Sunday, March 4, 2018

Long Mountain and Turkey Hill Lake Snow

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Popolopen Gorge Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.6 Miles

Pros: Good climb and excellent view
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

We had gotten a very strong winter Nor'easter storm, which gave heavy rain and strong wind in our area. It ended as snow with just minor accumulations. However, the higher elevations received a significant amount of snow, and we figured that a tall mountain on the northern flank of Harriman should have the most significant snow accumulation. We picked Long Mountain, which affords a great view, and is at an elevation over 1,000 feet. We parked at the Long Mountain Parking area, which had a tree fully across the parking area, though you could park until that point. At the start of the hike there was about 6 inches of snow on the ground, but as we climbed up the mountain, the snow increased, with about a foot of snow at the top of the mountain! I took the Long Path up to the mountain summit, which affords an excellent view.

The Long Path had recently been rerouted up Long Mountain along a more circuitous route. I took the new route up, and took the old original loop back down, making for a "lollipop" style hike. We then took the Popolopen Gorge Trail at its western terminus down to Turkey Hill Lake, getting some nice views of the lake, and then turned back around back up the Popolopen Gorge Trail. We then continued straight at the trail bend, bushwacking up back to the parking area.

As we were driving through Harriman on the way to the hike, we saw a large, majestic bald eagle perched on a tree at Seven Lakes Drive opposite Lake Tiorati. We got some good photos of it and include it here.

Map of the Route

Bald Eagle Perched on Tree above 7 Lakes Drive

Another View of the Bald Eagle

Tree Blocking the Snow Covered Parking Area

Forest Fire Danger Chart. Looks Like We're Off the Chart Today

Me at the Long Path Trailhead

Shimmy at Long Mountain

Shimmy at Long Mountain, Zoomed Out

Bear Mountain in the Distance, from the Summit of Long Mountain

Turkey Hill Lake from the Summit of Long Mountain

Long Mountain Summit

Turkey Hill Lake and West Mountain

Me at the Long Mountain  Summit with Turkey Hill Lake in Background

Me at Long Mountain Summit with Popolopen in the Background

Popolopen fom Long Mountain Summir

Me on the Rock atop Long Mountain

Shimmy on Long Mountain, Starting the Descent

Long Mountain View, Facing South

Turkey Hill Lake with Long Mountain in the Background

Another View of Turkey Hill Lake

Shimmy at Turkey Hill Lake

Ma on a Rock at Turkey Hill Lake 
Turkey Hill Lake and Bear Mountain

Shimmy at Turkey Hill Lake

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