Rockland and Orange Counties,
Cornell Mine Trail: Blue blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
1777 Trail: Red blaze
1777E Trail: Red blaze
Total Time: 3:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.8 Miles
Pros: Good climb, great view, historic ghost town
I had been traveling alot over the month of October, thereby limited my hiking activities. The previous weekend at the peak of the foliage was stormy, with heavy rain and wind. In fact, it had been raining all week, and finally dried out over the following weekend. The sky was blue and bright, but alas much of the foliage was already gone.
I had meant to do a fall foliage hike with some LinkedIn members the prior week, but due to the inclment weather I postponed it, but it was late notice and we had a much smaller crowd than previous showings. However, my two fellow hikers were great company to have, and excellent networkers.
We parked the car on Route 9W at Iona Island at the trailhead parking, and took the Cornell Mine Trail. There is a small waterfall cascading at the very beginning of the hike, with another one nearby further up the creek. We climbed up to the intersection of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, and took that trail west towards the Bald Mountain summit. This area affords one of the most scenic in Harriman/Bear Mount state parks.
We then continued down the mountain and looping on the side of it on the 1777 Trail through Doodletown. Doodletown is a ghost time, with nothing left of its original town but foundations. The trail goes through old road that went through town. We then took the 1777E Trail at the intersection, and from there went back to our car.
|Map of the Route|
|First Waterfall at the Beginning of the Hike|
|Main Waterfall near Doodletown|
|View of Bear Mountain While Ascending Bald Mountain|
|View of the Bear Mountain Bridge While Ascending Bald Mountain|
|Trail Intersection near the Summit of Bald Mountain|
|Summit View of Bald Mountain, Facing North Towards Bear Mountain|
|Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson River|
|West Mountain Across the Valley|
|View from Bald Mountain Facing South|
|Selfie View with Tuli and Abe|
|Bear Mountain Bridge and Anthony's Nose|
|Me at the Summit|
|Home Plaques at Doodletown|
|More Plaques and an Impressive Tree|
|Me, Tuli, and Abe at the Main Doodletown Intersection|