Sunday, December 31, 2023

West Mountain to the Timp

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Anthony Wayne Bike Path: Unblazed
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Red Timp Trail: Red blaze
Timp Connector Trail: Brown blaze
Beaver Meadow Nature Trail: Unblazed

Total Time: 2:30 minutes
Estimated Distance: 4.0 Mile

Pros: Good climbs and scrambles, excellent views
Cons: Trail can be a bit difficult to follow
Hike Type: 2 car shuttle hike
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:
1st Car:
2nd Car:

Hiking Partner:
Debbie Koegel

This was a slightly warmer winter day, and we did this two car hike to take advantage of my new fondness of the Red Timp Trail for a good hike along the Southern portion of West Mountain and the Timp. We started the hike by parking at the southern end of Anthony Wayne Recreation area. We took the Anthony Wayne Bike Trail south to the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which we then took up the mountain, past the small mine and then up the Fire Escape.

We took in some good views at the top, joining the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, and then walked along the southern end of West Mountain, with great views and rock scrambles down to the Timp Pass. We took the Timp-Torne Trail up to the top of the Timp, and walked east for a short distance to the old Red Timp Trail (this is no longer on the maps, but the blazes are still visible on the trees.) We took this trail down the mountain, to the Timp Connector Trail and then to the Beaver Meadow Nature Trail boardwalk, which we took to our other car on Mott Farm Road.

Map of the Route

First View on southern West Mountain, Above the Fire Escape

Descending Towards the Timp

Facing the Timp

Trail in the Timp Pass

View from the Top of the Timp

Beaver Meadow Nature Trail Boadwalk

Blown Down Sign at Beaver Meadow Nature Trail

Sunday, December 24, 2023

North Hook Mountain Continued

Hook Mountain / Rockland Lake State Parks
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.5 Miles

Pros: Quiet, scenic area
Cons: None
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

Map of the Route

Hook Mountain and Hudson River, First View

View Above the Quarry Towards Ossining

View of Croton Point

Hudson River

View of the Lighthouse

Columnar Diabase Formation

View Near the Northernmost Part of the Hike