Monday, September 3, 2018

Beaver Pond Campground and Irish Potato

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 0:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.9 Miles

Pros: End of hike is peaceful
Cons: Busy area of park

I was off for Labor Day, and was very busy doing household chores much of the day. The temperature was unseasonably warm, in the 90's, with high humidity. I decided to do a short hike that wasn't too strenuous. I parked at the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trailhead at the entrance of Harriman on Gate Hill Road, and took it north for a short distance alongside the Minnesceongo Brook. Where the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail veers north, I continued straight along the woods road, which ends up at the Beaver Pond Campground. Although this woods road is on the hiking map, its entrance from the campground and not visible. I walked through the campground area, to the end, and then took the unmarked trail from the campground that connects to the Irish Potato, a very large rock formation along the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. I then took the Suffern-Bear Mountain down Irish Mountain and back to my car at the trailhead.

Map of the Route

Pond Behind Lake Welch at the Beaver Pond Campground

Walking through Beaver Pond Campground

Deeper into the Beaver Pond Campground

At the Intersection of the Beaver Pond
Campground Trail and Irish Potato Trail

Irish Potato Rock Formation upon Irish Mountain

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