This is a classic 8.5 mile loop hike in Harriman State Park. We'll hike a section of the Appachian Trail and climb to the summits of Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains, to the shore of scenic Island Pond, go through the narrow Lemon Squeezer, and pass the historic Boston Mine. We'll get off to an early start Saturday morning at the 'Elk Pen' Parking Area off Route 17 at Arden Valley Road in Tuxedo, NY. The trail is typical rocky and rolling Harriman terrain and is rated at Moderately Strenuous.
The rock formation known as the Lemon Squeezer is one of the most interesting features in Harriman State Park. Here, the Appalachian Trail climbs through a very narrow passage between the rocks and then goes up a steep rock face, where you will need to use both your hands and your feet. Those who are physically able to negotiate these challenges will probably find them to be a highlight of the hike. But if the climb is too difficult, it is possible to bypass the Lemon Squeezer by following a path to the left.
Please remember that you accept responsibility for the safety of yourself and any friends you invite from outside the group. Attending this event signifies you understand the physical challenges and agree that you and your friends are physically capable and that you will be responsible for your own safety.
Length: 7.5 mile loop
Time: 4 hours +/-
Difficulty: moderately strenuous, some steep rocky sections.
Dogs - a limited number of dogs is okay... email me regarding who you want to bring!
Take 87 North toward Albany and exit at 15A onto Rte 17 north (turn left at light). Then take N.Y. Route 17 north through Sloatsburg, Tuxedo and Southfields. About two miles north of Southfields, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Cross the bridge over the New York State Thruway, then make the first right at a sign "Hikers' Trailhead Parking." Park in the dirt parking area to the west of a large meadow, known as the Elk Pen.
Afterwards, we can head over to Rhodes Tavern or even take a "field trip" to the Mason Jar for a bite and beverage!