Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hogencamp Mountain and Surebridge Mountain Fall Hike

Harriman State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Dunning Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:25 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.9 Miles

Pros: Lake views, amazing scenery, and great views
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop hike

Google Maps of Parking:

This area is highly scenic, and especially more so during the fall. This hike was the peak of foliage, with beautiful colors throughout this scenic area. The weather was unseasonably cold, but with me moving fast along the way I remained warm.

I parked at the Lake Kanawauke parking area, and walked west on Kanawauke Road towards Little Long Pond.  After crossing the bridge between the two lakes, I cut across to the unmarked path that flanks the northern side of Lake Kanawauke. At the sharp curve of the trail, I bushwacked up the hill a short distance from the Long Path, and then took the Long Path north, past the Dunning Trail and past the Hogencamp Mine. I continued along the Long Path to the Times Square, a major trail intersection along a large rock.

I took the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail at this point up the mountain to the sweeping view atop Hogencamp Mountain, and then walked along the rocky, exposed area to the Dunning Trail. I then took the Dunning Trail east past the Bowling Rocks, and then cut down south to the view overlooking Lake Kanawauke. I then bushwacked down steep embankment to the old Hogencamp Road and then down to Kanawauke Road. I then walked down Kanawauke Road back to the parking area.

Map of the Route

Lake Kanawauke Looking West

Looking Across Lake Kanawauke from Seven Lakes Drive

Lake Kanawauke from the Seven Lake Drive Bridge

Black Rock Mountain, Little Long Pond, and Seven Lakes Drive

Black Rock Mountain, Tom Jones Mountain, and Little Long Pond

Hogencamp Mine Area from the Long Path

Cape Horn Rock Formation on the Long Path

The Rock at Times Square

Me at the Times Square Rock

View Ascending Hogencamp Mountain from Times Square

Hogencamp Mountain View Along the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail

Beautiful Scenery Along the Hogencamp Mountain View

Glacial Rock and Colorful Foliage

View into the Valley at Hogencamp Mountain

Lonely Tree Along the Hogencamp Mountain View

Looking North from Hogencamp Mountain with Peak Foliage Colors

More Scenic Hogencamp Mountain Foliage

Exposed Bedrock along the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail

Ship Rock on Hogencamp Mountain

More Sharp Colors on the Ramapo-Dunderberg

Giant Bedrock Exposure along the Trail

View Across the Small Valley to Surebridge Mountain

Large Floater Rocks on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Bedrock Exposure

Sign of the the Shelter Closed on the Dunning Trail Due to Bear Activity

Vivid Colors along the Dunning Trail

"Bowling Rocks" on the Dunning Trail

View Across the Bowling Rocks

View of Little Long Pond before the Final Descent

View Across the Harriman Ridges

Final View Before Descending

Me at the Above View

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