Sunday, December 20, 2020

Stony Brook Chipmunk Mountain Loop

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Stony Brook Trail: Yellow blaze
Hillburn-Torne-Sebago (HTS) Trail: Orange blaze
Seven Hills Trail: Blue Blaze
Connector Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:55 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.6 Miles

Pros: Scenic area along brook, excellent views
Cons: None
Hike Type: 8 Loop hike
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Google Maps of Parking:

This hike was after the season's first snowfall, which was quite significant with about 10 inches of snow. This is a normally very busy area, with many hikers, but now with the fresh snow it was very empty.

I parked at the Reeves Meadow parking area, and took the Pine Meadow Trail along the overflowing brook, and continued along the trail past the Stony Brook Trail intersection. I continued until the HTS Trail, which I took south to the top of Chipmunk Mountain. This mountain features a very good vista, with a view of many miles.

I then took the Seven Hills Trail down the mountain, down to the valley floor at the Pine Meadow Trail. I took the Pine Meadow Trail back down the mountain, and then took the Connector Trail down to the Stony Brook Trail. I observed the bridge at the end of the Connector Trail was still not built. I continued along the Stony Brook Trail down to the Pine Meadow Trail and then back to the trailhead.

Map of the Route

The End of Reeves Brook on the Pine Meadow Trail

Snowy Bridge Over Reeves Brook

A Snowy Reeves Brook from the Bridge

Stony Brook by the Large Boulder in the Brook

Ice-Surrounded Rock in the Stony Brook

Beautiful Scenery along the Stony Brook

Snow and Ice in the Stony Brook

Stony Brook and Pine Meadow Trail Intersection

Evergreen Mountain Laurel Forest on the HTS Trail

Great View Atop Chipmunk Mountain

Chipumk Mountain Facing West

Chipmunk Mountain Facing Northwest

Me on Chipmunk Mountain

Me at Chipmunk Mountain, To the North with Diamond Mountain Behind Me

Diamond Mountain from Chipmunk Mountain, Facing North

Another View of Diamond Mountain, Facing North

Snow Covered Trail at the Top of Chipmunk Mountain

Beautiful View

Another View Facing East

Zoomed in to the Northwest

Another View Facing North

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