Sunday, August 26, 2018

Buck Trail Conklin Mountain Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Ski Trail: Unblazed
Pine Meadow Road: Unblazed
Buck Trail Northern Spur: Yellow/Black blaze
Buck Trail: Yellow blaze
Seven Hills Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.5 Miles

Pros: Quiet trail with few people
Cons: No views or scenic vistas, first part of hike overgrown

I had just returned from a weeklong camping trip in Letchworth State Park, and back home on Sunday missed my all stomping grounds around the corner, Harriman State Park. I did a more "toned-down" hike than usual this time, without any strenuous climbs. I parked by the Lake Sebago Boat launch, and took the unmarked Ski trail north of the boat launch, crossing Seven Lakes Drive and then to the end of the trail at Pine Meadow Road.

The Ski Trail was somewhat overgrown prior to crossing the road. I took Pine Meadow Road until the intersection of the Buck Trail. The Buck Trail splits with a northern and western spur. The northern spur is marked with a combined yellow and black blaze, which I took to the main part of the trail, to its terminus at the Seven Hills Trail. I took the Seven Hills Trail down the steep part crossing Seven Lakes Drive and back to my car at the boat launch parking area.

Map of the Route

Lake Sebago at the Boat Launch

Lake Sebago, Looking Southwest

"Foot Travel Only" Sign at Pine Meadow Road

Start of the Buck Trail Northern Spur. Its Easy to Miss this!

Blaze on the other side of the Tree

Garter Snake on the Buck Trail

Buck Trail Northern Spur Blazes almost Entirely Worn Out

Glacial Rock on Conklin Mountain on the Buck Trail

Closer up to the Rock

Me at Lake Sebago Boat Launch

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