Doodletown Bridle Path

Doodletown Bridle Path, Harriman State Park (3/4/2018)

Between 2005 and 2013 Laura and I hiked approximately 65 times in this glorious state park in upstate New York, trying to hike as many trails as we possibly could, being limited only by time and distance, leaving unhiked only those trails far from parking areas. During those nine years I took hundreds of photos from trails much-travelled (like those near Reeve's Visitor Center, which is a mob scene on weekends), to trails that only deer and bears frequented. As a result 32 of my photos appeared in the wonderful book "Circuit Hikes in Harriman" in 2015, a book in which author Don Weise described hikes including those trails that we hiked that were frequented mainly by deer and bears! Last month Don released the second edition of the book, which includes two hikes which weren't in the first edition. Today we headed back to Harriman, for the first time in almost four years, to hike one of the them. And it was a delight.

We parked in the dirt lot on Seven Lakes Drive, just east of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and following a patchwork of blazed and unblazed trails, did Hike #37 "Doodletown Bridle Path" in the book. We hiked a tiny bit of this way back in 2005, in our very first Harriman hike, so it brought back great memories. You can see our track here.

Total distance hiked today was 5.5 miles in just over 3 hours.

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