Long Mountain Loop is a 8.9 mile loop trail located near Highland Falls, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
View of lakes, trout stream, stiff climbs This was my first taste of Harriman State park. The loop I did was in the Northern section of the park. The trail starts out with a short but steep climb up to Long Mountain and the Torrey memorial. Torrey was the individual who come up with the idea of the Long Path. The Long Path starts at the George Washington bridge and goes through Harriman park and the Catskills and ends just outside of the Catskills. When complete it will take you to Whiteface Mt in the Dacks. After soaking in the views you will climb Howell Mt, Brooks Mt and Surebridge Mt, all with limited views. Here are the trails to take. Long path to rt. 6. Follow rt. 6 past lake Te Ata. Make right onto Bailytown Rd. Take to were pavement ends. Make left onto unmarked Tr. Make left onto Long Path and back to parking.
ABRIDGED LOLLIPOP LOOP: Did a portion of this trail, which started at 41.315548, -74.05004.
Was looking for a moderate trail, with views, and hiked on a day when snow covered the trail. It was an extremely well-marked trail, not difficult to do, even in the snow, the only problem I encountered was seeing the stone path BEFORE the creek -- we hopped two creeks and then turned around and came back. Would have kept going were it not late in the day and snowy. I think in total it was about 2.6 mile loop.
We got a late start to the day, and it was an ideal short hike with a brief uphill and great view. Did the lollipop circuit route as described here, very accurate route description: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/long-path-long-mountain-summit-harriman-state-park#dialog-hike-description
there's a small high way on 9w that has a sign for the long path, from there its only about a mile to the summit following the long path . you can then continue onto the long path and descend down from the lookout. Turn left right before the Brook which takes you on an unmarked road which take you back to the beginning . I'd suggest turning back around at the lookout and retracing your steps back to the parking lot as the rest of the hike doesn't offer much . The veiw from the top is really nice , definitely a hidden gem amongst many much more popular hikes .
Large portion of the hike was along the highway and it seemed dangerous and uncomfortable. Would not recommend the hike for that part.
The long trail section was gorgeous though.