Almost Perpendicular/Claudius Smith Den Loop

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

View from Claudius Smiths Rock - Almost Perpendicular/Claudius Smith Den Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin View from Claudius Smiths Rock - Almost Perpendicular/Claudius Smith Den Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Almost Perpendicular - Claudius Smith Den Loop - 2 miles from the start of the Blue Disc Trail, view from CM Rock - Photo Anneliese van der Wilt Almost Perpendicular - Claudius Smith Den Loop - 2 miles from the start of the Blue Disc Trail, view from CM Rock - Photo Anneliese van der Wilt

This loop hike climbs to two dramatic viewpoints - Almost Perpendicular and Claudius Smith's Rock - and goes through the interesting Elbow Brush.

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From the cul-de-sac, walk back on Johnsontown Road for about 100 feet, crossing a bridge over a stream. Just west of the bridge, you will see three blue-on-white blazes on a tree, which mark the start of the Blue Disc Trail. Turn right and follow this trail up a paved road, passing a huge boulder on the left and crossing the route of a gas pipeline. 

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Trip Reports

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September 12, 2018
4
Fun rock formations!
A pretty hike with great views and lots of really interesting rock formations along the way!
justalizmartin
May 25, 2017
0
Rattlesnakes

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.

Doug C
April 25, 2016
0
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.
glennagrube
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