Sunday, October 14, 2018

Hogencamp Mountain Loop and Hogencamp Mine

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Dunning Trail: Yellow blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 5.0 Miles

Pros: Great views and very scenic area, interesting rock formations
Cons: None

This hike is in my opinion the most scenic area of the park. The area from Black Rock Mountain, Hogencamp Mountain, and Surebridge Mountain contain sparse tree cover in an area with large bedrock exposures and interesting rock formations. It is always very pretty here, but during the fall foliage it is exceptionally beautiful.

I parked at the Lake Kanawauke Parking area, and walked along County Route 106 West towards Little Long Pond. At Little Long Pond, I went on to the little peninsula jutting out to the south of the road, for some nice lake pictures with the early foliage colors. I then went back and crossed the road, and took the old Hogencamp Settlement road parallel to the brook. There used to be an old mining village here and the old road s and foundations are still present. I then bushwacked up the steep embankment to a view at the southern end of Hogencamp Mountain, just south of the Dunning Trail. This area has a great view, and it's not shown on the Trail Conference Map. I then continued from here along a short unmarked trail to the Dunning Trail.

I took the Dunning Trail past the Bowling Rocks, which are a bunch of glacially positioned large rocks along a long stretch of exposed bedrock. I continued on the Dunning Trail to the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which I took north past the Goldwaithe Memorial and then to ship rock. All along this area there are nice views and large rock exposures. I stopped for pictures and a short break at the incredible view at Hogencamp Mountain at the bend before descending down the mountain.

The next intersection at the descent of Hogencamp Mountain is known as "Times Square" for its confluence of three trails in one area. I took the Long Path South at this point, past "Cape Horn" to the Dunning Trail, which I took south past the Hogencamp Mine. I then cut across an old abandoned road down back to the main road, which I then took back to my car.

Map of the Route

Lake Kanawauke

Lake Kanawauke at its Western End

Little Long Pond, Tom Jones Mountain (L), & Black Rock Mountain (R)

LIttle Long Pond and Seven Lakes Drive

Little Long Pond Island

Little Long Pond Island from the Peninsula

View from Little Long Pond Peninsula

View from the Southern Part of Hogencamp Mountain

At the Same View, Facing Towards Little Long Pond

At the View at the Western End of Hogencamp Mountain, Facing East

Bowling Rocks

Me at the Bowling Rocks

Foliage at the Bowling Rocks

The Bowling Rocks Formations

Buck and Doe Staring me in the Face

Rock Exposures on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail

Large Rock Exposure on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail,
near the Goldwaithe Memorial

Nice Foliage Looking Across Towards Surebridge Mountain

Me at the Above View

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail on an Exposed Rock Face

More Pretty Scenery on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail at the Intersection of the Lichen Trail

Ship Rock

Approaching the Hogencamp Mountain View

Weird Tree at the Hogencamp Mountain View

View at the Hogencamp Mountain Summit

Me on the Rock Atop Hogencamp Mountain

Zoomed In

View Before the Descent from Hogencamp Mountain

Times Square in Harriman

Hogencamp Mine Large and Deep Mining Pit

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