Distance: 5.1 miles
Time: 3 hours 46 minutes
Map: Harriman - Bear Mountain Trails (north map)
Parking: Parking lot off of Seven Lakes Drive. Room for around 10 cars.
Post hike dinner: Sue & Hai, Yorktown Heights
Directions: West Mountain Loop from Seven Lakes Drive
This hike has no street crossings, though near the end it does parallel Seven Lakes Drive. This hike has a lot of views - it goes along a ridgeline. We saw a lot of backpackers today. A portion of the hike goes steeply downhill, and might be difficult if it was wet/snowy/icy. It was difficult for us due to the thick layer of leaves. The hike crosses a stream a couple of times.
Year to date miles: 353.8
|A sign on the 1777 trail in the parking lot (this is not the correct direction to go on the trail).|
|Instead, start up the hill on the opposite side of the parking lot.|
|View of Bear Mountain|
|On West Mountain. View of the Hudson River & Iona Island.|
|Intersection of the AT and the Timp Torne trail.|
|The hike continues along a ridgeline with many views.|
|60 degrees today and the dogs were hot.|
|We stopped for a snack at the West Mountain shelter.|
|This photo would have turned out better without leashes - but we had a large group in front of us at the time|
so we leashed them for a while.
|This is where the descent starts getting hard. There were lots of leaves, which made it more challenging, as you didn't know what was under your step.|
|Yeah! A stream at the bottom!|
|Walking on a wide woods road. No more rocks.|
|An interesting area of blow downs. Pine trees looked like they were hacked in half on this part of the trail.|