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Harriman State Park/Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

This was the third time I completed this particular hike, one of my favorites in the New York area. The first time was a solo hike, On June 12, 2011, and the second time was with friends, on October 14, 2012. This was the first time that Batya had been on this hike.

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Sterling Forest to Bellvale Mountain, Orange County, New York

Six of us met on Route 17A near the Mt. Peter Ski Area, then shuttled in an SUV 3.7 miles east on Route 17A, to a parking area inside Sterling Forest. There, around 11:00 a.m., we began hiking northeast on the Highlands Trail.

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Long Pond Ironworks State Park, Passaic County, New Jersey

This was a solo hike, and I decided to check out trails in Tranquility Ridge County Park, Long Pond Ironworks State Park, and the southwestern part of Sterling Forest.

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Harriman State Park/Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

With a few variations, this was a repeat of my June 12, 2011 solo hike. I therefore did not take many photographs and will not offer much of a description, as I described the hike in my earlier post.

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Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

This was my first hike after the Grand Canyon. Several weeks had passed, in part due to weekend thunderstorms. On this day, I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club, with the understanding that they were going to visit Harriman State Park, specifically some trails that I hadn’t yet hiked. Instead, I was disappointed to learn that the intended leader had been replaced, and the replacement leader had changed the venue. Apparently this was communicated via e-mail to members of the AMC, but since I was not a member, I didn’t know that.

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Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

I had intended to park along Route 17A and hike the Highlands Trail, but there were no other cars in that area, and there was a sign that read something like, “Seasonal hunting and parking by permit only.” I really have difficulty parsing such signs, and didn’t know if that meant that a hiker wanting to park there would need a permit, or if a permit was only required by a hunter.

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Harriman State Park/Sterling Forest State Park, Orange County, New York

2:28 p.m.: I got off to a very late start this day, but finally got in a good hike. I had read of a scramble on the Appalachian Trail (AT) that I decided to investigate. I drove to Harriman State Park and parked in the Elk Pen off Arden Valley Road. I started west on the AT as it followed the road for 0.2 miles, crossing over the New York State Thruway (I-87), the Ramapo River and the Metro-North railroad tracks, with all views toward the south.

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