Ramapo Torne

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On top of the Torne, with view on the NY State Truway

I found a hiatus in my weblog! On the 19th of July 2009 I made a hike in Harriman State Park, to the Mountain Ramapo Torne. And, shame on me, I forgot to make a blog entry!

Waiting for the daylight saving time to return I still make shorter hikes closer to the big city. And today I decided to rehike this nice part of the State Park.

After doing my today's good deed by notifying my neighbor at the parking that her car's tire had a huge screw sticking out of the rubber I started "well"... by taking the wrong trail! That took me at least 20 minutes of my precious time. I decided to deviate slightly from the hike in the book by taking a trail that was on my map, but mentioned by the hiking book to avoid. A beautiful trail, although at some points not very well marked.

View on Midtown New York City
It took me on, over, and between many streams and huge boulders.

At the some point I had lost the track completely and was being misled by old markers of a discontinued trail. I was exactly at the foot of a very steep part of the Ramapo Torne. I was very close to the summit, the only problem was the height difference of about 60 meters (197 ft). Climbing was no option for a solo hiker, so I back-tracked and fortunately found where I got off track. Not my fault, the trail marker had fallen of the tree. My today's second good deed was repairing the trail marker!

The trail became very steep, not a problem apart from the fact that the steep rocks that needed to be negotiated were coated with some residual ice. I had to pull myself up at a place that was not completely safe. Just when I decide to not take the risk all of a sudden two hikers come from the other direction.

A nice waterfal on my way back
A perfect timing! I took the risk knowing that help was near if I tripped and, of course, made the ascent.

The top of Ramapo Torne offered a nice view on the valley, and a less nice view on an electricity station and the New York State Truway. The skyline of New York City was faintly visible at the horizon. A remarkable thing were the many (ancient looking) inscriptions in the rock. If they are real then my fellow hikers in 1853 put some effort to nicely carving their names into the viewpoint's rock.

My hike down gave me some nice waterfalls and more of the beautiful Harriman State Park scenery.

More pictures below!

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On top of the Torne, with view on …
On top of the Torne, with view on…
View on Midtown New York City
View on Midtown New York City
A nice waterfal on my way back
A nice waterfal on my way back
Along the initial wrong trial. Wro…
Along the initial wrong trial. Wr…
Along the initial wrong trial. Wro…
Along the initial wrong trial. Wr…
At the start of the hike, the fore…
At the start of the hike, the for…
Nice big boulders along the way
Nice big boulders along the way
Getting rockier
Getting rockier
I needed to go up but did not see …
I needed to go up but did not see…
I needed to go up but did not see …
I needed to go up but did not see…
I needed to go up but did not see …
I needed to go up but did not see…
***GABBE WHITNEY was here in 161 y…
***GABBE WHITNEY was here in 161 …
The whole Manhattan Skyline, seen …
The whole Manhattan Skyline, seen…
The trail goes one
The trail goes one
At a next summit, still a view on …
At a next summit, still a view on…
In the valleys is still snow
In the valleys is still snow
Erratic boulders dating back from …
Erratic boulders dating back from…
An experiment with HDR
An experiment with HDR
No HDR, maybe even better!
No HDR, maybe even better!
GPS Height profile
GPS Height profile
GPS tracking (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS tracking (rendered by GPSVisu…
Ramapo Torne - NY
photo by: mdalamers