Harriman State Park, Island Pond . There are numerous signs posted throughout, but they pertain to the reservoirs and not the land around them, which is owned by Harriman State Park. In about .3 miles, the road passes the Letchworth Village water treatment plant. Updated Fall Outing 2019 Information Arrival Info Updated Weekend Agenda Final Outing Times Fall Outing Links Fall Outing Home Weekend Schedule Outing Schedule and Outing Brochure Lodging Food Entertainment Harriman Center Driving Directions and Site Map Registration Contact Us Outing Schedule Download/Print Outing Brochure All … As the trail approaches the northeastern end of Breakneck Pond, the pond can be glimpsed through the trees to the left. The pristine water and scenic mountain views make it well worh the effort to get there. We stopped here briefly and then we wandered around a bit. Your email address will not be published. I pack as much as I can into my 12 hours at Harriman: cannonballing off the dock into Breakneck Pond; hiking part of the new pond loop trail; gorging on feasts prepared by Harriman’s cooks. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Thank you for this great article! Breakneck Pond is a 64-acre natural lake that was enlarged by a dam in 1888. The Center offers common space for outdoor programs, waterfront access to 64-acre Breakneck Pond, a dining hall, and group meeting space. Breakneck Pond (Southern Section, GPS 41 12.262, -74 5.952): Fishing is not allowed. We then made our way over the earthen dam, still part of the service road as indicated on the map. This section of the S-BM Trail was scouted in 1924 by Archibald T. Shorey. Breakneck Pond. The service road begins to climb and then reaches a fork. from Harriman Hikers Photos @ Flickr. We turned here and began walking this footpath in a westerly direction towards Breakneck Pond. A good chunk of this road is badly eroded and becomes an ankle breaker, but at least it was downhill for its entirety. The trail was moved 400 feet to the west when the reservoir was filled. Three Reservoirs and Breakneck Pond – Harriman State Park 6 July 2, 2017 standard. Cons: Unmarked trails (actually good for testing your map and compass skills), eroded woods roads become ankle breakers. The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is an ideal destination for anyone looking for hiking, paddling, and camping opportunities in the heart of Harriman State Park at Breakneck Pond. The camp had been abandoned for over a decade before the AMC took it over. Harriman State Park has seen a 31% growth in attendance since 2011 . Breakneck Pond via Long Path is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stony Point, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Breakneck Pond in Harriman State Park was a shambles—over the years, vandalism and Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the campgrounds. The three reservoirs are named First, Second and Third Reservoirs. Winake, which means “a pleasant place,” was the Algonquin name of the home of William P. Abbott, an active member of the Council’s camp committee in 1927. … The rain did dash our hopes for a post hike BBQ, so we did some indoor cooking instead. AMC will invest more than $1 million to renovate a former youth camp on Breakneck Pond and offer group programs. Be my guest, but please include photo credit please. NOTE: ON SATURDAY, MAY 21, THE SHUTTLE WILL ALSO STOP AT THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB'S NEW OUTDOOR CENTER AT BREAKNECK POND. The rusty sign on the tree at the fork was of no help. yellow-blazed Suffern-Bear Mountain (S-BM) Trail. Max elevation: 1,224 ft.– total elevation gain approximately 800 ft. Map: Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map 118, Trailhead parking: Call Hollow Rd, Haverstraw, NY. Almost Perpendicular, Claudius Smith Rock and Dutch Doctor Shelter Loop – Harriman State Park 2 June 25, 2017 standard. It ends at the dam of First Reservoir. We stopped here to figure out which way to go. The rehabilitation of the infrastructure is encouraging public-private partnerships, as demonstrated by the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) recently opened Harriman Outdoor Center, a leased group camp overlooking Breakneck Pond that underwent an additional $1.5 million restoration. HARRIMAN STATE PARK GETS TWO NEW LAKES; Breakneck Pond Added Through Transfer of Title--Dam Will Create Other. Brooks Hollow is a widening of a stream that cuts through a valley (Brooks Hollow) at the northern end of Harriman State Park. Harriman State Park has acquired the land and roads around the reservoirs, but the reservoirs themselves are off limits. This is known as the Second Reservoir Trail. Harriman Hikers. We then turned left on Woodtown Road and retraced our steps back to Call Hollow Road where our hike began. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Scenes From The Trail with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. It then comes to the eastern end of the dam of First Reservoir, which was built in 1912. Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 1,299 ft Route type Loop Join Trail Guide Frank Kemmer on this 3‐mile, moderate walk with some uphill, rocky and wet areas along the trail at Harriman State Park. Would you mind if a road photo and a lake photo were included in an issue of the Genealogical Society of Rockland County newsletter? Harriman State Park, New York’s second-largest park, is located just 30 miles from Manhattan and accessible by public transportation. It was built to connect the T-MI Trail with the S-BM Trail. While relaxing here a group of about six loud talking women approached. Well, not exactly, we stopped mainly to catch our breath, wipe our brows and capture some images. In about 1/3 of a mile, when the S-BM Trail makes a sharp right, there are 3 white blazes on a tree just to the left. Brooks Hollow (Northern Section, GPS 41 20.055, -74 3.668): Warm water. Visitors to New York Parks reach historic new high . Board our big yellow school bus and take it all the way to your Harriman State Park trailhead! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Kindle Edition. We stayed on the service road. The rain let up as we approached First Reservoir and I pulled out my camera. A little further up the road we came to Third Reservoir and the sun was shining. Breakneck Mountain (East Hudson Highlands) 376 Breakneck Mountain (Harriman) 27-28, 96, 116-18, 360 Breakneck Mountain Trail 27-28, 96, 116, 138 Breakneck Pond 27-28, 30, 56, 96, 178, 195, 198, 295, 346 Breakneck Pond Trail 31 Brennan, Joseph 289 Brewster, James 98 Brewster, Samuel and Jonas 366, 373 Bridle Path see Doodletown Bridle Path (PIPC) to open a new outdoor program center at Harriman State Park in summer 2016. Winake, which means “a pleasant place,” was the Algonquin name of the home of William P. Abbott, an active member of the Council’s camp committee in 1927. This woods road connects the Second Reservoir with the joint Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail/Long Path section and the Old Turnpike near the Big Hill Shelter. The rehabilitation of the infrastructure is encouraging public-private partnerships, as demonstrated by the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) recently opened Harriman Outdoor Center, a leased group camp overlooking Breakneck Pond that underwent an additional $1.5 million restoration. Camp Winake of the Rockland County Council, Boy Scouts of America, was opened in 1930 at Breakneck Pond. I must say after receiving a summons for Trespassing while completing this hike the information contained on this page is misleading. Just past the dam, the service road ends and an unmaintained trail begins, as indicated on the map. We stopped here momentarily to reflect upon the meaning of life. All HPC programs are led by dedicated and qualified AMC volunteers. Personal canoes & kayaks are allowed on Breakneck Pond; no permit is required. The first day of July called for high humidity and possible rain and thunderstorms. We then proceeded northwest on the S-BM Trail, which heads up Breakneck Mountain. CHOC is a 26 acre camp on Breakneck Pond in Harriman State Park, only 35 miles from New York City, with high-end cabins and camping. Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail/Breakneck Mountain Trail junction. As I stated in my post “There are numerous signs posted throughout, but they pertain to the reservoirs and not the land around them, which is owned by Harriman State Park.”. Pros: Lesser traveled area of the park, water features, woods roads, unmarked trails, scenic views. Letchworth Village State Developmental Center was a New York State custodial institution on Willow Grove Road, just east of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. It looks more like a narrow woods road, although in places it does resemble a footpath. To be honest, I had never swum in any of Harriman’s lakes before, and let me tell you, this 64 acre “pond… In just under 600 feet from the start of the Breakneck Mountain Trail, there is an unmarked trail that goes off to the right. The new center at Breakneck will open in summer 2016 — it will be AMAZING — and we’ll have a whole section of this website devoted to what’s happening at the Pond. He was a member of ADK, and a Brooklyn Boy Scout leader. Harriman, N.Y., to Madison, Conn. Registration. The rehabilitation of the infrastructure is encouraging public-private partnerships, as demonstrated by the Appalachian Mountain Club's (AMC) recently opened Harriman Outdoor Center, a leased group camp overlooking Breakneck Pond that underwent an additional $1.5 million restoration. Harriman State Park, NY from Harriman Hikers Photos @ Flickr. Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Myles, William J.. Harriman Trails: A Guide and History (Kindle Locations 5516-5519). Most are 3 days/2 nights Overnight programs with a meal plan. We then proceeded down the main road of the camp about a 1/2 of a mile and turned right onto the Old Turnpike which has an orange cable strung across it. Thanks. This hike is almost entirely on unmarked trails, but is quite easy to navigate. First Reservoir with Cheesecote Mountain in the background. The Center offers common space for outdoor programs, waterfront access to 64-acre Breakneck Pond, a dining hall, and group meeting space. They decided to take a break here as well, and that was our cue to proceed on our hike. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Sunday, September 2, 2018. Paddling at Breakneck Pond. Photo courtesy Ginny Fauci. 164 Old Montauk Highway, Long Island. 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It is not known when it was first built, but it became the “old” turnpike in 1824, when a new turnpike (now Gate Hill Road/Route 106) was built. It’s a warm-water feature in a shaded valley. Not ideal hiking weather, but one must adapt to the conditions that are beyond our control. I mapped out a moderate hike that would take us on fairly level woods roads past bodies of water to try to stay as cool as possible. The Old Turnpike crosses the Long Path, the S-BM Trail and then the Long Path again. We then arrived at a junction with another woods road that goes to the right. Harriman State Park, New York’s second largest park, is located just 30 miles from Manhattan and accessible by public transportation. Now get out there and take a hike! Hither Hills. In 1910, the 50-acre Parcel #30, known as the Bedford Pond property (the old Wood millpond), was acquired by Letchworth Village for $538.84 (the pond was 14 acres). Distance from Brooklyn: 3+ hours. It is easily passable and several other unmarked trails intersect it, but we stayed close to the water and ignored the other trails. Bald Mountain, The Timp and Doodletown – Bear Mountain State Park Woodtown Road was used for hauling iron, charcoal and wood to Haverstraw. The shelters general sleep … Two pictures from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new Outdoor Center at Breakneck Pond. There are also a number of “Day Use” events. On the way back down it started to rain heavily again, but we were already soaked. We then crossed the dam to the eastern side of the reservoir towards Woodtown Road. Scenes From The Trail, 2020. We got one last look at Second Reservoir before the road starts to veer away from it. Dogs are also able to use this trail. None of the woods roads/trails are overgrown and never having hiked this area before, we were able to find our way without any difficulties. Three Reservoirs and Breakneck Pond – Harriman State Park, Prospect Mountain Preserve – Litchfield Land Trust, Leatherman’s Cave Loop – Mattatuck State Forest, Canopus Lake Overlook from Long Hill Road – Fahnestock State Park, Follow Scenes From The Trail on WordPress.com. The paved road leads gradually uphill on what Google maps shows as Camp Winaki Road. Share this: Twitter; Facebook; ... Next Post Wet spot north of Terrace Pond. I was able to capture an image of First Reservoir with Cheesecote Mountain in the background. This event is led by the AMC NY-NoJ Chapter's Harriman Program Committee Volunteer Leaders and by Latino Outdoors Volunteer Leaders. Hi/Low, RealFeel®, precip, radar, & everything you need to be ready for the day, commute, and weekend! Knowing we were on the right track and having found our turnoff spot, we found a nice rock to sit on at the western edge of Third Reservoir and took another break. The parking area on Call Hollow Road is also a trailhead for the Long Path, but our hike began on the paved road just to the left. The Old Turnpike was rather overgrown until 1969, when AT&T widened it to 20 feet and buried a coaxial cable along one side. We walked over to a large rock outcrop that looked out over the pond to get a better look. The Old Turnpike was a road from Monroe (now known as Southfields) to Haverstraw. This is a service road which leads to Third Reservoir. Various routes were considered, but by January 1926 the route the trail presently follows had been worked out. This is the message we received: Hi! The dock leading to the swimming area on Breakneck Pond. So this area can now be considered a “See” location for viewing enjoyment. AMC Harriman Outdoor Center Camp Winake of the Rockland County Council, Boy Scouts of America, was opened in 1930 at Breakneck Pond. Letchworth Village was closed in 1996. Kayaking and canoeing in Breakneck Pond, laughing and living in the moment, nine first-year students are beginning their Princeton journey together at Harriman State… August 16, 2018 Deuter Backpacks and Rucksacks Plein Air art is the capture of a scene out of doors, in its true light and composition (with artistic license, of course). Plein Air: A Judged Exhibition MAA is pleased to present the fifth of our 2020 members-only online exhibitions, Plein Air. This was to be used for water supply. Built in 1929, the former youth camp on Harriman State Park's 64-acre Breakneck Pond has been totally updated with new lodging and dining options and … At about 1.35 miles, just below the dam of Second Reservoir, Woodtown Road turns left. Here the paving ends and the road bears left, past a gate. Our itineraries will include where to stay if you’re staying in the park, or outside. The Breakneck Mountain Trail was first blazed in the fall and winter of 1927 at the suggestion of Major Welch, General Manager of the Park. Explains where my friends and I hiked today. One of the … While on this road, the skies really opened up and we got soaked, hence no images. We found a nice flat rock at the edge of the reservoir to sit down and relax for a minute or two. Skip to content. What a beautiful spot this place is. We ended up at Third Reservoir via the yellow blazed Bear Mountain trail but coming from St John’s in the Wilderness church side via aqua trail, passing Big Hill. Now on the service road, we began walking along the northwestern shore of the reservoir. This place is really nice and I wouldn’t mind staying here sometime. Paddling and yoga equipment at the camp are provided free of charge courtesy of the NY-NoJ Chapter. Kindle Edition. Get the forecast for today, tonight & tomorrow's weather for Harriman, NY. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. New York – New Jersey Trail Conference. After my tour, I went for a swim in Breakneck Pond (which was lurvely) and enjoyed the view from the dock’s comfy Adirondack chairs. We then came to the junction with the yellow-blazed Suffern-Bear Mountain (S-BM) Trail. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Third Reservoir, which was built in 1951-52 in the valley where the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail comes down off Ladentown Mountain and starts up Big Hill. These are wonderful pictures. For a day excursion from your shelter, try staying overnight at the Big Hill Shelter (on the Harriman Park Map, South section) and bring your bathing suits for a hike to Breakneck Pond for some great swimming off the dock. A short distance beyond, the Breakneck Mountain Trail ends at a junction with the yellow-blazed Suffern–Bear Mountain Trail. In 1908, the far-sighted planners bought 640 acres in the hills drained by Horse Chock Brook, a branch of Minisceongo Creek. For a day excursion from your shelter, try staying overnight at the Big Hill Shelter (on the Harriman Park Map, South section) and bring your bathing suits for a hike to Breakneck Pond for some great swimming off the dock. UPDATE 7/8/18- We have been told that swimming is no longer allowed here, and that rangers will come and forbid it. Menu June 19, 2015. The 2019 ADK Fall Outing will be in the Lower Hudson Valley, based at The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center on Breakneck Pond in the heart of Harriman State Park. At one point, it passes between two glacial erratics as it traverses an open rock slab. April 8, 1928. After working up a sweat, the sun was feeling kind of hot so we found a shadier spot. We turned left here. After two years of water shortage, the Second Reservoir was built in 1927-28, using the old mill pond. the trail is marked after a fashion and fairly easy to follow, it ends up along the shore of breakneck pond and you can follow it all the way to the beach at the end. Myles, William J.. Harriman Trails: A Guide and History (Kindle Locations 5410-5413). Required fields are marked *. It is actually Woodtown Road as indicated on the NY/NJ Trail Conference map. We did this loop clockwise beginning at Call Hollow Road on the right side of the map below. Breakneck Pond is a secluded mountain lake in Harriman State Park, NY, accessible only by hiking trails. The paved road beyond the gate leads to the Letchworth Village Reservoirs water treatment plant. It was founded in 1908 by William Pryor Letchworth. The Center offers common space for outdoor programs, waterfront access to 64-acre Breakneck Pond, a dining hall, and group meeting space. It was very quiet and quite picturesque as we soaked up some rays while we walked. 1 million visits in 2019. there is a really easy way to get to breakneck pond from the pine meadow road between the branches of the buck trail. Harriman State Park: Beautiful Breakneck Pond at Harriman Outdoor Center! We arrived at the Second Reservoir and took a short break here. After consulting my compass, we stayed right at the fork to continue heading west towards Third Reservoir. This is the start of the white-blazed Breakneck Mountain Trail. Now following the white blazes, we walked over open rock as the trail begins to descend. Breakneck Ridge, just north of Cold Spring, N.Y., is often called the most popular day hike in the country, and for good reason—the much-used trailhead is accessible via rail from Manhattan, allowing millions access to an outdoor adventure in just over an hour. Woodtown Road is named after a family of woodcutters who had several homes, a sawmill and a barkmill at the site of the Second Reservoir. Learn how your comment data is processed. From short hikes in Harriman State Park to insane scrambles in the Gunks, you can follow it all here. The cabin is part of the AMC Harriman Outdoor Center, which operates camping facilities here and opened exactly one year ago on July 1, 2016. Sounds like we should try this hike to see the other reservoirs and Breakneck Pond. Later, the camp became known as Camp Lanowa, operated by Homes for Homeless Children. The shelters general sleep … The trail starts off level then begins a steep descent and comes out by a cabin on Breakneck Pond. I inhale a second helping of breakfast before catching a ride back to the train. Located only 30 miles from Manhattan, AMC’s program center will … This was the steepest part of the hike, but only lasted for about .3 miles. 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