Almost Perpendicular

Sloatsburg, New York 10974

Almost Perpendicular

Almost Perpendicular Professional Review and Guide

"Almost Perpendicular is almost too good to be true! This south-facing ledge on Daters Mountain, which we judged to be the “Best Overlook in Harriman State Park,” is less than a mile from the trailhead. Its dramatic views will appeal to little people as well as big people. While the kids may not be interested in identifying distant peaks or hills, they will feel like giants as they watch the toy-size cars racing along the highway below. And it won’t be hard to keep them on the wide, grassy expanse set back from the edge."

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12/27/2008
Did this hike about 10 years ago with our young son and enjoyed. This time we went on a foggy winter day. Didn't find correct trail. Took white trail and made left on red bar trail. It took a long hike to reach top. Decided to take what we thought was correct trail (blue dot) down and got lost. Got out 4 hours after dark. Park Rangers were no help. We asked for assistance and they went home. They actually lied and told the State Police that we were safely in our car! State Police and Harriman Park Police helped via cell phone. Park Rangers wouldn't answer calls from police or return my call. (It was Saturday night) They was also a family with 2 young boys who returned to their car 2 hours after dark from this hike. Recommendation: good hike, but leave early and try to find correct trail. Also get good detailed trail map for Harriman.
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11/20/2008
Been there many times from the mid-1970's through today. Easy hike with a steep section leading to the summit. There's a 5.9 on the steep face, but illegal to climb.
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8/31/2008
The trail starts out as an ugly, wide cleared steep slope, not recommended for children especially since turning back is dangerous for young children (under the age of 12). The trail is not well marked and it is easy to lose your bearings if you are looking to leave the clearing into the woods for a more typical trail experience. It was only when we decided to keep going to the rewardin views that we teamed up with people who took another trail back to the cul de sac parking area, which turned a short hike into an almost 4.5 mile experience that was very difficult for our children. Would have been a much more rewarding experience if we were not with our children.
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9/3/2007
As billed--a great hike for kids. We were about 200 yards from the car when my kids, in unison, complained about their feet hurting and about being tired. The time (about 2 hrs) was perfect. The kids loved the rock climb. Make sure everybody wears boots because you can easily twist your ankle. The view from the top is great and the directions were excellent. The only problem is that at the trailhead, there is a large construction project and so you may at first have a hard time picking up the trail from the road.
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7/16/2006
My 10yr old son and I did the hike. We took a longer verision using the white markers at the end of the parking circle and then to the red and white, back to the trail. It was a great hike and on the top of the mountain, there are plenty of wild blue berries we had fun picking and eating.
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4/1/2006
This was the perfect trail for kids. I have an 9 year old and a 5 year old. Not too long or difficult. There is a short rock scramble near the top which the kids loved. Views from the top are great.
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6/25/2005
Very Steep, good leg work out. Views were worth it, as well as easy access. Short enough hike that the climb isn't too painful.
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5/17/2004
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Trail Information

Sloatsburg
Nearby City
1.6
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike; 1.5 hours
Duration
March to November
Season
Harriman State Park
Local Contacts
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 3
Local Maps