Nurian Trail Revisited

Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park - NY Travel Blog

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The bald mountain tops midway the hike.

In April this year I hiked the Nurian Trail in Harriman State Park (see here). I really liked that trail because of its diversity. It has streams, waterfalls, huge boulders, steep climbs, views, ponds, marshes, an old mine, and all kind of landscapes.

Willem stated he wanted to make a hike if the weather allowed. And yes, it did. After yesterday's cloudiness the sun was back again. It was still pretty cold, but that does not really matter for a hike.

In a bit more than half a year many things can change. At first sight (at the Elk Pen parking (see the previous weblog entry) the environment looked pretty similar to me. Only a few hundred meters into the hike the changes caused by time, the hurricane Irene, and the October blizzard showed.

When we returned at the parking the sun was just setting.
Many trees had lost branches or had fallen over.

When I arrived at the bridge over the Stahaha Brook, the bridge in the old Arden Valley Road that I admired, crossed, and photographed during my April hike was completely washed away. This was quite amazing given the fact that this bridge had been here (only used as a pedestrian bridge) for a long time. It gave us an extra thrill to find a way to cross the Stahaha Brook. Irene must have been a real hell here, because other pedestrian bridges were washed away as well. So, we had to use a fallen tree as bridge.

Although I had hiked the trail before, a section in the middle of the hike did look completely new to me. Comparing the GPS tracks of both hikes later I found out that I had taken a wrong turn during the first hike. The extra 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) encompassed a very interesting section with a lot of views and also erratic rocks left on top of the bald mountain tops hundreds of years ago.

We arrived back at the car just-in-time. The sun was setting behind the mountains, the twilight had started, and the temperature was dropping quickly.

More pictures and a video below!

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The bald mountain tops midway the …
The bald mountain tops midway the…
When we returned at the parking th…
When we returned at the parking t…
The bridge that had washed away.Th…
The bridge that had washed away.T…
The Boston Mine.
The Boston Mine.
Huge boulders on top of the bald m…
Huge boulders on top of the bald …
The bald mountain tops midway the …
The bald mountain tops midway the…
Huge boulders on top of the bald m…
Huge boulders on top of the bald …
Willem showing how to use a fallen…
Willem showing how to use a falle…
GPS Height profile
GPS Height profile
GPS track of the current hike (gre…
GPS track of the current hike (gr…
The Boston Mine is an abandoned i…
Nurian Trail - Harriman State Park - NY
photo by: mdalamers