Harriman State Park Iron Mines Loop

Bear Mountain, New York

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Clear mountain lakes, forest- covered peaks, rocky outcroppings, and a summit with a spectacular view—it’s all worth the extra effort Harriman demands. What does the quintessential downstate New York hike look like? Look no further than Harriman State Park, where this loop—a relatively easy hike compared to the legendary treks in the rest of the park—takes you through areas of mixed forest, huge boulders, and exposed faces of granite and metamorphic gneiss. The payoff comes at the top of Pine Swamp Mountain, a low peak by Adirondack standards but with a sweeping view of the surrounding Hudson Highlands. You’ll be glad you braved the vigorous ascent when you arrive at the top. The first part of this hike follows the Long Path, a footpath from Altamont in the Albany area all the way to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
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by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Clear mountain lakes, forest- covered peaks, rocky outcroppings, and a summit with a spectacular view—it’s all worth the extra effort Harriman demands. What does the quintessential downstate New York hike look like? Look no further than Harriman State Park, where this loop—a relatively easy hike compared to the legendary treks in the rest of the park—takes you through areas of mixed forest, huge boulders, and exposed faces of granite and metamorphic gneiss.

The payoff comes at the top of Pine Swamp Mountain, a low peak by Adirondack standards but with a sweeping view of the surrounding Hudson Highlands. You’ll be glad you braved the
vigorous ascent when you arrive at the top. The first part of this hike follows the Long Path, a footpath from Altamont in the Albany area all the way to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bear Mountain
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 1,001 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain 10911; (845) 7862701; nysparks.us/parks/145/details.aspx
Local Maps: Available online at nynjtc.org/panel/goshopping
Driving Directions: Directions to Harriman State Park: Iron Mines Loop

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