Thursday, May 31, 2012Featured Trail: Ship Rock Ridge Location:
Harriman State Park Intensity Level:
2/3 Trail Statistics:
5 Miles; 600 foot elevation gain Terrain:
Open rock surface, wooded trail, rocky sections, rolling uphills/downhills Special Features:
Lemon Squeezer, Ship Rock, Bald Rocks Shelter
Our Ship Rock Ridge trip begins by going North from the trailhead on the White Bar trail which the Boy Scouts created in 1921-1922. While the trail starts on relatively flat terrain there is a gradual ascent that ultimately brings us to a section of the famous, 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail (AT).
The hike follows the AT through the well-known geographical feature called the "Lemon Squeezer." The Lemon Squeezer is a narrow passage between two large rock slabs. The unique rock formation consists of gneiss, which is a type of metamorphic rock. Usually we take our backpacks off to walk through the Lemon Squeezer as it is angled at 15 degrees and only about one foot wide.
The hike continues on sections of Surebridge Mountain and Black Rock Mountain and passes the Bald Rock Shelter, which has been housing through hikers since it was built in 1933. After passing the shelter we continue to ascend and do some scrambling in order to reach the ridge line, where we can take a break and enjoy the views. We circle back around to the White Bar trail by passing the famed Ship Rock, which was created during the last glacial period. The rock is a 30 foot smooth boulder that is named for its resemblance to the prow of a ship.
After heading back on the White Blaze, the route returns to the original trailhead and the paved road leading back to civilization.
(Once back, we like to post our trail photos