Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, three beaches, two public camping areas, a network of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. Harriman State Park's major facilities include Lakes Welch, Sebago, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds. *Boat launch sites require a boat permit. Please contact the park for further details.
Beautiful hike with amazing autumn views. Started on the white trail in the early morning which was a good warm up, then onto the blue with a nice short verticle rock climb. Made a left onto the orange trail and finished up along the water on the red. Started just after 8 am and it was peaceful with almost nobody on the trails. After 10 am when I finished the parking lot was packed and cars were parked up and down the street. I can see why the area is so popular! My suggestion is get there as early as possible if you're looking to hike without a lot of people around. I would come back and spend more time taking in the views.
Wasn't ready for all the rock climbing--"hike for your mother's birthday" is how my parents framed this to me--but it was a really cool experience! Not sure if I'd take a dog on the rock climb though. There are 90* fully vertical ascents that it would be hard to hold a leash during.
Good hike, nice views and foliage. Diverse elevation so you're going up and down, which keeps it interesting. I brought my dog, he liked it a lot. We went on a Wednesday, we only met 2 other hiking groups. I wanted to make this a loop by taking the Military Road trail but it is closed off with several DANGER signs saying there are hidden explosives in the area.
Good hiking! I did not hike all the way up to the tower, as I had just begun hiking last year when I did this trail on my own. Additionally, I went in March, and there was a ton of ice still on the trail, which made it more difficult. But to the midway point (which basically turned into a road), the hike was a great workout and very pretty! When I return, I will hike all the way up before the freezing weather comes!
Took the AT from Elk Pen to the lemon squeezer loop, then back again. Nice trail, there is a rocky pass with an "easy way" around but if you like bouldering (I do) the "hard way" is a fun little climb. I did this trail with some people who had tricky knees, and there are some steep and long downhill sections that gave them both trouble.
We opted to take the trail backwards (white to blue to red) and the terrain is quite steep on the blue trail and heads up when going this direction which is easier than it would be to go down. Most of the trail was dog friendly but a stretch on the blue was more than a medium size dog (in good shape) couple manage without help. We had to pick up our dog a couple times to help her scramble up the rocks. Views are nice at the top, and the stream along the red trail is a nice way to wrap it up.