The Quiet Corner: Brooks Hollow Trail | The Unmarked Trails The Quiet Corner: Brooks Hollow Trail | The Unmarked Trails
Parking at Harriman and Bear Mountain Roadside parking is allowed in Harriman State Park, but only in designated areas.  But how do you know what the designated areas are if there's no sign?  This is the entrance to Thendara Mountain Club.  Don't park here.
Hiking Anthony’s Nose: End of Winter, But Harriman’s Still Holding Snow. Hiking Anthony’s Nose: End of Winter, But Harriman’s Still Holding Snow.
I Love a Hemlock Wood in Winter I Love a Hemlock Wood in Winter

Recent Posts

The Quiet Corner: Brooks Hollow Trail | The Unmarked Trails
Hiking / Navigation / What's in those woods

The Quiet Corner: Brooks Hollow Trail | The Unmarked Trails

Not on the Map For the weekend, at least, a kind of summer visited downstate New York.   Saturday dawned cloudless and crystalline, with just enough of a chill to make you wonder if you’d need a sweatshirt on the trails.  But by the time we got to Harriman and parked […]

Roadside parking is allowed in Harriman State Park, but only in designated areas.  But how do you know what the designated areas are if there's no sign?  This is the entrance to Thendara Mountain Club.  Don't park here.
Getting there / parking

Parking at Harriman and Bear Mountain

Where can you park at Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain and (more importantly) how do you know? There are almost 50 legal parking areas within or adjacent to Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain (a few less during the winter, when seasonal roads are closed).  Those are plentiful options […]

Hiking Anthony’s Nose: End of Winter, But Harriman’s Still Holding Snow.
Appalachian Trail / Hiking / Trails / winter

Hiking Anthony’s Nose: End of Winter, But Harriman’s Still Holding Snow.

Hike To Anthony’s Nose: Choose the South-Facing Slope. With the warmer weather, winter is loosening its grip on Harriman State Park, and every day the streams and rills are a little faster and wider, and the ice on the trails is giving way to mud, especially later in the day. […]

I Love a Hemlock Wood in Winter
Appalachian Trail / cross country skiing / Hiking / winter

I Love a Hemlock Wood in Winter

  Hiking Harriman’s Hemlock Woods Eyes tired of the winter: of blackening snow at the edge of the parkway, of tawny fields, the rattling nakedness of the upland hardwood forest in winter.  Grey-brown, all around.  Lately, I’m looking for the green cover of a hemlock woods. Other area parks perhaps […]

Crusty!
Uncategorized

Crusty!

Seized with the urge to hike to the top of something, and with the weather moody and mercurial, I thought I’d jog up Anthony’s Nose this afternoon.  Good plan. It didn’t take ten minutes to realize this was a hike I’d have to foresake due to the ice, hiding under […]

Why Not Allow Kayaks in Little Long Pond?
Kayak / Lakes

Why Not Allow Kayaks in Little Long Pond?

This Year, I’m Getting the Permit. Harriman State Park is large enough to embody the notion of two types of park: an idyll, a place where one goes to escape the city and especially other people, and a place that draws from one of the largest urban areas in the […]

First Glimpse of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail
Hiking / Maps / Trails

First Glimpse of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail

Raymond Torrey’s Description of a Trail Built to Last I woke up this morning thinking it would be easy to throw the dogs in the car and do a five-mile trek through Harriman State Park.  And then I woke up again, this time from the dream I had of springtime, […]

Snowy Owl in Harriman State Park
Birds / Snowy owl

Snowy Owl in Harriman State Park

Of course, as soon as you say the snowy owl will probably not make himself at home in Harriman State Park, one does. A Snowy Owl Appears at Harriman State Park’s Lake Welch This beautiful picture was taken by Alan Wells on January 9th.  Alan spotted the owl at Lake […]

Here Comes the Snow, and You Can Snowmobile in Harriman
cross country skiing / snowmobile

Here Comes the Snow, and You Can Snowmobile in Harriman

Mother Nature’s about to drop ten inches of snow on Harriman State Park, which means snowmobiling will be permitted in the Lake Welch area of the park. Lake Welch park staff admit they don’t get too many riders, but when the snow reaches six inches or more, that means snowmobiles […]

…And More Bears. | Hibernation
bears / winter

…And More Bears. | Hibernation

Bears Walking Around in the Snow?  Never!  (But, Sometimes.) Last week I called the DEC to get information about the need to use a bear canister while camping in Harriman State Park in the winter.  The official word was that bear canisters don’t need to be used to thwart bears […]