Monday, April 22, 2019

Kakiat Mountain and Waterfall Spring Loop

Kakiat County Park/
Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Mountain Trail: Orange blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 1:30 minutes
Estimated Distance: 2.4 miles

Pros: Good climb with scenic view and waterfalls
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Josef Friedman

It was another delightful spring day with warm weather, though after our hike it began raining. We parked in the main parking area at Kakiat, crossed the Mahwah River bridge, and then took the Mountain Trail up the mountain. We cut across the switchback by the lower view, and then climbed to the summit view at Kakiat. We then continued along the Mountain Trail beyond the power lines and then down to the Kakiat Trail.

We took the Kakiat Trail down as it goes through the valley between Kakiat Mountain and Cobus Mountain. After crossing the gas line, we cut a short distance to the stream towards the Kakiat waterfalls. There had been plenty of rain lately so the waterfalls were very strong. We cut back to the Kakiat Trail, and at the bottom of the mountain cut through on the very short connector to the Old Mill Trail, which we took back to the car.

Map of the Route

Start of the Mountain Trail

Mountain Trail at the Foot of the Mountain

Near the Top of the Mountain

View at the Top of Kakiat Mountain

Josef at the Top Rock at Kakiat

View from Kakiat Facing North Towards Cobus

View from Kakiat Facing Southeast with the NYC Skyline in the Distance

Me at the Top of Kakiat

Sweeping View from the top of the Ramapo Escarpment

Me at the Top

The Upper Waterfall at Kakiat

The Lower Waterfall at Kakiat

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