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Tom Jones Mountain Hike

Total Distance: 9.1 miles
Difficulty: Medium+ (about 1,860'+ total elevation gain)
Estimated hiking time: 5+ hours (individual)

Take the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail (RD, red blazes) north (do not cross the road, the trail is found about 100' east of the parking area, walk near the road, just past a stream). Make left onto the Nurian trail (white blazes). Make a left onto the White Bar trail (white blazes).

The White Bar trail combines for a short while with the Triangle trail (yellow trail). When they split, veer right and stay on the White Bar trail. Much later on, when you again intersect the Triangle trail, make a left onto it.

At Lake Skenonto veer/turn right onto the Victory trail (blue V on white blazes) heading north (Lake Skenonto will be to your right). Make a right onto the Ramapo Dunderberg trail. You will soon pass the Tom Jones Shelter on your right. Take the RD north back to the parking area.

REFERENCES: New York - New Jersey Trail Conference Map #118 (Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails )

Driving Directions from NYC

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. Continue straight.

In about 2.5 more miles turn left onto Route 17A West. Very very soon after making this left, at the top of the ramp, at the intersection just past the turnoff for Route 17A, make a right onto County Route 106 which goes over (via an overpass) Route 17 and then under the NYS Thruway.

Take County Route 106 for about 3.5 miles. Park in the parking area on the left (near blazes for the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail, GPS: N 41.23041, W 74.13980). The entire trip is about 47.5 miles and should take less than an hour.

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Questions: Michael Brochstein

The parking area.  The hike starts just beyond the parking area at what is the far right end (see image below) of this image. (March 2011).
The hike starts on the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail which is about 20 feet or so off the road at the far right/east end of this small bridge which passes over a small stream. This bridge is found about 100 feet eastward on Route 106 from the parking area. (March 2011)
Markings for the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail found directly across the road from the parking area. This hike does not go this way! (March 2011).    
The Tom Jones Shelter is just east of the RD and north of the RD's intersection with the Victory trail. (March 2011)
Elevation profile

Last updated:  5/2011

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