Might 9, 2021 – Sloatsburg, NY
Issue: Average – strenuous
Size: Roughly 4 miles
Max elevation: 958 ft.– whole elevation acquire 836 ft.
Route kind: Lollipop Loop
Purchase Map: Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map #118
Free Map: Dater Mountain Nature Park Path Map
Trailhead parking: Johnsontown Highway – Sloatsburg, NY 10974
Parking out there for about 4-5 automobiles, no restrooms on web site.
Dater Mountain Nature Park is a Rockland County park positioned within the New York/New Jersey Highlands within the city of Sloatsburg, NY. The 350-acre park is adjoining to Harriman State Park’s southwestern border. It’s a closely wooded undeveloped park with steep inclines and rocky slopes with a variety of mountain tops and valleys crossed by a number of small streams.
A view of the Village of Tuxedo, The New York State Thruway, and Orange County could also be seen from the excessive elevations, some rising 940 toes above sea degree. Dater Mountain Nature Park comprises eight federally designated wetlands and gives habitat for 2 NY State endangered species, the Northern Cricket Frog and the Allegheny Woodrat; and one threatened species, the Timber Rattlesnake. Orange and Rockland transmission traces traverse the western part of the park.
Dater Mountain Nature Park has many native tribal and household histories. The Munsee Indians as soon as inhabited the property. It’s the westerly a part of the Spence Patent, that contained 1,820 acres of land, certainly one of 4 grants given to officers of the British Military by George III on January 18, 1775. Dater Crossing introduced the locality into contact with Route 17 and Tuxedo. The realm was extensively logged within the later 1700’s and into the 1800’s; bushes have been burned in pits to provide charcoal for the smelting of iron ore. Many of those pits could be discovered all through the property.
The land was acquired by Rockland County in two phases;
In 1981, 150 acres have been obtained by means of tax delinquency. At the moment, the park was landlocked by personal property and had restricted public accessibility.
In 1991, the Village of Sloatsburg reviewed a proposal to subdivide an adjoining property into 71 single-family tons. The previous homeowners indicated that if the Johnsontown Highway Property was not bought by the county, they’d suggest an identical subdivision.
Part 2 included the acquisition 237 acres of land in 2004 as a part of Rockland County’s Open House Acquisition Program. Rockland County offered the overwhelming majority of the funds for the $4.9 million buy. The county obtained a $350,000 grant from the State of New York Environmental Safety Fund to help within the acquisition.
The brand new acquisition of open house, connects Dater Mountain Nature Park to the adjoining Harriman State Park through its community of trails. The small parking space was constructed to make the park extra simply accessible.
The path system in Dater Mountain Nature Park was established in August 2005 and consists of roughly three miles of marked trails that weave their method by means of the park. There are additionally a number of unmarked footpaths and woods roads that one can discover as nicely. The Orange and Blue Trails connect with kind a few 2.5 mile loop. Hikers can proceed on the Orange Path to its terminus at a T-intersection with the white-blazed Kakiat Path and enter into Harriman State Park for an extended hike.
The paths are nicely blazed and simple to comply with. Apart from a number of blowdowns, which could be simply negotiated, the paths are nicely maintained and freed from litter. The paths are managed and maintained by the Rockland County Parks Fee.
On account of a late begin on a Sunday morning (Mom’s Day), I used to be searching for a hike shut by the place the parking space wouldn’t be crammed by the point we acquired there. Though the parking space can solely accommodate 4 or 5 vehicles, once we arrived shortly earlier than 10am, there was just one automotive within the small parking space.
This Lollipop Loop features a detour to Nearly Perpendicular, simply past the park’s northeastern border with Harriman State Park. This add-on is value the additional mileage and elevation acquire that it takes to get there. It additionally gives the very best view on this specific hike.
This Lollipop Loop follows the Orange Path till it’s terminus at a junction with the white-blazed Kakiat Path, then turning left on the Blue Disc Path to Nearly Perpendicular, the turnaround spot. From there, retracing steps again to the Orange and Blue Trails junction, persevering with on Blue till its terminus at a junction with the Orange Path and retracing steps again to the parking space.
The added elevation acquire and steepness of the Blue Disc Path to Nearly Perpendicular, will increase the extent of issue. This detour into Harriman State Park could be skipped, preserving the hike fully in Dater Mountain Nature Park, making it a shorter and easier hike.
To the left of the parking space, there’s a triple-orange blaze on a rock. This marks the beginning of the Orange Path. Observe the Orange Path because it parallels Johnsontown Highway a brief distance earlier than it turns sharp proper. The Orange Path now begins a slightly steep ascent on a footpath.
As you close to the crest of the hill, you’ll discover a triple-blue blaze on a tree to the left. This marks the beginning of the Blue Path, which will likely be your return route, however for now, proceed alongside the Orange Path, which turns sharply proper. After climbing slightly extra, the Orange Path descends to cross a small stream in a slim hole, with a rock ledge looming above.
The path continues to climb till you attain a panoramic south-facing viewpoint from open rocks to the proper of the path. You may see the hills of Harriman State Park, with the Reeves Brook Customer Heart seen in your proper when there aren’t any leaves on the bushes.
Proceed alongside the Orange Path, which ranges off for a brief distance, then continues to climb. While you attain the peak of the land, there’s a view of Dater Mountain from open rocks about 50 toes to the proper of the path.
The Orange Path now descends to succeed in an intersection with the Blue Path, which begins on the left. Flip proper right here and proceed following the Orange Path, heading northeast alongside a pleasing woods street.
In about 0.3 mile, after crossing an open space the place the path traverses a slab of bedrock, the Orange Path ends at a T-intersection with the white-blazed Kakiat Path. Flip proper and comply with the white blazes alongside a woods street, quickly coming into Harriman State Park.
In about 450 yards from the junction with the Orange Path, the Kakiat Path crosses a woods street, the route of the blue-on-white blazed Blue Disc Path. Flip left right here, leaving the Kakiat Path and start following the blue-on-white blazes.
The Blue Disc Path now begins a steep climb alongside the woods street. About midway up, it turns proper, crosses a stream, and climbs much more steeply over rocks.
Roughly 1.7 miles from the beginning of the hike, you’ve got reached the highest of Nearly Perpendicular, a dramatic viewpoint from the highest of a cliff. You may see Seven Lakes Drive instantly beneath, with the Ramapo Mountains within the background.
Nearly Perpendicular, a reputation given to a cliff on Dater Mountain in Harriman State Park by the Recent Air Membership in in 1936.
Since that is your flip round spot, if you end up able to proceed, retrace your steps on the Blue Disc Path, descending steeply.
While you return to the junction with the Kakiat Path, flip proper and comply with the white blazes again to the junction with the Orange Path and switch left.
Observe the orange blazes again to the junction with the Blue Path and proceed straight on Blue because the Orange Path leaves to the left.
Observe the Blue Path alongside a woods street. Simply past the intersection, you’ll cross a stream, the outlet of a wetland on the left. You’ll go a number of wetlands alongside this part of the path. As you proceed, you’ll start to listen to the sounds of site visitors on the New York State Thruway, beneath to the proper, which develop louder as you strategy Sleater Hill.
About three-quarters of a mile from the beginning of the Blue Path, the woods street adopted by the path curves sharply to the left. Right here, a aspect street to the proper leads a brief distance to a big glacial erratic and a panoramic west-facing viewpoint at an influence line tower. The Thruway is instantly beneath, the Village of Sloatsburg is simply past, and the hills of the Ramapo Mountains in New Jersey and Sterling Forest in New York are within the distance. This can be a great place to take a break.
While you’re able to proceed, return to the Blue Path and switch proper. Simply past, the Blue Path leaves the woods street and continues on a footpath. It climbs Sleater Hill, passing simply to the proper of the summit, after which descends, quickly reaching a rock outcrop on the proper which presents a south-facing view over the Mirror Lake space of Sloatsburg, with the Thruway seen on the proper when there aren’t any leaves on the bushes.
Please notice: the path turns sharp proper, however a nicely outlined, however unmarked path continues forward. This flip is simple to overlook.
The Blue Path continues to descend. After crossing a woods street, it ranges off, then resumes a gradual descent, ending at an intersection with the Orange Path. Bear proper onto the Orange Path and comply with it downhill, retracing your steps to the parking space the place the hike started.
A very good hike the place we encountered only a few hikers. The views from Nearly Perpendicular are spectacular and just about the spotlight of the hike. Dater Mountain Nature Park is nicely maintained and the paths are simple to comply with. We encountered a household of 4 moving into the other way alongside the Blue Path and nobody else your complete time there. The views are good and the park is value a go to to keep away from the crowds.
Nearly Perpendicular, scenic views, glacial erratics, nicely marked trails, litter free.
Thruway noise could be heard alongside the Blue Path.
Take a hike!