|Seven Hills Trail|
|Name:||Seven Hills Trail|
|Blaze:||Blue square on white|
|Notable areas:||Diamond Mountain, Torne View|
|Termini 1:||Parking for Lake Sebago|
|Termini 2:||Pine Meadow Trail|
The Seven Hills Trail is a marked trail in Harriman State Park. The trail is 6.65 miles long and blazed with a blue square on white. It begins at the parking area for the large Lake Sebago and ends at the Pine Meadow Trail. There are two notable places along the way, Diamond Mountain and Torne View.
Mileposts 0.0 - 1.1
The Seven Hills Trail (7H) starts adjancent to the enterance for the Lake Sebago hiker's parking area, four miles from Route 17 on Seven Lakes Drive. For 3/10 of a mile, the trail goes fairly steep up Conklin Mountain on an old woods road. At the top, a woods road intersects, marked by a cairn. This trail is the unmarked Buck Trail. The Seven Hills Trail goes down the slope of Conklin Mountain and turns left onto Woodtown Road (West). Here the trail goes over Diamond Creek and leaves Woodtown Road (West). On the left at this point, a white-blazed trail starts. The name of this trail is unknown. The 7H Trail now passes a great boulder called "Cracked Diamond" at milepost .8 and crosses the Tuxedo - Mt. Ivy Trail at .9 miles. At 1.1 miles, the Seven Hills Trail joins up with a woods road.
Mileposts 1.2 - 2.8
At 1.4 miles, the Seven Hills Trail meets up with the short Tower Trail. There used to be an 80 feet tall tower here but it was taken down in 1955, rebuilt in 1966 and removed in 1986. At 1.5 miles, the Hillburn-Torne-Sebago Trail joins the 7H Trail from the left and soon after the Diamond Mountain Trail starts from the left. The HTS departs from the Seven Hills soon after. The Seven Hills goes down the mountain and joins briefly with the Kakiat Trail at Pine Meadow Brook. The two trails (and the Pine Meadow Trail) cross Pine Meadow Brook and then split. The Seven Hills Trail stays with the Pine Meadow trail for another 3/10 of a mile and splits off at a fireplace.
Mileposts 2.9 - 4.7
After splitting up with the Pine Meadow Trail, the Seven Hills Trail begins to climb Chipmunk Mountain. At 3 miles, the HTS trail joins again for about 100 feet. The Seven Hills Trail turns left and crosses Quartz Brook at 3.3 miles. The Seven Hills Trail drops steeply down and crosses the Reeves Brook Trail. At 4.05 miles, the Raccoon Brook Hills Trail begins on the left. Shortly afterwards, the trail reaches a 1150-foot view called Torne View. The Seven Hills Trail drops down again and merges with the HTS Trail for a third time at 4.5 miles. At 4.7 miles, the HTS bears left and the Seven Hills Trail continues on to Ramapo Torne.
Mileposts 4.8 - 6.65
From the saddle on the Ramapo Torne, the Seven Hills Trail continues downhill on a woods road. At the bottom, 5.25 miles in the trail, the trail turns right. At 6.3 miles, the trail crosses the Fishtail Trail and ends at the Pine Meadow Trail at 6.65 mles.
The trail was blazed by J. Ashton Allis in 1922. When the Seven Hills Trail was created, the trail had gone over the Hillburn-Torne-Sebago trail, created, nonetheless by Kerson Nurian. Nurian had already having problems with other trails such as the Dunning. Like the others, Jack Spivak gave in and re-routed his trail after Nurian had painted over some of the blazes.
The name "Seven Hills Trail" was made when a man named Jack Spivak named 7 hills/mountains to name the trail. They are:
- Nordkop Mountain
- Hillburn Mountain
- Ramapo Torne
- Torne View
- Chipmunk Mountain
- Diamond Mountain
- Conklin Mountain
|0.0||Parking lot for Lake Sebago||Southern terminus|
|.90||Tuxedo - Mt. Ivy Trail|
|3.3||Quartz Brook Trail|
|3.7||Reeves Brook Trail|
|4.05||Raccoon Brook Hills Trail|
|6.65||Pine Meadow Trail|
Myles, William J., Harriman Trails, A Guide and History, The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, New York, N.Y., 1999