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Bald Rocks Shelter via Kanawauke Road

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Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter via Kanawauke Road is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Southfields, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 597 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Rocky

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This trail is a portion of a longer path to Hogencamp Mtn (see Hogencamp Mountain via Lichen Trail Loop). This trail is moderate, with many up and down segments, not a straight ascent. The most striking feature of Bald Rock, and its neighbor Hogencamp, are the long, multiple rock plateaus. A hiker's foot will be on solid rock just as much as soil for long trail stretches! Please note that it has been reported that Route 106 is closed from Kanawauke Circle to Rt 17.

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Reviews (145)
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Recordings (138)
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Leah Frank
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HikingBlowdownGreat!RockyScramble

Great trail!! Lots of differing terrain, rock scrambling, flora & fauna. There’s some good views (definitely better with less growth), lots of interesting rock terrain, cool forest vibes and varying ascents & descents. Very well marked trail- follow white square w red circle. If looking to make this a little bit longer and a loop (another 2 miles approximately) you can hook it up with the “Bald Rocks Shelter via White Bar, Dunning, Ramapo Dunderberg and Nurian Loop” trail. Note: due to recent storm there are many trees down.

Anna Aiello
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Hiking

beautiful

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Daniel Kim
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HikingRockyScramble

Hot by the rocks as there is no cover after the first mile. Shelter is still closed.

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Niv Goldman
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great hike, lots of blue berries if you want to pick and eat on the way. The hike is quite tough on a hot day as there isn’t much shade especially after the first mile. Also beware - we saw a bear on the trail right after the sign of where not to camp

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Michael Kane
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HikingGreat!

I first discovered this trail back in 2015 when my family and another went up it with our young kids to Bald Rocks on an early April day. The rating of moderate is likely in relation to other trails in the park or the fact there are a couple of places where some people may require sliding down on their rear ends or use three points of contact. For those I would suggest trekking poles. The only water available in this section would be from rain run off. So bring enough to get through this short hike of up and down or to get through the section. I was back on this trail the other night, bringing with me my daughter and her inexperienced in hiking friends for a night hike and a sunrise viewing. The trail is frequently used enough that the path is well worn and the trail markers were clearly visible, where I could let a first time hiker in the dark with a headlamp, take the lead. Granted some trees with markers attached are down but the next marker was generally visible or conscientious hikers left markers to help guide others. I know there has been recent reviews on other sites concerning bear activity in the park and Harriman Park has bears. The level of activity is likely due to careless over night campers who need a review on how and where to hang bears bags. 20 feet from your site that is 10 feet off the trail isn't ideal. Bears are lazy and conserve energy when possible so they do use the trail system. So if you're camping there remember that. Bears don't like to bush whack any more than you do. Still, don't let that deter you from using the trail. If concerned about bears, travel in a group. It is a wonderful short hike with a great views of a sunrise and probably a sunset.

Nicole Britt
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Anna Aiello
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Hiking

Nice but no water

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A G.
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Hiking

You get some forest canopy, hiking incline/decline, open exposed rock and a few nice views with a manageable easy hike. Took some inexperienced family members. Trail was not busy (weekday) and it was a very hot day hitting in the 90s. Lack of experience in the group and the heat made us really take our time with stops and lunch for a total 3 hour hike. Signs were still up at the shelter for no camping due to bear activity.

Mike Cramsie
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Hiking

A bit rocky as the name suggests, steady incline most of the way but nothing too bad. Great views as you get to the top, keep an eye out for black bears though. There are currently signs around the shelter disallowing camping near the Bald Rocks Shelter due to problematic bear activity recently. There was a cool little journal inside to sign your name with too!

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Ashley Aiello
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HikingRocky

my new favorite trail :) as long as you don’t mind an incline it’s good. definitely wouldn’t do it if it’s raining- the rocks are probably hazardous when wet

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David Caplan
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Hiking

Great hike love the terrain. I have done this hike three times in the last three months including an overnight with 29 degree temperatures at night. We were by ourselves most of the time. Sweet! Alert!!! Just read on the Harriman Park website that rt 106 is closed from Kanawauke Circle to Rt 17. Probably closing because of too many cars.

Kevin Costanzo
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HikingRockyScramble

Can’t say enough about the trails in this area they are so unique and the views are amazing!! Trails are not marked the best so if your not paying close attention you can get off trail fairly easy.

Dina Signoretti-Costanzo
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HikingFloodedMuddyRockyScramble

Great trail. Love the views and thankfully didn’t see too many people today. Can’t wait to go again in the fall

Sara Brady
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HikingRocky

Great NY hike! Reminded me of a hike I took in Estes Park, CO. The flat rocks are unlike anything I’ve seen over here. More on the easy side of moderate. A lot of parking available, but it fills up fairly quickly- go early (or late enough where people are leaving the trail).

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Friya Zhang
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Moderate elevation. Relatively easy hike. Saw a lot of kids and dogs on the way. A few open areas on the way for views but since not very high up, it was okay. No lake view.

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Emily Iuppa
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HikingRocky

We were looking for an easy-moderate trail with not too much elevation gain and not too long. And here we have the Bald Rocks Shelter trail. It was all of those things and then some with views almost the whole time. It’s different from a usual hikes. Excited to go back in the spring :)

Jennylee Marcelin
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HikingRocky

beautiful bald rocks and interesting varied terrain. nice viewpoints. almost feels like I'm on another the planet on those rock tops! beautiful scenery and different kinds of trees, almost magical. The shelter is nice and cozy and blocks you from the wind

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A G.
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Hiking

Excellent short hike. I love the bald rocks area as a favorite in Harriman.

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