Sunday, December 22, 2019

Black Mountain Winter Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange & Rockland Counties,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Red Cross Trail: Red blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:55 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.8 Miles

Pros: Very Quiet area, excellent views
Cons: Highway crossing is difficult

Hiking Partners:
Yehudah Koblick

This was a cold but sunny winter day. We parked at Anthony Wayne in the huge parking lot, and crossed over the highway overpass on the Anthony Wayne Trail, which we took to the 1779 Trail. We took the 1779 Trail south for a while to the joint Appalachian Trail and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which we took west up Black Mountain on a good climb up.

We took some pictures at the top, and then headed back down along the same route, but then continued along the Appalachian/Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to the Palisades Parkway, which we had to cross. We took this to the bike trail, which we took back to the hiking area. Yehudah ran ahead to the car and picked me up in between the two parking lots.

Map of the Route

Snow and Ice along the 1779 Trail 
More Snow and Ice along the 1779 Trail 

Ice Coating on Brush

Snow and Ice Looking Towards Black Mountain

Ice Covering on Small Brush

Fallen Tree on the R-D/Appalachian Trail

Approaching the Summit of Black Mountain

Final Ascent up Black Mountain

Me at Black Mountain

Black Mountain Summit, Facing West

Black Mountain Summit, Facing Southwest

Black Mountain, Facing West

Black Mountain Summit, Facing East to West Mountain

Snow an Ice in a Shady Spot

Black Mountain, Facing South

Yehudah on Black Mountain

Me at Black Mountain

Trail Along Black Mountain Summit

Midday Sun over Black Mountain

Yehudah on Black Mountain

Intersection of Appalachian Trail and the Bike Path

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