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GPS Coordinates: 41.185122 -74.07385
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|Diltz Road Hiker Parking|
TRAIL MAP: NY/NJ Trail Conference Southern Harriman Bear Mountain Trails Map 118
HIKE DISTANCE: 5.45 miles
From the hiker parking lot on Diltz Road, take the red dash on white trail beyond the barrier.
After rock hopping over the creek twice, the trail is intermittently marked with old horse trail disks. (According to the 2010 publication of the map, horses are no longer allowed in the park.)
At 1.8 miles turn left on unmarked Woodtown Road...Then at 2 miles left on the yellow-blazed Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail:
At Panther Mountain, views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline:
[ 0.00] Start at red dash on white trailhead beyond barrier at Diltz Road hiker parking lot
[ 0.20] Left on red dash on white then immediately right on unmarked
[ 0.95] Cross over creek; turn left on unmarked File Factory Hollow
[ 1.20] Rock hop over creek; take either fork; rock hop back over creek
[ 1.40] After huge rock boulder on right, keep straight at intersection ***
[ 1.80] Left on unmarked Woodtown Road
[ 2.00] Left on yellow-blazed Suffern-Bear Mountain trail
[ 2.10] Keep right on yellow as red arrow on white starts to the left
[ 2.80] Cross over red Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy trail keeping straight on yellow
[ 3.00] Cross over unmarked trail at cairns keeping straight on yellow
[ 3.70] Views at Panther Mountain
[ 3.90] Rock hop over creek; left on red square on white as yellow/red square goes right
[ 4.40] Turn right on red square at power cut (no access to power cut trail if you turn left without going through thick growth of thorny vines)
[ 4.55] Turn left; where red square goes right at a large cairn, turn left on power cut trail
[ 5.40] Turn right on red dash on white
[ 5.45] Arrive back at Diltz Road parking lot
*** In case you are wondering what lies to the right of the intersection beyond the huge boulder at 1.4 miles...
A right turn on the unmaintained Iron Mountain Trail would bring to you an intersection marked (as of this writing) by orange tape and three blue blazes in a vertical line on the other side of the tree at .4 mile.
Back at the intersection with the orange tape, left would bring you to a no trespassing sign .5 mile ahead just before Woodtown Road. This is not indicated as a restricted area on the map but apparently it is. In case the sign was maybe old and randomly left there, I turned left on Woodtown road heading towards Second Reservoir only to find many more NO TRESPASSING/KEEP OUT/WATERSHED PROPERTY signs so I turned around and headed back.