Sunday, March 2, 2014

Seven Hills/HTS/Reeves Brook Trail Loop to Ramapo Torne and Torne View, Harriman

March 2, 2014
Distance: 5.2 miles 
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes  

Map: Harriman Bear Mountain Trails (South Map)
Parking: Parking lot at visitor center, plus on street parking
Restrooms: At visitor center, seasonal
Post hike dinner: n/a

Directions: Seven Hills/HTS/Reeves Brook Trail Loop to Ramapo Torne and Torne View

This is a popular place to start a hike. The parking area/street had a fair number of cars given that it was a cold winter day. If you want solitude, this might not be a good hike to try on a weekend. Strangely enough, we only saw 2 other people on our hike! We saw a number of people in the parking area with snowshoes, but we decided to just bring microspikes, and they were sufficient. The trails were packed down and we had no problem with postholing, though we did need to be careful where we stepped, so we wouldn't step into previously created postholes. This hike had one steep downhilll part where we had to be careful, even with microspikes. The last time we tried this hike, we encountered a forest fire: Ramapo Torne Harriman

Year to date miles 57.7

Reeves visitor center. Normally you have to park on the road to start a hike from here.

We had a number of stream crossings, and the dogs stopped and stood in every stream, despite it only being in the 30's.

View from the Torne.

View past the Torne

Although we found this hike well blazed, it was sometimes hard to find blazes due to the snow.

The snow was packed, and we encountered some very icy spots.

View of the Torne from the spot called "Torne View" on the map.

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