New York City: Popolopen Gorge Trail

Visit a lesser-known treasure of Harriman State Park on this 5.7-mile jaunt, which contours through hilly hardwood forest and along cascading creeks to a few peaceful ponds.
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Visit a lesser-known treasure of Harriman State Park on this 5.7-mile jaunt, which contours through hilly hardwood forest and along cascading creeks to a few peaceful ponds.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.7

Waypoints

PGT001

Location: 41.316577911377, -74.0507583618164

Head N onto Long Path (blue blazes)

PGT002

Location: 41.3196601867676, -74.0480422973633

R @ Y onto red-blazed Popolopen Gorge (PG) Trail

PGT003

Location: 41.3149681091309, -74.0438079833984

Straight @ 3-way on PG Trail; nice views of Turkey Hill Pond

PGT004

Location: 41.3143081665039, -74.0357437133789

Cross creek outlet

PGT005

Location: 41.3136558532715, -74.0331649780274

Straight @ 3-way; pass Queensboro Lake on R

PGT006

Location: 41.3144416809082, -74.025146484375

L @ 4-way, continuing on PG

PGT007

Location: 41.3155403137207, -74.0188140869141

Cross stream on narrow bridge

PGT008

Location: 41.3226165771484, -74.0126724243164

Straight @ 3-way, edging along Hell Hole gorge
Optional: Extend hike by hopping on blue trail to Popolopen Creek, then looping over and around Popolopen Torne

PGT009

Location: 41.3241882324219, -73.9943161010742

View of waterfalls @ old rock bridge

PGT010

Location: 41.3223762512207, -73.9917144775391

Turn R onto 9W; cross roundabout then head S on walkway around Hessian Lake

PGT011

Location: 41.3125419616699, -73.9890975952148

End hike @ Bear Mtn. Inn