Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pine Swamp Loop,
Harriman State Park

Orange County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Long Path: Green blaze
Dunning Trail: Yellow blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 1:15 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.25 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Points Of Interest: Beautiful, serene forest and good view at the end

Google Maps of Parking:

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This is one of my favorite loop hikes in Harriman. Its a very peaceful, tranquil part of the park, and although there are ups and downs on this hike, there is no difficult climbing. There are many streams, swamps, and various forest types encountered on this hike. The weather was also a perfect early autumn day, with temperatures in the low 70's in low humidity.

I parked at the Lake Skanatati parking area off 7 Lakes Drive, and took the Long Path along the side of Lake Skanatati. I continued along past the lake inlet brook, and all the way to the Dunning path. I took the Dunning Path north, and then shortly after took short detour to bushwack up the hill on the left side of the trail to see if there is a view there. There was no view, but the flora and coverage on top here is beautiful. I climbed back down to the Dunning Trail towards the Pine Swamp, passing along to the left of the old Pine Swamp Mine, and then took the Arden-Surebridge Trail up and around Pine Swamp Mountain all the way toward the view. The view overlooks Lakes Skanatati and Kanawauke, and there are usually people here at the view. After the view continued the short descent down to the parking area and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Lake Skanatati at the Beginning of the Hike

Nice Forest Scene at the Intersection of Long Path and Dunning Trail

On top of hill by my small bushwack detour off the Dunning Trail

The Pine Swamp, in early autumn foliage colors.

Large cut in the Pine Swamp Mine

Famous view on top of Pine Swamp Mountain.
Facing south towards Lake Skanatati and Kanawauke in the Distance.

Another view from Pine Swamp Mountain. Facing southeast.

What an Amazing Blue Sky! Picture taken at the above view.

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