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Day Hike: Harriman Racoon Brook Hills Loop


3/18/19: Due to trail conditions, this hike has been cancelled.

This loop hike at the southern end of the park climbs Raccoon Brook Hill and Diamond Mountain, with several panoramic viewpoints, and runs along cascading Stony Brook and scenic Pine Meadow Lake.

Length: 7.2 miles. Please note it is 1.5 miles from Train Station to Trail Head

Elevation: Gain: 1532 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 4.5 hours

Route type: Circuit

Features: Public Transportation, Views, Waterfall

Park: Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

GPS: 41.173916, -74.168658


We will meet at Penn Station and take the 9:14am train, arriving at Sloatsburg at 10:14am. Plan n hike taking 4-5 hours, and plan for a trailside lunch.

Trailhead Directions

Take the NJ Transit/Metro-North Port Jervis Line to the Sloatsburg station. From the station, cross the railroad tracks and head north on Ballard Avenue. When Ballard Avenue ends, turn right onto Academy Avenue and continue to Seven Lakes Drive. Turn right on Seven Lakes Drive, continue under the New York State Thruway, and pass Greenway Road and Laurel Road on the right. A short distance beyond, about 0.9 mile from the train station, you'll reach a bridge over the Stony Brook. On the bridge, you will notice a triple red-square-on-white blaze and a directional arrow, which mark the trailhead of the Pine Meadow Trail. Turn right, leaving the road, and follow this red-on-white-blazed trail for another 0.8 mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center.


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