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FIND  INFORMATION  BELOW  ON  POPULAR TRAILS / LOOPS   WITHIN  SUFFERN  AND  SLOATSBURG,

WHERE  TO  FIND  TRAIL  MAPS,  TIPS  ON  TRANSPORTATION  AND  PARKING.

ALWAYS CARRY OUT WHAT YOU CARRY IN!

IN SUFFERN

SUFFERN-BEAR MOUNTAIN TRAIL (SBM)

THE  SUFFERN-BEAR  MOUNTAIN  TRAIL  IS  THE  LONGEST  TRAIL   IN  HARRIMAN  STATE  PARK,  23  TO  25  MILES   (DEPENDING  ON  WHO YOU  ASK).  IT'S  ALSO  THE  CLOSEST  HARRIMAN  TRAIL  TO  NEW  YORK  CITY  WITH  AN  EASY  COMMUTE.  BUT,  HEED  THIS...

THE  SBM  IS  AS  RUGGED  AS  IT  IS  BEAUTIFUL!

THE  SBM  TRAIL  CLIMBS  STEEPLY  TO  A  GOOD  VIEWPOINT  AND  THEN  CONTINUES  TO  NORDKOP  MOUNTAIN.  THE  TRAIL  HAS ANY  NUMBER  OF  FEATURES  AND  HIKERS  CAN  TAKE  THE  SBM  TO  CONKLINS  CROSSING  AND  PINE  MEADOW  LAKE.  MOST  HARDY  HIKERS  TAKE  TWO  DAYS  TO  COMPLETE  THE  SBM  AND  THEN  THERE  ARE  THOSE  EVEN  HARDIER  THAT  MAKE  IT  A  DAY'S  RUN. VISIT www.mountainpeakfitness.com  FOR FKTs  (FASTEST KNOWN TIMES).

 "Suffern Bear Mountain Trail Run in Harriman State Park, NY."  Mountain Peak Fitness, July 2015

HERE  ARE  A  COUPLE  OF  GREAT  SOURCES FOR  DETAILS  ON  THE  SBM:

MY HARRIMAN -

https://www.myharriman.com/suffern-bear-mountain-trail-83-years-ago-stiff-new-trail-calls-hikers/

http://www.myharriman.com/suffern-bear-mountain-trail/

NY-NJ TRAIL CONFERENCE -

https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/suffernbear-mountain-trailpyngyp

NY METRO TRAIL CONDITIONS (FORUM) -

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYmetrotrailconditions/

BLOG / PRESS -

 "You Too Can Be A Thru Hiker" New York Times, August 2019

HIKERS  CAN  HOP  ON  THE  NJ  TRANSIT  BERGEN  LINE  FROM  PENN STATION STRAIGHT  TO  SUFFERN.  IN  SUFFERN ,  FOLLOW  THE  YELLOW BLAZES  FROM THE  STATION  RIGHT  TO  THE  TRAIL  HEAD.  LOCATED ALONG  ROUTE  59  SOME 500  FT.  NORTH  OF  THE  NYS  THRUWAY CROSSING  AND  ACROSS  FROM  THE "WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE OF SUFFERN"  SIGN.  ON  THE  WAY,  PICK UP COFFEE  AT  A  NUMBER  OF SPOTS  IN  THE  VILLAGE.  FOR  A  HIKER-FRIENDLY BITE,  MAKE  A  POINT TO  STOP  AT  MIA'S  KITCHEN.

FOR  EATERIES,  INCLUDING  QUICK  GRAB-N-GO,  CLICK  THE EAT TAB.

IN SLOATSBURG

IT'S  A  MERE  1.5  MILE  HIKE  FROM  THE  SLOATSBURG  TRAIN STATION  IN THE  VILLAGE  CENTER  TO  REEVES  MEADOW  IN  HARRIMAN  STATE  PARK.

 

THE  SLOATSBURG  COMMUTER  LOT  MAKES  FOR  PERFECT  PARKING  FOR WEEKEND  VISITORS.  THE  SLOATSBURG  TRAIN  STATION  IS  ADJACENT TO THE  VILLAGE  CENTER  COMMERCIAL  AREA  AND  IS  AN  EASY  WALK  TO SUCH  PLACES  AS  THE  VILLAGE BLEND,  CHARACTERS  BAR  & RESTAURANT,  SEVEN  LAKES  STATION,  AND  VALLEY  ROCK  INN  & MOUNTAIN  CLUB.  HAYWARD'S  DELI  AND  HAAS  PHARMACY  ARE  ALSO  IN THE  VILLAGE  CENTER  JUST  A  SHORT  WALK  ACROSS  ROUTE  17.

THE  VISITOR  CENTER  IS  A  FAVORITE  LAUNCH  SPOT  FOR  HIKING TRAILS IN  SOUTHERN  HARRIMAN.  EXPLORE  HARRIMAN  LISTS  A  FEW  OF  THE MOST  POPULAR  TRAILS  AND  LOOPS  BELOW.

OUR  RECOMMENDATION  IS  TO  PICK  UP  A  NEW  YORK  NEW  JERSEY TRAIL  CONFERENCE  (NYNJTC)  SOUTHERN  HARRIMAN  TRAIL  MAP  IN SLOATSBURG.  TRAIL  MAPS  COME  IN  HANDY  EVEN  FOR  THE  MOST EXPERIENCED  HIKERS.

RAMAPO TORNE LOOP
THE  RAMAPO  TORNE  LOOP  INCLUDES  PARTS  OF  SEVERAL  POPULAR  TRAILS,  INCLUDING  SEVEN  HILLS  (BLUE BLAZE), REEVES  BROOK  (WHITE BLAZE),  AND  HILLBURN-TORNE-SEBAGO   (ORANGE BLAZE).  THE  STARTING  POINT  FOR  THE  LOOP BEGINS  AT  REEVES  MEADOW  WHERE  HIKERS  WILL  INITIALLY  START  OFF  ON  THE  PINE  MEADOW  (RED  BLAZE)  TRAIL.


THE  RAMAPO  TORNE  LOOP  IS  APPROXIMATELY  5.1  MILES  AND  COVERS  MODERATE  TO  STRENUOUS  GROUND.

THE  SEVEN  HILLS  TRAIL  OR  BLUE  BLAZE  WILL  TAKE  HIKERS  TO  THE  ORANGE  BLAZE  OF  THE  HTS  TRAIL  WHERE  THE HIKE UP  TO  TORNE  MOUNTAIN  BEGINS.  HIKERS  CAN  CROSS  OVER  BEAVER  BROOK  AND  CONTINUE  FARTHER  DOWN THE  TRAIL  TO HIKE  UP  THE  FRONT  TRAIL  TO  TORNE  (CROSS  BACK  OVER  THE  BROOK  TO  FOLLOW  THE  TRAIL  UP).  TORNE  MOUNTAIN PROVIDES  AN  EXPANSIVE  VIEW  OF  THE  HUDSON  VALLEY  EAST  ALL  THE  WAY  TO  THE  NEW  YORK  CITY  SKYLINE  (ON  CLEAR DAYS).


PINE MEADOW LAKE LOOP
PERHAPS  THE  MOST  POPULAR  DAY  HIKE  TRAIL  FOR  FIRST-TIME  VISITORS  TO  HARRIMAN  STATE  PARK  IS  THE  MOSTLY  RED BLAZE  MAINLINE  FROM  THE  REEVES  MEADOW  VISITOR  CENTER  TO  PINE  MEADOW  LAKE.  THE  PINE  MEADOW  RED  BLAZE SKIRTS  ALONG  THE  RUSHING  WATERS  OF  STONY  BROOK  BEFORE  VEERING  OFF  TOWARDS  HIGHER  GROUND  AND  THE  CLIMB TO  THE  WHITE  GLAZE  OF  KAKIAT  TRAIL  AND  THE  BLACK  BLAZE  OF  RACCOON  BROOK  HILLS  LOOP  WHICH  LEADS  TO  PINE MEADOW  LAKE.


HIKERS  HAVE  A  CHOICE  TO  TAKE  CROSS  THE  STONY  BROOK  AND  CONTINUE  ON  THE  YELLOW  BLAZE  TO  WHITE  BLAZE  AND KAKIAT  WHICH  PARALLELS  THE  RED  BLAZE  TRAIL  BUT  FOLLOWS  STONY  BROOK  CLOSER  AND  OTHER  WATER  FEATURES BEFORE  VEERING  OFF  ON  THE  WHITE  BLAZE  TO  PINE  MEADOW  LAKE. 


DATER  MOUNTAIN  NATURE  COUNTY  PARK
AN  ALTERNATIVE  TO  THE  REEVES  MEADOW  HIKE  INTO  HARRIMAN  IS  DATER  MOUNTAIN  NATURE  PARK,  ONE  OF  TWO ROCKLAND  COUNTY  PARKS  IN  THE  VILLAGE  OF  SLOATSBURG.  VISITORS  CAN  TAKE  SEVEN  LAKES  DRIVE  TO  JOHNSONTOWN ROAD  IN  SLOATSBURG  THEN  TAKE  JOHNSONTOWN  TO  THE  END  WHERE  THERE'S  A  CIRCLE  PARKING  AREA  AND  TRAILS  THAT  LEAD  INTO  DATER,  AND FURTHER NORTH  INTO  HARRIMAN  STATE  PARK.


DATER  TRAIL  BLAZES  INCLUDE  THE  BLUE  AND  ORANGE.  THE  WHITE  KAKIAT  TRAIL  AT  THE  NORTHERN  TIP  OF  DATER  JUST INSIDE  HARRIMAN  STATE  PARK  HAS  THE  ALMOST  PERPINDUCULAR  ROCK  FEATURE.

DATER AND HARRIMAN TO THE NORTH ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR MANY MINING FEATURES. THE AREA WAS LOGGED IN THE LATE 1700S AND INTO THE 1800S AS TREES WERE BURNED IN PITS TO PRODUCE CHARCOAL FOR THE SMELTING OF IRON ORE.

 

BLUE DISC TRAIL

VISITORS  CAN  ALSO  PARK  AT  JOHNSONTOWN  ROAD  CIRCLE  TO  HIKE  THE  BLUE  DISC  TO  CLAUDIUS  SMITH  DEN,  AN APPROXIMATE  2  MILE  HIKE  INTO  HARRIMAN.  AT  CLAUDIUS  SMITH,  HIKERS  CAN  CONNECT  TO  THE  TUXEDO  MOUNT  IVY  TRAIL AND  CUT  OVER  TO  THE  RAMAPO  DUNDERBERG  RED  BLAZE  AND  MAKE  THEIR  WAY  BACK  TO  THE  TUXEDO  TRAIN  STATION,  OR CONTINUE  THE  LOOP  SOUTH  ON  THE  WHITE  BLAZE  KAKIAT  TO  ALMOST  PERPENDICULAR  AND  EXIT  AT  JOHNSONTOWN ROAD. 

MUNSEE-EAGLE  /  STERLING  FOREST

HERE'S  A  NEW  TRAIL  IN  STERLING  FOREST  BUILT  AND  SHARED  WITH  US  BY  OUR  FRIENDS  AT  THE  NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY TRAIL  CONFERENCE:  THE  NEW  3.5  MILE  LONG  MUNSEE-EAGLE  ALONG  WITH  THE  HUTCHINSON/RED  BLACK  TRAILS  FORM  A 7-MILE  LOOP  CONNECTING  THE  CARETAKER  AND  SOUTH  GATE  PARKING  LOTS  AT  THE  FOREST.  THE  TRAILS  WIND  PLAYFULLY ACROSS  STONE  AND  WOODEN  BRIDGES  THROUGH  VALLEYS  AND  RAVINES  AND  A  MULTITUDE  OF  HABITATS,  PAST  GLACIAL ERRATICS  AND  DRAMATIC  CLIFFS,  CREATING  A  FUN,  ENGAGING  EXPERIENCE.

THE  MUNSEE-EAGLE  IS  DESIGNATED  FOR  HIKERS  AND  MOUNTAIN  BIKERS,  WHILE  THE  HUTCHINSON / RED BACK  TRAIL ADDITIONALLY  INCORORATES  EQUESTRIAN  USE.  THESE  TRAILS  ARE  PART  OF  THE  STERLING  FOREST  TRAILS  PLAN  TO DEVELOP,  MAINTAIN  AND  OPERATE  A  HIGH-QUALITY  DIVERSE  TRAIL  SYSTEM  WHICH  LINK  TO  REGIONAL TRAIL  SYSTEMS  AND ARE  MAINTAINED   THROUGH  PUBLIC / PRIVATE  PARTNERSHIPS  TO  PROVIDE  AN  INTEGRATED,  YEAR-ROUND  TRAIL  SYSTEM  FOR A  DIVERSITY  OF  TRAIL  USERS.