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Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail in Harriman State Park. Directions to the park are below. Once you're there, follow these directions.
"Walk toward the rear of the parking area. To the left (east), you will notice a white circular blaze with a red "1777W." Turn left and follow this trail uphill. Soon after the trail levels off, you'll reach a junction with the white-blazed Appalachian Trail (AT). Turn sharply right, leaving the 1777W Trail, and follow the AT, which climbs through mountain laurel thickets and soon turns right onto an old woods road.
After crossing a stream on rocks, the AT turns left, leaving the woods road, and begins a steady climb up the eastern face of West Mountain. (Straight ahead, the woods road is the route of the Fawn Trail). Near the top, there is an outstanding viewpoint to the left over Bear Mountain, Iona Island and the Hudson River. The stone building on the summit of Bear Mountain is the Perkins Memorial Tower.
After a brief descent, the AT climbs steeply to a junction with the blue-blazed Timp-Torne Trail that comes in from the right. Follow the joint AT/Timp-Torne Trail ahead, passing another viewpoint to the left. The trail now swings to the west side of the ridge and soon reaches a west-facing viewpoint over Black Mountain. The Palisades Interstate Parkway and two large parking areas for the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area are visible below.
FEATURES: This loop hike climbs to the ridge of West Mountain, passing a number of expansive viewpoints over Bear Mountain, Black Mountain and the Hudson River.
LENGTH: About 5.4 miles
DIFFICULTY: Moderate to strenuous
TIME: About four hours
MAP: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map #119.
DOGS: Permitted on leash
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway north to Exit 19. Continue for 0.5 miles on Seven Lakes Drive, then turn right onto an unmarked road that leads to a parking area. (This is the first right turn on Seven Lakes Drive.)
Tags: Attractions, Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
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