Friday, October 27, 2017

Claudius Smith Den Fall Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze: Red blaze
Tuxedo-Mt Ivy (TMI) Trail: Red blaze
Blue Disc Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.8 Miles

Pros: Scenic area with excellent views and interesting rock formation
Cons: None

The forecast for Sunday called for a very stormy day, with torrential rain and strong winds. I decided to leave work on Friday, which was a beatiful and warm autumn day, at the peak of the fall foliage season, to hike, and make up the work on Sunday.

I prepared in the morning by bringing my hiking clothes with me in the car. After leaving the office and parking at the trailhead, I changed into my outdoor gear, and headed up the mountain. I parked in Tuxedo at the Ramapo-Dunderberg trailhead, walking underneath the Thruway overpass and alongside the road to the woods. I took the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to the first view overlooking Tuxedo, and then continued to the intersection with the TMI Trail. I took the Blue Disc Trail up the Claudius Smith rock formation, being afforded with an excellent view of Harriman in full foliage colors from the top. I turned around and took the same route back to my car.

Map of the Route.

View of Tuxedo from Smith Rock

Zoomed in to Tuxedo

Smith Rock, Looking East

View of the Thruway, Facing South

From Smith Rock, Looking North

Smith Rock, Looking North

Trees Above Smith Rock

Me at Smith Rock

At the Above View Zoomed In

Gas Pipeline on the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail

Rock Cliff of Claudius Smith Den

Rock Formation at Claudius Smith Den

Blue Disc Trail at Claudius Smith Glen

View from Claudius Smith Den, Facing Southwest

View from Claudius Smith Den,Facing South

The Same View, Zoomed In

Claudius Smith Den Rock

Rock Slab above Claudius Smith Den

Claudius Smith Den, Facing West

Claudius Smith Den, Facing East

Claudius Smith Den View, Facing South

Fall Foliage Above Claudius Smith Den

Zoomed in Above View

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