Parker Cabin/Black Rock Mountain Loop from Route 106


This loop hike climbs five peaks, with several good views, and much up-and-down hiking.

3 hours
Moderate to Strenuous
4.9 miles
Route Type:
Allowed on leash
First Published:

Daniel Chazin



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Trailhead GPS Coordinates
Driving Directions

Take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg and Tuxedo. Continue for about 2.2 miles beyond the village of Tuxedo to a traffic light at the intersection of N.Y. Route 17A. Bear left at the traffic light and continue up the ramp, then turn right at the top of the ramp onto County Route 106, crossing Route 17 and then going under the New York State Thruway. Continue for about 2.2 miles to the first parking area on the right side of the road. The parking area is past Lake Stahahe (visible through trees to the left) and is just beyond a sharp curve in the road.


From the parking area, follow the white blazes of the White Bar Trail (horizontal white rectangles, some of which may be marked with the letters "W-B"), which proceeds uphill, heading southwest. (Do not cross Route 106.) When you come to a fork at the top of a rise, bear left and follow the White Bar Trail as it descends rather steeply and then climbs a second hill, known as Carr Pond Mountain, on a steady grade. The trail goes just west of the summit. As the trail begins to descend, you will find a good viewpoint to the southwest from open rocks to the right of the trail. 

Continue along the White Bar Trail as it descends to Parker Cabin Hollow, where it crosses a stream on a wooden bridge and joins an old woods road. The trail now begins a steady ascent. After about half a mile, it reaches a junction with the yellow-blazed Triangle Trail. Turn left and follow the joint White Bar/Triangle Trail for a short distance. When the two trails split, bear left and continue on the yellow-blazed Triangle Trail. In another half a mile, after a short climb, the Triangle Trail reaches an intersection with the red-on-white-blazed Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Trail at the top of Parker Cabin Mountain. Turn left and follow the joint Triangle/R-D Trail along the ridge for about 150 feet. When the two trails split, turn right and follow the Triangle Trail for a short distance down to a viewpoint from a rock ledge. The lake visible in the distance is Lake Sebago. This is a good spot to take a break.

When you're ready to continue, retrace your steps to the Triangle/R-D junction and turn right, now following the red-on-white blazes of the R-D Trail heading north. The trail continues along the ridge and then descends over bare slabs of rock. In about half a mile, it reaches a low point where there is an old stone fireplace. Here, the R-D crosses the Victory Trail, marked with a blue "V" on white. Continue ahead on the R-D Trail, which now steeply ascends Tom Jones Mountain. At the summit, there are broad views to the east. The towers visible in the distance are on Jackie Jones Mountain. If you look carefully, you will see a fire tower to the right of the taller communications towers.

Follow the R-D Trail as it descends to the northeast, with more views along the trail as you descend. At the base of the descent, the trail crosses Route 106 at a parking area. It briefly turns right and parallels the road, then turns left and heads into the woods, soon beginning to climb Black Rock Mountain. In about half a mile, it reaches a junction with the white-blazed Nurian Trail at a broad viewpoint. Turn left at this junction and follow the Nurian Trail downhill to an intersection with the White Bar Trail. (Although both trails are blazed white, the distinctive horizontal shape of the White Bar blazes makes them easy to distinguish from the Nurian blazes.) Turn left onto the White Bar Trail and follow it back to Route 106, where the trail turns left, parallels the road for a short distance, and then crosses the road into the parking area where the hike began.

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Requires trail maintenace

completed this hike this morning. The white bar trail has a lot of fallen trees/branches and the trail blazes in some parts are either missing or faded. Otherwise it was a nice hike.

Road Closed at 106

After researching hikes this morning, I happily picked this hike only to find Rt. 106 CLOSED.  After talking wth a driver who came from behind the closed road signs and says he "always crossed through there", I decided to bypass the signs and drive the 2.2 miles to the trailhead.  A group of three hikers passing by, told me they received a ticket on their car for parking there.  And as they were telling me that, a park ranger drove up and threatened to give me a ticket for "passing over the yellow line" and "driving on a closed road".  According to him, Harriman closes the road from Dec 1-April 1.  After my further pressing to understand why, he said Harriman doesn't maintain the roads.  I'm not sure how the Feb 3, 2016 hiker who commented escape unscathed.  The park ranger waited for me to leave.  I sure would have appreciated knowing this road was closed prior to my unsuccessful hike today.  It sure wasn't what I was hoping for today.    THE ROAD IS CLOSED FROM DEC 1-APRIL 1, annually.  The only way you can get to this trailhead, without risking a ticket, is walking the 2.2 miles uphill and next to noisy I 87.  You may want to wait until after April 1.  All good wishes.

Good hike, bring a telescope

Good hike, but bring a telescope for the first portion -- the W-B bars are not only tiny, but rubbed out half the time. The telescope will help with finding the trailhead and parking area, too -- we had to backtrack several times. There was some snow on the ground at the trailhead, but it seemed very unlikely that there was any kind of parking area underneath it -- there was a row of boulders blocking the way within several feet of where it seemed you'd pull over. We found a little shoulder on the opposite side of the road.

R-D trail from 106

I hiked this area on Monday, 4/21. I noticed a scorched section - maybe +/- tenth of a mile - along both sides of the trail from top of the climb down toward Rt 106.  There was still a faint odor - not sure when it happened.