We are a family of 8 that likes to explore and be outdoors. We all enjoy a nice, easy to moderate (not too strenuous) hike, especially when trails lead to great views. We are adventurous, but not experienced hikers. Our children at the time of this itinerary: Girl 3, Boy 8, Girl 11, Boy 15.
Description: Harriman State Park is a big forest with various different types of trails that lead up to a summit with a gorgeous view of Bear Mountain. We chose to hike to trail called Long Path to Long Mountain Summit. After the summit you can either turn back the way you came or take a longer route that leads you back to the parking lot. Check out this link that will give you great directions.
Our experience: Long Path to Long Mountain Summit in Harriman State Park was a very nice hiking spot and the views made the hike well worth it. We took the aqua trail all the way to the summit, where we had a delicious picnic lunch. After that, rather than retrace our steps, we continued down the route that led us closer t the parking lot. The directions in this link are easy to follow. We continued to follow the aqua signs until a brook, where our directions told us to turn left and following an unmarked road (even though the aqua path continued across the brook). Once you hit the brook after you descend from the summit, the unmarked road referred to in the directions is easy to spot on the left. After a bit, there is a sort of fork in the unmarked road (not a true fork in the road, but we definitely had to decide which path to take). The fork is not mentioned in the directions. If you notice it, stay left (the more obvious continuation of the unmarked road. Don’t go right, which looks more like a path offshoot). Although we were a bit tired and sweaty (it was about 68 degrees outside), the scenery made us feel very relaxed and calm. The last stretch of the hike (once we made the left onto the unmarked road) was mostly on flat ground and took about 25 minutes. In total, although the directions said it should take 90 minutes, it took us a little over 2 hours, because we had a 3 year old and we took a long lunch. The hike was a perfect length and we felt very refreshed after it. Anything longer would have been too much, but this was just right for our family. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with your family.