Black Mountain Loop from Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

View from Black Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin View from Black Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the ridge of Black Mountain, with views over the Hudson River and the surrounding hills, and returns via lesser-used trails.

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The first part of the hike includes climbs totaling over 800 vertical feet over Black and Letterrock Mountains, but the remainder of the hike follows relatively level, little used trails.

From the kiosk at the southeast corner of the parking area, proceed south on the Horn Hill Loop Mountain Bike Trail, with blue-on-white diamond blazes. This pleasant, level trail (little used by...

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October 21, 2017
Great Day
This was a beautiful day all around. The hike was perfect for a "direction challenged" person like myself. Lots of orientation points along the way. The autumnal light shining through the trees was magic. The hike has enough climbing, descent, and level walking to be challenging in parts and conducive to meandering thoughts (like where to stop to eat and other big life questions) in others. Somehow I turned this into a 12 mile hike as I ended up in the North Parking lot. It was toward the end on the bike trail that I got lost. Still, no step was begrudged. I loved the bridges and walls and the shelter. Has anyone slept over there? I sprinkled my husband's ashes in a few places that he would have loved. After the hike I drove to Nyack and took my 6 and 8 year old niece and nephew to their school Halloween party, me in an awesome gypsy costume. My cup runneth over!
Sheila F.
October 21, 2017
me too!
loved the hike, loved the day but also ended up in the North Parking lot! lol, that was the longest part for me...getting to my car.
Sheila F.
October 09, 2017
Beautiful hike!
Did this hike day before yesterday. It was a gorgeous day and I was glad we got to see some fall colors. The directions are pretty accurate and after reading them a couple of times, I was almost able to find my way pretty easily without a map. One tricky section is to get back on the Red Cross trail after crossing the Palisades Pkwy on the way back. You have to walk around a 100 ft after crossing the Pkwy before entering the woods again (it is easy to miss the red cross on the tree). Beautiful hike though! Very pretty views.
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