Late start to the weekend? Want to go out and back before the football starts, but also want to feel like you’ve been somewhere? Try the summit of Long Mountain, in the north part of Harriman State Park, NY.
This loop is just the right combination for a beautiful autumn or late spring day when you want a spectacular view for minimal effort, and you’re short on time. At just over two miles, this “lollipop”-style hike (a loop hike on a stick) leads you uphill through a variety of vegetation, across a rocky mountain “spine” to a wonderful spot to have lunch and enjoy spectacular views of Bear Mountain, Turkey Hill Lake, and the Popolopen Torne. If you have dogs, they can refresh themselves in Deep Hollow Brook, at the bottom of Long Mountain.
Download our PDF trail map of the area (you can use this trail map to hike to Turkey Mountain Lake, as well). You’ll park at the trailhead for the Long Path, and follow the aqua-blazed Long Path up Long Mountain and down the other side, along a ledge and a series of switchbacks. Just before you come to a brook at the bottom of Long Mountain, you’ll turn left onto an (unmarked) stony woods road, hiking for about a half mile until you reach the Long Path again. Turn right, and retrace your steps briefly (the stick of the lollipop) back to your car.
A memorial (marked on the map with an “X”) is cut into the exposed stone spine at the top of the mountain. It’s an homage to Raymond H. Torrey, who scouted this section of the trail and held the views from the summit as his favorite in the park.
To Get There:
Take the Palisades Parkway north to exit 18. At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Route 6 west. Drive for about half a mile, and then take the right-hand turn onto a paved park road. This is the parking area for the Long Path trailhead. Pull up to the kiosk (on the right) and park.