Sunday, June 16, 2024

West Mountain Ridge

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

Hiking Trails:
Bike Path: Unblazed
Temporary AT Reroute: Orange blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
Fawn Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:30 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.4 miles

Pros: Great views, good climb
Cons: None
Hike Type: Two car
Level of  Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:
Car 1:
Car 2:

Hiking Partner:
Jeff Neeman

I was at West Mountain a few weeks prior and noticed the trail rerouting of the Appalachian Trail where it bypassed the Palisades Parkway crossing. I decided to check out the rest of the reroute while enjoying West Mountain, one of my favorites in the region. We parked at the lower parking lot of Anthony Wayne, and took the Bike Path to the temporary reroute of the Appalachian Trail. This was the original path of the Appalachian Trail but was rerouted due to the crossing of the Palisades. Instead, the trail was blazed orange, and headed up the ridge. At the first lookout, we joined with the Appalachian Trail, which we took along the ridge to the Timp Torne Trail. We then took this trail down the mountain to the Fawn Trail and then the Anthony Wayne Trail to the trailhead where we had parked the second car at the upper lot at Anthony Wayne.

Map of the Route

Start of the Rerouted Appalachian Trail Stub

First View, Overlooking Bear Mountain

With Jeff Neeman

View of the Anthony Wayne Parking Area

West Mountain View

Map of the Reroute

Crevice Through the Rock

More Views on West Mountain

Jeff Neeman

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