Sunday, April 12, 2020

Black Rock Mountain Early Spring Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Good climb and excellent views
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Joseph Friedman

The weather had been good, with a bright sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 50's. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, I picked this trail for a more quiet location, arriving early to this trail which has a great view and was still relatively quiet being that the road had just opened after being closed all winter.

We parked on the roadside trailhead parking on Kanawauke Road, and took the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail north, climbed to the view at Black Rock Mountain, and then headed north a bit more to Black Rock and enjoyed the view there. We then turned back around and at the intersection of the Dunning Trail, and bushwacked down the rock faces along the ridge, parallel to the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail. We reached the road at the parking area at the end of the bushwhack.

Map of the Route

Beginning of the Hike with Covid Message About Shelter Closure

Vire Along a Large, Sharp-Edged Rock

View Facing South to Tom Jones Mountain

View at the Black Rock Summit

Me atop Black Rock Mountain

Another View of Black Rock Mountain

Nurian Trail Marker at the Top of the Mountain

View of Lake Stahahe in the Distance

View from Black Rock Facing North

Another View at Black Rock

Me Atop Black Rock

Small Bench Under the Black Rock Mountain Summit View

View Descening Black Rock Mountain along the Bushwhack

View Approaching Tom Jones Mountain from the Bushwhack

Black Rat Snake Coming Out of its Winter Den

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