Friday, September 24, 2021

Jackie Jones Fire Tower and Minisceongo Falls

Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:35 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.6 Miles

Pros: Great view on tower, impressive waterfalls
Cons: Communication tower mars pristine view
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Hiking Partners:
Elisha Friedman

Map of Route:

This was a beautiful September day, and the air was clear with bright blue skies after getting several inches of rain the previous day. This was a great hike for a nice view as well as a good waterfall. We parked at the parking trailhead at the entrance to Harriman State Park at the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, and took the trail up the mountain through the ORAK ruins. We climbed passed the Jackie Jones communication tower and then to the Fire Tower, and climbed to the top and took a small break at the top and took some pictures there. The sky was exceptionally clear and the 360 degree view from the top of the tower was remarkable.

We then turned around and took the trail down, and we took the unmarked trail parallel to the Minisceongo Brook down to the waterfalls. This waterfalls is, in my opinion, the largest and most impressive in Rockland County, and is really unknown, with no official trail and not being on the map. I hope it stays this way! With the large amount of rain, the waterfalls were quite impressive, with several small cascades and the main drop which has an upper and lower section. After descending to the bottom of the waterfalls we returned back to our car.

Map of the Route

ORAK Ruin Gate House

Ruins at ORAK

Ruins at ORAK

Jackie Jones Communications Tower

Fire Tower

Jackie Jones Communication Tower from the Fire Tower

Lake Welch and Beach

NYC Skyline

Hi-Tor and Hudson River

Looking North to Bear Mountain and Northern Highlands

Me in the Fire Tower

Lake Welch Beach

Me on the Fire Tower

Minisceongo Brook

Minisceongo Brook Small Cascade

Minisceongo Falls, Upper

Minisceongo Falls, Upper

Me at Minisceongo Falls, Upper

Minisceongo Falls

Minisceongo Falls

Minisceongo Falls

Me at Minisceongo Falls

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