Thursday, July 16, 2020

Stony Brook Evening Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Connector Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.2 Miles

Pros: Very scenic area
Cons: No view and busy, even on weekdays

Google Maps of Parking:
https://goo.gl/maps/7D1f2gjyS4GideSQ7

I did this evening hike on my way home from work. This area has been exceptionally busy since the Coronavirus outbreak, and I have been avoiding this area since then. I like visiting this area and come often, and figured a weekday evening hike was a good time to visit. It was indeed ok, but there were still many more people than I expected.

The weather was very hot, but it was already late in the afternoon with the sun not as strong. I took the Pine Meadow Trail to the Stony Brook Trail along the brook, until the area of the destroyed bridge. I took note of how eroded the trails had gotten since my last time here, from all the extra usage on these trails. I took the Connector Trail up the side of the hill at this point up to the Pine Meadow Trail. I took the Pine Meadow Trail back along the side of the valley and then down again to the brook and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Heavily Eroded Path at the Beginning of the Trail

Downed Tree Before the Reeves Brook Bridge on the Pine Meadow Trail

Heavily Eroded Trail Intersection of the Pine Meadow and Stony Brook Trails

Stony Brook Trail through the Gas Line 
Me on the Stony Brook Trail



On the Rocks in Stony Brook

Stony Brook

Destroyed Brook at the Stony Brook Crossing

Former Bridge Site at the Stony Brook Crossing

Sunset Colors Behind the Trees

The Sun Going Down Behind the Horizon

View from the Gas Line Crossing 

Gas Line on the Pine Meadow Trail