Crooked Road: Unblazed
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Arden-Surebridge Trail: Red Blaze
Lichen Trail: Blue Blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red Blaze
Dunning Trail: Yellow Blaze
White Bar Trail: White blaze
Total Time: 2:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.3 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Lemon Squeezer, Lichen Trail, Unique Scenery
Pros: Lemon squeezer formation, beatiful scenery and view by Surebridge Mountain
Cons: Difficulty parking
Google Map of Parking:
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This is one of the most scenic areas in Harriman State Park. The parking proved more difficult than usual, as my usual spot on Arden Valley Road was blocked off. Arden Valley Road was recently refurbished, and the spot where I had usually parked in after the bend on the north side was blocked off by large boulders. I don't have an Island Pond parking pass, so I turned around and luckily found a small roadside spot on the south side right by the Crooked Road path.
We took took Crooked Road to the Appalachian Trail, and took the Appalachian Trail to the Lemon Squeezer, which is a pile of boulders and crevice that the trail goes through with some tight spots. We then took the blue-blazed Appalachian bypass route down and along the side back to the intersection of the Arden-Surebridge Trail, which meets the Appalachian at the Lemon Squeezer.
We took the Arden Surebridge to the Lichen Trail, and climbed up Surebridge Mountain from the Lichen Trail. This part of the area is very scenic with unique terrain that is full of large rocks and has sparse tree cover. It is also among the highest terrain in the park. There is also a very good view here on the Lichen Trail towards the west including Island Pond.
At the end of the Lichen Trail, which is very short, we took the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to the Dunning Trail, down the mountain, to the White Bar Trail. This trail skirts along swampy area and eventually heads back to the Arden-Surebrige Trail. We took this trail back to the Appalachian Trail and then towards Crooked Road back to our car.
|Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Northern Map
|Me at the Entrance to the Lemon Squeezer
|Going Through the Lemon Squeezer
|Narrow Crevice in the Lemon Squeezer
|Shimmy Ascending Surebridge Mountain at the
Beginning of the Lichen Trail
|Dead Tree at the Beginning of the Lichen Trail
|Me at the View on the Lichen Trail
|Interesting Rocks and Colors Along the Lichen Trail
|View from the Lichen Trail, Facing West.
Very Early Foliage is Apparent.
|View on the Lichen Trail, Facing Southwest.
|Large Rock Faces with Striations on the Lichen Trail
|Island Pond from the Lichen Trail View
|Foliage Atop Surebridge Mountain
|Shimmy on a Large Rock Face on Surebridge Mountain
|More Beautiful Scenery Along Surebridge Mountain, on the R-D Trail
|The Same View, Zoomed In
|Shimmy Walking Across Giant Rock on the R-D Trail
|Me at a Giant Rock Face on the R-D Trail