This trail combines parts of the Ramapo Dunderberg (R-D) Trail
and the Triangle Trail
in Harriman State Park. You can reach the trailhead from the Tuxedo Park train station (NJ Transit Pt. Jervis Line). The hike features viewpoints from Parker Cabin mountain, Lake Skenonto, and Claudius Smith's Den. There's some fun rock scrambles both ascending and descending and several creek crossings. The trails intersect with several other marked trails if you'd like to add your own extension.
Restroom at the train station.
You can access the trail from the Tuxedo Park train station by hiking about a half a mile up a curving road to the east (be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the trail before the last train leaves); you can also park at the train station if you're driving. The trail begins with the Ramapo Dunderberg (R-D) Trail
(red on white blazes) heading east and the Kakiat Trail
(white blazes) joining from the south. Follow the RD trail going east. After about a mile the red trail splits, you can follow the trail either way but I went left (northeast).
After another 3/4 of a mile, shortly after crossing a shallow creek, the blue-blazed Victory Trail
joins from the east, but continue on the red blazed trail heading north (it can be confusing here as the Red Trail
is partially obscured by brush). Follow the Red Trail
for the next 1.5 miles to the top of Parker Cabin Mountain, there are several rock scrambles and creeks along the way. There are beautiful views of Harriman State Park and Lake Skenonto to the south at the top of the mountain, so this is a good place to rest and have a meal. Continue along the Red Trail
until you reach the intersection with the Triangle Trail
Follow the Yellow Trail
to the right (east). You'll descend some rock scrambles down to Lake Skenonto with a view point of the lake on the south end. Continue along the Yellow Trail
until it ends at the White Bar
Trail. Follow the White Bar
Trail for about 1/4 of a mile until it meets up with the Red Trail
again. Take the Red Trail
going west (the intersection is confusing, follow the White Bar
Trail until you see the red blazes and then double back along the Red Trail
Continue along the Red Trail
with more rock scrambles and stream crossings. After about 1.5 miles you'll reach Claudius Smith Den with a view point to the north. After another half a mile the two arms of the Red Trail
will meet, continue heading west along the trail you followed in the beginning. The trail provides an interesting hike with similar elevation gain in either direction.