Sunday, March 3, 2019

Turkey Hill Lake Queensboro Lake Loop

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.
New York

Hiking Trails:
Anthony Wayne Trail: White blaze
1779 Trail: Red blaze
Popolopen Gorge Trail: Red blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Fawn Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.4 Miles

Pros: Scenic lake and minimal
Cons: Proximity to highway and roads

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

It has snowed a couple of inches of snow two days prior, and there was a large snowstorm predicted for the evening. The snow cover wasn't deep, but nevertheless created a pretty layer for the hike.

I had not been to this area in some time. It is at the far northern region of Harriman, an area not popularly traveled and often quiet. Turkey Hill Lake is one of the least-visited lakes in the park.

We parked at Anthony Wayne Recreation area, and crossed the Palisades Parkway on the overpass, taking the Anthony Wayne Trail to the 1779 Trail. We took the 1779 Trail to the outlet trail of the Queensboro Trail, where we then met the Popolopen Gorge Trail. We crossed the dam, which was overflowing, and took the path on the northern side of the lake and outlet stream to the Popolopen Gorge Trail.

We took the combined 1779 and Popoplopen Gorge Trail to Queensboro Lake, adjacent to the Police test shooting range, then crossing the Palisades at the Seven Lakes Drive overpass. We then took the Timp-Torne trail up the northern flank of West Mountain, and then went down the Fawn Trail, to the Anthony Wayne Trail, back to our car at the trailhead.

Map of the Route

Approaching Turkey Hill Lake

Frozen Turkey Hill Lake

Ma Turkey Hill Lake and Turkey Hill

Me at Turkey Hill Lake

Me at the Turkey Hill Lake

Turkey Hill Lake Dam

Bear Mountain in the Distance from Turkey Hill Dam

Me on Turkey Hill Dam

View from the Other Side of the Dam

Very Scenic Scene at Turkey Hill Lake

Shimmy at Turkey Hill Lake

Me at Turkey Hill Lake

Another View at Turkey Hill Lake

Queensboro Lake with West Mountain in the Distance

Turkey Hill Lake, Facing East

Turkey Hill Island

Pistol Range Warning to Stay on Trail

Queensboro Lake Dam

Bear Mountain from West Mountain on the Fawn/Timp-Torne Junction

View Before Descending West Montain

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