Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hasenclever Mountain and Mine Thanksgiving Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze
Hasenclever Mountain Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Very quiet area in Harriman
Cons: Hasenclever Trail is overgrown, lack of good views

Being off for Thanksgiving on a cold but bright late fall day, I took this opportunity to do a nice hike in Harriman. I haven meant to take the unblazed Hasenclever Mountain Trail for some time, but never made it in the past. I was disappointed as the trail is quite overgrown and lacks and significant views. It was very difficult to keep track of the trail going up the mountain, and contained much brush along its path.

I parked on Tiorati Brook Road, where it meets the Red Cross Trail. I took the Red Cross Trail for a short distance and then headed east on the unmarked Hasenclever Mountain path, having much difficulty finding the trail until the top of the mountain. I continued along the trail until its end by the Red Cross Trail, and headed west, passing the telephone line, and then to the view that overlooks Hogencamp Mountain. At this point I turned around and went back on the Red Cross Trail, all the way to the Hasenclever Mine. The Hasenclever Mine is one of the oldest mines in the area, and the trail goes right through the mine area and by the dumps. I continued on the trail back to the road and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Ridgetop of Hasemclever Mountain

Trail Plaque at Power Lines

Power Lines on Red Cross Trail

View Towards Hogencamp Mountain

View Looking North

View Looking West

Bridge and Deeply Engraved Tree on the Red Cross Trail

Bridge in Rhododendron Forest

Hasenclever Mine Pit

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