Sunday, March 15, 2015

Daters Mountain Snow Hike

Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails: Blue Disc Trail

Total time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points of Interest: Daters Mountain View
Pros: Good climb to a great view
Cons: None

Hiking Partners:
David Cynamon

I only had about an hour for a hike this morning, and this was a great hike that is relatively short. I had not been to this area in a while. Although spring was only a week away, it was cold and very windy, with very strong and uncomfortable winds at the top of the mountain. Much of the snow had melted the previous week, but there was still plenty left and almost full coverage.

We parked at the dead end by Johnsontown Road, and took the Blue Disc from its terminus past the gas pipeline and climbed up the mountain. The top has an excellent view of the surrounding area, with a vertical cliff face going straight down about 200 feet. On the trail map, this cliff face is called "Almost Perpendicular" due to its sheer wall. We turned around at the top, taking one of the original trail paths down towards the gap, and then back down the Blue Disc Trail the same way that we went up.

Map of the Route. Harriman State Park Southern Map.

David at the Beginning of the Hike on the Blue Disc Trail

David Ascending Daters Mountain on the Blue Disc Trail

David on the Last Ascent Before the View

View from the Top, Looking Southwest

At the View Looking Northwest

At the View Looking West

Me at the View

Me at the View

David at the View

Me and David

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