ORAK Ruins, Jackie Jones Fire Tower and Big Hill Shelter

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Hikers at the Big Hill Shelter - Photo by Daniel Chazin Hikers at the Big Hill Shelter - Photo by Daniel Chazin
41.229741, -74.060438

From the parking area, walk west along Route 106 for 300 feet, crossing over Minisceongo Creek. Turn left at the gated paved road and proceed uphill, following the yellow blazes of the Suffern-Bear Mountain (S-BM) Trail. You will be following the S-BM Trail for the next two miles – all the way to the Big Hill Shelter.

In a quarter of a mile, the S-BM Trail bears left onto a woods road...

Prepare For Your Hike

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Trip Reports

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August 09, 2018
At the top of the fire tower now. No hornets, bees, or any sort of stinging beasts. The boards are also very solid, too. Kudos to whoever is keeping this fire tower in tip top shape.
August 01, 2018
Firetower stairs fixed
The firetower stairs have been fixed and replaced, they are now pretty sturdy. Unfortunately there's a wasp nest up there and going above the third flight gets you swarmed, so bring a beekeeper suit if you want to go up there without being attacked by those flying demons.
June 05, 2017
Did this hike with a 1 year
Did this hike with a 1 year old strapped to my back. We started at the Beaver Pond unmarked/unmaintained trail entrance which was a little difficult to find. It's on the outer loop of Campgrounds CDE and then starts a gentle climb up to the Irish Potato which is the intersection of the Yellow marked trail. Heading North takes you away from the Ruins/JJ mountain/Big Hill Shelter. Heading S is this path. While this path is probably easier than moderate, with a 1 year old on my back, there were some challenging ascents on rock paths. The ruins are a bit boring and would probably benefit from some kind of informational sign. The trail continues past Big Hill but it's a great place to turn around and head back to the campgrounds. Views are mostly obscured by trees. Note: There is a wood road, just before the Fire tower, that can be used to cut through some of the more difficult ascents on the way back to camp. Especially if you're carrying a child.
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