Hike Reviews

January 04, 2015
Don't be disappointed by the views
The views up Ramapo Torne are very cool--think about all the people who are on the Interstate looking up and thinking it's impossible to get up that mountain. Well, you are there! So, no, it's not gorgeous and untouched by man, but it has its own merits. We did give the try of going up the Torne from the back so that we didn't have to backtrack. It was tough but fun. The split for the Seven Hills Trail is spray-painted onto a rock where it turns. Shortly after the split, you can look back on the ridge and see this: 
March 02, 2014
Ramapo Torne
This makes a nice winter hike. Nice views from the Torne and beyond. Trails were well blazed and easy to follow, even with the snow covering some of the blazes. One icy steep spot where microspikes were critical. The last time we tried this hike, we encountered a brush fire, and had to turn around.   Some photos: http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2014/03/seven-hillshtsreeves-brook-trai...
September 08, 2010
New Harriman-Bear Mountains Maps Available Now!
Jeremy Apgar

Thanks for your hike report.  It's good to hear you enjoyed this great hike.

There have certainly been several changes on the maps since the 2003 9th edition (we're now up to the 13th edition!).  The new 2010 maps are now available on our online store (click here) and will soon be available at our retail partner stores.  I would certainly suggest getting a copy!

September 07, 2010
Beautiful hike
My husband, dog, and I walked this loop on Labor Day 2010. Trail junctions were well-marked. It was a beautiful outlook up on the Ramapo Torne, with Manhattan skyline in the distance, the sound of gunshot echoing from across the valley somewhere, and the electrical station humming below you. I think the 7HT is one of my favorite hikes in Harriman, looping up the rocks to the Torne View was rewarding yet possible with our dog. Many of the trails in Harriman move alongside beautiful rock outcroppings, but this one took us right up and over. We only had to portage the pooch in a couple of spots up/down boulders. If your trail maps are old, like ours are (published 2003) be sure to take the 2nd junction of the HTS off the 7HT. We were a little confused when comparing the written description with what we saw on our trail map, which does not have 2 junctions with HTS. Thus, we took the 1st junction we came to thinking it was the only one we would encounter. Actually it was a nice walk, coming up the back side of the Ramapo Torne. Unfortunately the final ascent of this was too difficult for us to manage with our dog. We backtracked to 7HT and made our way to the 2nd junction as described above for the view. Thus, what is written above is correct: The orange-blazed HTS now includes what are marked as non-official trails on the 2003 map (ie. the black-dashed woods road and red-dashed trail are now orange-blazed HTS in real life). I can tell you that the 1st junction had 3 orange blazes, the 2nd junction had 2. We were told at the bookstore that new maps are forthcoming in 2010 sometime.
April 30, 2010
Finding Reeves Brook Junction
If you're so discouraged by the "poorly marked" trail by Reeves Brook Junction, rely less on the blazes and more on common sense, your surroundings, and the features and contour lines of your map. Also, you can also come out and volunteer to improve the blazes with the Trail Conference, rather than waiting for someone to "confirm the markings...have been improved."
June 28, 2009
Tough to find the Reeves Brook junction
Janet Falk
We are experienced hikers. We hiked most of this on Sunday, June 28 with these directions and the Harriman State Park trail map #3. While on Seven Hills, we could not find the Reeves Brook junction, and we met another couple who also could not find the junction. We ended up going much farther on the Seven Hills Trail than we had planned. We eventually hit the Hillburn Towne Sebago Trail, but even that junction was poorly marked when heading North on Seven Hills (it was better marked in the opposite direction). We took HST to PIne Meadow Trail, and then followed that back to the parking lot. To our surprise, we re-met the couple who had been looking for the Reeves Brook trail. They went off-trail and followed the pipeline, which forms a hypotenuse to the HTS and Pine Meadow. They spoke with someone in the Visitor Center who said they were the second set of hikers to complain about the Reeves Brook Trail that day. I would be happy to re-visit this hike when you confirm the markings for these two key junctions have been improved.

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