Harriman SBM Traverse - 24 Miles!

Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Distance: 24 miles
Total Rise: 6,000 ft
Estimated Time: 11-13 hours

Trip Highlights: many overlooks, some scrambling


REQUIRED LEVEL: Take note that this is a very strenuous hike. You must be a strong hiker to do this. When all participants are at good hiking levels, it eases up the work of the team, and makes the hike fun and safe for all. Please carefully assess the hike plan and your hiking preparedness before you RSVP on this hike.

NOTE: This is a great practice hike for the much harder coming hikes we have scheduled ... give this one a try before taking on the Escarpment, DP, Great Range or Presidentials.


We are going to hike the full Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail that traverses both Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park, from south to north, ending at the Bear Mountain. We'll meet at the Bear Mountain parking area at 6 a.m., and shuttle to the south side for the hike start.

This hike is a very long strenuous hike -- you must be a strong, high-endurance hiker for this event!

 

12-Mile Option

The midway point of the hike crosses Route 106 which is just half a mile east of Lake Welch. You can start with us in the morning (from Suffern) and end your hike here. Or you can meet us here around noon time and hike with us to the rest of the hike. There's a parking area at this point (can be seen from the NY-NJTC Northern Harriman map).

 

CLICK HERE for a Google Maps location of this midway point.

Trailhead Location -- CLICK HERE.

We'll meet at the Bear Mountain parking area (Point C) at 5:30 a.m., then shuttle to the southern end at Suffern (Point A) to start the hike at 6:00 a.m., leaving one car at the 12-mile point (Point B) for the food / lunch, water and other supplies.

 


 

CLICK HERE:  Photos from our hike last 10/30/2010 ...

... finished in 11+ hours of hiking and stops!




 


 

Liability Waiver:


Outdoor recreation activities are by their very nature potentially hazardous and contain risk. All participants in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. The outdoors are forever changing. No book can replace good judgment. The organizer cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies, errors or omissions or for changes in the details in this hike or for the consequences of any reliance on the information contained herein or for the safety of people in the outdoors.

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  • melody

    Did anyone leave a light green water bottle in my red jeep (lunch car)?

    March 31, 2013

    • rita c

      I also found a black fleece hat and some black gloves I'm my bag.

      March 31, 2013

  • DorothyD

    Excellent hike! Snow made it a little more difficult but still a good day. We all finished around 6:30 - 7 which considering the conditions, it's not bad. The 2nd half was a little easier since the snow was softer.

    March 24, 2013

  • Richard

    Had a great hike and really enjoyed climbing Pingyp Mountain. Thanks for posting Rollo

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Raj

      Yes that was good one !!!!

      March 24, 2013

  • Eric

    Dorothy, Thanks for posting the pictures.

    March 23, 2013

  • erika

    ditto what dorothy said, and good seeing folks i haven't seen in awhile; tanks for organizing rollo! i'm not one for bailing, but am sure glad i did today :)

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Dorothy

    great times! we made good time despite the tough trail conditions!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • melody

    Was great seeing All and look forward to a snow-free hike soon!

    March 23, 2013

  • Dorothy

    meet at Bear Mtn at 5:30am ?

    March 22, 2013

  • Shawm

    Have a great day everyone. Don't have any way to get there.

    March 22, 2013

  • Chris

    I will not make it. Have fun.

    March 22, 2013

  • Liz

    Does anybody want to try to hike it the opposite direction? Bear Mt - Suffern? I've done it in both directions, and prefer to get the big inclines out of the way early in the day, when my muscles are a little fresher...

    March 22, 2013

    • erika

      i would be into that liz; i'm always a fan of getting the harder stuff out of the way first!

      March 22, 2013

    • Shawm

      I would be happy hiking it in either direction but still haven't figured out how I'm getting there. any advice greatly appreciated...:)

      March 22, 2013

  • ecovindaloo

    March 22, 2013

  • rita c

    I may be doing first with Ovral...

    March 22, 2013

  • Chris

    2nd half

    March 22, 2013

  • Chris B

    Will be out of town for work.
    Cant seem to get a hike in lately. :(

    March 22, 2013

  • ovral

    I plan to do full hike but only if conditions are not icy

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • Merlin T.

      or I can lend Ovral my crampons and ice axe... hehehe

      March 21, 2013

    • Toni

      I was hiking at breakneck last weekend and some regions were quite icy, so I will definitely have my microspikes. The ice was soft so it was easy to walk on with the spikes (same as walking on regular ground).

      March 21, 2013

  • Mike M.

    I will be driving from Long Island, and doing only the first half of the hike.

    March 21, 2013

    • Rollo

      Good to see you on this hike Mike! It's been a while since we last hike together. I think it was the Halcott+Westkill winter dayhike of March last year.

      March 21, 2013

  • Rollo

    I'm picking up Liz/Toni 4:30am at Astoria. I can fit in 2 more NYC hikers.. but only those who don't drive. Those who have cars must drive to help out in the shuttle. Let me know and check with Toni for the meeting point.

    March 21, 2013

  • erika

    microspikes should be sufficient right?

    March 21, 2013

    • Rollo

      more than sufficient i think Erika... probably not even needed in most parts. Just bring it anyway and we will decide once there.

      March 21, 2013

  • melody

    Hey Rollo, for those of us not leaving our cars at Bear Mountain, how do we get around the $8 fee? Do I have the wrong parking spot in my head?

    March 21, 2013

    • Merlin T.

      You don't have to pay the $8. The pay station at the parking lot only opens 8am to 6pm or something like that, and it's "free" for all off-hours entry.

      March 21, 2013

    • melody

      Excellent. Thanks Merlin!

      March 21, 2013

  • Liz

    I can meet anyone early on Saturday morning, anywhere in 5 boros - where are drivers leaving from? I'm in Bklyn.

    If rides are short, there's also a 6:13 train from Penn that gets to Suffern at about 7:34 - If anyone wants to go a little later, and try for that, let me know!

    March 21, 2013

    • Shawm

      I might be into it.. What about getting to the trailhead?

      March 21, 2013

  • melody

    driving w/Dave and need to leave car in lunch spot

    March 21, 2013

  • Merlin T.

    Will be driving from Jersey City. See you all at the bear mountain parking.

    March 21, 2013

  • Raj

    Shuttle to Suffern >>>>> Yes
    Space >>>>>> 4 Hikers

    March 21, 2013

  • Ana

    Can't make it now, but will be there for the April 24 miler.

    March 20, 2013

  • Minyoung

    I would also like a ride from the NYC area. I live in Queens. Thanks!

    March 19, 2013

  • Liz

    Wont be able to get a ride from my area, looks like - I may backpack in on Friday nite, or take public transportation on Sat. am, and start later.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My knee still hasn't recovered =(

    March 18, 2013

  • Shawm

    Hey all, anyone driving up from the NYC area that I can grab a share with? Thanks!

    March 18, 2013

  • Patrizia

    ....but, is this week snow going to affect us...?

    March 18, 2013

    • Patrizia

      I love the snow anyway... I was only worried for those of you who are going for 24 miles...

      1 · March 18, 2013

    • Dorothy

      hoping the snow turns into hardpack.. it will make the hike nice & smooth

      March 18, 2013

  • Patrizia

    Rich, Jenny and I have our carpool arrangements.

    March 18, 2013

  • maria

    sorry i've only done my homework this weekend: i am up to that Pyngyp

    March 18, 2013

  • melody

    I need to be the lunch car as Dave and I are only fully committed to the first half. Thanks!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Hans

    My knee is causing me more trouble than expected.

    March 15, 2013

  • Shawm

    Looking for a ride share from the NYC area. Thanks!

    March 15, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Something came up. See y'all in April.

    March 14, 2013

  • Liz

    Need a ride - anyone coming from NYC/Brooklyn?

    March 12, 2013

  • Liz

    Count me in!

    March 12, 2013

  • maria

    ?? 12 miles (trying to go to gym)

    March 12, 2013

  • Brian

    Psyched for this one!

    March 3, 2013

  • Raj

    For now only, I make final decision after 16 mile hike next month .....

    January 21, 2013

  • Patrizia

    12 mile option- second part

    January 18, 2013

  • Dorothy

    maybe for now

    January 15, 2013

  • Jenny

    2nd half

    January 13, 2013

  • June

    conference travel

    December 8, 2012

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