I have long admired the rocky out cropping known as Ramapo Torne. It sits perched above the interchange of Interstates 87, 287 and Route 17 and is easily visible while heading North on the New York State Thruway near the New York/New Jersey border. Inspired by the remarkably clear weather the New York City area has been experiencing lately I decided to take a evening hike and explore the area first hand On Friday, September 6th, 2013. Upon reaching the summit I was pleasantly surprised by a fairly clear view of the New York City Skyline. There is something very enchanting about the Ramapo Hills as they roll down towards Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean.
Ramapo Torne is a fairly strategic location with a steep craggy face up its western side. Supposedly George Washington once scrambled up Rampo Torne with a telescope to observe the British fleet off of Sandy Hook. This may be the case because there was definitely a garrison of continental soldiers stationed in what is now the Village of Suffern below. Today, the spot more easily surveys the hills of Northern New Jersey and Rockland County. Ramapo Tone also boasts a wonderful unobstructed view of the New York City Skyline. On my visit I neglected to bring a telescope. However, I brought my modern DSLR in order to share the observation point’s sightings with you.