1:20 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult snow and ice conditions
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points of Interest: Frozen lakes and view
Pros: Hike on lakes and great viewpoint
Cons: None

Hiking Trails:
Arden Surebridge (A-SB) Trail: Red blaze
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze
Long Path: Green blaze

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

I was supposed to be in Toronto for a friend's wedding, but my flight was cancelled due to the pending snowstorm (which never arrived and only hit areas south). I spent a good part of the day in the airport trying to get on to other flights and standby flights to no avail. Once I came back home I needed to get out for a hike.

I wanted to a hike that was not too long, had a frozen lake, and a viewpoint. This was the perfect hike for what I needed. I parked at the parking area at Lake Skanatati, and climbed up the mountain on the A-SB Trail to the view. The icy conditions and deep snow going up made it difficult. After the view I took the Red Cross Trail down the mountain to the northern part of Lake Askoti, and went along the center of the frozen lake across the small island and to the southern part by the Long Path. I then took the Long Path for a short distance, crossing 7 Lakes Drive and then went on top of Lake Skannatati to the western part of the Lake. I then took the Long Path heading east back to my car.

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

View of Lake Skannatati and Lake Kanawauke from Pine Swamp Mountain

View of Lake Skannatati from Pine Swamp Mountain

Zommed Out From the Above View To the Same Lakes

At View Panned Slightly West

Coming in to Lake Askoti

Frozen Lake Askoti. Looking South Toward the Island.

Frozen Lake Askoti - Looking Northeast

Frozen Lake Askoti - Looking North

On the Lake Askoti Island

Frozen Lake Skannatati - Looking Southwest.

Lake Skanatati - Looking East With the Parking Area Towards the Right

Lake Skanatati - with the Big Rock Off the Peninsula to the Right.

Self Portrait Off the Rock and the Peninsula

Ice Fisherman on Lake Skannatati.

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