Harriman State Park Iron Mines Loop

Arden, 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 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.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Hudson River Valley

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 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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Arden
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Apr–Nov
Local Contacts: Harriman
Local Maps: Hiker’s Marketplace, New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, 156 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah, NJ 07430; (201) 512- 9348; www .nynjtc .org/panel/ goshopping
Driving Directions: Directions to Harriman State Park: Iron Mines Loop

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