Sunday, November 10, 2013

White Bar Trail to Boston Mine

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
White Bar Trail: White blaze
Dunning Trail: Yellow blaze
Nurian Trail: White blaze
Island Pond Road: Unblazed

Total Time: 1:15 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.9 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Points Of Interest: Boston Mine, Green Swamp
Pros: Quiet part of the park
Cons: No views

Google Map of Parking:

View 2013 Hiking Locations in a larger map

It was a late fall day, with most of the foliage gone, but just a little remaining. I had been in the area two weeks ago from the Nurian approach to the Boston Mine, and wanted to try the mine from a different approach. I also wanted to visit the Green Pond again to compare the foliage from two weeks ago to this week.

I parked at the Carr Pond Mountain Trailhead on County 106, and then took the White Bar Trail north, past the Nurian Trail intersection, and then to the Dunning Trail. Headed west on the Dunning Trail, and went towards the Boston Mine. The trail goes above the southern flank of the mine. The Boston Mine is an old abandoned iron mine probably from the 1800's. I then continued along the trail on the southern flank of the Green Pond, and then cut back to the Nurian Trail for a short distance to Island Pond Road. Island Pond road is a double-track trail that is unmarked but well-maintained and easy to follow. I took Island Pond Road back down  to the White Bar Trail intersection and then back towards my car.

Map of the Route

Small Lookout on the White Bar Trail, Looking West.

At the Same Lookout Looking Southwest

A Group of Oriental Hikers on the White Bar Trail

The Boston Mine as Viewed from the Dunning Trail

Late Foliage at Green Pond
Green Pond from the Dunning Trail

Island Pond Road

Late-falling Elm Tree

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