home page WARNING/DISCLAIMER: Hiking can be dangerous and the information furnished below may contain errors!

Tuxedo + Two Lakes

Total Distance: 7.5 miles (1,300+ feet of elevation gain)
Difficulty: Medium+ (medium hills)
Estimated hiking time: 4.5+ hours (group)

Take the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail (RD, red dot on white background blazes) until you intersect the Victory Trail (blue "V" in a white blaze). Take the Victory trail until Lake Skenonto where you will intersect the Triangle trail (yellow blazes). A nice lunch spot by Lake Skenonto is near this intersection.

Make a right onto the Triangle trail and take it until it ends. At this point make a left onto the White Bar trail (white blazes). You will pass the Dutch Doctor shelter on your left just before you intersect the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy trail (TMI, red blazes).

Make a hard right onto the TMI (do not go onto the combined White Bar / TMI trail). Take the TMI until its terminus and then make a left onto the RD trail and take this back to the road.

On Weekends - The Ramapo-Dunderberg trail has been rerouted to start from the metered commuter parking lot (see below under Driving Directions).

References: References: NY-NJTC Trail Map #118 (Harriman Bear Mtn. Trails)

Driving Directions from New York City

Take the George Washington Bridge to the Palisades Interstate Highway heading North.

In about 19 miles exit the parkway at exit 9W onto the Thruway (Route 87/287) which heads west.

About 10 miles later, exit the Thruway at exit 15A. At the exit turn left onto Route 17 North.

After about 4.9 miles you will see the Tuxedo (Park) Train and Police Stations on your right. Park here (N 41.19376, W 074.18453).

On Weekends - Free weekend parking is available in the metered commuter parking lot. Make a right (onto East Village Road) just north of the train station lot and cross the railroad tracks until you get to the large lot on your left (There will be signs after you cross the tracks). The RD trail has been rerouted to start from this parking lot.

The entire trip is about 41.4 miles and should take less than an hour.

Public Transportation from New York City

As of October 2008: From the Port Authority in New York City take the Short Line (212/736-4700) bus # 401 that leaves at 8:30am from (the North Wing?) of Port Authority.  This bus will arrive at about 9:17am in Tuxedo, NY (on Route 17) in front of the bus shelter by a parking lot near the railroad / police station.  The stop you need is by request only so be sure to tell the bus driver that you wish to get off by the bus shelter in Tuxedo which is by the railroad / police station in the center of town. From the bus shelter walk a short distance north until East Village Road.  Make a right and then diagonally on your left will be a commuter parking lot where drivers will be meeting.  This parking lot is not visible from the spot where you will be getting off the bus. Please allow time to buy your ticket in the Port Authority before going to the gate where you will meet the bus.  I recommend checking with Shortline to be sure that the schedule has not changed. This same bus is popular with hikers on weekends and it is not at all uncommon to see other hikers going to Tuxedo as well as to other destinations in the area.  Please do not assume they are going to the same destination that you are going to. This information is also known as AMC Transportation code #1C. FYI, there are also other Shortline buses that go from the Port Authority to Tuxedo, NY every day.

Click here for What to Bring on a Hike

Click here for Information for Group Hikes

Questions: Michael Brochstein

The Tuxedo Train Station (November 2012)

Detail of sign directing one to the weekend parking area. (June 2006)   On weekends make a right north of the train station onto East Village Road to get to the free weekend parking area. (June 2006)
Entrance to weekend parking area. (June 2006)   Sign for parking lot to be used on weekends. (April 2006)
Weekend parking area. (June 2006)   Sign denoting free weekend parking in the metered commuter parking lot. (April 2006)

Lake Skenonto (August 2003)

Hike elevation profile.

 Last updated: 2/2012

Copyright © 2012 Michael Brochstein. All rights reserved.