Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fawn Trail Extension

Bear Mountain State Park
Rockland/Orange Counties,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Fawn Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
1777 W Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.3 Miles

Pros: Heavily forested area
Cons: No views
Level of Difficulty: Easy

I had heard that the Fawn Trail in Bear Mountain State Park had been extended along the foot of West Mountain. The trail used to end at the Appalachian Trail, and has been extended now to the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. The extension is mostly along the previosly unmarked trail known as the "Bridle Path," though the beginning of the trail is newly blazed until reaching the Bridle Path.

I parked at the trailhead on Seven Lakes Drive near Perkins Memorial Drive, at the 1777 W Trail, and took that trail for a short distance until the Appalachian Trail. I took the Appalachian Trail slightly up towards the Fawn Trail, and then took the Fawn Trail east until its new terminus at the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. I then took that trail to the 1777W Trail, which I took back to the trailhead where my car was parked.

Map of the Route

Continuation of the New Part of the Fawn Trail at the AT

Approaching the New Terminus of the Fawn Trail

End of the Fawn Trail at the S-BM Trail

End Trail Trail Markers

Cairn at the S-BM and the 1777 W Trails

Another View of the Cairn

New Sign of the AT Trail on the Tree

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