The trail heads uphill on a footpath, climbing rather steeply, then levels off. Great hike. Slippery due to leaves. For a detailed history of each of these sites, you may wish to consult “Doodletown: Hiking Through History in a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson,” by Elizabeth “Perk” Stalter, a former resident of the village (this book is available from the Park bookstore). The unmarked trails are clear and distinct, but hikers may shy away from them because the are unblazed or untagged (use waypoints for accuracy). Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its terminus at the Bear Mountain Circle. You can see the Bear Mountain tower from it. This 5.7-mile loop leads hikers over a steep trail to a panoramic view atop Bald Mountain and descends through the surrounding woods and to the historic, abandoned “ghost town” of Doodletown. You’ve climbed more than 1,000 vertical feet from the start of the hike, and this is a good place to take a well-deserved break. Sep 18, 2013 - Cross Route 9W (use caution when crossing this very busy highway) and enter the woods on the south side of the stream, following the blue blazes of the Cornell Mine Trail. LENGTH: About five miles. Doodletown, N.Y. So does cold. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. After about a mile, the 1777 Trail divides into the 1777W Trail, which leaves to the left, and the 1777E Trail, which continues ahead on the road. It is located north of Jones Point, west of Iona Island, and southeast of Orange County. There is a fee of $10 per vehicle. After a while, the woods road followed by the trail becomes rather eroded. Choose synthetic shirts, sweaters and/or vests and dress in layers for easy on and off. Bald Mountain Loop est un sentier en boucle de 7.1 miles très fréquenté situé près de Bear Mountain, État de New York. A short distance beyond, after passing the stone walls of a former garage on the left, you’ll notice a marker to the right. first half is fairly continuous uphill climb about 2 miles uphill to the summit hence the strenuous rating, Took 2.5hrs to complete. Continue south on Route 9W for 1.3 miles to a small hikers’ trailhead parking area on the left side of the road, just past a concrete bridge over a stream. Some pretty steep and rocky ascent and descent (no rock scrambling though), lots of tree shade, great summit views. Keep in mind that fluid loss is heightened in winter as well as summer. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Be prepared for changing weather. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. A short, level stretch follows, but the trail soon begins a steep, unrelenting climb up the mountain. Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. Length 5.7 miElevation gain 1446 ftRoute type Loop The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping. Let nature's sounds prevail. The trailhead has a free parking and can accommodate about 5-6 cars. Cross road to Trail Head Blue Cornell Mine Trail heading south and begin the climb We opted to take the Doodletown trail around rather than haphazardly go off trail near the water. The Doodletown Bridle Path soon descends to cross Timp Brook. The blazes are much easier to find than last time we did this hike. Free parking is available. Small historic markers along the … For the rest of the year, fees are only collected on the weekend. Turn right onto the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail and continue climbing, now somewhat more gently. Avoid cotton--it traps water against your skin and is slow to dry. Cross Route 9W (use caution when crossing this very busy highway) and enter the woods on the south side of the stream, following the blue blazes of the Cornell Mine Trail. The Reopening of the Hasenclever Iron Trail, Seven More Miles of the Long Path Permanently Protected, Jungle Habitat Trail Revitalization Project Begins, Invest in Nature With Twice the Impact During the December Challenge, Invasives Strike Force EcoQuest Challenge: December 2020 | New York and New Jersey. Map - Know where you are and where you are going. Long hike, or at least felt like it. Very steep at first and then evens out after going down the hill. Scatter strained dishwater. Soon you’ll reach a T-intersection, where Pleasant Valley Road ends. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging. Keep in mind that until you turn around you are (typically) only half-way to completing your hike--you must still get back to where you started from! Know how to use the basic components. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. Is daylight fading? Highlights include grand views of the Hudson River valley, historic revolutionary roads, Doodletown Reservoir, mining area, and Split Rock Falls. gets your blood pumping on the way up... easy down. There is a fee of $10 per vehicle. Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Beyond the steep climb to the first summit, it was taxing because large sections of the trail were very rocky. Jun 30, 2014 - Cross Route 9W (use caution when crossing this very busy highway) and enter the woods on the south side of the stream, following the blue blazes of the Cornell Mine Trail. Yield to other users on the trail. Length 7.1 miElevation gain 1797 ftRoute type Loop Home; Find route; Routes and Tracks. Check out some map-reading basics here. Here, a woods road (part of the Doodletown Bridle Path) leads down to a waterfall in the stream. It was a cool, sunny day, and the views from Bald Mountain and the Timp were wonderful, but almost the entire hike was through lovely terrain. Did your companion fail to bring rain gear? Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. See map tab at this hike page for parking location on 9W] Circular Hike Around Bear Mountain [Originates in the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area; directions on this hike page] Bald Mountain Loop is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. At the top of the second hill, there is a view back over Bald Mountain from a rock outcrop. Dater Mountain Bushwack – Harriman State Park 0 December 22, 2018 standard. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier mais seulement en laisse. (c) Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The small pit at the junction is a remnant of the Cornell Mine. Harris Mine – Harriman State Park 0 February 17, 2019 standard. Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from 9W [Doodletown is at the end of this strenuous loop hike, so reverse direction if you want to go directly to Doodletown. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Bear left at the next intersection and go around the Doodletown Reservoir (built in 1957). Are you getting tired? Lake Askoti Loop – Harriman State Park 0 October 26, 2019 standard. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. The summit of Bald Mountain has gorgeous views. There were a lot of downed trees (probably from Isais) we had to go off trail and around but nothing too inconvenient. Pack it in, pack it out. wouldn't recommend as a 1st hike for young kids, but fine for most average kids. Continue following the 1777 Trail along the road, known as Pleasant Valley Road, passing the remnants of many homes and other features of interest, which are commemorated by markers. Has the weather turned rainy? First of all, I wanted to say big thank you to mr Chazin and his team for very detailed and accurate directions. The trail heads uphill on a footpath, climbing rather steeply, then levels off. Only the first 1/3 of the hike is challenging with constant climbing to the summit of Bald Mountain. Knife or Multi-tool - You may need to cut a piece of moleskin to put over a blister, repair a piece of broken equipment, or solve some other unexpected problem. Proceed ahead, following the red-dot-on-white blazes, which cross the stream, bear left from a woods road, and continue over two low hills. The climb was challenging and beautiful. Rattlesnake. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. bring extra water Interesting, great views, historic. Originally this hike was going to be a 5 mile hike that included the summit of Bald Mountain and then returning on woods roads through Doodletown. rest is fairly downhill, downhill is not as taxing as the uphill climb but has its own challenges as not to get sloppy with your footing, Emergency Numbers -  Know the emergency numbers for the area you're going to and realize that in many locations--especially mountainous ones, your phone will not get reception. We all love the hike. Common Sense - Pay attention to your environment, your energy, and the condition of your companions. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. Many of our hiking areas feature interconnecting network of trails. This is a 12.2 mile loop hike with 3200 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 5-7 hours to complete. Very rocky paths, but gorgeous mountain. After descending wooden steps, the trail ends at Route 9W, just north of the parking area where the hike began. Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. Know the rules and regulations of the area. took the hike with my 8 yr old, From here on, the road is paved, although much of the paving has disintegrated, as the road has been closed to traffic for over 50 years. Empire Passholders can get in for free. After climbing briefly, it descends gradually through dense mountain laurel to reach an old stone fireplace along a stream. The 1777 Trail is marked with white circular blazes with a red “1777.”. The wide panorama includes Iona Island, Anthony’s Nose and the Bear Mountain Bridge to the northeast, Bear Mountain (with the Perkins Memorial Tower on its summit) to the northwest, and West Mountain to the west. Doodletown was an isolated hamlet in the Town of Stony Point, Rockland County, New York, United States.Purchased by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission during the 1960s, it is now part of Bear Mountain State Park and a popular destination for hikers, birdwatchers, botanists, and local historians. Doodletown Short Loop – Bear Mountain State Park 1 November 28, 2019 standard. Lichen Trail Loop from Lake Kanawauke – Harriman State Park 4 December 29, 2018 standard. Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this hike. Just ahead, the 1777E Trail leaves to the left, but you should continue along the road (now unmarked), which begins a steady descent. Our coalition of 100 clubs and 10,000 individuals supports and tends a network of 2,100 miles of trails. Light - A flashlight or small, lightweight headlamp will be welcome gear if you find yourself still on the trail when darkness falls. Keep fires small. There are more than a dozen trails in Pyramid Mountain and (just across Boonton Ave, County 511) in Turkey Mountain, ranging from 0.7 to 7.3 miles. From NYNJTC.org: WHERE: Bear Mountain-Harriman State Parks FEATURES: This loop hike steeply climbs to a panoramic viewpoint atop Bald Mountain and descends on old woods roads through the historic former settlement of Doodletown. The blue blazed CM trail is two miles up towards the summit, very well marked. It begins climbing gently through the woods, be sure to detour at the partially obscured, though nonetheless beautiful waterfall. Doodletown Short Loop – Bear Mountain State Park 1 November 28, 2019 standard. Edison Mine – Bear Mountain State Park After viewing the Edison Mine, return to the Doodletown Bridle Path and turn left (south). There may also be more essentials, depending on the season and your needs. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. At the top of the second hill, there is a view back over Bald Mountain from a rock outcrop. A great combo of marked and unmarked (distinct, don't shy away) trails with great views... (see my trail description above). Harriman State Park, Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop -- 5.0 miles, 3.5 hours [12] Hudson Highlands State Park -- 5.0 miles, 4.0 hours [13] Harriman State Park -- Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Bald Mountain -- 7.0 miles, 5.5 hours [52] Schunemunk Mountain -- 8.0 miles, 5.5 hours [26] Catskill Forest Preserve, Plateau Mountain -- 8.0 miles, 6.0 hours [39] Read more. But the views are rewarding and totally worth the effort. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Nuts, seeds, and chocolate are favorites on the trail. Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. The trail makes a short, steep descent, levels off and passes a south-facing viewpoint, then begins a steady descent. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. Bald Mountain, The Timp and Doodletown – Bear Mountain State Park 5 June 10, 2017 standard. Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. IT was early in 1965 when the last remaining residents left Doodletown, an isolated hamlet situated in a valley tucked into a rugged … Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Continue strraight ahead on an unmarked path to reach the summit. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. The trail now descends to a grassy woods road, the route of the 1777 Trail (which marks the route followed by British troops under Sir Henry Clinton on October 6, 1777, on their way to attack Forts Clinton and Montgomery). Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Be courteous. The summit affords fine views over the entire area, but the best views are from the open rocks straight ahead (just north of the actual summit). The written directions were excellent, and we would probably have gotten lost a couple of times without them. Water - Two quarts per person is recommended in every season. Firestarter and Matches - In an emergency, you may need to keep yourself or someone else warm until help arrives. The Trail Conference is a 2015 Leave No Trace partner. For the next half mile, the trail is generally uphill, with a few minor dips and level sections. (Exceptions are loop hikes.). (Make sure you don’t retrace your steps, as the trail routes leading to and from the summit closely parallel each other!) After about half a mile, the trail levels off and crosses a stream. Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from 9W [Doodletown is at the end of this strenuous loop hike, so reverse direction if you want to go directly to Doodletown. Trail was great. Le sentier vous offrira la possibilité d'observer la faune et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Overall a great moderate hike. These are the remnants of a camp once operated by Riverside Church of New York City. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Great hike up with relaxing return. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. The hike up Bald Mountain is strenuous, but is short and has switchbacks. Awesome views. Most of the route is unmarked, but it is a wide woods road that is easy to follow. If you are wearing wet cotton and must return to your starting point, you risk getting chills that may lead to a dangerous hypothermia. Blue and red-dot-on-white blazes are marked very well and so are 1777 for the most part. Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. The Visitors Center is a starting point for loop hikes. Don't put yourself in the position of having to end your hike early because you have run out of water. Hiking at 18 degrees in New York! Avoid loud voices and noises. Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Check the weather forecast before you head out. Doodletown and Bald Mountain Hiking route in Doodletown (historical) , Rockland County , New York , United States Leave a Review After bearing left, away from the At this point, a small storm rolled in, with strong winds and rain, making the conditions very uncomfortable. TIME: About three and one-half hours (allow additional time if you wish to … Empire Passholders can get in On the left (west) side of the road, turn left at a sign for "Doodletown" and proceed uphill on an old road with crumbling pavement. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. The last 3 miles a gentle beautiful return. Continue to follow the road downhill as it makes a sharp right turn and narrows to a footpath. Bald Mountain, Doodletown Reservoir, Edison Mine and Split Rock Falls Loop is a 8.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tomkins Cove, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. Definitely having the app helped, Continued straight on doodletown bridle path - best part with wild flowers and big trees. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Check the batteries before you start out and have extras in your pack. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. Find Hikes and ParksVolunteerMy DashboardNews CenterAbout UsShop, Copyright © 1996-2020 New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, www.nynjtc.org | Privacy Policy | Photo CreditsAbout Us    Contact Us    Donate    Join. Rain Gear and Extra Clothing - Rain happens. If you have a mobile device, download Avenza’s free PDF Maps app and grab some GPS-enhanced Trail Conference maps (a backup Tyvek or paper version of the map is good to have just in case your batteries die or you don't have service). The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference builds, maintains, and protects hiking trails in the NY-NJ Metro region and educates the public about their responsible use. To ease the grade somewhat, the trail follows switchbacks for the first part of the climb and an old woods road for the latter part, but you’ll be climbing a vertical distance of 500 feet in less than half a mile. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée, la course à pied et le camping. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. The road soon begins to curve to the right (west) and passes near the foot of Bald Mountain and the northern slope of West Mountain. Hiking beta and trip report for Bear Mountain, West Mountain, and Doodletown Loop, located in Bear Mountain State Park, New York. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. This loop hike steeply climbs to a panoramic viewpoint atop Bald Mountain and descends on old woods roads through the historic former settlement of Doodletown. For the rest of the year, fees are only collected on the weekend. An isolated hamlet surviving for 200 years, a ghost town since the mid-1960s, with decaying streets, sidewalks leading to stone foundations with no houses, but a cemetery that still accepts new burials Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. This loop combines well known trails and lesser used unmarked trails. From the Bald Mountain view, we continued along the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail down into the valley, and cut across on the unmarked woods road that goes in to Pleasant Valley Road in Doodletown. To the right, stone foundations and a trail shelter may be seen. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Directions: Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from 9W Notes: This is a loop hike. Keep campsites small. Cross Route 9W (use caution when crossing this very busy highway) and enter the woods on the south side of the stream, following the blue blazes of the Cornell Mine Trail. Did you drink all your water? Bald mountain was really the only interesting part of this hike, and that was very nice. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. Good campsites are found, not made. Hiking | Bald Mountain/Doodletown | A hike through Bald Mountain and Doodletown. 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