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A dog takes a break on the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail on West Mountain.  The Timp-Torne Trail and the R-D Trail may be combined for a loop hike that will take you all day, and afford you great views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline.

A dog takes a break on the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail on West Mountain. The Timp-Torne Trail and the R-D Trail may be combined for a loop hike that will take you all day, and afford you great views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline.

Trails from the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area to West Mountain and The Timp

Park at GPS:  41.29089 N, 74.02420W.

I think we all have our favorite spots to hike in Harriman, but it’s hard to narrow them down.  I thought I’d post five of my favorite areas, with downloadable maps of the sections I love to hike These are in no particular order.

Download the Trail Map PDF

West Mountain

When I first got the trail maps for Harriman State Park, it was the Timp-Torne Trail that caught my eye first, and it never disappoints. In parts grassy, or rocky, or wooded, the loop that includes the blue-blazed Timp-Torne Trail and the red-blazed Ramapo-Dunderberg trail includes plenty of varied terrain, great views of the Hudson River, a historic lean-to shelter and so much more.

Use our map to plan your hike.  The best views are found along the Timp-Torne and the Ramapo-Dunderberg trails, so a spectacular loop hike can be made with these two favorites.

One of the best areas to hike in Harriman State Park is near the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, off the Palisades Parkway (Exit 17).

Park at the GPS 41.29089 N, 74.02420 W: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area — Exit 17 off the Palisades Parkway — to access some of the best hikes in Harriman State Park, NY.  Download this map as a PDF with the link above.

 

Parking at Anthony Wayne Recreation area, you can follow the old ski trail (marked in green on our map) to its intersection with either the Appalachian Trail (white) or the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail, and make a loop of it.

Use the Timp Pass Road (purple on our map) to shorten your loop, or hike the Ramapo Dunderberg Trail to its intersection with the Timp-Torne, and take in the views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline from “The Timp” (marked on our map).

Bring a lunch and enjoy views of New York City from the West Mountain shelter, a great spot to rest and meet thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Remember: There are many unblazed, unmaintained trails or unmarked woods roads that crisscross Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain.  Don’t divert onto them without a complete map, or without a familiarity with the trails — you may get lost.

Download the Trail Map

Get There

GPS:  41.29089 N, 74.02420W (Parking is in the Anthony Wayne parking lot)

Take the Palisades Parkway north to Exit 17 — the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area — and park in the furthest (southernmost) parking lot, at the edge of the woods.  Follow the bike trail (green trail on our map) to the color-blazed trails.

You can also order the official (and indestructible) New York New Jersey Trail Conference Map Set for Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park.  These are must-haves if you plan on exploring all that Harriman has to offer.  Follow the links on the right to purchase.

 

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