Monday, May 30, 2011

Hogencamp Mine

Harriman State Park,
Orange County,
New York

Trails:
Unmarked Woods Roads
Dunning Trail: Yellow Blaze

Total Time: 1:45 hr
Estimated Distance: 1.9 miles
Level of Difficulty: Very easy
Recommendation: Recommended for historical observations of an abandoned hamlet and mine    
Points Of Interest: Abandoned Foundations and Extensive Mine Workings

Google Map of Parking:

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I was off for Memorial Day so took the opportunity for a short hike. The weather was hot, but this is a well-shaded hike. It's a fairly simple and relatively short hike with a lot of points of interest, though no view. I parked on Lake Kanawauke Road, about 1500 feet past the Kanawauke parking area. There is a small pull-off here at the bend of the road by the lake. I took the old woods road up past some of the old foundations, many of which still have stone remnants. There used to be a small village here, and its heyday was when this extensive old iron mine was active. I continued along until the Dunning trail, and then climbed the hill to look through the mine workings.

The Hogencamp Mine is the most extensive mine within Harriman State Park. It was a very productive iron mine and there are numerous cuts, workings, and dumps spread around 1000 feet. I explored many of the cuts and workings, and then turned around on the Dunning Trail and then headed back, taking a slightly different woods road the way back.

Map of the route
An abandoned foundation along the route.
Some other ruins while walking along the woods road.
Remnants of an old house.

Large cut in the upper portion of the mine.
This type of cut extends on and off for a large length.
The deep pit and main shaft.
This is an extremely dangerous shaft and if you fall in,
you won't come out alive.

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