Sunday, March 14, 2021

Catamount Mountain to Sherwood Path

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Pine Meadow Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain (SBM) Trail: Yellow blaze
Sherwood Path: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:55 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.3 Miles

Pros: Good climb and scenic view
Cons: Parking is a bit difficult
Hike Type: Loop hike
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult

Map of Route:

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

This hike is very close to home. It's a very good climb with an excellent view, so makes for a great location especially when I am short on time. We parked at the Ramapo Equestrian Center, where we noticed a sign that said "No Hiker Parking" in the area where we would park in the past. I asked a person who worked there what the story is, and he said many people parked near the horses and disturbed them. He said it would be ok to park behind the sigh facing the woods. We parked there, and I also noticed many people parking at the entrance to the driveway near Route 202 as well when we were finished with the hike.

UPDATE: As of late April and May 2021, I have received several complaints of people not able to park in the parking area at all, with the "No Hiker" sign moved all the way up the driveway. I will be making a formal complaint to the town supervisor, as I understand the equestrian center is owned by the Town of Ramapo. It's not okay to change the status quo.

We took the Pine Meadow Trail from the start, and climbed up and walked along the concurrent trail and gas line. We then crossed power line and the brook, and did a small shortcut cutting alongside the brook. We took the trail through the notch up, where there were several small waterfalls and cascades due to the excess water from all the snowmelt.

At the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail intersection, we took the trail south further climbing up the mountain, and then took the trail until the lower Catamount Mountain view. We turned around and then took the unblazed trail down along the notch towards the Sherwood Path. At the Sherwood Path, we went back towards the Horse Stable, and then took the Gas Line back towards the Pine Meadow Trail back to our car.

Map of the Route

Sign about the Parking at the Beginning of the Hike

Trailhead of the Pine Meadow Trail

Small Cascade Along the Brook

Another Waterfall While Ascending

Last Vestiges of the Winter Snow in the Side of the Valley

Ascending Catamount Mountain on the Concurrent Pine Meadow/SBM Trails

Approaching the View

View from Catamount Mountain

Manhattan Skyline in the Distance from Catamount Mountain

More Views Atop Catamount

View from Catamount Looking South

View from Catamount Looking East

Yehudah Koblick on Catamount Mountain

Me on Catamount Mountain

Catamount Mountain Looking Over the Valley

Rock and Wood On Catamount

View Looking Towards Horse Stable Mountain

Yehudah at the Catamount View

Bright Blue Sky and Contrasting Clouds at Catamount

Abandoned Pick Up Truck at the Bottom of the Mountain Off the Sherwood Path

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