Sunday, November 6, 2022

West Mountain from Mott Farm Road

Bear Mountain State Park /
Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Beaver Meadow Nature Trail: White blaze
Timp Connector Trail: Beige blaze
Red Timp Trail: Red blaze
Blue Dot Trail: Blue blaze
Timp Torne Trail: Blue blaze

Total Time: 2:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.4 Miles

Pros: Quiet area, nice climb, great view
Cons: Confusing Network of trails
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Yehuah Koblick

A while ago I had a friend tell me that he accessed the Timp from Mott Farm road via an old trail called the Red Timp. I had been meaning to check this out for some time, and finally decided to take a visit and see if I can do this. We parked on Mott Farm Road past Camp Addison Boyce, and noticed that the north side of the road abuts state park land.

We took a trail that was there, crossed the brook, and then noticed a covered, abandoned picnic area right after that. There was then a sign for the Beaver Meadow Nature Trail, which is long boardwalk going along the side of a marsh, and leads nowhere. We went to the end of the boardwalk, and then upon not seeing anything else there, turned around and went to the Timp Connector Trail, a beige-blazed trail that started climbing up the mountain.

We took it to another set of trails - the Red Timp (red blaze with cross) and Blue Dot trail. None of these trails are listed on the trail conference maps. We then took the trail to the Timp Pass, and then took the Timp Torne Trail up West Mountain to the shelter. It started raining steadily on the ascent up the mountain, dampening the hike. The shelter affords a great view of the Hudson River and the Timp, but it was somewhat obscured because of the rain. We then turned around and took the same way back, though with a slight alternate route on the Red Timp trail back down.

Map of the Route

Beaver Meadow Nature Trail Sign

Old Picnic Area

Beaver Meadow Nature Trail Boardwalk

Timp Connector Trail

Blue Dot and Red Timp Trails

Ascending West Mountain

The Timp from West Mountain

West Mountain Shelter

Red Cross Trail Terminus

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