Hike Reviews

January 06, 2016
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Solo on a Wednesday morning
Exhausted
Did this loop today and what an amazing day to do it. Very quiet and the weather was amazing.  I ended up bypassing the yellow trail at the end I think and took the red on white back to the parking lot. Didn't intend to, that is just the way it worked out. Great hike.  I love this area of the park when most people are at work or school otherwise that visitor center area can be a bit crazy. 
March 25, 2015
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Thank you
Purple Octopus
The new map still looks a bit confusing to me, but as I've done this hike 3 times before I will just trust the written directions & my memory to follow the route.
March 25, 2015
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Hike description is correct
Daniel Chazin
The hike description is correct as written.  You are not reading the map correctly.  The bridge that is out is the bridge that carries the Kakiat Trail over Stony Brook.  That bridge is not crossed on this hike.  The bridge that is crossed -- the bridge that carries both the Kakiat Trail and the Stony Brook Trail over Pine Meadow Brook -- is still there and is in good condition.  The loop hike can be completed as described above.
March 25, 2015
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2015 maps - update this hike description?
Purple Octopus
Looking at the 2015 map set, it appears that the bridge just upstream from the Cascade of Slid has now been restored and the bridge downstream (which the hike description above says to cross) is now out? If I'm reading it right, please update the description because otherwise people will continue on downstream past the Cascade of Slid & then find that they cannot cross back over Pine Meadow Brook in order to complete the loop.
August 21, 2013
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Large Eastern Timber Rattlesnake
Sully
Did this trail yesterday and overall it is an excellent workout with many different terrains, lots of ups and downs and some minor scrambling. Trail is pretty well marked, perhaps in one or two spots the blazes could be closer together but if you look you will find them. When I got near the Pipeline I ran into a rather large Timber Rattlesnake. It was not aggressive, but was basically right next to the trail so be careful!
December 03, 2012
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That's the one
Michael K7
Yes, i was referring to the bridge that carries the Stony Brook and Kakiat Trails over PMB- i'm almost positive there is one of those metal plates with Roland's name on it on that bridge. Anyway, thanks for clearing up my confusion!
December 03, 2012
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Bridge over Stony Brook
Daniel Chazin
No, the bridge over Stony Brook was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in August 2011 and has never been rebuilt since then.  At a meeting held in the fall of 2011, the Park assumed the responsibility for this bridge and proposed to move it some distance upstream.  But nothing has happened since then.  Roland Brieault, an active Trail Conference volunteer, has helped the Trail Conference rebuild some bridges in Harriman, but he did not work on the bridge over Stony Brook, as the Park has assumed responsibility for that bridge.  The bridge had not been rebuilt prior to Hurricane Sandy, so it was not destroyed by that hurricane. You might be referring to the bridge that carries the Stony Brook and Kakiat Trails over Pine Meadow Brook.  That bridge was damaged, but not destroyed, by Hurricane Irene, and Trail Conference volunteers have since strengthened it and restored it to good condition.
December 01, 2012
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Thanks again
Michael K7
Thanks for the update Daniel. Did the bridge over Stony Brook get wiped out by Sandy? It was brand new, and had just been built (by someone named Roland IIRC), and was the only working bridge in the area the last time i was there.
December 01, 2012
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Bridges on this hike have been restored
Daniel Chazin
Both bridges crossed by this hike have been restored and are in good condition.  They may be safely and easily crossed by hikers.  The first bridge used by the hike is the "red, white and blue" bridge over Pine Meadow Brook.  This bridge was recently reconstructed by Trail Conference volunteers.  You may notice a large peeled log along the trail on the south side of the bridge.  We intend to use this log to further improve the bridge, but at present the bridge is in good condition.  The second bridge used by the hike to cross Pine Meadow Brook actually survived Hurricane Irene, and it has been reinforced by Trail Conference volunteers and is in good condition. The other two bridges over Pine Meadow Brook and Stony Brook (which are not used by the route of this hike) are still out.  The Park has promised to replace them, but as of this writing (December 2012), nothing has been done.  It is possible to cross Pine Meadow Brook at the Cascade of Slid if the water is low (as it was when I was there last week), but Stony Brook cannot safely be crossed without a bridge.
November 30, 2012
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Good question
Michael K7
I thought the only bridge that had been replaced was the one on the yellow blazed Stonybrook Trail. The bridges for the orange HTS and the blue/red/white were not replaced, although the last time i was in the area, there was a makeshift "log crossing" where the blue/red/white bridge used to be. Some clarification on this would be great.
November 30, 2012
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Bridges in hike description restored?
slabelson
The 2012 14th Edition of the Harriman maps indicates that the 2 bridges over Pine Meadow Brook mentioned in this hike description are out.  Have they since been restored? I assume so since Daniel Chazin's comment from earlier this week says the trail is in great condition, but perhaps the description should be edited to note the restored condition of the bridges (this will likely be an issue with lots of Harriman hike descriptions since the park lost so many bridges). I'd appreciate any info about his and other Harriman bridges which are "Out" according to the maps.  Thanks!
November 29, 2012
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Thanks!
Michael K7
Thanks Daniel!
November 29, 2012
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Hike has been updated
Daniel Chazin
The hike description has been updated to include the availability of public transit.
November 29, 2012
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Public Transit available for this hike
Michael K7
Please update the hike description so that people know that it is accessible via public transit- either the NJT train to Sloatsburg or the Shortline bus to Sloatsburg. Yes, there is a roadwalk to the beginning of the hike, but half of it can be eliminated by hiking the Pine Meadow Trail from the trailhead on 7 Lakes Drive to the visitor center.
November 26, 2012
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Hike route is in excellent condition
Daniel Chazin
I did this hike today and found that the route of the hike is in excellent condition.  This area was not severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, and nearly all of the few blowdowns along the trails have already been removed.  I encountered only three blowdowns, and all could easily be walked over or around.
October 11, 2010
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Fabulous Hike
pfondrie
Did this hike over the weekend on a beautiful day -- one of the best hikes I have ever taken in the area. The views were great, the terrain was incredibly varied, the scenery was amazing, the length and difficulty were perfect for a moderate day hike., Highly recommended!

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