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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July 19, 2016
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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
November 09, 2015
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Great hike!
I did this hike with my small (26 pounds) dog for the first time on November 7, 2015. The description on this page, while quite verbose, was very clear and helpful.  I found the trail to be well-marked and only had trouble spotting a blaze once or twice, and probably because I let the dog lead instead of looking where I was going.   We did the hike in 3 hours, without much stopping, aside from taking in the beautiful views at the summit.  The climb down from the summit was quite difficult with the dog, and I wound up actually sliding down a rock face for a good 5 feet, and so did the dog...not a good time!  When approaching the summit, there are ropes to help those who need assistance, and I think ropes would have been beneficial for the descent side as well.  It may be easier to climb that side of the summit going up, so maybe next time, I'll do this hike in reverse.   I'm actually glad that the viaduct was closed due to construction, as the other way to get back to the parking area gives you great up-close views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, and you cross over the water for more great picture/view opportunities.  I look forward to doing this hike again in the spring, summer and earlier in the fall when there's more foliage and colors!
suzyb
July 07, 2015
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7/7/15 Note about construction on trail
We did this gorgeous hike today, and used the directions on this page, which were perfect all the way. Wanted to let people know that when you get near to the end at the point where you emerge from the woods and need to cross 9W, that the bridge is entirely under construction and the sidewalk is closed so you cannot take that left to bring you back to the trail head. You have to go right and as soon as construction allows, cross 9W, stay to your left and the road will bend around to a bridge with a toll booth. Still staying to your left, walk like you are going to cross that bridge, but right before you'd enter the walkway on the bridge, there is a lamp post and a big bush. Look down and to your left to find stairs that will take you on a trail that will lead you over a footbridge and back to the parking area.    Beautiful hike. Well worth it!
Jenn
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