Summary: I followed the Tuxedo-Mt Ivy Trail up Eagle's Rock to the junction with the Suffern - Bear Mtn Trail. Began steep ascent of Panther Mtn with incredible views of the Hudson. Descended briefly only to then climb Catamont Mtn and Hawk's Cliff. Passed the Stone Mtn Shelter. Reached the Conklin's Crossing Trail with was in bloom with white flowers. Had lunch & wet my feet on the shores of Pine Meadow Lake. Hiked around the lake and saw evidence of the CCC Construction camps that lived here during the 30's. I followed the old Conklin Rd past Lake Wanoksink and Minsi Swamp to the TMI trail.
Trailhead: I parked at the trailhead at Diltz Rd - park at your own risk - there have been break-ins (Lat:41.1877 Lon:-74.07208)
Trail Guides for Pine Meadow Lake Loop:
Harriman Trails: A Guide & History
by William J Myles (NY/NJ Trail Confrence)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Park Police = 845-786-2781
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Walter, who has posted 10 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Aditya Datey on 9/19/2010
I got directions for Pine Medow Lake look via Kaikat trail from another website. We did a 4 hour ramble via the Kaikat (white) and Bear Mtn (yellow trails) but didnt reach the lake. Saw deer. good views of the nyc skyline. My rating is more for the Kakiat trail...if i find the lake the next time that might be more pleasant.
Reviewed by PC on 2/4/2006
one of the best hikes accessible via public trans from NYC. The majority of the lake was frozen over when I was there one week ago. I will definitely go back agin.
Reviewed by G.P. on 3/29/2005
My girlfriend and I just did an overnight at Stone Shelter. Very nice, but if there is rain in the forecast plan on using a tent to sleep in. Numerous holes in the roof almost completely saturated the platform.
Reviewed by Kevin on 9/8/2004
This is a wonderful trail, even if you only hike the portion from Seven Lakes highway to Pine Meadow lake.
Reviewed by M.S. on 5/25/2004
This is a great hike because I can start right from my front door and get to the lake in just over an hour. Mostly, this is a gorgeous lake that can only be accessed by foot, so it's completely unspoiled. The climb up the East face of the Ramapo Range is fairly steep and rocky, but when you get to the Stone Memorial Shelter, it's a fairly flat jaunt to the lake. Start with the Sherwood path from Rt. 202, up to the SBM (Y), going south, follow to Concklin's Crossing trail (W) down to the lake. Stop and take a swim, but don't tell anyone! Take the Red trail back to the Sherwood Path to complete the loop.
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