Sunday, July 30, 2017

Popolopen Gorge Loop and Ft. Montgomery Site

Bear Mountain State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
1777-1779 Trail: Red blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Popolopen Gorge Trai: Red blaze
Brooks Lake Trai: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles

Pros: Scenic bridges, pretty gorge
Cons: Sound from highway nearby
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking Partners:
Shimmy Rosenberg
Josef Friedman

The Popolopen Gorge is a steep gorge formed by the Popolopen Creek, flanked by the steep cliffs of Bear Mountain on one side, and Popolopen Torne on on the other. This loop trail involves two trails, one on each side of the gorge, for a fairly moderate hike.

We parked at the Fort Montgomery historical site, and took the combined Timp-Torne, 1777, and 1779 Trails under the Popolopen Gorge Bridge and then went off back to the road and crossed the Popolopen Gorge Bridge on the sidewalk of busy Route 9W.

Right after the bridge is the start of the Popolopen Gorge Trail, which we took alongside the southern flank of the Popolopen Creek. This trail meets up again with the combined Timp-Torne, 1777, and 1779 right before a newly constructed, sturdy bridge across the Popolopen Creek. We then the combined Timp-Torne, 1777, and 1779 Trail towards Brooks Lake, and we veered off slightly onto the Brooks Lake Trail to take a picture of Brooks Lake. We continued back on the combined trails, which we took back under the Popolopen Trail and back to car. When we came back, we spent a few minutes looking through the visitors center which talks all about Ft. Montgomery.

Map of the Route

Beginning of the Hike at Ft. Montgomery

Trail Going Underneath Route 9W Popolopen Bridge

Bear Mountain Bridge

Sign on Route 9W

Popolopen Creek from the Bridge

Flowers at the Beginning of the Hike 
Bridge Across the Popolopen Bridge 

Crossing the Creek on the Trail

Bridge Across the Popolopen Bridge

Trail Markers near Brooks Lake

Boardwalk over the Brooks Lake Inlet

Brooks Lake

Another View of Brooks Lake

Me at Brooks Lake

Shimmy Relaxing on a Bent Tree

Old Ruin near Brooks Lake

Whitetail Deer Awfully Close to us on the Trail

Going Back Under the Popolopen Bridge

Steps nearing the end of the Hike

Inside the Ft. Montgomery Visitors Center

Ft. Montgomery Visitors Center

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