Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lake Kanawauke and Lake Skanatati

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.8 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Slightly recommended
Points of Interest: Lake views
Pros: Beautiful Lake views
Cons: Lots of road walking

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

I had originally planned on walking along the path that goes on the western shore of Lake Kanawauke, as this is an easy, paved path. I needed a relatively flat hike as to not strain my injured knee so figured this was a good match. So we parked at the Lake Kanawauke parking area, but to my dismay there was a large no trespassing sign there (not mentioned on this maps). So instead we walked west along Lake Kanawauke Road, over the small bridge connecting the two portions of the lake portion, and along the old, worn-out trail route that goes parallel to the north show of the lake.

This trail is a wide path and is easy to follow. However, it abruptly ends in middle of nowhere. So we bushwacked slightly up the side of the hill to get to the Long Path. Upon hitting the long path, we took it east towards Lake Skanatati, to the Lake Skanatati parking area. We then took the road back, and when I felt it getting too difficult for my knee, I had Shimmy go ahead and pick me up from the side of the road.

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

Lake Kanawauke from the Parking Area

Walking along Lake Kanawauke Road

Me and My Hiking Poles

Lake Kanawauke from the Other Side of the Lake

Lake Kanawauke as it Narrows Before Going Under the Road

Lake Kanawauke at the End Where it
Goes Under the Road at the Little Long Pond

Shimmy Looking Down at me at the Roadcut

Me Hiking Along the Path on the North Side of Lake Kanawauke

Lake Skanatati from the Long Path

Me at the Above View

Lake Skanatati from the Long Path.
A Beautiful Spring Day!

Small Cascade Under 7 Lakes Drive at the Lake Skanatati/
Lake Askoti Connector Brook

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