Sunday, February 23, 2020

Island Pond loop, Harriman State Park

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
02/23/2020 5.7 miles 4 hours 4 minutes 1,004' 1.7 mph 29.4

Map: NYNJTC Northern Harriman Bear Mountain Trails, Map 119
Parking: Elk Pen
Directions: Take AT to Arden Surebridge trail. Stay right on red on white blazed Arden Surebridge Trail. Follow trail around Island Pond to Lemon Squeezer intersection. Turn left on AT and return to the Elk Pen.

We met a woman at the trailhead who said she's planning on hiking the AT this year. She was out to test her gear.

Our 2018 map showed an area on the Arden Surebridge trail that is seasonally impassible. Once we were there, we remembered it. We had hiked here before, and there had been knee deep water on the trail. We had bushwhacked around it, and it wasn't an easy bushwhack (we still had to cross a body of water). Luckily today it was passable. When we got to the other side, the blazes for the Arden Surebridge trail went straight and to the right. Did they come up with an alternate route? We went straight.




Section of trail which sometimes has knee deep flooding







Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bear Mountain

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
02/22/2020 4.5 miles 2 hours 39 minutes 1,143' 23.7

Map: NYNJTC Northern Harriman Bear Mountain Trails, Map 119
Parking: Bear Mountain Inn, $10 parking fee
Directions: Appalachian Trail to Bear Mountain summit. Continue past Perkins tower, staying on the AT. Take sharp left turn to view - usually this view is free of people. Return the same way.

Bear Mountain Inn


Fascinated by water

View from summit. A crowded area.










Turkey Mountain

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
02/17/2020 2.6 miles 19.2

Map: Turkey Mountain Map
Parking: Locke Lane, Yorktown Heights
Directions: Blue trail out and back




Deer Hollow Trail, Ward Pound Ridge

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
02/16/2020 4.2 miles 1 hour 58 minutes 437' 16.6

Map: Available at parking booth
Parking: Kimberly Bridge. Fee for parking.
Directions: Deer Hollow loop trail




Verkeerder Kill Falls, Sam's Point Preserve

Date Distance Time Elevation Gain Average Moving Time Year to Date Miles
02/01/2020 6.3 miles 3 hours 52 minutes 723' 12.4

Map: Shawangunk Trails, Map 104
Parking: Sam's Point Road, Sam's Point Preserve. Fee for parking.
Directions: Take Verkeerder Kill Falls Trail to Verkeerder Falls. Return the same way.

One of my favorite places to hike. It's a beautiful area even of a cold foggy day. This is a hike with easy terrain. We haven't been since the wildfire that burned in the preserve.









Lake Maratanza










Top of the falls



It's  a large spectacular falls. We didn't want to get too close, as the rocks were icy and it's straight down.