Sunday, May 26, 2024

High Tor Mountain Summit

High Tor State Park
Rockland Co.
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Hi Tor Scramble Spur: Blue blaze
Spur Path: White blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.1 Mile

Pros: Great scramble and fantastic views
Cons: Urban views
Hike Type: Out and back with spur and loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/vRSDUzRJBSARDu3w8

Hiking Partner:
Joseph Friedman

High Tor is a great hike, with a nice scramble and great views. We parked on Ridge Road at Old Route 304 and took the Long Path up the mountain. The climb is gradual until reaching the first scramble. The original Long Path route went up the scramble, but was rerouted. However, there is now a blue blaze on the original scramble route. We took this trail, up to the top summit. The view at the summit really captures views on all sides, from Lake DeForest and New City one side to Haverstraw on one side to the Hudson River on the other. We took the Long Path down, and took the Spur Path to the historic Youmans-Van Order House. The trail fizzled out once we reached the ruin of the home, so we turned around at that point and went back to the Long Path which we took back to our car.

Map of the Route

Plaque for the Spur Path to the Ruin

Start of the Path Up the Scramble


First View of Haverstraw

Vulture Soaring Above the Hudson River

View at Haverstraw





View South with Lake DeForest


View South Towards Hook Mountain

Condos at Haverstraw Bay










Split Rock at the Summit


Quad Tree on the Long Path

Pond at the Youmans-Van Order House

Frog at the Pond

Youmans-Van Order House Ruins



Sunday, May 19, 2024

West Mountain Appalachian Trail

Bear Mountain / Harriman State Parks
Orange and Rockland Counties,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Anthony Wayne Trail: White blaze
Fawn Trail: Red blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
1777 Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:25 minutes
Estimated Distance: 4.1 Mile

Pros: Very scenic area with good views and scrambles
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop
Level of  Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:
https://maps.app.goo.gl/5VSHax7sfdx1cVgE8

Map of the Route

Appalachian Trail Reroute Sign

Appalachian Trail Concurrency with the Timp Torne/Fawn Trail after Reroute

Ascending the First Scramble

Me at the View

Looking Across Towards Bear Mountan









Five-Lined Skink








Hudson River in the Distance




1777 Trail Junction

Information Plaque on the 1777 Trail

Anthony Wayne Trailhead