Sunday, December 13, 2020

Cobus Mountain in the Fog

Kakiat County Park /
Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Old Mill Trail: Blue blaze
Kakiat Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 1:20 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.4 Miles

Pros: Scenic area with a great view
Cons: View marred by power lines
Hike Type: Eight loop hike
Level of Difficulty: Difficult (Bushwack and steep incline)

Google Maps of Parking:

This hike is short and sweet. It's close to where I live, and is a short but still with a good climb and great view. There is no direct trail to the top, so it's not a popular hike, and unknown except for expert hiker. It's across the valley from the much more popular Kakiat Mountain.

This hike was on a very warm December day. It was 60 degrees and I was wearing short sleeves. Not bad for December! The morning featured very dense fog, but when I climbed to the top of the mountain it was above the fog level on the ground and bright and sunny. By the time I climbed down, most of the fog had already burned up.

I parked at the Kakiat Park parking area, and crossed the Mahwah River, taking the Old Mill Trail to it's end at the Kakiat Trail. I then took the Kakiat Trail up the mountain, past the Gas Line, and at the trail bend, I bushwacked up the mountain to the view at the Lower Peak of Cobus Mountain. At the view, I went down along the ridge, bushwacking down to the Gas Line, and crossing the Gas Line to waterfalls. The waterfalls was in full force from the recent rains. I then crossed the brook back to the Kakiat Trail, climbing down the trail and then cutting across a shortcut back again to the Kakiat Trail, which I took to the terminus and then crossed the bridge back to my car.

Map of the Route

Mahwah River in the Fog

Bridge Across Kakiat at the Entrance of the Park

Another Foggy View of the Mahwah River

Gear at the Old Mill

Bridge Across the Kakiat Brook at the end of the Old Mill Trail

Foggy Moment along the Kakiat Trail

Another Foggy View at the Kakiat Trail

View Above the Foggy Clouds at the Cobus Mountain Ascent

View from Cobus Mountain, Facing South

Rocky Area at Cobus Mountain

View from Cobus Mountain, Facing Southeast

View of Kakiat Mountain from Cobus Mountain

Fog Lifting Below the Mountain

Me at Cobus Mountain

Another View on Cobus Mountain, With Fog Below

Rock Summit on Cobus

Kakiat Waterfalls

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