If you are not working on Martin Luther King day and looking for a moderate hike that will not take up your entire day or make you get up too early we have a great hike ... Black Mountain. This 5-6 mile hike will begin at 10:30 and we should be done by 2:30 so you will be home for dinner.
DISCLOSURE: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE DOING THIS HIKE SO WE WILL BE FOLLOWING THE TRAIL DESCRIPTION AND A MAP. Hopefully it won't be too bad :)
There is a $2 suggested donation for this event to cover the cost of the meetup site.
THIS IS A MEMBER ONLY HIKE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HIKE WITH A FRIEND WHO IS NOT A MEMBER PLEASE HAVE THEM JOIN THE GROUP.
MINIMUM RECOMMENDED GEAR:
· Backpack with raincoat/windbreaker, base layers (synthetic - no cotton) hat and gloves
· Hiking Poles
· Microspikes (there may be snow or ice on the ground)
· Headlamp (you never know)
· Water (at least 2-3 liters)
· Snack and lunch
Silvermine Parking Area is located off EXIT 18 on the Palisades Parkway. Proceed almost all the way around the circle to Seven Lakes Drive (westbound). The parking area is on your left 1.4 miles along the road.
THE TRAIL: Can be found on NY-NJTC Harriman Bear Mountain Trail Map #119
Begin the hike on the yellow blazed Memomine Trail by the crossing the wide bridge at the bottom of the parking area and bearing left across the field toward two small wooden outbuildings. From here the trail parallels the lakeshore.
After about 20 minutes the trail heads away from Silvermine Lake and begins a modest 100 foot ascent on a woods road to a crest, where it makes a sharp left and continues climbing another few hundred feet to its end at the William Brien Shelter, 1.35 miles from the hike’s start. The junction with the co-blazed AT Trail (white rectangle) and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail (red dot on a white background) is at this shelter.
A short blue-gray trail form the shelter leads to an old well. This area is popular with AT hikers as it is one of only a dozen areas where is legal to camp within the park.
From here, the hike proceeds east (north on the AT/Ramapo-Dunderberg co-blazed trail. From the shelter, look ahead 40 yards to the boulder covered hill. The trail blazes will be clearly visible. Make a left onto the trail and up the hill. Alternatively, a clear but unmarked trail at the side of the shelter also ascends on an easier route to the blazed trail.
The co-blazed trail meanders along ht top of a ridge thorough open hardwoods and in about 30 minutes descends to a substantial gravel road (Silvermine Ski Road) before crossing and beginning the climb up Black Mountain.
After crossing the road, continue ahead on the AT/Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail as it climbs steeply up the side of Black Mountain on a fine footway. The full climb up takes about 20 minutes but there is a viewpoint of Silvermine Lake about 5 minutes up. Once we get to the 1200 foot summit, if it isn’t too cold, we will have lunch or a snack and enjoy the views of the Hudson and surrounding area. On a clear day the Manhattan skyline breaks the Horizon.
When we are done we will retrace our steps down the mountain back to the gravel Silvermine Ski Road. Turn right, downhill, toward the lake. The road is unmarked but very easy to follow. In 15 minutes we’ll pass a dam (crossing is prohibited and unsafe) and 5 minutes later cross a stream on a substantial bridge. Almost immediately after the bridge, two green and black painted metal posts flank the road. Here , turn left and bushwhack up about 40 yards to Seven Lakes Drive (passing cars will be apparent). Turn left again, and walk the shoulder back to the cars, less than 10 minutes away.
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