Hike 20: Breakneck Mountain Loop, Rockland County, NY (May 13, 2015)

This week I hiked on Breakneck Mountain in Harriman State Park near Pomona, NY.  Whenever I think of Breakneck Mountain I think of the mountain near Cold Spring, NY on the east side of the Hudson River but this Breakneck Mountain was on the west side of the Hudson.  However, this hike was on the east side of Harriman State Park whereas the hike at Ramapo Torne was located more on the west side of this state park.

This was a seven mile hike that I began around 7:45am and finished around noon.  It was a beautiful day with a moderate breeze and some gusts of wind, partly sunny and cloudy at times, and none of the heat that we had over the previous few days.  There was a lot green color seen on this hike.

The sun shining through.
The sun shining through.

This hike was off-the-beaten trail and didn’t look like it was trafficked as heavily as other trails and my favorite part of the hike was walking along the ridge of Breakneck Mountain in a blanketed sea of light green from some sort of heath below a semi-open canopy of oaks, maples, and other mostly deciduous trees while listening to prairie warblers, indigo buntings, and eastern towhees sing and go about their business.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy friend George recently past away and he and I did some birding and flower identifying around this time of year when I lived in Elmira.  I was thinking about him for a bit while I walked along the ridge.

I believe this is Stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta) in the daffodil family.
I believe this is Stargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta) in the daffodil family.
Third Reservoir on the Suffern-Bear Mt. Trail
Third Reservoir on the Suffern-Bear Mt. Trail
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