“This loop will bring you past a number of brooks, and up-and-down a good number of great viewpoints.”
— Karl W
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views
This is a day hike route that you can access with mass transportation from NYC. You'll hike along a brook and up a number of hills with great views.
Need to Know
Watch out for rattlesnakes.
This trail is accessible via public transportation from NYC. To do so, take the metro line from Penn Station towards the Port Jarvis line and exit at the Sloatsburg station. Then hike along Seven Lakes Road - mindful of traffic - to the Reeve's Visitors Center where the trail starts. Just make sure you give yourself ample time to complete the hike and catch the metro.
You can go either direction around this loop; you can also shorten it or lengthen it as well (see some of the other trail guides). This is a lengthy route but will take you along a few lovely brooks, and up-and-down a lot of steep to moderate hills with excellent views.
Start along the red-blazed Pine Meadow Trail
until you reach the white and blue trails. Leave the red trail onto the white Kakiat Trail
heading east for about a third-of-a-mile until you reach the black-blazed Raccoon Brook Hills Trail
. Head northeast on this trail up Raccoon Brook Hill for a good vantage point. Follow the trail down from the hill along the black blazes until you reach the yellow-blazed Hillburn-Torne Sebago
(H-TS) trail. Head left (south) towards the Russian Bear overlook.
Continue along the yellow trail; it will join a light blue trail for a fifth-of-a-mile before heading southwest again on its own. This will take you to one of the best viewpoints (Ramapo Torne
). Head down the steepest descent of the hike to rejoin the light blue Seven Hills Trail
. This will take you back to the trailhead.