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Let's Hike Island Pond Loop from Elk Pen - Harriman SP!!

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!

Driving Directions:

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!

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  • banjolady(susan)

    https://banjolady.shutterfly.com/ photos from 9/29 island pond hike, lots of dogs and water at the pond. great seeing you all and thanks for letting riley and maggie and i come along. after lunch jeff took a nap and i talked with the young couple who had just met a dog like riley and wanted to talk dogs. then we hiked to island pond rd and i met up with the historical hikers. then we went to island pond and jeff met us there, and had some good fun with the dogs and swam and took pictures. a great day!!!

    October 1, 2013

  • banjolady(susan)

    great hike, nice people

    October 1, 2013

  • Debbie

    enjoyed the hike, the views and the people. Overall it was a great hike.

    September 30, 2013

  • Dave T

    Classic hike, great day, better people. Thanks Mary.

    September 29, 2013

  • banjolady(susan)

    i will be there with my hiking dogs riley and maggie

    September 28, 2013

    • Mary

      Great! See you tomorrow.

      September 28, 2013

  • Mary

    Great! See you on Sunday.

    September 23, 2013

  • Mary

    Hi, if your dog is "experienced" hiker, it is totally fine.

    September 23, 2013

    • banjolady(susan)

      my dogs hike every day in the park. my friend has 2 dogs also that are excellent trail dogs. are u continuing north on AT after lemon squeezer?

      September 23, 2013

  • banjolady(susan)

    sorry no dogs allowed otherwise i would come

    September 23, 2013

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