Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ramapo Torne Powerlines to Ramapo Torne Pt 2

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Trail: White blaze
Yellow Trail: Yellow blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze
Hillburn Torne Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze
Blue Trail: Blue/white blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.8 Miles

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

Prior to my overseas trip, I had hike in this area, taking the trails from the Powerlines rock climbing area in Harriman to Ramapo Torne. I noticed many marked trails in the area that are used as rock climbing access points, and did not have enough time to check all of them out. I also wanted to cut across to Ramapo Torne from the brook, a bit further out than the last time.

I parked my car at Tone Valley Road, and took the White Trail white along trail to where it goes under the power lines, with the rock cliff to my right. I then took a Yellow Trail back to the White Trail, which I took to the Red Trail which goes to the northern end of the climbing area. I then bushwacked and met up with an old path that runs parallel to the stream, and passed a short waterfall before connecting to the HTS Trail. I took the HTS Trail up Ramapo Torne, which is a strenuous and sheer climb, and took some pictures at the top. (I had left my hiking poles at the top of this mountain two weeks prior, and hoped to retrieve them, but they were gone.)

I then turned around and went back down the scramble part on the HTS Trail, and cut across what is known as the Whightman Plateau (the flatter area above the Powerlines climbing area), and then met up with the Red Trail, which I took to the Blue Trail, back to the White Trail, and then back to my car.

Map of the Route

Large Cliff Wall Behind the Powerlines

Frozen Water Flow on Cliff Wall

View from the First Cliff Wall by the Powerlines

Large Cliff Wall Behind the Powerlines 

Large Rock Faces

Another Rock Wall Behind the Beginning of the Red Trail

Partially Frozen Waterfall

Another View of the Waterfall

Frozen Part of the Waterfall

Frozen Icicles by the Waterfall

Strange Cryptic Wording Behind the Waterfall

Fellow Hikers Climbing the HTS Trail on Ramapo Torne

View on the Top of the Scramble on the HTS Trail

Another View Ascending Ramapo Torne

Ramapo Torne Summit in the Distance

HTS Rock Scramble

View on top of Ramapo Torne Summit

Another View at the Summit

Me at the Ramapo Torne Summit

Another View of me at the Summit

Hikers at the Ramapo Torne Summit

Another View Past the Large Rock at the Summit Area

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