Hike Reviews

September 12, 2018
Fun rock formations!
A pretty hike with great views and lots of really interesting rock formations along the way!
May 25, 2017
Doug C

Watch out for the surrounding rocks up top of 'Almost Perpendicular' which are great to sit on and soak up the view. A few years back, I went up there. early June, with my dog in the morning and there was a huge rattler sitting right behind me next to the rock in the grass. He let me know that I was intruding.

April 25, 2016
First Half Better Than Second Half
An enjoyable hike that starts strong and finishes easy.  The first two miles is interesting with Almost Perpendicular and Claudius Smith Rock.  On the way pay close attention to blazes, which are a bit sparse at times.  Both features offer panaromic long distance views, and it's easy to imagine Claudius Smith's lookouts scanning the landscape for challengers to their stronghold below.  The 'strenuous' portions are steep, but relatively short, and the passage through Elbow Brush is a fascinating encounter with Harriman geology.  Be mindful of the blazes and crossing trails at Claudius Smith - I found myself at the base of the rock looking at the 'cave', and then missed the change onto the TMI trail as I wandered around on top. From Claudius Smith Rock the rest of the hike seemed mostly downhill with easy grades and lots of woods road.  I would rate the last half as Easy to Moderate. At a slightly faster than average pace with short rests I finished the loop in 3 hours.
June 15, 2014
Fathers Day Hike
A beautiful day and a very nice hike. Got to do this hike with my daughter on Fathers Day. A little challenging at first - some awesome views - and elbow brush was interesting. Easy to follow - great directions. Plan on doing this hike again.
August 28, 2013
Awesome Hike
Did this last week and it might be my new favorite trail in Harriman! Has just about everything you could ask for in a Hike except for Waterfalls. Spectacular views from both the Almost Perpendicular lookout and Claudius Smith Rock. Lots of climbimg and even a minor Scramble. Did not see too many other hikers on the trail. Hope to do this one before the leaves fall from the trees. Thanks for such accurate directions :)
October 13, 2012
Great Day
Really enjoyed this hike.  Found it well marked and the written description is great.  One note - during the first steep climp, keep an eye out for the hard Right turn, its easy to  miss.  
May 30, 2011
great hike!
This was a fantastic hike. The description of the route is perfect, and we never felt uncertain about our path. Thanks for the helpful write-up!