Sunday, December 21, 2014

Long Path at Florence Mountain

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze

Total time: 1:25 min
Estimated Distance: 2.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Not Recommended
Points of Interest: View of Woodbury Commons
Pros: None
Cons: View is of built-up area, power lines throughout area, and old road instead of path

Google Map of Parking:

This was my final hike in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks prior to my completion of all marked trails. I know this was going to be a boring and uneventful hike, but it had to be done. I parked on the side of Route 6 immediately before the divider and its descent down the mountain. I crossed the street, and walked along the road to the east to complete the part of the Long Path that goes on the side of the road. I then turned around and continued west on the Long Path on the route towards the outside of Harriman. The path follows an old road, presumably Route 6, prior to the routing of its current route. In many places the double yellow line is still visible, albeit faded. About halfway down there is a view facing west overlooking Woodbury Commons which is immediately below the mountain.

I continued to the end of the path where it hits the road. It was disappointing to see the other end of the trail at the dead end has no parking signs all over the place. There is plenty room to park here for someone who wants to hike, and I don't know why they put those signs up. I turned around upon hitting the road and took the same trail back. Since this was a short and uneventful hike, I drove down Route 6 for a second hike at the Lake Massawippa Area, which i'll describe in the next post.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park, Northern Map

The old Road Where the Long Path Goes.
You can even see the Original Double Yellow Striped Divider

Where the Path and Power Line Meet.
The View Is Just Beyond the Bend.

View of Woodbury Commons from the Power Line Intersection

Looking Towards Mt. Aramah to the South

Zoomed Out View of Woodbury Commons from Under the Power Lines

End of the Road at the Border of Harriman.
Note the "No Parking" Sign

A View of the Road that Concurs with the Long Path Outside of Harriman

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