Black Rock Mountain Loop from White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

Could 13, 2023 – Southfields, NY

Problem: Reasonable (A number of steep ascents, some climbing over rocks)

Size: Roughly 4 miles

Max elevation: 1,367 ft.– whole elevation acquire roughly 550 ft.

Route sort: Circuit

Purchase Map (Paper & Avenza): Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map #119

Free Map (Paper & Avenza): Bear Mountain State Park Trail Map

Trailhead parking: 1369 Kanawauke Rd, Southfields, NY, 10975

Gravel parking zone – no loos on website


Overview:

At 47,527 acres, Harriman State Park, positioned in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest park within the NYS parks system. It has 31 lakes and reservoirs, over 200 miles of mountaineering trails, two seashores, two public tenting areas, a community of group camps, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage factors. Harriman State Park’s main services embody Lakes Welch, Tiorati and Silvermine, the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space, Sebago Cabins and Beaver Pond Campgrounds.

Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park

Black Rock Mountain, at an elevation of 1,382 ft above sea stage, is the best level in Harriman State Park. The Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path traverses the ridge and passes over a spectacular space with naked rock ledges that’s dotted with boulders.

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

The Bald Rocks Shelter was in-built 1933. In early October 2020, the Lengthy Distance Trails Crew erected a food-hanging system on the Bald Rocks Shelter, based mostly on a design from crew member Erik Garnjost. The metal cables had been put in to hopefully discourage bears from trying to find meals on this in style backpacking spot.

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park


Trails Overview:

  • White Bar Path ~ (0.35 mile) is marked with horizontal white bars. You may even see “W-B” written on a few of the blazes. This path passes by means of the parking zone. For this hike, you’ll need to CROSS the highway. The path is properly blazed on this space and simple to comply with. It follows a footpath at first then joins a woods highway earlier than reaching a junction with the Nurian Path.
White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

  • Nurian Path ~ (0.45 mile) can also be blazed white, however the rectangular blazes of the Nurian Path are vertical, reasonably than horizontal. Among the blazes have an “N” on them. The Nurian Path heads southeast then turns north after gaining the ridge, ending at a junction with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path.
Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

  • Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path ~ (1 mile) is marked with red-dot-on-white blazes. It runs in a northerly course throughout the ridge of Black Rock Mountain. It passes by means of a big flat space of naked rock ledges, often called Bald Rocks. To the left of the path is a rock outcrop that marks the best spot in Harriman State Park (elevation 1,382 ft). After passing the Bald Rocks Shelter, the R-D Path involves a 4-way intersection with the Dunning Path.
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

  • Dunning Path ~ (0.6 mile) the yellow-blazed path runs in a westerly course from the junction with the R-D Path. After 0.3 mile, it turns left, heading southwest because it joins the White Bar Path, which is available in from the precise. After one other 0.2 mile, the Dunning Path leaves to the precise because the White Bar Path (which you’ll be following) continues forward.
Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

  • White Bar Path ~ (1 mile) marked with horizontal white bars, is coaligned with the Dunning Path for 0.2 mile because it heads southwest going gently upward by means of a large valley that’s dotted with straight, tall timber. In one other 0.55 mile, the Nurian Path (white) is available in from the precise and in one other 530 yards, the Nurian Path leaves to the left. For many of its route (on this hike), it runs alongside a large woods highway. In one other 0.2 mile, the White Bar Path joins Island Pond Highway and shortly approaches Route 106. It turns left and parallels the highway for about 500 ft, then crosses the highway to the parking space, the place the hike started.
White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park


Parking:

The gravel lot is an honest measurement, however I’ve seen it jam packed prior to now as I returned from my hike. I might counsel that you just again into an area, in any other case you’ll have hassle backing out in your return if the lot is full.

White Bar Trailhead - Harriman State Park

White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

This parking zone supplies entry to a number of completely different trails, and the White Bar Path runs proper by means of the lot. For this hike you’ll have to cross the highway to start your hike.

White Bar Trailhead - Harriman State Park

White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

I’m unsure if they’ve points with theft right here, however I’ve parked right here quite a few instances and haven’t had any issues. However, use frequent sense when parking anyplace that you just’ll depart your automobile unattended.

White Bar Trailhead - Harriman State Park

White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park


Hike Overview:

I’ve executed quite a lot of the paths on this space, however have by no means hiked Black Rock Mountain. Seeing a Harriman Shelter Problem on Fb, made me depend the shelters that I’ve visited prior to now and I counted seven shelters that I’ve been to. That left me with three shelters left to earn a patch. I made a decision to type a loop to knock one off the record. This turned out to be a extremely good hike. Though the views are first rate, the principle focal point on this hike is the world of Bald Rocks alongside the ridge of Black Rock Mountain, traversed by the Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path. On a fantastic Saturday morning in Could, I used to be shocked that there weren’t extra folks on the paths. We solely ran right into a handful of individuals and had a very gratifying hike.

This hike is rated reasonable, however the half mile or so on the Nurian Path, is probably the most tough a part of the hike. The majority of the elevation acquire for your complete hike is completed throughout this stretch. The remainder of the hike entails some minor ups and downs, however is comparatively straightforward. This lollipop loop was executed counterclockwise from the White Bar Trailhead on CR 106 (Kanawauke Highway).

Black Rock Mountain Loop from White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

Black Rock Mountain Loop from White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

elevation profile - Black Rock Mountain Loop

elevation profile – Black Rock Mountain Loop


The Hike:

From the parking space, cross the highway and bear left onto the White Bar Path, blazed with white horizontal rectangles. The path parallels the highway for about 500 ft, then turns proper, crosses a stream on a metallic culvert, and continues on a woods highway. A brief distance past, it bears proper at a fork, crosses a stream on rocks, and continues alongside a grassy woods highway.

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

Bear right to remain on the White Bar Trail

Bear proper to stay on the White Bar Path

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

In one other quarter of a mile, you’ll attain a junction with the Nurian Path. Each trails are blazed white, however the rectangular blazes of the Nurian Path are vertical, reasonably than horizontal. Flip proper and comply with the Nurian Path, which descends to cross a stream on rocks. After briefly paralleling the stream, the path bears left and ascends reasonably steeply. A number of steep pitches alternate with extra reasonable sections.

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Stream crossing on the Nurian Trail

Stream crossing on the Nurian Path

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Because the path approaches the ridge of Black Rock Mountain, it bears left under an enormous boulder, then climbs by means of a slim cleft within the rock to succeed in an expansive west-facing viewpoint from open rock ledges.

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park

Nurian Path – Harriman State Park

Viewpoint from the Nurian Trail at its terminus with the R-D Trail

Viewpoint from the Nurian Path at its terminus with the R-D Path

Viewpoint from the Nurian Trail at its terminus with the R-D Trail

Viewpoint from the Nurian Path at its terminus with the R-D Path

Viewpoint from the Nurian Trail at its terminus with the R-D Trail

Viewpoint from the Nurian Path at its terminus with the R-D Path

Viewpoint from the Nurian Trail at its terminus with the R-D Trail

Viewpoint from the Nurian Path at its terminus with the R-D Path

Simply past, the Nurian Path ends at a junction with the red-dot-on-white-blazed Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path. Proceed forward (north) and comply with the red-and-white-blazes alongside the ridge of Black Rock Mountain, marked by naked rock ledges. After passing one other west-facing viewpoint, the path descends right into a hole, then climbs to regain the ridge.

Terminus of Nurian Trail

Terminus of Nurian Path

Terminus of Nurian Trail

Terminus of Nurian Path

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

View from the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail - Black Rock Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Black Rock Mountain

Quickly after popping out once more alongside the ridge, you’ll attain a big flat space of naked rock ledges, often called Bald Rocks. To the left of the path is a rock outcrop that marks the best spot in Harriman State Park (elevation 1,382 ft). The path itself (marked by paint blazes on the rocks) bears proper and continues northeast alongside the principle ridge, however it’s worthwhile to take a brief detour to the excessive level, which presents panoramic views to the west and north.

R-D Trail - Bald Rocks - Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail - Bald Rocks - Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

After reentering the woods, you’ll discover the Bald Rocks Shelter to the precise. This shelter – constructed out of giant granite slabs – was constructed in 1933, and it’s value a go to even if you happen to don’t intend to remain there in a single day.

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Trailside tenting in Harriman State Park is simply permitted in or inside 300 yards of a chosen path shelter.

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

In early October 2020, the Lengthy Distance Trails Crew erected a food-hanging system at Bald Rocks Shelter, based mostly on a design from crew member Erik Garnjost. The metal cables had been put in to hopefully discourage bears from trying to find meals on this in style backpacking spot.

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

Bald Rocks Shelter – Harriman State Park

A brief distance past, on the base of a brief descent, the R-D Path reaches a junction with the yellow-blazed Dunning Path.

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Trail – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

R-D Path – Bald Rocks – Black Rock Mountain

This junction, which is on the crest of the ridge, is definitely missed. Flip left on the Dunning Path (specified by 1933 by Dr. James M. Dunning, a volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Membership), which descends by means of Mountain Laurel thickets earlier than leveling off because it passes by means of open woods.

Turn left on Dunning Trail

Flip left on Dunning Path

Turn left on Dunning Trail

Flip left on Dunning Path

The yellow-blazed path runs in a westerly course from the junction with the R-D Path.

Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Trail – Black Rock Mountain

Dunning Path – Black Rock Mountain

After 0.3 mile, the Dunning Path turns left, heading southwest because it joins the White Bar Path, which is available in from the precise. In one other 0.2 mile, the Dunning Path leaves to the precise because the White Bar Path (which you’ll be following) continues forward.

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Coaligned Dunning/White Bar Trails – Black Rock Mountain

Continue straight on the White Bar Trail

Proceed straight on the White Bar Path

The White Bar Path quickly crosses a stream (dry on today) and continues on a considerably overgrown, slim footpath.

Stream crossing - White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

Stream crossing – White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

After crossing one other stream, the White Bar Path bears left and joins a woods highway. The Nurian Path joins from the precise, then departs all the way down to the left after 0.1 mile.

Stream crossing - White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

Stream crossing – White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

Proceed forward on the White Bar Path, now retracing your steps from the start of the hike.

Continue straight to remain on White Bar Trail

Proceed straight to stay on White Bar Path

In a brief distance, the White Bar Path crosses a small stream on rocks because it continues southwest, quickly joined by Island Pond Highway, which is available in from the precise. Comply with the White Bar Path again to CR 106, the place the path turns left, parallels the highway for a brief distance, after which crosses the highway into the parking space the place the hike started.

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trail - Harriman State Park

White Bar Path – Harriman State Park

White Bar Trailhead - Harriman State Park

White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park


Evaluate:

A wonderful hike by means of a particularly scenic space. This hike far exceeded my expectations. The views are first rate, however there are a lot better views in Harriman. All the size of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path that was traversed on this hike, was the spotlight of the day. The naked rock slabs, dotted with boulders, makes for an fascinating panorama. This lesser traveled space of Harriman, is a hidden gem. Excluding the ridge, the paths provide quite a lot of tree cowl for these heat sunny days.

Execs:

Very scenic space, Bald Rocks, Bald Rocks Shelter, properly marked trails, shaded trails, not a lot foot site visitors.

Cons:

Dunning and White Bar trails may use somewhat trimming.


Take a hike!

Black Rock Mountain Loop from White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park

Black Rock Mountain Loop from White Bar Trailhead – Harriman State Park


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