Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fingerboard Mountain to Greenwood Mine

Harriman State Park
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Tiorati Brook Trail: Blue blaze
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail: Red blaze
Surebridge Mine Road: Unblazed
Long Path: Green blaze

Total Time: 1:30 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.8 miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points Of Interest: Varied scenery, Greenwood Mine
Pros: Very scenic area
Cons: Sound of motorcycles from nearby 7 Lakes Drive, Lack of panoramic view

Google Map of Parking:

View 2014 Hiking Locations in a larger map

The fall colors were really starting to show, and this was a great hike to view the foliage. It was a very cold day for this time of the year, and I regretted not bringing a sweater or light jacket. Though I was moving pretty fast and it was sunny so I stayed warm. I parked at the Tiorati Circle parking area, and took the short Tiorati Brook Trail up to the top where it meets the Appalachian Trail and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail.

I took the combined Appalachian Trail and Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail south until the split near the Fingerboard Shelter, and then took the Appalachian Trail down the hill towards the Greenwood Mine. At the Greenwood Mine I took the Surebridge Mine Road for a short distance to the Long Path. I took the Long Path all the way to Arden Valley Road, and then walked along the side of the road up and over the hill back to the parking area.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain Trails Northern Map

Bright Red Huckleberries on the R-D/AT 

Autumn Colors Along the Trail

The Trail Atop Fingerboard Mountain

Summit of Fingerboard Mountain

Another View at the Summit of Fingerboard Mountain

View at the Summit of Fingerboard Mountain

Beautiful Colors on the AT

Greenwood Mine Area

Swamp by the Greenwood Mine

Another View of the Swamp

Lake Tiorati at the End of the Hike

Another View of Lake Tiorati

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