Lake Skannatati Sunset

 
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Lake Skannatati Sunset, Harriman State Park, NY from Harriman Hikers’ 2/21/2010 Hike

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    Turkey Hill Pond in Harriman State Park, NY

    Turkey Hill Pond is a 58 acre, man-made “pond” in the far-northern section of Harriman State Park, NY.

    Many Harriman Hikers refer to this body of water simply as “Turkey Lake” and it has been both a destination and way point for many different hike routes Harriman Hikers have used over the years.

    The view of the lake used on our website header features late Spring foliage and a view from the northeastern end of the pond looking south – the peak in the far distance is Summer Hill. Out of sight above and to the right of the photo is Torrey Memorial, where we had just come from to arrive at the location where this photo was made.

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    Other photos in this set depict lake and trail views as we hiked our way south around Turkey Lake’s eastern shore and then much later in the day after we came back to the lake on its southern end and hiked our way up Turkey Lake’s western side. From the west, looking east one can observe the actual Turkey Hill, for which the pond is named (and we hiked over πŸ˜‰

    For many, many more adventures – adventures you can call your own – as well as opportunities to meet great single folks and make new friends – join us for hiking!

    Harriman Hikers meets each and every Sunday, come rain / shine / snow / sleet, year-round, 11:30am at the South Parking Lots, Field B-1, of the Ramapo College of New Jersey on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ.

    See complete details on our home page.

    The photo above has been featured on our home page. Chk this page for other photos featured in the Harriman Hikers website home page header.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974

    Springtime at Pine Meadow Lake

    The Harriman Hikers were recently at Pine Meadow Lake in Harriman State Park, NY on one of our Sunday Hikes on a glorious Spring day!

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    A different photo of Pine Meadow Lake during Summer (won’t be long now πŸ˜‰ was featured on the Harriman Hikers website – here is the accompanying article.

    The photo above has been featured on our home page. Chk this page for other photos featured in the Harriman Hikers website home page header.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club, established 1974

    High Point State Park Closing

    Harriman Hikers has received information indicating intention by New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine to close High Point State Park (as well as a number of other NJ State Parks) as part of 2008 NJ State budget cuts.

    High Point State Park is remarkable in many ways including (from NJ DEP High Point State Park page):

    • There are 11 named and marked trails in High Point State Park, in addition to a stretch of the Appalachian Trail which transects the area.
    • Winter months find cross-country skiers on the 15 km of groomed trails in the park. Half of the trails are covered by artificial snow. Cross-country skis and other winter sports equipment are available for rent. A blazing fire, hot soup and other hearty food greet visitors at the center on Lake Marcia.
    • High Point Monument – The monument was built through the generosity of the Kusers, in honor of all war veterans. Construction was started in 1928 and completed in 1930. At the top of the 220-foot structure, observers have a breathtaking view of the ridges of the Pocono Mountains toward the west, the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Wallkill River Valley in the southeast.
    • Swimming – The spring-fed waters of the 20-acre Lake Marcia are cool and refreshing for swimmers. The beach is protected by lifeguards and there is a bathhouse and food concession adjacent to the beach.
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    The information about the intended closing(s) comes from a number of sources, including the following:

    From NJ Division of Parks and Forestry Proposed Budget Summary:

    “…The staffing budget would be reduced by approximately $4 million as follows:
    Full elimination of services and/or closure would occur at the following areas:
    Monmouth Battlefield State Park; Stephens State Park (administered under Hopatcong State Park, which will remain open); High Point State Park; Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (including Indian King Tavern); Round Valley Recreation Area; Parvin State Park; Jenny Jump State Forest; Worthington State Forest; and Fort Mott State Park (including Hancock House).
    Partial elimination of services and/or closures would occur at Ringwood State Park (including reduced hours at Ringwood Manor, closure of swimming at Shepherd Lake Recreation Area & Steuben House), D&R Canal State Park (including reduced interpretive services and closure of Bulls Island Recreation
    Area) and Washington Crossing State Park (40 percent reduction in interpretive staff – resulting in reduced hours of operation at Clarke House, Johnson Ferry House and the museum)…”

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    If you wish for High Point State Park and other State Park facilities as mentioned above to remain open for public use, you are encouraged to contact the New Jersey Governor’s Office to let your voice be heard as well as seek and become involved in related advocacy organizations.

    -HH

    Springtime in Harriman State Park NY

    It’s that time of year again when the lakes thaw, the songbirds return, the forests and fields burst forth in greens and blooms and the air will be filled with the scent of budding trees and flowers – it’s getting warm enough now to draw out even the most timid housebound winter hibernators – don’t get left behind!

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    Harriman Hikers is a New York – New Jersey singles hiking club for adults of all ages – we hike every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine just as we have for over 30 years – come hike with us and see what you have been missing!

    Just review our website’s front page for complete details.

    Here are our other posts about our home page photos in case you missed any.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974

    Pine Meadow Lake

    The photo below is a view of Pine Meadow Lake in Harriman State Park, NY from Diamond Mountain.

    Pine Meadow Lake, the terminus of the Pine Meadow Trail, is one of the more well-known lakes and a popular hiking destination in Harriman State Park, possibly due to its ease of access a relatively short distance from the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center on Seven Lakes Drive (not that Harriman Hikers would ever do a “baby” hike πŸ˜‰

    …well, except maybe Thanksgiving?

    (Per our “About” Page, “(Harriman Hikers) Hikes are intermediate and although no special equipment or experience is needed, hikers should be in good physical shape and capable of hiking 7-8 miles over hilly and rocky wilderness terrain where some hills can be steep.”)

    In any case, Pine Meadow Lake, as you can easily see is one of the many wilderness treasures we are all so fortunate to have an opportunity to enjoy in our great outdoors.

    …so don’t stay indoors all weekend! Take a hike!

    Pine Meadow Lake, Harriman State Park, NY - Photo by Greg Paret

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    The photo above has been featured on our home page. Chk this page for other photos featured in the Harriman Hikers website home page header.

    Island Pond Summer

    Harriman Hikers spends a significant amount of time in the Summer hiking to and at Island Pond in Harriman State Park, NY. The photo below is from the south end of the “pond” near Island Pond Road.

    The name “Island Pond” sometimes seems both appropriate and inappropriate – the island in the “pond” is descriptive enough, however, it often seems like a mighty big pond, no?

    Unlike many of the lakes and reservoirs in Harriman State Park, Island Pond is a naturally made, glacially formed body of water. It’s also one of Harriman State Park’s deepest bodies of water, about 100ft at its deepest point.

    Harriman Hikers - Island Pond Summer - Photo by Greg Paret

    Photo by Greg Paret

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    The photo above has been featured on our home page. Chk this page for other photos featured in the Harriman Hikers website home page header.

    Skannatati Twilight

    Lake Skanati

    in Harriman State Park, NY is one of the Seven Lakes for which the main park thoroughfare, Seven Lakes Drive is named.

    The boat launch / parking lot located at Lake Skannatati provides convenient, plentiful parking for our group as well as easy access to several trails we hike on frequently, not to mention allowing us an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the lake itself.
     
    Lake Skannatati is pictured here as the last withering bit of golden daylight falls on the reeds to the far right, while most of the rest of the lake is already bathed in twilight.

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    A cropped version of the photo above has been featured in the header section of the home page of the Harriman Hikers website. For past photos featured on our website, please check this page.

    Lakes Skannatati, Kanawaukee and Sebago

    From this vantage point a short distance from the Lake Skannatati parking lot, one can observe three picturesque lakes located in Harriman State Park, NY; (front to back): Lake Skannatati, Lake Kanawaukee and Lake Sebago.

    A cropped version of the topmost photograph below was featured on the home page of the Harriman Hikers website.

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    Above is a second view during a slightly different time of year under clearer conditions.

    For other past photos from our home page header, chk this page.