Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.2 Miles
Pros: Nice view on top
I was short on time on this beautiful, warm winter day. The temperature reached into the low 60's later in the day, and was in the in the 50's in the morning. I had to pick a short hike nearby in an hour or less, and this was the perfect hike.
I parked in the parking area on Gate Hill Road, near the entrance of Harriman State Park. I took the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail south, climbing the mountain steadily through the old ORAK ruins. I continued past Jackie Jones Tower, and then climbed the newly refurbished Fire Tower, which was recently fixed and entry allowed to the top.
At the top of the tower, an excellent 360 degree was afforded on a day with a bright blue sky and good visibility. I took some photos, headed back down the tower, and then returned along the same route back to my car on the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail.
|Map of the Route
|Blocked Road to Jackie Jones Tower at the Beginning of the Hike
|Abandoned Gatehouse at the ORAK ruin
|Approaching the Fire Tower
|View Southwest from the Top of the Fire Tower
|View South from the Top of the Fire Tower
|View East from the Top of the Fire Tower
Towards Haverstraw and the Hudson River
|View of Lake Welch Facing West from the Fire Tower
|View North from the Fire Tower Towards Bear Mountain
|View Northeast from the Fire Tower