Stony Brook

Stony Brook, Harriman State Park (1/8/2011)

This is the Hike of the Week for 1/6/2011 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference site. Harriman got another half foot of snow yesterday and we were clearly the first hikers on at least half of this 5+-mile hike (if you don't count various animals). So while the going was a bit slower than normal in some places, the fact that the snow had not yet melted on any of the trees or bushes made the entire park look as if powdered sugar had been sprinkled all over it. Perfect timing made this one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done in this, my favorite park. Ironically, about 2/3rds of this hike is blazed either in pure white (the White Bar trail, the Kakiat trail) or with a small red square in a larger white blaze (the T-MI trail). Pure white snow, sticking to the sides of trees, made it a challenge to find the blazes once or twice!

Total distance hiked today was 5.4 miles in just over 3.5 hours.

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At end of Johnsontown Road

Snowy pines at the circle

Trail head of White Bar

View to parking circle

View NE on White Bar


See the blaze?

Snowy Mountain Laurel

Tiny creek

Beech leaves

Marsh west of White Bar

Wider view of snowy marsh

Climbing the T-MI

Near the top of the hill

Glistening snow


Unplowed camp road

First view of Lake Sebago

Snowy rhodendrum thicket


Southern bank of Sebago

Rhodendrum weighted down

A snowy Lake Sebago

Snowy rhodendrum tunnel

Beautiful snowy branches

[Photo by Laura]

At the southern bank

Trail parallels camp road

American Canoe Association Camp cabins

Baker camp cabins on lake

Seven Lakes Drive crossing

View from dam bridge

Dam spill-off under bridge

Seven Lakes drive and dam

Woodtown road intersection

Stony Brook

Creek crossing on Stony Brook trail

View of Stony Lake upstream

Trail intersection

Low-hanging branches weighted down

Another creek crossing

Stony Brook view SW

Trail parallels the brook


Large glacial erratic

Trail right at edge of brook

Snowy blazes on Stony Brook trail

Snowy beech leaves

Bridge over Stony Creek

View from bridge

Bridge further west over Stony Brook

Climbing on Kakiat

Gorgeous snowy pines

Ruins at old farmstead

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