Sunday, November 2, 2014

West Mountain New AT Trail

Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Anthony Wayne Biking Trail
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:40 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.5 miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: West Mountain climb and view
Pros: Good climb with exceptional view
Cons: None

Hiking Parter:
Shimmy Rosenberg

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

This was a frigid autumn day right at the beginning of November. The weather was unseasonably cold with extremely strong wind gusts, and I had actually debated about not going hiking due to the wind. But in the end we decided to go and were glad that we did. I had dressed for a winter hike with a heavy coat, gloves, and my winter hat, so was well prepared. It was also cloudy when we started, but gradually the clouds cleared and the sun came through, warming things up. The blue sky allowed us to get really good foliage pictures on the last Sunday of the season for good foliage.

We parked at the southern end of the Anthony Wayne parking area extension. We took the biking trail to the Appalachian Trail, which we took east up the mountain. The part of the trail after crossing Beechy Bottom Road has been almost entirely rerouted. The old trail had been heavily eroded, and the new trail snakes up the mountain on the northern side of the brook. Once at the top, at the southern view of West Mountain, we took the Timp-Torne Trail for a short distance to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. We took the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail south down to the valley, and at the stream. At the stream we went of the trail bearing west, along a deer path back towards the original Appalachian Trail. For sake of comparison, we took the old Appalachian Trail back down the mountain to the Beechy Bottom Road. At Beechy Bottom Road we headed north for a little bit, and then bushwacked down the small ravine and in the woods back to our car in the parking area.

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

Interesting Pine Tree Perspective on the Biking Trail,
This Picture was not Taken on Black and White!

Sign that the West Mountain Shelter is Closed

Me Ascending West Mountain on the AT

Me Nearing a View Near on West Mountain

Me at a Nice View Approaching the Summit

At the Above Shot, Zoomed In

Beautiful View, Facing Southwest

Another Southwest View, Zoomed Out

View to the West

Shimmy Posing

Another View Facing West

Facing West Towards Black Mountain

Approaching the Main View at the Intersection of the A-T and T-T

Isolated Red Tree at the Above View

View Facing North

View Facing South

Beautiful Colors Along the Beechy Bottom Trail

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