Sunday, November 23, 2014

Black Rock Mnt and Hogencamp Mine

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Trail: Red blaze
Nurian Trail: Yellow blaze

Total time: 2:45
Estimated Distance: 4.7 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points of Interest: Black Rock Mountain, Hogencamp Mine
Pros: Good climb, excellent views and rock formations, historic mine
Cons: End of hike requires long walk on the road

Hiking Partner: Eli Koegel

Google Map of Parking:

This was a beautiful late fall day with temperatures warmer than usual. This particular hike is one of my favorite areas in Harriman State Park, with zones of giant rocks and stunted trees. We parked at the trailhead past the Little Long Pond on Lake Kanawauke Rd by the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. We took the R-D Trail north up the climb to the Black Rock Mountain view. We continued along the ridge where excellent views abound and large and interesting rocks are all over the place.

We header east along the Nurian Trail towards the Hogencamp Mine, past the “Bowling Rocks” and upon reaching the Hogencamp Mine, we explored some of the upper mine workings. We then looped around the Hogencamp Swamp, and took an old woods road on the other side of the swamp back towards the road. This path has been mostly obliterated by Hurricane Sandy and is difficult to follow. Upon meeting up with the road, we walked along the side of the road on the side of Little Long Pond back to our car.

My camera was unfortunately on the wrong color setting, and most of the photos that I took have their color off. I tried fixing them in Photoshop as best as I could, but it still isn’t great.

Map of the Route. Harriman/Bear Mnt State Park Northern Map

Atop the First View at Black Rock Mountain. Facing Southwest.

Anothe View at the First View at Black Rock Mountain. Facing Southwest.

Atop the First View at Black Rock Mountain. Facing East.

Me at the First View

View at Black Rock

View at Black Rock Facing North

Boy Scout Troops at Black Rock

Me near the Rocky Summit of Black Rock Mountain

At the  Summit of Black Rock Mountain

At the  Summit of Black Rock Mountain. Facing North/Northwest Towards Monroe.

View with Srulli At the  Summit of Black Rock Mountain.

Beautiful Colors Along the Nurian Trail

More Nice Colors along the Nurian Trail

"Bowling Rocks" Formation on the Nurian Trail

Icicles in the Hogencamp Mine

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