Hike: Harriman State Park

Old Man Winter is just around the corner.  But before he gets here and we hibernate for the season, let's get out and enjoy one last hike in Harriman State Park.

This is going to be a loop hike starting at the Reeves Visitor Center trailheads in the Southern section of the park.  We'll trek through the forest for a bit, follow a bubbling brook, then ascend to the ridge line and hike to several overlooks that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Hudson County peaks and valleys.  We'll then descend to the shore of Pine Meadow Lake for lunch and afterwards make our way back to our starting point.

The Important Stuff ... 

  • This is going to be an intermediate hike of about 9 miles with a few sections of steep ascents/rock scrambles and will take roughly 5 - 6 hours to complete. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but if your idea of regular exercise is pressing buttons on the television remote then this might be a bit beyond your level of comfort.
  • It's going to be quite cool so dress accordingly.  You'll get warm as you hike so you should dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion)
  • Bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks.
  • Rain/snow cancels the hike.  Check your email the morning of the event for any last minute updates.

This hike will start promptly at 9:30 AM so if you're going to be late you should call and let the organizer know. I will email my mobile phone number to those who RSVP.

How To Get There ...

Take NJ Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along the Seven Lakes Drive, passing under the Thruway overpass, and soon entering Harriman State Park. Proceed for another mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Park in the Visitor Center's parking lot (SEE PHOTO BELOW). If the lot is full, parking is allowed in certain roadside areas.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where). If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

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  • Chetna

    Kevin out does himself again. Really fun and picturesque. Nothing like being out in the woods with a fun group.

    December 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fun hike, great exercise and company. Kevin was amazing at navigating and choosing an intermediate level hiking route.

    December 12, 2011

  • Kevin

    Thanks guys for braving yesterday's chill and coming out for my jaunt in the woods. I had a fabulous time, couldn't have asked for anything more. We'll, maybe another 20 degrees on the thermometer ... :)

    December 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving Kevin. I have room for two more and can pick in Jersey city near the exchange place, grove st, or pavonia newport path station

    December 8, 2011

  • Kevin

    Osagie, normally for this location, there would be a public transportation option. In this instance though due to the shortened daylight hours we are starting the trek before the first train or bus of the day gets into town.

    December 8, 2011

  • Osagie

    Kevin is there anyway to get there by public transportation for this one?

    December 8, 2011

  • Kevin

    Storm, it's pretty easy to get to the park. There is no address for the place but you can look in your GPS POIs for Harriman State Park, or better yet, enter in Sloatsburg, NY. It's basically a one road town and you can't miss the park entrance once you get there.

    December 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    do you have an address I can put into my gps?

    December 6, 2011

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