Summary: This loop is known as the africa loop because of its shape.
From trailhead on 106, head south on the RD, red dot. This will take you immediately up Tom Jones Mt. Enjoy the view. See shelter on your left, slightly east of the trail. heading down, continue on the RD after crossing the Victory, a blue V on white blaze. head up Parker Cabin Mountain. you will come to yellow triangle trail on your left which heads immediately down Parker Cabin Mt. Follow the yellow triangles down to lake skenonto. in mid June there is mountain laurel blooming all along these trails. See Victory trail at the lake and make a left, taking it north/west to the RD. it follows a road for a little while. There are lots of wet spots on the victory trail but nothing really problematic. Come back to the RD and head back up Tom Jones mt, enjoying the laurel and boulders on the way up. Head down to your car through more patches of laurel.
Trailhead: trailhead is at route 106 slightly west of little long pond. Take route 17 north or south to seven lakes drive. Head northeast on 7 lakes dr. passing thru kanawaukee circle, you go 3/4 around, heading west on route 106 toward lake stahahe. after passing little long pond on your left the hikers parking lot is on the right-signs for the ramapo dunderberg, red dot on white blaze will appear near the lot. this lot is very small but there is room to pull over on the side. (Lat:41.13846 Lon:-74.08347)
Trail Guides for africa loop-harriman park:
Harriman Trails: A Guide & History
by William J Myles (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Harriman State Park maps 3 and 4
by various (NY/NJ Trail conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: 845-786-2781
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Susan Sterngold, who has posted 1 other hike on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Owen Giannangel on 1/6/2010
I went on this hike as a boyscout we climbed all the way 2 the top. the views were amazing and this is good 4 kids like 10 and above because its a really good experince but im urging for alot more at this age of 12 i can do alot more. but it was certainly a great hike very fun.
Reviewed by Brian on 11/24/2009
Beware of TICKS. I hiked the weekend of 11/22 and found 2 ticks on me and 3 on my dog afterwards followed by 2 additional at the vet the following day.
Reviewed by Rosecrans on 10/11/2008
Route 106 bridge is closed now, and for the foreseeable future, so you need to approach this by continuing north on Route 17 through Tuxedo, taking a left at the exit to Rt17A and 106, followed by a quick right onto 106. Yes, the trail is a delightful one.
Reviewed by mrpickledog on 11/17/2007
great hike. would do it again. a bit steep on the yellow trail and a long descent coming back to the road on the way home. nice spot to have lunch by the lake. about 1 hour from new york city.
Reviewed by Paul Ã–. on 5/8/2006
Excellent trails, but don't trust directions listed at top without a map. Those without cars should note that Tuxedo Park train station is adjacent to Harriman Sate Park and that's where a different part of the Red Dot trail starts. We discovered this since we parked as per directions and presumably followwed yellow trail in the wrong direction. We ended up in a cul-de-sac 1/2 mile from Tuxedo Park train station. Took a 20-minute cab ride back to where we parked the car.
Reviewed by Branka & Ranko on 7/25/2005
Nice hike we had great weather. Interesting variety of terrain. It was great to see so many hawks.
Reviewed by ikm on 5/23/2005
this hike has incredible views and an unbelievable landscape. unfortunately, the trail markings are often more confusing then helpful. whatever you do, DO NOT follow the "red dot" trail all the way (even though common sense would tell you to do so) because it will put you in the town of Tuxedo forcing a 4 mile hike backtracking to the start point or about a 15 minute drive by roadway if you're lucky enough to hitch a ride. you need to create your OWN loop-which includes three different trail markings, get a trail map if you can, otherwise, read the directions above carefully and make sure to switch to the "yellow triangle" trail, then to the "victory", then back to "red dot"(which by itself dangerously leads to nowhere--why?? who knows)
Reviewed by hd on 12/14/2004
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