Sunday, June 7, 2020

Lake Sebago and Diamond Mountain Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail: Red blaze
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze
Diamond Mountain Tower Trail: Yellow blaze
7 Hills Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.1 Miles

Pros: Scenic lakes, good climb and views
Cons: None

Hiking Partner:
Rayzi Friedman

It was a beautiful late spring day, and I had wanted to do a good climb with good views. Harriman State Park has been very busy during this period of time with the Coronavirus still closing many things and causing many people to hike.

The Lake Sebago Boat Launch was full, even at 9:20 AM, so I parked right outside the boat launch on the side of the Road at Seven Lakes Drive. The police were giving tickets to people parked on the sides of Seven Lakes Drive, but parking right outside the parking area on the side of the road was permitted here.

We walked on the unmarked shore path of Lake Sebago, going south, past the old beach. We then walked on Seven Lakes Drive for a short distance across the dam at the outlet of the lake. Right after the outlet we took the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail parallel to the brook, for a short distance. We then took the HTS Trail steeply up the mountain to the top of Diamond Mountain.

We met with the 7 Hills Trail, and took the concurrent 7 Hills and HTS Trails south to the summit of Diamond Mountain. We then turned around for a short distance, and took the Diamond Mountain Tower down the mountain, passing the view facing Pine Meadow Lake. We took the trail down towards the Pine Meadow Trail, and then took the trail back up the mountain again, in its entirety. We then took the 7 Hills Trail north along the Diamond Mountain Ridge, past Monitor Rock, then up Halfway Mountain and then down the mountain to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Lake Sebago

Zoomed at at Lake Sebago

Me at the Old Lake Sebago Beach

Another View of Lake Sebago

Kayaker at Lake Sebago

Another View of the Kayaker at Lake Sebago

Family of Baby Geese at Lake Sebago

Dam at Lake Sebago and Seven Lakes Drive

Cool "Whale Rock" While Ascending the HTS

Rock Scramble up the HTS

Large Bedrock Exposure on the Top of Diamond Mountain

Freshly Bloomed Mountain Laurels at Diamond Mountain

Me on Diamond Mountain

Manhattan Skyline in the Distance from Diamond Mountain

Zoomed out from the Above View

Another View at Diamond Mountain

Me at the Diamond Mountain View

Pine Meadow Lake from the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail

Me at the Diamond Mountain Tower Trail View

Group of Hikers at the Pine Meadow Lake Overlook

Pine Meadow Lake in the Distance

View of Lake Sebago in the Distance from Diamond Mountain

Zoomed into Lake Sebago from Diamond Mountain

Monitor Rock

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