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Sometimes it's nice to do a hike that doesn't require a car and the good news is that this hike is bus accessible! (But of course drivers are always welcome...)
This loop hike climbs to the summits of Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains, goes through the narrow Lemon Squeezer, and passes the historic Boston Mine.
Unless we happen to get enough drivers, we will take the 8:30 AM bus from Port Authority. Everyone traveling by bus should meet at the gate. I'll try to post the gate # on here when I get it. The trip should take about 1 hour, so if you're driving plan to meet there at 9:30 AM. Return buses leave every 2 hours. I plan to take the 2:23 Return bus (arriving in Manhattan at 3:30 PM), leaving us plenty of time for lunch and photo opportunities.
Dogs are allowed on a leash, but they should be good climbing dogs - some portions of this trail are too difficult for smaller dogs (I sadly won't be bringing my infamous mountain poodle).
Also, days are getting shorter - bring a headlamp! We should be able to finish this trail before sunset, but if anything unforeseen happens, it will be a good backup.
Click Here For Full Hiking Description (http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/island-pondlemon-squeezer-loop)
Take Shortline bus from Port Authority. Buy tickets to Southfield, but ask the bus driver to let you off at Arden Valley Road in Arden next to a "Welcome to Harriman State Park" sign (a couple of miles north of Southfields). Return bus stops across the street - wave the driver down. After you get off the bus, make a right onto Arden Valley Rd., walk across the bridge over the NY State Thruway, then instead of making your first right into the parking lot, keep going straight past the "road closed" sign to two white A.T. blazes to turn right onto a woods road between two stone pillars with a chain across (this way you avoid walking thru the Elk Pen meadow with the bristles and mud). The bus cost is $28.50 RT.
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.
If you don't already have a map, you can purchase one here or on amazon. You should have one with you in case you get lost. There will likely be some cell reception, but it's still a good safety measure. http://www.nynjtc.org/product/harrimanbear-mountain-trails
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