Sunday, April 3, 2016

Carr Pond Mountain Snow

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Bar Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 0:50 Hours
Estimated Distance: 1.4 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Short climb to good view

Despite an almost snowless winter, the month of April gave us this brief but beautiful snowstorm in the higher elevations in the mountains. The day was unseasonably cold, with temps in the 30's, combined with a high wind warning with gusts over 30 MPH. This made the wind chill feel like the upper teens.

I had to attend an event late morning, so I had to do a brief hike. I picked this area which is a relatively short hike to a good view, and a quiet area in Harriman. I parked at the trailhead by the White Bar Trail on Route 106, right before it goes around the sharp bend. The irony is that the the road to the trailhead is closed in the winter, but was opened already for the spring, despite the fresh snow.

I took the White Bar Trail south, up the small ridge, down the valley, and up again to the view at Carr Pond Mountain. The view was incredibly windy, and I could not stay there for long. I then turned around and took back the same route back down.

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

Snow-Covered Carr Pond Mountain

Heavy, Wet Snow Covering Everything

From the View at Carr Pond Mountain

View at Carr Pond Mountain

Sprouting Greenery with Snow on it

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