Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ramapo Torne Powerlines to Ramapo Torne

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Trail: White blaze
Orange Trail: Orange blaze
Hillburn Torne Sebago Trail: Orange blaze
7 Hills Trail: Blue blaze
Reeves Brook Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2:40 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.9 Miles

Pros: Good climbing with excellent views
Cons: Powerlines mar the tranquility

Hiking Partners:
Shimmy Rosenberg
Yehudah Koblick

In 2013, an area in Harriman State Park near Torne Valley Road had opened up to rock climbing. This was due to positive efforts by the Torne Valley Climbers' Coalition to get the state to allow climbing in this rugged area of Harriman with steep cliffs and rock walls. This area, known as the "Powerlinez" is now a popular area  for small-scale rock climbing that is very close by.

I had never been hear before, and only heard about the area, and decided to check it out. It was very quiet when were there, with no one in sight in the area. None of the rock climbing trails and routes are in the Trail Conference maps. I made due leading the way on the trail blazes, as well as using GPS.

We did this as a two car hike. We parked one car at Tone Valley Road, and the other at the Reeves Meadow area off 7 Lakes Drive. We started at the Torne Valley area, taking the White Trail white has its terminus here. We continued along trail to where it goes under the power lines, and we observed the many rock walls for climbing. We took the White Trail to the Orange Trail, which abruptly ends supposedly at the end of the area where climbing is allow. At this point we bushwacked from this area to the Hillburn Torne Sebago (HTS) Trail. After meeting up with he HTS Trail, we climbed to the top of Ramapo Torne, where there is an exceptional view. We continued along the HTS Trail, to its intersection with the 7 Hills Trail, which we took down the mountain. We continued along the 7 Hills Trail to the unmarked connector trail to the Reeves Brook Trail, which we took to the trailhead where the second car was parked.

Map of the Route

Beginning of the Rock Climbing Trail 
Signs and Warnings at the Entrance

Yehudah and Shimmy Going up the Powerlinez Trail

Large Rock Wall at the Powerlinez

Ascending the Powerlinez Area

Large Rock Wall

View from the Top of the Powerlinez Area

Rock Tunnel Formation Right before the HTS Trail

Ascending Ramapo Torne on the HTS Trail

Beautiful View Facing West

Yehudah Ascending the Mountain

View Facing Northwest

Shimmy Ascending the Last Leg of the Mountain

Large Rock atop Ramapo Torne

View from Ramapo Torne Facing South, with the Landfill Below

View of the Thruway Facing South from Ramapo Torne

View from Summit Facing West 
Me at the Summit Rock

Me on the Summit Rock, Facing Souh

Manhattan Skyline in the Distance

Upper West Side and George Washington Bridge

Me at the View

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