Sunday, June 21, 2020

Cave Shelter Stockbridge Mnt Harriman

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Menomine Trail: Yellow blaze
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 2:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles

Pros: Good climb, quiet area, and interesting rock formations
Cons: Poor view on the top, parking fee on weekends
Hike Type: Lollipop

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Rayzi Friedman

This was a very hot Sunday, so I made sure to pick a shady area that is well-forested with good cover. We parked in the Sterlingmine Lake parking area, at the southern parking area at the end of the picnic area. We took the Menomine trail through the Lewis Cemetery, crossed Seven Lakes Drive, and walked along the northern edge of Lake Nawahunta.

We took the Menomine Trail up Stockbridge Mountain, and then took the unmarked trail that continues up the mountain to the Cave Shelter. The Cave Shelter is a rock formation with interesting rock formations, cave-like crevices, and rock overhangs. At the Cave Shelter we explored some passages and routes, and then went south on the Long Path to the Stockbridge Shelter. This area is high up, but there aren't really good views in the area. We then started our descent, took the Menomine Trail back to where we left it earlier, and then returned on the same route home.

Map of the Route

New Informational Plaque at the Lewis Cemetery

Lewis Cemetery at the Menomine Trail

Lake Nawahunta

Large Dragonfly Caught in a Spider Web

Another View of Lake Nawahunta

Lake Nawahunta, Zoomed Out

Approaching the Cave Shelter Rock Formation

Cave at the Cave Shelter

Me at the Cave Entrance

Looking Out from Inside the Cave

Interesting Rock Formations at the Cave Shelters

Deep Cave at the Cave Shelter

View from the top of Stockbridge Mountain

Rock on Top of Stockbridge Mountain Approaching the Shelter

Stockbridge Mountain Shelter

Rock at Stockbridge Shelter, Facing South

View Facing South from Stockbridge Shelter

End of the Menomine Trail in a Fern Forest

Large Blooming Mountain Laurel at Lake Nawahunta on the Return Route

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