Monday, July 30, 2012

Pole Brook Mountain and Barnes Mine

Harriman State Park
Rockland County,
New York

Hiking Trails:

Beech Trail: Blue blaze
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.8 miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Not Recommended
Points Of Interest: Interesting mine, historical area

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg 

Google Maps of Parking:

View 2012 Hiking in a larger map

We parked on Kanawauke Road (Co. Route 106) at the Beech Trail trailhead, where the trail crosses the road a little bit past the Lake Welch Parkway underpass. We took the Beech Trail southwest past some large blueberry groves, which were in their final seasonal stages, along the north side of the Green Swamp. We took the trail to its terminus at the Long Path, and then took the Long Path across Lake Welch Parkway, and then took the unmarked trail after that back into Johnsontown.

We walked a little bit on Johnsontown Road and took an old path through a ruined foundation, and past some other ruins in the deep grass. We then crossed Lake Welch Parkway again going up the hill and then turning towards the Barnes Mine. The Mine is on a hill called Pole Brook Mountain. The trail conference map shows an unmarked path here to the mine, but it is totally overgrown and requires a bushwack. This old mine was an iron mine and features some cuts with a larger, water-filled hole that now has quite a few frogs calling it their home. From there went a short distance to the Long Path, and then traced this back the same way we came returning to the Beech Path and back to our car.

Map of the Route

Interesting Rock Formation on the Beech Trail.

A Ruined Foundation on the Long Path on Pole Brook Mountain

Shimmy on the Long Path, At the Veer Off Towards Johnsontown

Me Bushwacking Towards a Ruin in Johnsontown

Barnes Mine Cross Cut

Barnes Mine Water Filled Shaft

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