Harriman State Park, Orange County, New York

I joined the Appalachian Mountain Club for this hike. I drove to Orange County, took Highway 17, crossed the bridge on Arden Valley Road across the Thruway (I-87) and parked in the “Elk Pen” parking lot.

9:45 a.m.: The beginning of the hike, at about 500′ in elevation, crosses a field to the east.

Elk Pen, Harriman State Park, NY

Elk Pen

9:52 a.m.: We then followed the Appalachian Trail east, climbing Green Pond Mtn.

Appalachian Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Appalachian Trail

10:08 a.m.: Still climbing.

Appalachian Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Appalachian Trail

10:16 a.m.: Still climbing.

Green Pond Mountain, Harriman State Park, NY

Green Pond Mountain

10:18 a.m.: Looking down:

Appalachian Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Gaining elevation

10:39 a.m.: After about 1.0 mile we crossed Island Pond Road, a woods road dirt road built by Edward Harriman around 1905, and passed by Island Pond, at 970′ elevation.

Passing Island Pond, Harriman State Park, NY

Passing Island Pond

10:59 a.m.: This stone spillway was associated with a dam that was begun, but never finished.

Stone Spillway, Island Pond, Harriman State Park, NY

Stone Spillway near Island Pond

There were a few iron mines in the area, and I understand this was a rotary gravel sorter used to separate iron from gravel.

Rotary gravel sorter near Island Pond, Harriman State Park, NY

Rotary gravel sorter near Island Pond

11:04 a.m.: Another view of Island Pond.

Island Pond, Harriman State Park, NY

Island Pond

11:17 a.m.: After another 0.7 miles, we reach the Lemon Squeeze at about 1160′ elevation, where the AT continues through a cleft in the rock, requiring hikers to contort their bodies to pass through. We do not go that way, but I took a few shots.

Lemon Squeeze, Harriman State Park, NY

Lemon Squeeze

Lemon Squeeze, Harriman State Park, NY

Lemon Squeeze

Lemon Squeeze, Harriman State Park, NY

Lemon Squeeze

Looks like fun. I’ll have to return and give it a try.

Lemon Squeeze, Harriman State Park, NY

Lemon Squeeze

11:27 a.m.: We instead turn onto the red-blazed Arden-Surebridge (“A-SB”) trail, continuing east. After only about 0.2 miles, the red-blazed trail is joined by the teal-blazed Long Path. Here’s a nice rock wall with some green moss.

Rock wall along the Long Path, Harriman State Park, NY

Rock wall along the Long Path

After another 0.3 miles, we turned south on to the blue-blazed Lichen Trail, climbing up to around 1300′.

11:50 a.m.: One of the hikers enjoyed adding to cairns.

Adding to a cairn on the Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Adding to a cairn

11:54 a.m.: Nice bare rock:

Bare rock, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Bare rock

11:55 a.m.: Here’s a stitched panorama of this beautiful relatively flat rock.

Bare rock, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

11:58 a.m.: Here are additional photos of the area.

Scenic view, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Scenic view

Scenic view, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Scenic view

Bare rock, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Bare rock

12:05 p.m.: Another stitched panorama.

Bare rock, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Bare rock

Cairn, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Cairn

Tree grows among bare rock, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

A tree finds a bit of soil among the bare rock

12:13 p.m.: We decided to take a lunch break at the end of the blue trail, which only extends about 0.5 miles.

Scenic view, Lichen Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Scenic view

12:45 p.m.: Lunch over, we continued on, turning southwest onto the red-blazed R-D trail. (If we had gone east on that trail, we would have quickly come to “Ship Rock.” I’ll be sure to add that to my bucket list. As it is, I enjoyed the huge expanse of rock that I photographed above, which does not appear to be named on my map.) We successfully crossed a stream without falling into the water.

Stream, R-D trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Stream on R-D trail

12:48 p.m.: A boulder.

Boulder, R-D trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Boulder

Moss

Moss

The Goldwaithe Memorial. I wonder if anyone will ever remember me with a plaque.

Goldwaithe memorial plaque, R-D trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Goldwaithe memorial plaque

Bare rock, R-D trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Bare rock

After about 0.4 miles, we turn west onto the yellow-blazed Dunning trail.

Dunning Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Dunning Trail

Dunning Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Dunning Trail

1:52 p.m.: About about 0.8 miles, we came to the “Boston Mine” a surface mine that had one produced iron ore. I followed the man ahead of me through the cut in the rock that gives access to the mine.

Boston Mine, Dunning Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Boston Mine

After entering the cut in the previous photo, I turned left and took this photo. The mined area is not very large. I do not think the overhang extended too far. A pool of water covers the ground under the overhang, and I see there is some ice floating on the water. I wonder if there is always water here, or if it dries up later in the year.

Boston Mine, Dunning Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Boston Mine

Leaving the mine, we almost immediately turned north onto Island Pond Road, and after 0.4 miles turned left (northwest) onto the red-blazed A-SB trail, which descends. After another 0.6 miles, the A-SB trail passes by a steep drop-off of about 120′, so it’s good to move slowly and cautiously in this area.

2:40 p.m.: Descending.

Descending on A-SB Trail, Harriman State Park, NY

Descending on A-SB Trail

After another 0.7 miles, the A-SB trail had descended back down to about 500′ in elevation, and then we walked along flat ground for 0.3 miles back to the cars.

So this was a shorter hike of about 6 miles.

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