Ramapo Torne - NY Travel Blog› entry 770 of 1090 › view all entries
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.
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.
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!