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Ramapo Torne

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice hike to some really nice overlooks. There are a couple of scrambles here and there, but nothing too difficult.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Loop

1,142' 348 m

High

443' 135 m

Low

941' 287 m

Up

940' 287 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This is a great intermediate/beginners hike at Harriman State Park. The loop is very hilly with a few scrambles here and there, but nothing too serious. There are fantastic views from Ramapo Torne and Torne view. On a clear day, you can see the Manhattan skyline which is over 30 miles away from Ramapo Torne!

Need to Know

The scrambles can get very icy during the winter; avoid unless you are very comfortable and geared for them.

Description

This route is a really nice hike without the big crowds of Pine Meadow Lake. There are a few scrambles here and there but nothing too difficult. This route avoids the bigger scrambles by sticking to the Seven Hills Trail and makes for a great hike for beginner or intermediate hikers.

The trailhead is just steps away from the Reeves Meadow info center which has a small parking lot that fills up very fast in the warmer months. There is additional parking along the road and another lot a little further up Seven Lakes Drive.

From here, head out on the Pine Meadow Trail for a short ways to access the Reeve's Brook Trail. This is a nice little trail that makes for a good warm-up. There are still a good amount of hills to keep your blood flowing, but nothing that should wind you that much.

At the first junction, turn right onto the Seven Hills Trail. The trail will continue to climb all the way up to Ramapo Torne. The views are excellent on the way up, and it is worth all the effort. Of note for the beginner hikers: If getting to the top of the Torne was very strenuous for you, do not continue down the first scramble as it only gets harder from there. I'd suggest turning back the way you came.

Once you have caught your breath and enjoyed the view, simply retrace your steps back to the junction with the Seven Hills Trail. Follow the Seven Hills Trail back down to the Pine Meadow Trail where you'll turn right to return to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

I came across a 5 ft Rat Snake high up in a tree! There are lots of blueberry patches, especially on top of the Torne. Saw quite a few hawks the last time I was out there.

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Jennifer Maskell

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Photos

The group looks toward Mahwah, NJ and New York City off on the horizon.
Mar 9, 2017 near Sloatsburg, NY
It's a bit of a scramble making your way up this part near the summit.
Mar 9, 2017 near Sloatsburg, NY
5 ft Rat Snake on a tree branch!
Feb 9, 2018 near Sloatsburg, NY
A great day to scramble up Ramapo Torne in Harriman State Park. Below is I-87 and far in the distance is the New York City skyline.
Jul 21, 2018 near Sloatsburg, NY
Fall color on 7 Hills trail.
Oct 26, 2015 near Sloatsburg, NY
On 7 Hills trail.
Oct 26, 2015 near Sloatsburg, NY

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Dec 27, 2020
Chris W.
3h 10m
Nov 8, 2019
Phillip Shvartsman
Oct 1, 2019
So Fa
Nice hike with pleasant views! Not too difficult but glad I did it counterclockwise. Lots of scrambles on the way down.
Aug 13, 2019
John G
Jun 9, 2019
Mack Sharp
Includes walk down the road to trailhead. 5.9mi — 3h 45m
Oct 28, 2018
Seongwoo Hwang
Jul 21, 2018
William Chan