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Hiking in Harriman State Park:
Elk Pen - Lichen Trail Circular

Total Distance: approximately 7.3 miles
Difficulty: Medium (about 1,400'+ total elevation gain)
Estimated hiking time: 4.5+ hours

From the parking lot take the path through the middle of the field eastward to get to the treeline. Take the Appalachian Trail (AT, white blazes) eastward (which is actually in the north bound directionas far as the AT is concerned) into the woods. Soon after the "Lemon Squeezer" make a right onto the Long Path (blue/turquoise blazes). The Long Path will intersect the northern terminus of the Lichen trail (green blazes). Make a right onto the Lichen trail.

At the end of the Lichen trail make a right onto the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail (RD, red on white blazes).Take the RD until you intersect the Dunning trail (yellow blazes). FYI, Bald Rocks Shelter, not visible from the path of this hike, is slightly beyond this intersection. Make a right onto the Dunning trail. Make a right onto Island Pond Road (an unpaved and unmarked road which intersects shortly after passing the Boston Mine entrance on your right). Island Pond Road merges briefly with the Arden-Surebridge trail. Continue briefly on the merged road/trail and then make a left to continue on the Arden-Surebridge trail (and not Island Pond Road). Take the A-SB trail back to the parking area.

References: NY-NJTC Trail Map #119 (Northern Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails)

Driving Directions from New York City

Take the George Washington Bridge to the Palisades Interstate Highway heading north.

In about 19 miles exit the parkway at exit 9W onto the Thruway (Route 87/287) which heads west. About 10 miles later, exit the Thruway at exit 15A. At the exit turn left onto Route 17 North.

After about 10.5 miles, turn right onto Arden Valley Road. Make a right and go 0.5 miles until a parking area turnoff on your right. Turn right and park in the parking area, Elk Pen (GPS: N 41.26534, W 74.15363). The entire trip is about 47 miles and should take less than an hour.

Public Transportation

From the Port Authority in New York City there is a bus that leaves people off on Route 17 near Arden Valley Road.

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Questions: Michael Brochstein

Arden Valley Road sign at turnoff from Route 17 North. (October 2010)   Road leading into the Elk Pen parking area from Arden Valley Road. (April 2004)
The turnoff for the parking area.  Make a right here, going from Arden Valley Road to the parking area. (October 2010)   The parking area. (October 2010)
Information board inside the parking area.  Too bad there is no useful information here for hikers (how about a map with a "You are here" label), they seem to have some unused space in it. (October 2010).   The start of the trail (going from the parking area eastward) to where the marked trails are, at the treeline.  The hike starts here.  (October 2010)
Entrance to the Lemon Squeezer. (September 2008)   The Lemon Squeezer. (September 2008)
About halfway through the Lemon Squeezer (before the rock scrambling section) there is an "Easy Way" (a side trail) to finish your journey through the Lemon Squeezer and avoid most of the rock scrambling. (November 2010)   Getting out of the Lemon Squeezer (the rock scrambling section). (September 2008)
The above sign is found at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Path. Make a right at this point from the AT onto the LP heading south. (September 2008)
The Bald Rocks Shelter (very near the intersection of the Ramapo Dunderberg trail and the Dunning trail). (September 2008)
The outer entrance to the Boston Mine, just off the Dunning trail near Island Pond Road (October 2010).   The inner entrance to the Boston Mine (it is not recommended that you try to enter the mine!) (October 2010).
Elevation profile
Fall colors near Elk Pen (October 17, 2010)

(September 2008)

 Last updated: 11/2010

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