Ramapo Dunderberg and Tom Jones Shelter

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Ramapo Dunderberg and Tom Jones Shelter is a 8.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tuxedo, New York that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1486 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

This trail is accessible via NJ Transit train, the Port Jervis Line stop is Tuxedo Station. We traveled from Hoboken to Tuxedo in about an hour.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This was a nice hike with only moderate inclines as the TriangleTrail skirted the mountains for the most part (note: Triangle Trail mislabeled as of 6/26/17 to be the White Bar trail, go to https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/HarrimanTrailMap.pdf until AllTrails has a chance to update their information). The Triangle Trail is marked with yellow triangles, sometimes with black outline. It is not a highly used trail. Wild blueberries abounded. Most trails are rocky, so watch your footing. Being in the lower section of the park on the Triangle Trail also had a lot of bugs, one of our party was bitten by three ticks, and this was the guy in the loose fitting t-shirt and jeans. (He ended up in the ER to have one removed Saturday night, it was immature and had burrowed in so only its legs were sticking out, yuck!). Anyway, the R-D (Ramapo Dunderberg) trail section was great, it meets the Triangle Trail at a nice point with scenic views. This trail is marked with a red dot on a white vertical bar. The section from this point to the Tom Jones shelter was not used very often, as the markers (painted) were showing signs of being weathered. There's a bit of a scramble to ascend to the shelter that was nerve-wracking with our too-heavy packs. The shelter location was wonderful, but there was not much wood for the fire to collect. Just before the scramble there was plenty and we would've done well to drag some along. The shelter itself features 2 fireplaces, three stone sides and a rain-proof roof. There's a raised wooden platform, seat height, to put your tent that takes up about half the shelter. Campers from recent times had left some niceties, like a deck of cards, garbage bags and wood. There's a campfire pit outside the shelter, plenty of grates to cook food around (old, but serviceable) and the terrain is grassy with some rocky outcroppings.