Popolopen Gorge/Popolopen Torne Loop

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson River from Popolopen Torne - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson River from Popolopen Torne - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Trail along the route of the West Point Aqueduct - Popolopen Gorge/Popolopen Torne Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Trail along the route of the West Point Aqueduct - Popolopen Gorge/Popolopen Torne Loop - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the summit of Popolopen Torne, with panoramic views, and runs along the scenic Popolopen Gorge.

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Near the bottom of the ramp, at the entrance to the parking area, you'll see a brown post with a yellow arrow, a blue blaze, and 1777W and 1779 blazes. This marks the start of three co-aligned trails: the 1777W and 1779 Trails (which commemorate Revolutionary War events) and the blue-...

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Trip Reports

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June 15, 2018
5
Gorgeous hike, great directions
15Jun2018. Great directions, just something I would change at the end: instead of dashing across 9W and hoping to not die, I would turn left, cross the bridge, go until the sidewalks ends then turn left and continue through a meadow briefly until you can turn left again (there will be a sign facing the opposite direction for "Visitor's Center," where the hike began). This will lead you back under the bridge as you did at the beginning of the trail directions.
wilchung
June 05, 2017
5
The bridge is fixed!
The bridge was fixed when we did this hike on June 4, 2017! We parked in the auxiliary parking about 1/4 mile north of the Fort Montgomery site (to leave its tiny parking lot for its visitors). Auxiliary parking is on the east side of 9W, and the trailhead is on the west side; the east side of 9W has a sidewalk all the way, and I recommend staying on that side until just before the bridge over Popolopen Gorge because cars are moving very quickly. That said, dashing across 9W was not a problem at 9:15 a.m. on a Sunday morning. We missed the trailhead boulders but saw a clearing at the 9Wfork, ventured in and picked up the blaze -- white with red center. (Maybe we turned too soon? Or the boulders were removed in the bridge construction and haven't been replaced?) I definitely recommend the clockwise direction for this route; this lets you go up the rock scrambles to the torne and then mostly hike rather than scramble down at a flatter pitch. (The path to the peak is a tight U, and on a wet day you can also avoid the rocks altogether by doing an out-and-back on the exit arm of the U; turn left at the road and walk about 1/8 mile to the kiosk on the right.) The first time we did this hike, in 2016, we missed the sharp upward left turn about 1/4 of the way into the hike but knew to look for it this time and easily saw the cairn and double blaze. The descent from the tome took a little while to find both times; you have to double back to the south and can miss the first blaze. This time, we missed the turn at the very end and ended up walking 5-10 minutes the wrong way on Firefighters Memorial Drive; not a big deal.
CD Players
July 19, 2016
0
Fun hike but better do it in the opposite direction.
Did this hike twice, on both directions. The description above is excellent. Trail marks are a bit of a hit and miss but, use common sense and you shouldn't have much problem. Some parts of the trail are not in best shape, some fallen trees, nothing really challenging, just minor discomfort. The best part is, of course, scrambling up the Torne. In the direction described above you'll end up descending the steeper part. As others have wrote, it's a little sketchy but go slow and pay attention and you'll be alright. Doing it the other direction though is A. Easier (or, at least, less scary) and B. More fun (imho). Last note; on my first trip, on the north part of the summit, I almost stepped on a rattler that was kind enough to rattle rather than bite.
yaron
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