Sunday, March 31, 2024

Allis Trail at Sterling Forest

Sterling Forest State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Allis Trail: Blue blaze
Sterling Valley Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 2:05 minutes
Estimated Distance: 4.6 Miles

Pros: Very quiet area  (didn't meet anyone on the hike)
Cons: Not enough views on trail, noise from cars on road
Hike Type: Out and back
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Route 17A climbs a nice ridge in Sterling Forest to an elevation of 1200 feet between Tuxedo and Greenwood Lake. Along the road there are great views facing east. I never had the opportunity to take the Allis Trail parallel to the road, and figured there would be great views along this trail. I was disappointed that they were much more limited then I had hoped for. Nevertheless, there was a viewpoint at the end near the pine grove after the gas line. I still recommend the trail for its peace and tranquility. 

I parked at the trailhead parking on Route 17A at the Sterling Valley and Allis trailheads, and crossed the road to the Allis Trail terminus, and took the trail north along the ridge and parallel to the road. After passing the gas line, I ascended the mountain to the pine grove and found a nice view here.

After the second pine grove along the top part of the ridge, I turned around back along the same way, and took a detour to the east side of Route 17A, to the top of a sweeping ridge and view. I then continued on a short bushwhack and then want back to the road, and then took the Sterling Valley Trail back to my car.

Map of the Route

Allis Trail Trailhead

Along the Allis Trail

At the Gas Line

View Ascending the Summit Towards the Pine Grove

The Pine Grove

Greenwood Lake in the Distance

Gas Line View

View from Route 17A

Friday, March 29, 2024

Jackie Jones Short Loop

Harriman State Park
Rockland Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Jackie Jones Road: Unblazed
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 0:35 minutes
Estimated Distance: 1.5 Miles

Pros: Peaceful and historical area
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Google Maps of Parking:

I left work for the weekend, and it was a bright and warm early spring day. However, it was very windy, making the temperature feel much colder than it actually was. I parked at the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail at Gate Hill Road, and took the service road up Jackie Jones Mountain. Upon reaching the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, I took that trail down, passing the ORAK ruins. At the Minisceongo Creek at the bridge near the beginning of the hike, I went to the brook, which was flowing very strong, and took some pictures.

Map of the Route

Trailhead Parking Sign

Minisceongo Brook

Jackie Jones Road to Towe

Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail

Mountain Laurel on the Suffern-Bear Mountail Trail

View at the ORAK Ruin site

ORAK Ruin Site

Minisceongo Brook