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Park Overview:

At 47,527 acres, Harriman State Park, positioned in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park within the NYS parks system. It has 31 lakes and reservoirs, over 200 miles of climbing trails, two seashores, two public tenting areas, a community of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage factors. Harriman State Park’s main services embrace Lakes Welch, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park

Fingerboard Mountain is a 1,380-ft. peak positioned southeast of the hamlet of Central Valley in Orange County, New York. It’s simply southwest of Tiorati Circle in Harriman State Park. The Appalachian Path traverses the ridge, passing over the summit.

The Greenwood Mine is positioned close to the junction of the Appalachian Path and the Surebridge Mine Street. Also referred to as the Patterson Mine, it was first opened in 1838. The mine was owned by Robert and Peter Parrott and equipped ore to the Clove and Greenwood furnaces at Arden, New York, through the Civil Battle. The Greenwood Mine was final labored in 1880.

Greenwood Mine Complex - Harriman State Park

Greenwood Mine Advanced – Harriman State Park

The Cohasset Shelter is positioned on the Lengthy Path, simply west of the junction with Surebridge Mine Street. The Cohasset Shelter is proven on NYNJTC maps as “Unmaintained Shelter.” It was in-built 1937 for the women’ camps on Higher Lake Cohasset. This shelter is made from corrugated metal with two stone fireplace pits within the entrance. There isn’t any water supply and no views at this shelter.

Cohasset Shelter - Harriman State Park

Cohasset Shelter – Harriman State Park


Trails Overview:

  • Lake Tiorati Path ~ (0.6 mile) is a blue blazed path which begins within the Lake Tiorati Picnic Space and connects to the coaligned Appalachian Path (AT) and Rampo-Dunderberg Path.
  • Appalachian Path ~ (1.8 miles) is marked with 2×6-inch white blazes. It’s coaligned with the Rampo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path for simply over a mile because it traverses the ridge of Fingerboard Mountain. It then splits from the R-D Path and descends in direction of the western foot of the mountain, the place it meets Surebridge Mine Street.
  • Surebridge Mine Street ~ (0.25 mile) is an unmarked woods highway that runs alongside the hole between Fingerboard Mountain and Surebridge Mountain. It connects the AT to the Lengthy Path.
  • Lengthy Path ~ (1.35 mile) is an aqua-blazed footpath that runs southwest to northeast alongside the bottom of Fingerboard Mountain. It is extremely rocky in locations and will be moist within the decrease mendacity areas.
  • Arden Valley Street ~ (0.2 mile) This paved park highway connects the Lengthy Path to the AT. Care needs to be taken whereas strolling alongside this highway throughout heat climate, when it’s open to vehicular visitors. 

The paths are maintained by volunteers of the NY-NJ Path Convention.


Hike Overview:

This loop hike doesn’t supply any views, however does have some scenic footpaths and woods roads, a picturesque open ridge, and an in a single day path shelter that make it a worthwhile hike.

I wished to finish the Harriman Path Shelters Problem, which entails visiting 10 in a single day shelters which are positioned in numerous areas of the park.

Harriman Shelters Challenge Patch

Harriman Shelters Problem Patch

Within the final two weeks we hiked to the Bald Rocks Shelter on Black Rock Mountain (#8) and the Stone Memorial Shelter (#9). The Cohasset Shelter, marked as “Unmaintained Shelter” on the NY-NJ Path Map, could be the ultimate shelter wanted to finish the problem. This hike goes proper by the Fingerboard Mountain Shelter as nicely. Since we had already visited this shelter in 2017, we didn’t cease there. This can be a good hike to knock off two shelters in a single hike.

We did this hike through the Memorial Day weekend, however surprisingly the Tiorati Picnic Space was not crowded in any respect. In heat climate, the parking zone normally fills up early. With anchored charcoal grills, seashore and trails entry, the Tiorati Picnic Space is often a busy spot.

Except for the Lake Tiorati Path, we didn’t see anybody else on any of the opposite trails throughout our hike. It turned out to be a pleasant loop by means of the scenic panorama of Harriman. For probably the most half, the paths had been nicely shaded, making this an excellent hike on a sizzling day.

This average loop hike was achieved clockwise and does embrace a brief highway stroll on Arden Valley Street. 

AT-Long Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Area

AT-Lengthy Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Space

There are quite a few ups and downs on this hike, however the bulk of the elevation acquire is finished within the first 1.5 miles.

elevation profile - AT-Long Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Area

elevation profile – AT-Lengthy Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Space


The Hike:

In direction of the southern finish of the parking space, you’ll discover a triple blue blaze (pale), which marks the beginning of the Lake Tiorati Path. Proceed uphill on this path to the ridge of Fingerboard Mountain, following the outdated route of Arden Valley Street for a part of the way in which. On the high, flip left on the joint Appalachian Path (AT) (white blazes)/Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path (red-dot-on-white), which follows a woods highway previous steel and concrete water towers and continues to climb alongside the ridge of Fingerboard Mountain on a footpath. You’ll attain just a few false summits, one in all which options an fascinating balanced boulder. When the leaves are down, Lake Tiorati could also be seen by means of the timber on the left.

Lake Tiorati Trail - Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Path – Harriman State Park

 

Lake Tiorati Trail - Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Path – Harriman State Park

 

Lake Tiorati Trail - Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Path – Harriman State Park

 

Lake Tiorati Trail - Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Path – Harriman State Park

 

Turn left on joint AT/R-D trails

Flip left on joint AT/R-D trails

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails

Coaligned AT/R-D trails

The path goes to the left of this water tower. We stayed on the woods highway on the best and needed to minimize throughout to regain the path.

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

A few mile from the beginning, you’ll attain a junction marked by a wood signal. Right here, the blue-blazed Hurst Path begins on the left. This path leads down just a few hundred ft to the stone Fingerboard Shelter, in-built 1928. It’s possible you’ll want to take a brief detour to take a look at this shelter, at which in a single day tenting is permitted.

Hurst Trail junction - Harriman State Park

Hurst Path junction – Harriman State Park

Proceed south on the Coaligned AT/R-D, which quickly reaches one other intersection. Right here, the R-D Path continues straight, however it is best to comply with the white blazes of the AT, which bear proper. The AT descends by means of thickets of Mountain Laurel and Hemlock. Because the path descends, it passes some fascinating rock formations, simply off path to the best.

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Bear right on the Appalachian Trail

Bear proper on the Appalachian Path

 

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

The path quickly descends on switchbacks.

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain 

 

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

On the base of the descent, about 2 miles from the beginning of the hike, the path turns left and joins Surebridge Mine Street. A pile of tailings (waste rock) will be seen simply to the best of the path.

Appalachian Trail - Fingerboard Mountain

Appalachian Path – Fingerboard Mountain

A number of exploratory pits, a vertical shaft and a horizontal shaft, all full of water, could also be seen alongside the hillside to the east of the highway. A platform constructed of tough minimize stone and measuring fifteen ft by fifteen ft will be noticed on this space.

Greenwood Mine Complex - Harriman State Park

Greenwood Mine Advanced – Harriman State Park

Simply forward is a big open pit, 100 ft lengthy by thirty ft extensive, which is now full of water. It’s positioned on the east facet (left) of the outdated highway. It’s possible you’ll wish to take a break right here to look at these fascinating historic options.

Greenwood Mine Complex - Harriman State Park

Greenwood Mine Advanced – Harriman State Park

 

Greenwood Mine Complex - Harriman State Park

Greenwood Mine Advanced – Harriman State Park

Straight throughout from the massive open pit, flip proper on Surebridge Mine Street. The outdated, unmarked mine highway crosses Surebridge Brook however you’ll hardly discover it, because the brook goes by means of the rocks far beneath the floor of the highway. Proceed to comply with Surebridge Mine Street previous a marsh to the best, and look rigorously for an enormous boulder on the left, with a big tree laying alongside it. This marks the crossing of the aqua-blazed Lengthy Path, which might in any other case be simply missed.

Surebridge Mine Road - Harriman State Park

Surebridge Mine Street – Harriman State Park

 

Surebridge Mine Road - Harriman State Park

Surebridge Mine Street – Harriman State Park

 

Surebridge Mine Road - Harriman State Park

Surebridge Mine Street – Harriman State Park

 

Turn left on the Long Path

Flip left on the Lengthy Path

Flip left on the Lengthy Path and comply with the aqua blazes a brief distance uphill to the location of the Cohasset Shelter.

Turn left on the Long Path

Flip left on the Lengthy Path

 

Long Path - Harriman State Park

Lengthy Path – Harriman State Park

 

Long Path - Harriman State Park

Lengthy Path – Harriman State Park

The Cohasset Shelter is proven on NYNJTC maps as “Unmaintained Shelter.” This shelter was in-built 1937 for the women’ camps on Higher Lake Cohasset.

Cohasset Shelter - Harriman State Park

Cohasset Shelter – Harriman State Park

The Cohasset Shelter is made from corrugated metal with two stone fireplace pits within the entrance. There isn’t any water supply and no views at this shelter. Lean-tos or shelters positioned in Harriman State Park, are three sided, open entrance constructions with wooden sleeping platforms. All of them have resident mouse populations.

Cohasset Shelter - Harriman State Park

Cohasset Shelter – Harriman State Park

 

Cohasset Shelter - Harriman State Park

Cohasset Shelter – Harriman State Park

Retrace your steps on the Lengthy Path, crossing Surebridge Mine Street, and comply with the aqua blazes for simply over a mile, crossing a number of intermittent streams and boulder fields, till you attain the paved Arden Valley Street, which is closed to vehicular visitors within the winter. 

Long Path - Harriman State Park

Lengthy Path – Harriman State Park

 

Long Path - Harriman State Park

Lengthy Path – Harriman State Park

 

Long Path - Harriman State Park

Lengthy Path – Harriman State Park

Flip proper, leaving the Lengthy Path, and comply with the paved highway as much as the crest of Fingerboard Mountain for about 0.2 mile, the place the white-blazed AT and red-dot-on-white-blazed R-D Path cross. Flip proper onto the AT/R-D, and in 200 ft, flip left onto the blue-blazed Lake Tiorati Path. Observe this path downhill for 0.3 mile to the parking zone the place the hike started.

Turn right on Arden Valley Road

Flip proper on Arden Valley Street

 

Arden Valley Road - Harriman State Park

Arden Valley Street – Harriman State Park

 

Turn right on the coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Flip proper on the coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Coaligned AT/R-D trails - Fingerboard Mountain

Coaligned AT/R-D trails – Fingerboard Mountain

 

Lake Tiorati Trail - Harriman State Park

Lake Tiorati Path – Harriman State Park

 

Lake Tiorati Picnic Area

Lake Tiorati Picnic Space


Evaluation:

There are not any views, however the lack of different hikers on the path, made for a beautiful hike. There is sufficient to see alongside the paths to maintain this hike fascinating. The shaded trails retains sweat at a minimal. There may be some highway noise from bikes cruising alongside Seven Lakes Drive and Arden Valley Street.

Execs:

Appalachian Path, Lengthy Path, Greenwood Mine, Cohasset Shelter, nicely marked trails, not a lot foot visitors, shaded trails.

Cons:

No views, some highway noise.


Take a hike!

AT-Long Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Area – Harriman State Park

AT-Lengthy Path Loop from Tiorati Picnic Space – Harriman State Park


Sources:

  • New York-New Jersey Path Convention
  • Harriman State Park
  • Myles, William J.; Chazin, Daniel. Harriman Trails: A Information and Historical past . New York – New Jersey Path Convention. Kindle Version.
  • Lenik, Edward J.. Iron Mine Trails . New York – New Jersey Path Convention. Kindle Version.



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