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Black Rock Forest Hikin'

July 4th weekend some friends and I went on a long hike in Black Rock Forest, New York. The exact trail was the Sutherland Pond/Scenic Trail/Eagle Cliff Loop from Mine Hill Road which you can find the play-by-play walking instructions on the trusty NYNJTC website.

Hike length: 6.5 miles, but we made a couple wrong turns so we'll cap it at 7 miles.
Time: 5.5 hours including the wrong turns
Peak Elevation:  1,463ft (446m) at Spy Rock but the view if blocked. The highest elevation with a view is 1,443ft (440m) at Eagles Cliff - yes, realize, not much of a difference but you can see all sorts of things from there!

This hike really made me feel like I was hiking off the beaten path. There were areas where the path was hard to make out because the grass had grown so high! Additionally, in the 5.5 hours we were in this Forest we saw just 4 other people - so we really felt like we had all these acreage to ourselves.
Side note: The trail markers are not always set up consistent enough whic…