Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from 9W, Harriman

November 23, 2013

Distance: 5 miles
Time: 3 hours 
Map: Harriman - Bear Mountain Trails (north map)
Parking: 9W, See directions
Restrooms: none
Post hike dinner: none
Directions: Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from 9W

This is a loop hike. The hike up Bald Mountain is strenuous, but is short and has switchbacks. The blazes are much easier to find than last time we did this hike. The summit of Bald Mountain has gorgeous views. You can see the Bear Mountain tower from it. The end of the hike passes through Doodletown, a "ghost town" which has always fascinated me.

Year to date miles: 368.9

The start of the hike is on the left side of this bridge.

The end of the Cornell Mine Trail.
Turn right on the red on white blazed R-D trail.

Bald Mountain summit

Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge

We turned R on the 1777 trail (also called Pleasant Valley Road)

In Doodletown, there are signs marking prior home sites.

Looking back at Bald Mountain

We took a short detour to the Herbert Cemetery, one of a few cemeteries in Doodletown.

Signs at the cemetery said not to enter it

Doodle in Doodletown :)

Map of home sites

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