Sunday, February 7, 2010

Silver Mine Mountain

Harriman State Park,
Orange County
New York

Silver Mine Ski Trail: Unmarked
Menomine Trail: Yellow Blaze

Total Time: 1.2 Hours
Total Distance: 2.2 Miles

Hiking Partner:
Sruli Rosenberg

It was a cold day but the sun was strong. Kept on driving on 7 Lakes Drive to see if any lakes were frozen, and when we got to Silver Mine Lake (the most northern on 7 Lakes Drive) and saw it too was not fully frozen, we abandoned the idea of a frozen lake hike and just decided to hike the old  abandoned ski lifts.

Hiked up the steep northern lift, which was difficult because of the ice on the trail. At the top I had attempted a short bushwack to the unmarked trail which leads back down south towards the unmarked road, but once I reached this trail it was hardly discernible and totally overgrown. The trail should really be removed from the maps as it is misleading. Bushwacked towards the woods road in the valley south of Silver Mine Mountain, and then headed east towards the Menomine Trail. Heading north on the Menomine Trail along the edge of Silver Mine Lake, and headed back to the car.

Map of the route

Ascending the old Ski Trail

Sruli on the Ski Trail ascent

At the top looking northeast
toward Popolopen Torne

Sruli climbing an old pole near the top

At the top looking north across 7 Lakes Drive

At the top looking northeast
towards Bear Mountain

Sruli challenged on the ice-covered
Menomine Trail

Sruli sitting on frozen Silver Mine Lake

Me on frozen Silver Mine Lake

Me on a small rock island on the lake

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