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Harrison & Horse Pond Mountains, Long Pond Ironworks State Park (8/19/2012)

We have hiked along the ridge of Harrison and Horse Pond Mountains at least once in the past but always along blazed trails. Today with the PDF version of NYNJTC Map #115 loaded in my iPhone we decided to explore this area on woods roads and unmaintained trails, using blazed trails only when there was no other alternative.

We parked on Burnt Meadow Road where the yellow blazed Burnt Meadow trail crosses. We took this blazed trail just a bit east but then headed along a woods road south passing an unnamed pond which was unique in that it contained an abandoned motorboat smack in its center! Skirting the pond on its eastern bank we continued south and then headed east on another woods road which eventually comingled with a powerline cut heading east and then north. We took a small spur on the white-blazed Horse Pond Mountain trail to take in the views in nearly every direction before heading north to the Monksville Reservoir. We intended on following the cut all the way to the reservoir bank but overgrown vegetation necessitated taking the red-blazed Stonetown Circular a bit NE. We soon reached a woods road which allowed us to head west, eventually taking two spurs to the bank of the reservoir. We continued west until the woods road comingled with white, which we took north to a viewpoint over the reservoir on Horse Pond Mountain before heading back to the car via yellow. The last half hour was marred a bit by the loud sounds of planes overhead. Apparently there was an air show taking place, most likely from the Greenwood Lake Airport just west.

Total distance today was 5 miles in just over 3.5 hours.

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Flowers on Burnt Meadow Road

Burnt Meadow Road looking north

Trail begins left

Burnt Meadow Trail


[Photo by Laura]

Climbing


Wildflowers at pond

 

Unnamed pond

Abandoned motorboat!


Pond
 


Flooded woods road


Woods road along powerline cut

 


Quite rocky

Entering the cut

Stink bug?

In the cut
 


Remnants of something or other

Descending

About to ascend to left

Open gate
 


Giant rock formation

Pylon

View from white trail

Monksville Reservoir below
 


Residential street far below

Board Mountain

Monksville Reservoir damn

[Photo by Laura]
 


Laura and ...

... Board Mountain

[Photo by Laura]

Monksville Reservoir through pylon
 


Moth


Descending to reservoir

Huge feather! [photo by Laura]
 


Dragonfly

Rocky descent

Lots of vegetation in places

Reservoir boat launch
 


Fishermen

Continuing descent

Larva?

 



Getting closer

Path ends here

Fishing in reservoir
 


Millipede

Poison sumac


On reservoir bank
 


Cormorant startled

He's out of here!

Laura and Monksville Reservoir

Kayakers
 


Dan at first spur [Photo by Laura]


Tiny toad

Fishermen
 



Drowned trees

View from second spur

 




Frog

Two bullfrogs
 


Climbing on Horse Pond Mountain trail

Green Tiger Beetle

Nearing the vista

Reservoir from Horse Pond Mountain
 


Plane performing in air show

Zoom to plane

Reservoir

Steep descent
 


Very steep on yellow



Two airshow planes over road
 

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