Sunday, July 16, 2017

Panther Mountain Fire Zone

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.7 Miles

Pros: Good climb with excellent view
Cons: None

This is a short but sweet hike, with a good climb to an excellent view. I needed to travel upstate, so had do a quick hike early in the morning, so this was a good choice for that. I wanted to check out the area affected by the forest fire of last fall and see how the area had regrown. I parked at the Ramapo Equestrian Center, and took the Pine Meadow Trail up the mountain from its terminus. Upon leaving the valley at the brook, I arrived at the burnt zone. The area was now covered by greenery, mostly fern, but it was still obvious that there was a recent fire. I went to the main view, took some pictures, and turned around along the same route, although took a shortcut down by stream to cut across back to the power lines.

Map of the Route

Spotted Salamander on the Trail

View Ascending the Mountain

Forest Fire Regrowth

More Forest Fire Regrowth

View Torwards the Notch

Ferns Covering an Area that was Burnt

View from Panther Mountain Facng East

View Facing Southeast

Further Southeast

Manhattan Skyline in the Distance

Another View of Manhattan Syline

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