Ramapo Escarpment and Pine Meadow Lake from Town of...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Pine Meadow Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Pine Meadow Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike climbs to scenic Pine Meadow Lake and to several panoramic viewpoints along the Ramapo Escarpment.

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From the parking area, continue heading towards the mountain, with a large barn on your right. You will see another barn at the base of the mountain, behind white fencing. The triple red-square-on-white-blaze that marks the start of the Pine Meadow Trail is visible on the side of that barn. You will be following this trail for the next 2.85 miles.

Follow the blazes uphill for 0.1 mile...

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July 05, 2016
FIRE on pine meadow tr near conklin cabin
yesterday 7/4/16 i hiked this loop in reverse, SBM to conklin crossing and then out by pine meadow, everything is gorgeous now but there apparently was a major fire on the pine meadow trail --probably went on for 1/4 mi or so between the lake and a bit past  pine meadow rd east on the pine meadow trail--lots of blackened underbrush but nothing actively burning BTW i had posted in 2014 about a fire on the ramapo escarpment--all traces of this are gone, its all green again
September 18, 2014
ramapo escarpment
i did this hike only in reverse, went to the lake via SBM and conklins crossing and back by the pine meadow trail. it was gorgeous except that there was a fire still smoldering on the SBM  north of the stone shelter south of the viewpoints on hawk cliff. be careful not to scare the horses at the EQ center.  driving too fast or coming down too fast on the way in from the hike can spook them. this is a great hike tho. if you need to shorten it up you can go right at the shelter up the sherwood path to pine meadow rd east and hit the pine meadow trail.  here is the lake!!  if you look you will see a tiny little rock pile which holds the headstone of the grave of matthew conklin and phebe hand. i dont know if their acftual grave is there in the lake but there was rock pile built to hold the headstone. another interesting historical site...      
November 30, 2013
Pine Meadow Lake is a Harriman treasure.
You get working right from the start of this hike and it's definitely  a good workout. The Blazes were visible througout the hike and the directions were accurate as usual. There are some steep areas and good climbs, even some places you need to use both hands and feet. Pine Meadow Lake is absolutely amazing!  Once I seen it, I knew I could not just turn around after the Conklin Cabin,  so I decided to go all the way around Pine Meadow Lake and made a left turn onto the Unmarked road at the Northwestern end of the lake which wraps around the Southern portion, it goes in an Easterly direction up a short but steady hill, it goes around the Conklin Cemetery and at the second unmarked trail (there is an old pipeline) I made a right turn then stayed on this for about 15 minutes until it intersected with the Conklin's Crossing Trail where I made another right turn. This did add a little over three miles extra to the overall trip. But it was well worth it. The view from the Egg was outstanding :) The total elevation gain was 866 feet, but it felt like a little more. Lots of good resting places and a varied terrain to make this an extremely enjoyable hike!
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